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Step 1 - Knowledge Development

To teach you and help you understand the basic principles of Scuba DiviNg

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Step 2 - Confined Water Dives

 

To show and help you learn basic scuba skills

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Step 3 - Open Water Dives

To instruct you as you demonstrate your skills and explore the underwater world!

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Course Dates

Our PADI Open Water Diver Courses are run every month over 2 consecutive weekends

Private Courses can be run during the pre-arranged Course times or can be scheduled on any other requested date

 

What's Included?

All Rowand's Reef Open water Diver Courses Include the following:

Use of all required Rental Equipment including
Mask & Snorkel, Drysuit & Dive Computer

Transport to-and-from Rowand's Reef and Pool/Dive site

PADI Certification Card & Fees
(Except Referral Option)

20% Student Discount & Advice on any Gear Purchases instore
 for the duration of your Course

Adaptive & Customised Teaching and Training based on your Personal level of Progression

1 Free Daily Rental Package upon completion of your certification
($125 value)


 
 Drysuit Certification Upgrade  Only $99

Drysuit Certification Upgrade

Only $99

Drysuit Certification Upgrade

Get the opportunity to earn your Drysuit Diver Specialty Certification as part of your Open Water Course.

With only one extra Training Dive required (during your Open Water Course Dives), you will receive a second PADI Certification Card that will allow you to use and rent Drysuits anytime in the future!

If you plan on diving in British Columbia or doing any cold water diving in the future - this is definitely worth it!

Price $99

(Full PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty Course Price $299.99)

 
Open Water Drysuit Certification Upgrade
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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn MOre about the PADI Open Water DIVER Course here

Learn how to Scuba Dive with Rowand's Reef in beautiful British Columbia! Take Scuba Lessons to experience unparalleled adventure and explore the world beneath the waves!
 

What is the PADI OPen Water COurse?

 The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the first step in your Scuba Diving Education. It will give you the knowledge and training to safely scuba dive most anywhere in the world! Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.  At the end of the course you will recieve a lifelong PADI Open Water Diver Certification card, indicating that you are a trained diver to a depth of 18 meters / 60 feet. Whether you want to dive cold water here in Canada or explore tropical beaches and coral reefs, the PADI Open Water Diver Course is the place to start!

The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the first step in your Scuba Diving Education. It will give you the knowledge and training to safely scuba dive most anywhere in the world! Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

At the end of the course you will recieve a lifelong PADI Open Water Diver Certification card, indicating that you are a trained diver to a depth of 18 meters / 60 feet. Whether you want to dive cold water here in Canada or explore tropical beaches and coral reefs, the PADI Open Water Diver Course is the place to start!


Where does the pool Training & Open Water divING take place?

 Our Pool Training and Confined Water Dives take place at UBC Aquatic Centre. This new 40-Million dollar Aquatic Centre has great facilites for scuba diving, including a 15 foot deep pool. Perfect for practising bouyancy and simulating Open Water dives and training in a controlled environment.  The Open Water dives will take place at our regular diving hotsport Whytecliff Park. Located just 30 minutes drive from our shop on West 4th, this dive site has been a favourite amongst local dive shops and divers for over 30 years!  With easy access to a large sheltered bay, it provides ideal depths and protection from currents for practising skills. The visibility can range from great to not so great depending on conditions, but you will still find a variety of local marine life hiding amongast the sandy seabed including crabs, starfish, jellyfish, sea cucumbers, fish and lots more!  Once you begin to explore outside the bay life gets really interesting! Octopus, Wolf eels, Rockfish, Lincod as well as huge anenome gardens and sponges can all be found along large rock walls that descend down into the depths beyond 200 feet.   If you are lucky you may also meet one of the friendly local seals who like to hangout with divers at Whytecliff Park.

Our Pool Training and Confined Water Dives take place at UBC Aquatic Centre. This new 40-Million dollar Aquatic Centre has great facilites for scuba diving, including a 15 foot deep pool. Perfect for practising bouyancy and simulating Open Water dives and training in a controlled environment.

The Open Water dives will take place at our regular diving hotsport Whytecliff Park. Located just 30 minutes drive from our shop on West 4th, this dive site has been a favourite amongst local dive shops and divers for over 30 years!

