Kinsmen Scuba Pool Dives
Location: Kinsmen Sport Centre Aquatics (Edmonton)
Address: 9100 Walterdale Hill, Edmonton, AB T6E 2V3
Date: November through to April
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
What: Scuba fun pool practice time
Who: Certified divers only (must bring and show your certification card)
Cost: AUC Member Price: $10 cash only + (non member: $20)
Must bring all own gear including tank/weights
(Be sure to contact your local favourite dive shop for gear/tank rental options)
Hosted By: Alberta Underwater Council
RSVP to: not required, drop-in for any of your choice of available dates:
Dive into the deep dive tank at the Kinsmen pool in Edmonton
Great way for certified divers to practice before their next dive holiday, PLUS:
Familiarize yourself with newly purchased or your rental dive gear
Save the reef & practice in the pool with a new u/w camera & get better photos, faster!
Practice your buoyancy
Get properly weighted for upcoming trip
Practice ditching your weights, mask clearing, air sharing, and other essential dive skills
Practice with drysuit before spring/summer diving season opens
Logistics (and/or Answers to FAQ's)
ARRIVE EARLY: suggest around 7:00 pm (but not much earlier). Unload, move vehicles, sign the waiver, pay $10 cash (non-member $15) to AUC volunteer, set-up gear on deck around of pool perimeter, get changed in your bathing suit/wet suit & socialize with other divers.
PAY AUC VOLUNTEER: $10 Member fee OR: $15 Non-Member Drop-in fee in cash per person to the AUC volunteer on deck
AUC Membership is appreciated - please renew or sign-up, only $20 pp/yr. To sign up or check your membership status see this link: https://auc.tidyhq.com/
MUST SHOW your C-Card & sign the AUC Waiver.
TIME: Life Guards allow the divers to access into the dive tank only at 7:30 pm sharp and must be out at 8:30 pm on the dot. Divers must pack-up & leave soon thereafter as pool is often closing & lifeguards need to lock-up.
AUC Member? Please renew AUC Membership and/or pay non-member fee: $20. AUC Membership is only $20 pp per year, (note: free 6 mos membership offer ends as of Dec 31.19). Not sure of your member status - contact us by email, phone, or the contact form below. Your membership renewal is important & helps keep the AUC strong & insured.
GEAR: Please remember, you must bring all your own scuba gear, tanks, weights & your C-Card (Scuba Certification Card) as well. Contact your local favourite dive centre (in advance) to reserve any and all of your scuba gear rentals (tanks, weights, bcd, regs, etc) as you must bring it all to the Kinsmen. No gear available at pool to beg or borrow. Change rooms & lockers are available at Kinsmen and/or bring own lock.
UNLOADING/LOADING: Can usually enter thru side-door (West-side, Door #10) of Kinsmen Aquatic Sport Centre, this door is right next to the dive tank - so easy access (especially compared to other pools). Drop off your gear outside & then must move vehicle immediately. Knock & someone will open door. Please try to keep wet & dirty footwear to a minimum.
PARKING: only where indicated (do not leave vehicle in emergency lanes or you'll be ticketed & towed), drop off gear quickly, then move vehicle. Do the reverse when loading up. Or worst choice: park out front, hike & carry all your gear thru front cashier & just advise that you're with the AUC scuba pool rental & they will let you come thru. Then must enter thru Men/Women's Change Rooms.
Note: Must be certified diver! Scuba Instructors are not available during pool rental times at Kinsmen. Helpful hints from other friendly divers present is the most you can expect. If it's been awhile ... take a full scuba refresher from your favourite local instructor or dive centre - your life is worth it!!
SOCIALIZE AFTERWARDS: In Edmonton & area? Want to meet local scuba divers?? Often the participants of the Kinsmen dive tank pool session go out to a local pub or restaurant to socialize afterwards. Ask where if interested while you're packing & loading up your gear at the end of the session.
Local Scuba Instructors can also take advantage of the deep tank at the Kinsmen Sports Centre to come out with only a few dive students. BUT must contact the AUC Office in advance with proof of insurance, plus pay the drop-in fee, sign waivers, etc.
Other Options for Scuba Pool Dives or Refresher Course?
Dates don't work for you? Contact your local dive shop or dive club for available pool times for scuba practice! If it's been a while, contact them about doing a full Refresher with an instructor before getting your fins wet in open water.
Ocean Sports - Pool dives at NAIT on various evening and weekend dates throughout the year, contact OS.
North West Scuba - pool dives at Scona Pool, contact NW Scuba
Wing Diver Club - Pool dives at Confederation Pool on Sundays from September through to June, contact Wing Diver Club.
Contact your local favourite dives shop in Calgary for their available dates & times, as many have their own scuba pools on-site and/or offer a wide variety of dates and times. AUC no longer sponsors drop-in scuba sessions at SAIT.
Elsewhere in Alberta? Contact your favourite local instructor or dive shop or dive club for available pool times for practice! If it's been a while, contact them about doing a Refresher or Reactivate with an Instructor before getting your feet wet.