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What is SCUBA gear?

What Is Scuba Gear?

Scuba diving equipment allows you to visit the underwater world by making it possible to breathe, see and move comfortably while below the surface. Gear helps you change from being a land-dweller to somewhat of an aquatic being – if only for a little while. A mask lets you see clearly. A scuba regulator and tank provide the air you need. Fins allow you to swim efficiently, and a wetsuit helps you stay warm. Whether you’re just starting as a scuba diver or you’re an experienced diver looking for new equipment, you’ll find helpful suggestions and tips in this section. Keep in mind that fit, comfort and suitability are the three most important considerations when choosing gear, but you don’t have to sacrifice color coordination and looking good. Your local PADI dive shop is a great place to get more information and assistance in finding the best scuba equipment for you.

Where Will You Use Your Scuba Gear? 

You can dive almost anywhere there’s water, and the scuba gear you use will vary slightly based on the dive environment. There are four general categories for dive equipment, but some gear fits in all categories – for example, the same mask is fine for all environments. 

PADI Open Water Diver



Registration for this course closes Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 5 pm

Clike HERE to pre-register

Course Includes:

•  Instruction by PADI Certified Instructors and Divemasters for 5 Confined Water dives and 4 Open Water dives

•  Equipment rentals and air fills for the 5 scheduled pool dives at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC)

•  PADI online eLearning course

•  Certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver

•  Receipt eligible for Education Tax Credit

Cost of Certification Course  $575


No Hidden Costs with SUCI

This list includes all the costs for the course. We've done our best to provide reasonable estimates for purchasing equipment and for the Open Water weekend.

Flexible Open Water 

Going down south and want to complete your Open Water dives there? Talk to us! Let us know when you register and your course will be discounted the cost of the Open Water Dives and we can provide you with a referral to a PADI Dive Centre.

•  SUCI Membership for the remainder of 2019 (a value of $135/year) including:

o  Access to all SUCI pool times at TPASC

o  Many opportunities to dive and practice with SUCI’s experienced divers and instructor team

o  Fun times at SUCI’s many social activities


Course Excludes:

•  Personal Scuba Equipment Required for the course (Budget $400)

 Mask and snorkel

o  Open heel fins and wet boots

o  Weight belt and weights

o  Any wetsuits for pool sessions 

o  Refundable deposit for eRDPml and Dive planning slate and dives (Refundable deposit of $30)

•  Open Water Dive weekend (Budget $250)

o  Rental of full scuba equipment for weekend

o  Air fills for 2 tanks

o  Camping, meals and fuel


Ready to get started? Complete our Pre-Registration form and we'll get back to you shortly. 

Need more information? Read our Open Water Diver Pamphlet

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Open Water Course Winter/Spring 2019

SUCI Open Water Course Dates Fall 2019


Schedule for Registration, eLearning, and Pool Skills:

Date Time Place Activity
Fall 2019
Wed. Sept 25 Midnight N/A  Registration closes
Wed. Oct 2 7:00 pm -11:00 pm TPASC Leadership Rm A
TPASC Training Pool

Dive 1
Tues. Oct 15 Plan 14 to 16 hours Your home Complete eLearning
Wed. Oct 16 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm TPASC Deep Pool

Quick Quiz

Dives 2 & 3a

Wed. Oct 23 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm TPASC Deep Pool Dives 3b & 4
Wed. Nov 6 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm TPASC Deep Pool Dive 5
Wed. Nov 27 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm TPASC Deep Pool Swim Skills

Schedule for Open Water Certification Weekend 2020:

Date Time Place Activity
Wed. June 10, 2019 6:45 pm – 9:30 pm TPASC Deep Pool Skills refresher and gear check
Sat. Jun 13, 2019 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Marmora, ON OW Dives 1 & 2
Sun. Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Marmora, ON OW Dives 3 & 4

Cost of Open Water Certification Course: $575

Read our PADI Open Water Diver descriptionfor further details. 


Ready to get started? Complete our Pre-Registration Form and we'll get back to you shortly. 

Trip Outside Ont. possible 2nd dates

Date: Sept 1 -11


Free Weekend

                                                                                    Free Weekend

Date: June 20 - 21



                                                                                                 Entrance to the City

Date: September 19 - 20


Parry Sound

Date: August 17-18


Mission Statement

SUCI: Promoting the sport of scuba diving through SAFETY, ADVENTURE, FUN and EDUCATION since 1961

June 2016 Open Water photos