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  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Course
  • PADI Specialties
  • Equipment Rental
  • Equipment Sales
  • Equipment Repair
  • General Questions
Questions

What if I have health issues?

I want to learn to dive. How do I start?

What training agency will I be certified by?

What are your hours?

Can I try scuba before signing up for the course?

Do you fill & service paintball tanks?

My kids are 8 or 9 years old, is there something for them?

Will I be a certified diver when I finish the weekend course at S2K?

Do I need to know how to swim?

What do I need to do after I complete my PADI Open Water weekend class and pool at Scuba 2000?

When do I have to recertify as a diver?

How old must my child be before they can learn to scuba dive?

How do I change my PADI Junior Open Water Diver or PADI Junior Advanced Diver certification to a normal PADI Diver certification?

What gear must I buy for the course?

What if I have health issues?

Do you charge for Open Water referral documents?

I want to learn to dive. How do I start?

Where do you teach Open Water class and pool?

What training agency will I be certified by?

Can I try scuba before signing up for the course?

Where do you teach your Advanced Course?

Do I need to be certified to take the Advanced Course?

Do I need to be certified to take a PADI Specialty Course?

Do you rent scuba gear?

Can I rent gear to bring on a dive trip down south?

Do you sell dive gear?

Do you repair scuba gear?

Do you fill & service paintball tanks?

What are your hours?

Can I come to the pool and practice?

Answer
Most Asked

Check out the PADI medical form here, if you answer YES to any of the questions you must get your doctor to fill out the medical form before you dive with Scuba 2000.

 

Most Asked

If you are looking to become a diver, you can start with the PADI Open Water Diver course. The course is broken up into two parts, a class and pool weekend here at our dive training centre, and another two days of open water diving with an instructor. 

See more about the course here.

Most Asked

At Scuba 2000, we proudly offer PADI courses. As a 5-Star Instructor Development Centre, we teach PADI courses ranging from Open Water Diver through to Instructor-level. PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures, you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.

Most Asked

We are open Monday to Friday from 11am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. If you are taking part in a course, you will likely be at Scuba 2000 outside of these hours. Please find our contact details here.

Most Asked

Yes! We offer Discover Scuba courses every Wednesday at our in-store dive pool. For only $25 you'll get a full introduction to scuba and begin to learn the fundamentals of being a diver.

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Yes, we fill paintball tanks with air. We can also arrange servicing, such as hydrostatic testing, for the tanks as well.

PADI Open Water Diver

Although they are too young for certification this does not mean they cannot experience scuba diving. PADI has a great program called PADI Seal Team where 8 and 9 year olds can begin their underwater adventure. They will be experiencing the things older divers learn but with specialized instructors who are experienced with the younger age. Then once they are 10 they can begin their certification journey. 

 

PADI Open Water Diver

In order to be certified as a PADI Open Water diver you must complete all the requirements of the certification course. In addition to your weekend class and pool course, you'll need to do your first 4 dives in open water with any PADI instructor around the world (to make sure you are safe and have learned all the skills from the weekend) to get your certification. Typically, it will take two weekends to get your full Open Water certification.

You can complete your first four dives with us at Scuba 2000 near Toronto or in Tobermory during the summer, with us on one of our many tropical dive trips, or by referral with any PADI instructor worldwide.

PADI Open Water Diver

There are a few skills that are required in the confined water portion of the PADI Open Water course. These skills are:

1 – 300 meter snorkel swim – with snorkelling gear, mask, snorkel and fins, swim laps in the pool 

2 – Snorkelling skills – learn and perform the basic snorkelling skills, clearing a snorkel and diving down under water

3 – Surface float or swim for 10 min – float, tread water, swim or drown proof for 10 min in the pool

You do not need to be an Olympic swimmer and our instructors can help you with all these skills.

PADI Open Water Diver

Once you complete the class and pool portions all you need to do is go diving with a PADI instructor for 4 dives in the open water (not a swimming pool). 

Scuba 2000 offers open water dives here in Ontario from the May long weekend to Thanksgiving long weekend. You can join us on our local dives, usually within a 2 hour drive outside the GTA, or join us for a spectacular weekend vacation in Tobermory, ON, the best fresh water ship wreck diving in the world! 

Or join Scuba 2000 on one of our tropical diving trips, where you learn from one of our expert PADI instructors!

