As any hobbyist (new or experienced) knows, that without the support of local stores, teamed with knowledgeable staff, it's near impossible to learn and grow a new interest.
Sure. We have Google, and Wiki is a great source of information. But nothing beats being able to handle new product and learn more about it from people that share your same interests.
The Ajax Scuba Club is lucky enough to have 2 great local shops that support our new Students and existing members; as well our events.
Just in time for our Open Water Course starting Feb/06/2017, Dive Source (located in Oshawa) has sent us their New Year Student Snorkeling Packages. 2 sets, great for new Students.