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PADI Open Water Program

The PADI Open Water Diver program is the most popular course offered at Ocean Quest. This course is your ticket to the exciting adventure of the underwater world. The course covers simple academic principles, and emphasizes actual diving experiences starting off in the pool, and then progressing to the ocean.

Ocean Quest proud to of our unique PADI Open Water - Learn to Dive program! We have customized our very own learn to dive program that works in conjunction  the PADI Open Water program to offer our students the absolute best training available!

For your course, you are provided with:

  • Customized information and training. Exclusive to Ocean Quest!
  • Use of all scuba equipment.
  • Quality Aqualung Fusion Drysuit - Our drysuits are fitted with specialized SLT rings which allow us to customize neck and wrist seals to ensure that you stay dry. We will supply you with your very own neck seal to use for the course. Exclusive to Ocean Quest!
  • Drysuit Undergarments rentals included. Exclusive to Ocean Quest!
  • eLearning Pass with PADI.
  • PADI eLearning Crew Pack.
  • Free one day rental coupon upon completion of your certification.
  • Special student discounts on equipment.  Due to the importance of fit and comfort, it is strongly recommend that students supply their own personal equipment (mask, snorkel and fins). 
  • Special student discount on the Aqualung i300 Dive Computer.

British Columbia offers some of the most spectacular diving in the world. After you finish your course, we will give you many opportunities to experience British Columbia’s underwater world.

Course formats - Ocean Quest offers multiple course formats to meet your scheduling needs. Click below to find out more information.

Ocean Quest also organizes Open Water courses with SFU and the Jewish Community Centre in addition to Summer Certification Camps with SFU. Contact Ocean Quest staff for more details.

Lean more about Why Learn to Dive at Ocean Quest!

Please contact Ocean Quest staff for prerequisites and requirements.  All students must complete a Scuba Medical Statement prior to any in water activities.  Please consult Ocean Quest if you answer “yes” to any of the medical questions. 

Once you register for your PADI Open Water Course, we will send you your eLearning link so you can get started on your PADI Open Water program right away! Drop by or call with credit card to register. 604.436.1157

The Ocean Quest Difference…

Lowest student to instructor ratios for PADI Open Water (Learn to dive) training in Greater Vancouver

When teaching people to dive, Ocean Quest utilizes the smallest student to instructor ratios in Greater Vancouver. Our ratios are typically 3 to 4 people per instructor when diving in the pool or ocean!!

Many stores use ratios of 6 or even 8 students per instructor and often have a different instructor throughout your program.

Quality Instruction/Experienced Instructors

Ocean Quest is proud to of our unique PADI Open Water - Learn to Dive program! We have customized our very own learn to dive program that works in conjunction with the PADI Open Water program to offer our students the absolute best training available!

Ocean Quest is the only dive training facility in the Greater Vancouver owned and operated by a Platinum PADI Course Director (Instructor Trainer).

In 2006, PADI commenced a new recognition program acknowledging active PADI Course Directors around the Globe.  Greg was one of less than 50 PADI Course Directors in the world to earn the highest recognition available – Platinum!  Greg has earned the Platinum Award multiple years in a row. 

Our lead instructors hold ratings beyond basic instructor and have been actively training divers for over 20 years!!


Ocean Quest is the most accredited PADI Dive Centre in Greater Vancouver as it is only one of two dive centres in Canada (the other is in Montreal) to earn PADI's highes dive centre rating - the PADI Career Development Centre.  In addition, Ocean Quest holds the PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre and TecRec Centre Ratings.

Ocean Quest is the only dive training facility in Greater Vancouver registered with the Private Career Training Institutions of BC (PCTIA).

In 2010, Ocean Quest received the Diver Acquisition Award by PADI as one of the top three dive centres in Canada for entry level training!

In 2013, Ocean Quest won the PADI Continuing Education and Master Scuba Diver contest held by PADI in our region (British Columbia)!

Consistent Instructor Staff

You will have the same instructors involved throughout your whole course. This ensures that student’s skill levels are tracked throughout the program by the same instructional staff and allows instructors to recognize and focus on student’s strengths and weaknesses.

Many stores use a “Modular Format" to teach their programs which means you will have different instructors throughout your program.

Quality Diving Equipment

Good equipment is essential to be comfortable as a diver. This is why Ocean Quest stocks its rental department with quality dive gear including Weight Integrated BCD’s and quality Whites Fusion Drysuits.

Ocean Quest is the only dive centre in Greater Vancouver to provide their students with custom fitting neck and wrist seals on their drysuits (essential to keep you dry!) and high performance drysuit undergarments (to keep you warm)!

Student rates

We want to make diving easier for you.  Our special student rates on rentals and purchases making diving affordable.

Organized dives / Active Diving Community

Every weekend we conduct free organized dives to make getting out diving easy after your course is complete, PADI Divemaster and buddies provided!!  We also conduct boat charters every month in Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.  Ocean Quest always has an active group who are always looking for new dive buddies.

Most important…we make diving FUN!

At Ocean Quest, we have not forgotten that the reason people want to dive to have fun. This is why we go the extra mile in everything we do to ensure that all of our students and customers have a great time!

Store Hours

Monday  10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open 7 days a week to serve you better!


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