PADI Open Water Diver

Once you are a Certified PADI diver you are certified for life! But it is always prudent to practice your skills lest you forget. PADI recommends refreshing your skills every 6 to 12 months before you go diving. S2K has refresher courses available every week and our instructors will even sign your log book so where ever you dive they recognise you have practiced your diving skills. 

PADI Open Water Diver

You can start your adventure at the age of 10 with the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification! It is exactly the same as the normal certification except there are depth limits and a limit on who they can dive with. Those divers who are 10 and 11 years old must dive with a certified parent or Divemaster. Those 12 to 14 must dive with a certified adult with them at all times.

PADI Open Water Diver

Once you are 15 years old you can contact PADI and apply for a new PADI card. That’s it!

PADI Open Water Diver

Here at S2K you don't have to buy any gear for our course. All the gear you need for the pool (except your bathing suit) will be provided for your use all weekend at no extra cost! If you have your own mask, snorkel and/or fins you are welcome to use them, and of course as one of our students you can buy your gear here at the shop using your student discount or Dive Team Membership deals.

PADI Open Water Diver

Check out the PADI medical form here, if you answer YES to any of the questions you must get your doctor to fill out the medical form before you dive with Scuba 2000.

 

PADI Open Water Diver

While we would love to be able to finish off your certification in Ontario or on one of our tropical dive trips, we understand that many people want to complete their certification while on vacation. Unlike other dive centres we do not charge for open water referral paperwork. Simply give us a call at least 7 days prior to leaving and we can prepare your referral documents for you to pick up at the shop.

PADI Open Water Diver

If you are looking to become a diver, you can start with the PADI Open Water Diver course. The course is broken up into two parts, a class and pool weekend here at our dive training centre, and another two days of open water diving with an instructor. 

See more about the course here.

PADI Open Water Diver

We teach our Open Water class and pool at our dive shop at 9033 Leslie Street in Richmond Hill. We are the only dive centre in the GTA to have our own, in-store dive pool. That means you can complete your Open Water weekend more conveniently and comfortably by simply walking down the hall from our modern classrooms to our tropical dive pool. No need to shuttle back and forth to the local community centre like other dive shops.

PADI Open Water Diver

At Scuba 2000, we proudly offer PADI courses. As a 5-Star Instructor Development Centre, we teach PADI courses ranging from Open Water Diver through to Instructor-level. PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures, you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.

PADI Open Water Diver

Yes! We offer Discover Scuba courses every Wednesday at our in-store dive pool. For only $25 you'll get a full introduction to scuba and begin to learn the fundamentals of being a diver.

PADI Advanced Course

We teach our PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course in a number of different locations, from close to our dive shop near Toronto, to beautiful Tobermory and Brockville, to southerly destinations on our tropical dive trips. All Advanced Course knowledge development is done at the dive site, so you don't have to spend your time in the classroom when you want to be diving! 

PADI Advanced Course

Yes, as a prerequisite of your PADI Advanced Diver certification you must be certified as a PADI Open Water diver (or an equivalent from another recognized agency). However, if you are looking to quickly increase your skill level, you may take the Advanced Course directly after your Open Water certification!

PADI Specialties

Yes, Open Water Diver is a prerequisite for all PADI Specialties. However, depending on the specialty course you are looking at taking, there may be additional prerequisites. We invite you to take a look here at what each specialty course involves or give us a call with any questions you may have!

Equipment Rental

We rent all types of scuba gear, from BCDs to regulators, tanks to wet and dry suits. Find out more here.

Equipment Rental

Definitely, we have attractive winter rental rates set on a weekly term that allows you to affordably bring our dive gear down south with you on your dive trip. Check out our rental inventory and prices here.

Equipment Sales

Yes! We carry all of the best brands in scuba, including Sherwood, Aqua Lung, Oceanic, Bare and much, much more! Check out our gear section for more info here.

Equipment Repair

We repair all types of scuba gear, from BCDs to tanks, regulators to computers! Find out more here.

Equipment Repair

Yes, we fill paintball tanks with air. We can also arrange servicing, such as hydrostatic testing, for the tanks as well.

General Questions

We are open Monday to Friday from 11am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. If you are taking part in a course, you will likely be at Scuba 2000 outside of these hours. Please find our contact details here.

General Questions

We open up our in-store dive pool every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Dive Team members get free access, and there is a nominal charge for non-members. Give us a call at 905-771-1500 on the morning you want to come to sign up!

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We are open Monday to Friday from 11am to 9pm and on the weekends from 11am to 4pm to answer all of your diving related questions! We'd love to talk, so please don't hesitate to reach out!