With easy access to a large sheltered bay, it provides ideal depths and protection from currents for practising skills. The visibility can range from great to not so great depending on conditions, but you will still find a variety of local marine life hiding amongast the sandy seabed including crabs, starfish, jellyfish, sea cucumbers, fish and lots more!

Once you begin to explore outside the bay life gets really interesting! Octopus, Wolf eels, Rockfish, Lincod as well as huge anenome gardens and sponges can all be found along large rock walls that descend down into the depths beyond 200 feet. 

If you are lucky you may also meet one of the friendly local seals who like to hangout with divers at Whytecliff Park.

What will i learn?
 

 During the PADI Open Water Course we will teach you the basics of diving and how to stay safe in the water through a combination of knowledge development and practical training.  As part of the Knowledge Development you will learn basic principles and scuba diving theory. This knowledge will then be put into practice during the confined water dives where you will be taught a series of basic scuba skills. These skills will be used when you explore the underwater environment during your Open Water Dives.  Rowand's Reef takes this PADI Open Water trainng a step further and incorporates Drysuit and Cold Water specific theory and skills. Learning to dive in Cold water can be challenging but it instantly makes you a more experienced and better diver from the start. It means when you head off to tropical waters, you find scuba diving easy and stress free!

During the PADI Open Water Course we will teach you the basics of diving and how to stay safe in the water through a combination of knowledge development and practical training.

As part of the Knowledge Development you will learn basic principles and scuba diving theory. This knowledge will then be put into practice during the confined water dives where you will be taught a series of basic scuba skills. These skills will be used when you explore the underwater environment during your Open Water Dives.

Rowand's Reef takes this PADI Open Water trainng a step further and incorporates Drysuit and Cold Water specific theory and skills. Learning to dive in Cold water can be challenging but it instantly makes you a more experienced and better diver from the start. It means when you head off to tropical waters, you find scuba diving easy and stress free!


What is a drysuit &
do i have to wear one?

 A Drysuit is a sealed layer worn when scuba diving instead of a wetsuit to keep you warm in colder water. It works by trapping a layer of air within the suit which acts as an insulatotor and also helps with your bouyancy. Your body stays dry underneath the drysuit and you can also wear thermals to stay even warmer. In British Columbia, the vast majority of divers will use a Drysuit for diving.  At Rowand's Reef we will train you to dive in a drysuit for your Open Water Course as standard. This ensures more comfort and enjoyment from the course. The extra training will also help make you a more prepared diver from the outset.  You don't have to use a drysuit if you don't want to however! For those who aren't as interested in Drysuit diving, we have warm 7mm J-Type Wetsuits available for use in the ocean. These wetsuits will keep you warm in the cold waters for most part of the year and can be requested in place of the drysuit for use on your course.  At Rowand's Reef, we carry the Aqua Lung Fusion Range of Drysuits. These suits contain the latest in drysuit technology and allow for a customized fit with added flexibility and bouyancy control in the water. 

A Drysuit is a sealed layer worn when scuba diving instead of a wetsuit to keep you warm in colder water. It works by trapping a layer of air within the suit which acts as an insulatotor and also helps with your bouyancy. Your body stays dry underneath the drysuit and you can also wear thermals to stay even warmer. In British Columbia, the vast majority of divers will use a Drysuit for diving.

At Rowand's Reef we will train you to dive in a drysuit for your Open Water Course as standard. This ensures more comfort and enjoyment from the course. The extra training will also help make you a more prepared diver from the outset.

You don't have to use a drysuit if you don't want to however! For those who aren't as interested in Drysuit diving, we have warm 7mm J-Type Wetsuits available for use in the ocean. These wetsuits will keep you warm in the cold waters for most part of the year and can be requested in place of the drysuit for use on your course.

At Rowand's Reef, we carry the Aqua Lung Fusion Range of Drysuits. These suits contain the latest in drysuit technology and allow for a customized fit with added flexibility and bouyancy control in the water. 

Why learn with Rowand's Reef?

