Open Water Course

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Why train with us?

  • Our pool, classroom and all dive equipment located at the beautiful Bishop Strachan School in Forest Hill.

  • Our world-wide referral program helps you book directly with our personally recommended dive partners.

  • Our retail store is located downtown just around the corner from MEC.

  • Diving courses available all year-round. Private courses available.

  • We teach children 10 years and older.

  • Passionate team of Instructors and Divemasters who love to teach.

For the remainder of 2021 we will be using Cawthra pool for our in-pool training. Our regular pool located at BSS remains closed.  The academic component of our courses will continue to be offered using instructor led Zoom classes or Elearning if selected when purchasing your course. Please note that following guidelines from the provincial government effective immediately all clients taking scuba lessons will be asked to provide proof of full vaccination in order to be allowed to take in-person scuba training. We apologize to anyone that feels excluded in any way due to this shift and any inconvenience this may cause at this time.  


TSC classroom sessions will continue to be delivered online using Zoom. Sessions will be live, not recorded, and all quizzes and exams will be completed and submitted back to the instructor. Students can therefore participate in the academic component from the comfort of home whilst still being engaged in the important student-instructor experience. 

BUDDY SPECIAL: Having a buddy, someone to train or dive with is not required as divers will always be ‘buddied’ up if alone but there are discounts available for more than one student signing up. The discount is applied by ‘adding a buddy’ at the bottom of the sign up process.

Course Description

Diver certification begins here. To enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver course with Toronto Scuba Centre you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills but no prior experience with scuba diving is required. During your course you will learn all the scuba skills required to complete your open water certification. On completion of the full course you will be issued with your certification card and will be allowed to present your card anywhere in the world and dive to a depth of 60ft.

The Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases all of which need to be completed to receive certification:

  • Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving. Instructor-led Zoom classroom with textbook or the PADI eLearning platform are your options for this.
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills. Completed in the pool over approximately 5 hours.
  • 4 Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore! Completed with us during the summer or on your planned Scubagetaway trip.

What You Will Learn

At Toronto Scuba Centre you will learn how to safely use the very latest scuba diving equipment including a scuba mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy compensator device and a tank. You even get to use a dive computer during the pool training. Wetsuits are available to wear if you are concerned about temperature.

What is eLearning vs Zoom Classroom

Adding the eLearning option allows students to complete the academic component of their course online instead of receiving a textbook. Whist the material takes the same time to review, students choosing eLearning will only be scheduled for the in-pool portion of the course. eLearners will forgo 1 on 1 classroom time with a TSC Instructor.

Please note: PADI charges a higher premium for access to their eLearning platform. The eLearning fee you see and are paying is therefore charged by PADI and is not a fee charged by the Toronto Scuba Centre.

Full Course

If you choose the Full course option with TSC the price you pay will include your academic preference of eLearning or classroom, your pool training and the 4 Open Water certification dives. You will receive a TSC divers logbook and your certification card. Pool training is available all-year round, Open Water certification dives are available from June to October. When choosing your dates, If you are unsure of a particular date just choose one to process your booking and let us know by phone or email that you intend to change your date. This course is completed over 4 days, typically on weekends. Private courses are available.

Class and Pool

If you choose the Class and Pool option with TSC the price you pay will include your text book, your Zoom classroom session with your instructor on your chosen weekend and your pool training. Mask, fins and snorkel are included for your pool training so you can experience high quality product before committing to purchasing your own. Pool training is available all-year round. Students who are planning to complete their certification dives outside of Canada use this option to save time on their holiday, completing the academic and pool training before they leave. This course is completed over 2 days, typically on weekends. Private courses are available. eLearning is available for this course.


Certification Dives

4 Certification dives are conducted only after the academic and pool training have been completed. TSC is happy to enroll any student who presents a referral form dated within the past 12 months from another training facility. This course is completed over 2 days, typically on weekends but can be completed privately mid-week.


Referral Paperwork

Students wishing to complete their course outside of Canada or with another facility will receive an international referral form to take with them as proof of completing this course. Students will be allowed to complete their certification dives anywhere in the world on presentation of this referral form within 1 year of the pool training.

What does TSC Include – The most asked question.

TSC includes all scuba gear for training in-pool and open water dives. Mask, fins and snorkel and wetsuits are considered personal items in diving but TSC does include these for the pool training so students can experience a high quality product before committing to purchasing. Students will, however, be asked to rent or purchase these personal items for the Open Water certification dives if they haven’t purchased their own by this time. Discounts to purchase equipment will be made available to all students at the start of their course.