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Sports: Scuba Diving

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Background

Diver amongst coral

Scuba diving was created by Jacques Cousteau who invented the Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, which includes the air tanks, regulators, hoses and mask needed for effortless breathing under the water. Scuba diving is a great sport for seeing the undersea nature. When you have your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), TDI (Technical Diving International), or NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) scuba diving certification, you can dive almost anywhere in the world.

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Equipment

Scuba diving involves not just the cost of the equipment, but also travel to good & often execotic scuba locations. The equipment for scuba diving is life-critical and always top quality, though you can rent it (especially if you don't dive a lot) at almost any resort or dive shop when you have a recognized certification.

Typical diving gear includes: a mask, a snorkel, a full length wet suit, a hood, a pair of diving gloves, a weight belt, a BCD (Buoyancy Control Device), a primary regulator with an alternate air source (second stage), an air tank, instrument console, diving boots, flippers, a diving knife, dive tables, a slate and an equipment bag for carrying the gear. The equipment is not cheap to buy, with a BCD costing $300-$800y.

Equipment and lessons are available at one of the scuba diving shops here. Try on every piece of equipment before buying. Those with a pool on location, will even let you try it underwater to make sure it functions and fits properly. If you choose to buy used equipment, check it thoroughly, have it inspected by a professional scuba diving equipment technician and ask to test it out (remember, its your life support underwater).

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Where


Here are local dive clubs where you can learn more:

  • Durham Divers Suba Club
  • The Ajax Scuba Club
  • Scarborough Underwater Club (SUCI)
  • Nautilus Dive Club of Port Hope,

There are a number of places to dive close to Oshawa-Duerham, including Lake Ontario and in the Trent-Severn & Kawarthas areas:

Lake Ontario

Sligo and Julia B. Merrill
The Sligo lies in about 65' of water just off Humber Bay, near Toronto. Limited visibility, especially after storms. The Merrill is nearby, and can be done together in a day trip.

Lyman Davis
Reputedly a "black wreck in black water", since it was burned off Toronto as a public spectacle in approximately 140' of water. Prince Edward County
The waters around Prince Edward Point, Point Traverse, Timber and False Duck Islands and the treacherous schoals and bars such as Psychic Shoal, Gull Bar and Poplar Bar, contain the wrecks of a number of two and three-masted schooners.

Lake Huron

Tobermory is widely considered the Dive Capital of Canada, with its deep clear waters and plenty of wrecks. Visit Canada's first National Marine Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park which two components, 45 square miles of clear water plus an archipelago of 19 islands. The park features sheer cliffs, limestone overhangs and large caves can be found both on the islands and submerged beneath the water. There are also the remains of over 20 historical shipwrecks in these waters.

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