About This Course

Successful completion of the Open Water Diver (OWD) course certifies you internationally to sport dive globally. Through the use of classroom sessions for SCUBA theory, skills training in local pools, and open water training in Sudbury’s many lakes, you will be guided by skilled and experienced instructors to be safe and comfortable in and under the water.

The Dolphin Aquatic Club has been certifying OWD candidates under the American Canadian Underwater Council (ACUC) since 1958. Your OWD training focuses on you becoming comfortable with handling SCUBA equipment, managing your buoyancy, troubleshooting problems, and being competent in your skills.

Further, as a member of the Dolphin Aquatic Club (seasonal membership included), you have access to our community of enthusiastic divers with thousands of dives and a rich history in training, exploration, and leisure. Membership includes unlimited air fills and free compressor operation training, weekly mentor dives to continue developing your skills, and many seasonal diving and social events.

Once certified, we encourage you to get involved in our dive community and expand your diving skills among friends! Find us on Facebook!

This course includes:

2024 Open Water Diving Course Info

Cost: $475.00

Location: Howard Armstrong Recreational Centre in Hanmer

If you are interested in participating in the 2023 OWD course, please review and complete the following forms, and submit to Danny at

We will be happy to discuss any further questions and will send a payment link via email, as spaces are limited. Payment of full course fees ($475) or a non-refundable deposit of $200 reserves a spot in the OWD course.


NOTE: Information and sizing for dive equipment will be available at the first class. Expect complete equipment kits to cost between around $400-$500. The dive gear the Club sells can be viewed at Edge Dive Gear.

The Club will supply learners with filled air tanks, breathing regulators, and buoyancy compensation devices (BCDs) at no charge for use during the course.

Classroom Sessions

The classroom sessions consist of 9 theory classes covering the science, safety, and procedures of safe diving. These sessions are led by skilled diving instructors, who will help you understand and master the content. No classes will occur during long weekends or the March break. The classes culminate in a written exam covering dive theory, dive tables, and hand signals. Reviews of responses are completed with all students and rewrites are offered, as necessary.

Confined Water Pool Sessions

Confined water sessions consist of 8 pool sessions in a local municipal pool. Each week, you will rotate in small groups under the instruction of various diving instructors. They will work with you to develop your safety, comfort, and skills on SCUBA equipment in the pool.

Open Water Checkout Dives

The open water checkout dives are June 1-2, 2024 at Fairbanks Provincial Park. There are 4 dives in total: 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. With close supervision, students are gradually exposed to cold-water diving. We will review content mastered in the pool in this new environment. Further opportunities to practice open water skills prior to certification are provided on an as-needed basis. Students will require the rental or purchase of a wetsuit for these dives.

Contact Us


Dolphin Aquatic Club

PO Box 21013 

Lockerby Post Office

Sudbury, ON P3E 6G6