Get Certified: SSI Open Water Diver (entry level course)


$449 +tx (and fees) for full SSI Open Water Full Certification course

or  $349 +tx for SSI OW Referral course – See Course Schedule

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Before the beginning of the course, students will also need to purchase the following scuba quality items: mask, snorkel, fins, and booties (if purchasing open-heel fins.) All available at Sharky’s.

The full OW course and the Referral course both run at the same time, on the same dates, either every Tuesday or Thursday for 5 weeks, or every Tuesday and Thursday for 2.5 weeks. There are usually also one week-long weekday full OW courses offered during the summer. Pool dives and knowledge development sessions are offered all year except Dec. Please come in to Sharky’s well before the beginning of the course for payment and signup, etc.

Becoming an SSI Open Water Diver is the best way to start your scuba adventure due to worldwide recognition!

With personalized training and taking enough time, we make sure you are truly comfortable under water with the skills and equipment you will use. In general, an Open Water Diver course consists of 3 parts: Academics, Pool Training and Open Water Sessions.


The SSI Training Materials and Online Training program are designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you. You can complete the academics online when you sign up for SSI’s Online Training program, and then attend review sessions at Sharky’s classrooms above our store, from 6pm to 8:30pm. There are at least 3 review sessions, which take place just before the pool session that night.


For your pool and open water training your instructor will fit you to your scuba equipment so you will become comfortable in your “second skin”. You will bring along your own scuba quality mask, snorkel, fins, and booties (if using open-heel fins.) There are 5 pool sessions, from 9pm to 11:30 pm at the Plant Recreational Centre pool, corner of Preston and Somerset.


For SSI Open Water Full Certification, with course completion with Sharky’s –

You will complete at least 4 open water dives and have the chance to experience everything you learned in the pool hands-on. Offered from late spring through to late fall, all through Sharky’s. For $449. +tx. There is an additional $100.+tx rental fee for gear used during the open water dives and a refundable $100. security deposit. After successful completion of your open water training dives you will become a Certified Diver. The SSI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.

For SSI Open Water Referral course, with course completion at another dive shop –

A popular option, especially during the winter months, is the Open Water Referral course. The indoor theory and pool sessions are completed through Sharky’s for a fee of $349 + tx. You then complete the open water dives at another dive training facility, such as an exotic destination while on a scuba vacation. The fees for their rentals and certification are determined by the individual shops. This allows you to actually dive while on holiday, instead of spending you time indoors. If you choose this option, please specify it when you come in to Sharky’s for course signup.

Students are responsible for transporting themselves and the gear from Sharky’s to each pool session and OW weekend day, and back to Sharky’s after each session and OW day. Training requires being in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water. During the course your instructor will ask you to demonstrate the ability to swim 200 meters/yards without swim aids, and to tread water.