  Rowand’s Reef has over 40 years experience certifying new scuba divers. Our experienced Instructors will take you from your first breaths underwater to exploring the incredible cold waters of Vancouver!     Whatever experiance you may have had previously, our instructors will work with you to ensure your confidence, comfort and readiness and assess your ability to complete dive skills. Low Instructor-to-student ratios allow lots of contact time with your instructor, whilst the latest in drysuit and other rental equipment technology mean you will be prepared to handle the challenging conditions.     We want to ensure that you are properly trained as a scuba diver, but also that you have lots of fun and enjoyment along the way!

Rowand’s Reef has over 40 years experience certifying new scuba divers. Our experienced Instructors will take you from your first breaths underwater to exploring the incredible cold waters of Vancouver!

Whatever experiance you may have had previously, our instructors will work with you to ensure your confidence, comfort and readiness and assess your ability to complete dive skills. Low Instructor-to-student ratios allow lots of contact time with your instructor, whilst the latest in drysuit and other rental equipment technology mean you will be prepared to handle the challenging conditions.

We want to ensure that you are properly trained as a scuba diver, but also that you have lots of fun and enjoyment along the way!


What is the Difference between
Warm and Cold Water Diving?

 Water colour, visibility and temperature - these are the biggest differences when it comes to cold water vs warm water. The adventure and aquatic life you can see is amazing in both!  Water colour - In cold water, the colour appears more green/gray compared to the blue/turquiose water of the tropics. This difference really only matters if you do any underwater filming or photography.  Visibility - the best time to dive in BC is from Septemeber - April. This is when the visibility is the most clear and can be as good as any warm water dive site. In the summer visibility here can be poor at times due to the large growth of plant life in the water. This vis does clear up as you dive deeper, but learning to dive in poor visibility will again give you extra experience and training making you a better diver.  Temperature - water temperatures in BC ranges from around 7°C in the winter/spring to around 15°C in Summer/Fall. While this is a bit different to the 20°C plus temperature of warmer warter, the extra equipment and Drysuits make this easy to handle and you quickly get used to it after a few dives.  Things to see - When it comes to marine and plant life, there are just as many amazing things see in cold water as there is in any warm water dive site. Life in cold water tends to be larger and more unique, whislt in warm water life tends to be more plentiful. You may have to explore a bit more to find life in cold water but this just adds to the adventure of the dive! Plus the wrecks you can explore are amazing in both warm and cold water!  Jacques Cousteau once said that the coastal waters of British Columbia are 'the best temperate water diving in the world and second only to the Red Sea'. That is an indication just how much there is to see in BC. Plus Vancouver is one of the only places in the world you can scuba dive and ski in the same day - definitely worth a bit of cold!

Water colour, visibility and temperature - these are the biggest differences when it comes to cold water vs warm water. The adventure and aquatic life you can see is amazing in both!

Water colour - In cold water, the colour appears more green/gray compared to the blue/turquiose water of the tropics. This difference really only matters if you do any underwater filming or photography.

Visibility - the best time to dive in BC is from Septemeber - April. This is when the visibility is the most clear and can be as good as any warm water dive site. In the summer visibility here can be poor at times due to the large growth of plant life in the water. This vis does clear up as you dive deeper, but learning to dive in poor visibility will again give you extra experience and training making you a better diver.

Temperature - water temperatures in BC ranges from around 7°C in the winter/spring to around 15°C in Summer/Fall. While this is a bit different to the 20°C plus temperature of warmer warter, the extra equipment and Drysuits make this easy to handle and you quickly get used to it after a few dives.

Things to see - When it comes to marine and plant life, there are just as many amazing things see in cold water as there is in any warm water dive site. Life in cold water tends to be larger and more unique, whislt in warm water life tends to be more plentiful. You may have to explore a bit more to find life in cold water but this just adds to the adventure of the dive! Plus the wrecks you can explore are amazing in both warm and cold water!

Jacques Cousteau once said that the coastal waters of British Columbia are 'the best temperate water diving in the world and second only to the Red Sea'. That is an indication just how much there is to see in BC. Plus Vancouver is one of the only places in the world you can scuba dive and ski in the same day - definitely worth a bit of cold!


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