Kinsmen Scuba Pool Dives
SUBJECT TO CHANGE W/LATEST COVID RESTRICTIONS - ......
Winter/Spring 2022, Saturdays, 2x per month, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
All dates are tentative & subject to COVID protocols, etc.
See also AUC's Group FB Page for updates!
NOTE: Feb 5th & 12th event s- cancelled due to protesters.
Fingers Crossed that Feb 19th be a go. Stay tuned!
Location: Kinsmen Sport Centre Aquatics (Edmonton)
Address: 9100 Walterdale Hill, Edmonton, AB T6E 2V3
Dates: Usually November through to May each year
Dates 2022: Jan 8, 22, Feb 5, 19, Mar 5, 19, Apr 2, 16, 30, May 7 & 14th
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - NOTE TIME CHANGE!!
What: Scuba splash for fun pool practice time for Edmonton & Area divers
Who: Certified divers only (must bring and show your certification card)
Cost: AUC Member Price: $15 prepaid or cash only + (non member: $25)
Must bring all own gear including tank/weights
(Be sure to contact your favourite LDS (local dive shop) for gear/tank rental options)
Hosted By: Alberta Underwater Council
RSVP to: email@example.com or mark "going" on Facebook event
OPTION to Pre-pay in Advance for AUC Scuba Splash event:
Send via E-Transfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
OR pay via AUC Tidy HQ Portal
Or pay cash to volunteer on pool deck - BUT RSVP appreciated.
Dive into the deep dive tank at the Kinsmen pool in Edmonton = Stay Active with Scuba
Great way for certified divers to practice before their next dive holiday, PLUS:
Familiarize yourself with newly purchased or your rental dive gear
Practice giant stride or other entries
Practice your buoyancy
Save the reef & practice in the pool with a new u/w camera & get better photos, faster!
Get properly weighted for upcoming trip
Practice ditching your weights, mask clearing, air sharing, and other essential dive skills
Practice with dry-suit before spring/summer diving season opens
Tentative Dates for 2022
Jan 8, 22, Feb 5, 19, Mar 5, 19,
April 2, 16, 30, May 7, 14th
(Fall 2022 dates TBA)
Logistics (and/or Answers to FAQ's)
ARRIVE EARLY: but not earlier than 4:00 PM, drive to NW DOOR #10, Unload gear, move vehicles, sign the waiver, pay in advance or $15 cash for AUC Members, (non-member $25) to AUC volunteer, set-up gear on deck around of pool perimeter, suggest that wear your bathing suit under street clothes (no lockers available) & socialize with other divers but keep physical distance while wearing face mask (if applicable).
COVID PROTOCOLS: FACE MASKS MANDATORY, keep physical distance, stay away if have any symptoms, etc. Use sanitizer provided, clipboards to be sanitized after each use. Wear bathing suit under street clothes, lockers might not be available, leave valuables at home or in vehicle, limit time spent in shower and/or change rooms afterwards, remember that face mask coverings mandatory! (NOTE: AUC is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items!)
PAY AUC VOLUNTEER: $15 Member fee OR: $25 Non-Member Drop-in fee prepay or cash at door per person to the AUC volunteer on deck - Please remember to be kind - volunteers don't make the rules!
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/public/membership_levels
MUST SHOW your C-Card & Sign the AUC Event Waiver (see pdf above). Keep physically distance, or stay home if sick!
TIME: Life Guards allow the divers to jump into the dive tank only at 4:30 pm sharp and must be out dive tank at 5:30 pm on the dot, (note time change from prev. yr). Divers must change, pack-up & leave soon thereafter. PLEASE LIMIT your time in shower/change room afterwards.
AUC Member? Please renew AUC Membership and/or pay non-member fee: $25. AUC Membership is only $20 pp per year,
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 favourite LDS (local dive shop -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. ABSOLUTELY zero gear available at pool to beg or borrow. Change rooms & lockers usually available at Kinsmen .
UNLOADING/LOADING: Keep physically distance. Note: usually enter thru side-door (North-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 remove & 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, try to keep physically distance and wear a mask/face covering.
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 shop - 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 BUT - limited to only a few dive students. NOTE: must contact the AUC Office in advance with proof of insurance, plus pay the drop-in fee, all sign waivers, etc.
Other Options for Scuba Pool Splash Dives or Refresher Course?
Dates don't work for you? Contact your local dive shop or dive club for available their 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 pool or open water.
Ocean Sports - Pool dives and/or Refreshers, etc., at Hardisty Pool on various evening and weekend dates throughout the year, contact OS directly, 780-432-1904.
North West Scuba - pool dives at ?? contact NW Scuba
Wing Diver Club - available at Confederation Pool on Sundays from September through to June, contact Wing Diver Club.
Contact your favourite LDS (local dive shop) in Calgary for their available dates & times, as 2 dive shops there have their own scuba pools on-site and/or offer a wide variety of dates and times. AUC no longer sponsors drop-in scuba splash 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 fins wet.