YOU CAN. Experience another world. Discover more. Become a PADI Open Water Diver.

Learn to Scuba Dive in Toronto!

Learning to dive is one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Earning your PADI certification will forever change the way you see the world, both above and below the water. As a PADI diver, you hold the passport to visit the last frontier - the underwater world offers endless opportunities for adventure and discovery.


Since 1996, Water Sports has been introducing people to the underwater world with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Our dive training philosophy could be summarized as "quality over quantity." Our goal is to train comfortable, confident and conscientious divers ready for a lifetime of fun. How do we achieve this?


  • We allow a maximum of 4 students per PADI Pro, and a maximum of 8 students per class. Compare this to the minimum PADI standard of 10 students to 1 instructor.
  • No hidden costs - we're upfront about our prices and what is, or is not, included.
  • We offer a welcoming and undiscriminating atmosphere that reflects Toronto's diversity.


This is how we've been able to safely train new divers - from 10 to 80 years old!

The 3 Steps to Become a PADI Open Water Diver

Study PADI eLearning on your PC, tablet, or mobile device.

1. PADI eLearning

1. PADI eLearning

1. PADI eLearning

Learn fundamental scuba concepts from the convenience of your desktop, laptop  or tablet. 

PADI Open Water Diver course in Toronto with Water Sports Scuba

2. Pool Training

1. PADI eLearning

1. PADI eLearning

Get hands on training and practice your new dive skills in a pool with your Water Sports instructor.

PADI Open Water Diver certification with Water Sports.

3. Certification

1. PADI eLearning

3. Certification

Use your new scuba skills to complete 

4 dives in a real-world environment, like a river, lake, or ocean.

1. PADI eLearning

Study From Anywhere (Even Quarantine!)

Learn fundamental scuba concepts from the convenience of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device with the PADI eLearning program.


  • Sign up and connect with your Water Sports instructor through the PADI eLearning program.
  • Readings, videos, and interactive diagrams guide you through 5 course modules.
  • Learn about things like: marine ecology; gear selection, use and maintenance; how water pressure affects your body; emergency procedures and accident management, just in case; and more.
  • For a more enjoyable learning experience, we recommend you give yourself about 18 hours to finish the eLearning program.


Once you've completed the PADI eLearning program, you'll come in for the eLearning Quick Review with your instructor. This takes place on a Friday evening, for about 3 hours.


  • Officially complete the eLearning program by writing a short summary exam.
  • Bonus lesson on safe dive planning, and procedures, a topic that many students have trouble with.
  • Bonus lesson on gear set up, and time to practice, so your ready to hit the water when you get to the pool - no time wasted on the pool deck.

Learn to scuba dive in Toronto with Water Sports.

Study from anywhere!

2. Pool Training

Your First Dive

During the pool training, our PADI Pros are in the water with you the whole time. They will first demonstrate the skills, and then help each student practice, one-on-one. Pool training takes place on a Saturday, for about 8 hours, and when successfully completed you'll be ready to move on to the open water.


  • Practice proper gear handling techniques, and buddy team procedures.
  • Demonstrate your comfort in the water with a 200m swim, and 10-minute float test.
  • Learn essential dive skills: different ways of entering the water; breathing from a regulator; clearing water from your mask; kicking with dive fins; controlling your buoyancy; emergency procedures, just in case; and more.


We allow a maximum of 4 students per PADI Pro, and a maximum of 8 students per class. Compare this to the minimum PADI standard of 10 students to 1 instructor.

PADI Open Water Diver pool training in Toronto with Water Sports.

Pool training with Water Sports

3. Certification Dives

Now You're Ready to Hit the Water

This is what you've been waiting for - get ready to put everything you've learned into practice, and hit the open water of a river, lake, or ocean. Once these dives are complete, you'll officially be an PADI Open Water Diver.


  • Get a referral letter from your Water Sports instructor and complete your certification dives on vacation.
  • Complete your certification dives with Water Sports in Ontario in the summer.


More information coming soon. In the meantime, please contact Water Sports for more information.

Learn to scuba dive with Water Sports in Toronto.

Doing a buddy check before diving.

How to Take Our Open Water Diver Course

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Referral Course

The ideal option if you'd like to learn to scuba dive in Toronto, then finish your certification on vacation.


  • PADI Open Water Diver eLearning Program
  • PADI Logbook & Training Record
  • Bonus Dive Planning Lesson
  • Scuba equipment rental for the pool (except mask, snorkel & fins, and watch/dive computer)
  • Regulator mouthpiece to keep (for proper hygiene we never reuse mouthpieces)
  • $25 Wetsuit Voucher (covers the full cost of renting, or you can apply it to the purchase of a new wetsuit)
  • Exclusive student discount on all gear purchases (up until your course date)
  • Referral Letter


SALE $304.25* (Reg. $359.00*)

Complete Certification Course

Complete your PADI Open Water Diver certification with your Water Sports instructor here in Ontario (summer only), or on one of our tropical dive trips.


  • Referral Course (as outlined above)
  • 4 certification dives with your Water Sports instructor
  • PADI Open Water Diver certification card


SALE $604.25* (Reg. $659.00*)

*Does not include: taxes; mask, snorkel, and fins; underwater watch/dive computer.

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Start Your Course Today

You can start your PADI Open Water Diver eLearning course right now! Just click the link below and follow the instructions on the PADI store.


The PADI eLearning course is non-refundable, so we recommend completing the medical questionnaire before you pay.


Please contact for more information.

Open Water Diver Course Schedule

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