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Wednesday 30 May 2018

(quick update - I got my information mixed up. My apologies. Here is the correct info for our upcoming Advanced Open Water Course
In the last year, we've had 3 Open Water Courses that filled with new students very quickly.
Because of the interest generated by our new students / members, we will be offering an Advanced Open Water Course this coming June 30th and July 1st (2018)
To take this course, you must be:
A PADI Open Water Diver (or PADI Junior Open Water Diver)
  • Learn how to think like a diver.
  • Shallow shipwreck exploration.
  • Learn how to navigate underwater using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
  • Fun night diving experience at the same shallow wreck site.
  • How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive Planner (eRDPml)
  • Feel the thrill of moving in a safe current without the effort of kicking.
  • Experience light, colour and physical effects of deeper scuba diving.
This is a course you can go into immediately after your PADI Open Water Diver course.
The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build upon your scuba skills so you can become even more comfortable in the water. You will be able to increase your diving depth from 18 meters (60 feet) to 30 meters (100 feet).
This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your Ajax Scuba Club/PADI certified Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and more ways to have fun scuba diving. 
You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:
  1. Deep water diving (18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
  2. Underwater navigation
  3. Wreck dive
  4. Drift dive
  5. Night dive  
The Scuba Gear You Use:  
Club members taking the course will get a FREE rental of BCD, regulator/gauge set, dive flag and two tanks. (The student is responsible for air fill costs between days 1 & 2) 
Student must bring:  
mask, fins & snorkel, 7mm full wetsuit, including gloves, hood & boots, plus dive light.
This is a 2 part course
  1. Knowledge Development. This is completed through eLearning online. Students can complete this at their leisure from home even before diving. 
  2. Fun and Adventure diving (Five 5 different Adventure dives conducted over 2 days).
Adrian Van Vroenhoven
(PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer) 
$330.00 for Ajax Scuba Club members.  
This includes all your instruction, PADI eLearning and AOWD certification card. 
Payment can be made by e-Transfer to: 
(Please ensure you forward the answer to your security question to the same e-mail address),  
or by Cheque / money order mailed to: 
Ajax Scuba Club 
75 Bayly Street West
P.O Box 14528 
Ajax, Ontario
L1S 7K7 
Saturday June 30th & Sunday July 1st (9:00 AM start on Saturday)
Cardinal, Ontario (Location of the Conestoga shipwreck and Lock 28) 
Approximately 3 hours’ drive on Highway 401 from Ajax
Recommended overnight accommodations: 
Local camping with cabins
Please let us know if you are interested. 
Thank you,
Adrian Van Vroenhoven
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Training Director
Ajax Scuba Club
(416) 265-8113

Monday 8 January 2018

The 2017 Open Water Classes, both Spring and Fall, filled pretty quick.  Here is the schedule for our Spring 2018 Open Water:
You can  find a copy of the schedule here.

Ajax Scuba Club's Spring - 2018 PADI Open Water Course Schedule
Date Activity Pool Time
Tue March-20-18 Course Orientation Meeting Ajax Community Centre 7:00-9:00 PM
Sun March-25-18 Water Skills & Confined Water Dive 1 Ajax Community Centre 9:00-11:00 PM
Sun April-01-18 Confined Water Dive 2 Ajax Community Centre 9:00-11:00 PM
Sun April-08-18 Confined Water Dives 2 & 3 Ajax Community Centre 9:00-11:00 PM
Sun April-22-18 Confined Water Dives 3 & 4 Ajax Community Centre 9:00-11:00 PM
Sun April-29-18 Confined Water Dives 4 & 5 Ajax Community Centre 7:00-9:00 PM**
Sat May-26-18 Open Water Dives 1 & 2 Shanty Bay, Barrie ** 9:00-4:00 PM
Sat May-26-18 Open Water Dives 3 & 4 Shanty Bay, Barrie ** 9:00-4:00 PM
 ** Please note the different start time **
This is the first year we will be having the Open Water Course in Shanty Bay, so please be sure you can get there.

 Cost for the complete PADI certification course $600
(Includes online PADI eLearning, Pool Instruction & Open Water Weekend, the use of all club supplied scuba equipment and air fills)

1. Online PADI eLearning course (Learn to scuba dive at your own pace and convenience)
2. All Instruction by PADI Certified Instructors and Divemasters in the pool and on Open Water dives
3. Use of the club's equipment (BCD, Regulators, Tanks, Weight Belt & Weights) for all pool and open water dives
4. Air fills for all pool and open water dives
5. Use of Club's eRDPml (i.e. Simulated Dive Computer) and Dive planning slates
6. Certification card as a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver
7. Bonus: Free Ajax Scuba Club Membership for the 2018 calendar year
8. Bonus: Free access to all Ajax Scuba Club's pool times
9. Bonus: Dive with Ajax Scuba Club’s experienced divers on Club dives
10. Bonus: Join any of Ajax Scuba Club's many social activities

Other costs:
1. To purchase personal snorkel gear (Approx $150)**
Mask, snorkel, open heel fins and wet boots

2. Rental of 7 mm wet suit, hood and gloves for the Open Water weekend (Approx $75)**

** Club discounts are available for purchasing snorkeling packages and the rental of wetsuits, hoods and gloves
from the following local dive shops that support our club:

Innerspace Divers Supply, 1794 Liverpool Road, Unit 4, Pickering (905) 420-8331 **
Dive Source Scuba and Snorkel Centre, 423 Bloor Street West, Oshawa (905) 438-8566 **

Other Area Stores in the GTA:
Aquasub Diving Centre, 1241 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill (905) 883-3483
Scuba 2000, 9033 Leslie Street, Unit 12, Richmond Hill (905) 771-1500
Aquarius Scuba Diving Centre, 4020 Dundas Street West, Toronto (416) 604-4203

Please be sure you can commit to these days. If you miss any of the sessions,
we will try to accommodate,  but you may incur additional charges for pool and
instructor times.

** You may incur some additional charges for accommodations and food on the
Open Water Weekend in Shanty Bay May 26th & May 27th 2018, if you choose to stay in the area (BnB, camp ground, etc).

If you feel you would like to begin your exciting adventure in diving, a deposit of $100.00 will secure you a spot in the course.  Spaces are limited, so it is on a first come, first serve basis. Balance is due the night of Orientation March 20th .

Deposits can be made by e-Transfer to:
(Please ensure you forward the answer to your security question to the same e-mail address)
Cheque or money order, before February 28th, mailed to:
Ajax Scuba Club
75 Bayly Street West
P.O Box 14528
Ajax, Ontario,
L1S 7K7

For any further information, please contact:
Adrian Van Vroenhoven
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Ajax Scuba Club Training Director
(416) 265-8113