Kinsmen Scuba Pool Dives

Location: Kinsmen Sport Centre Aquatics (Edmonton)

Address: 9100 Walterdale Hill, Edmonton, AB T6E 2V3

Date: Usually November through to April

Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM - NOTE CHANGE OF TIME from last year!

What: Scuba fun pool practice time 

Who: Certified divers only (must bring and show your certification card)

Cost: AUC Member Price: $15 cash only +  (non member: $25)

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: info@albertaunderwatercouncil.com or mark "going" on Facebook event

 

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

 

Dates:

2020 

Oct 24

Nov 14, 28

Dec 12, 19

2021 -  TBA

Logistics (and/or Answers to FAQ's)
  • ARRIVE EARLY: no earlier than 3:45 PM, DOOR #10,  Unload gear, move vehicles, sign the waiver, pay $15 cash (non-member $25) to AUC volunteer, set-up gear on deck around of pool perimeter, wear your bathing suit under street clothes (no lockers available) & socialize with other divers but keep physical distance while wearing face covering. 

  • 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, no lockers 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 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 both the COVID Risk & the AUC Kinsmen Waivers (see above). Keep physically distance, record temperature on COVID WAIVER (AUC volunteer will take your temperature) during waivers.

  • TIME: Life Guards allow the divers to access into the dive tank only at 4:15 pm sharp and must be out at 5:15 pm on the dot. Divers must pack-up & leave soon thereafter. LIMIT your time in shower/change room afterwards.

  • AUC Member? Please renew AUC Membership and/or pay non-member fee: $20.  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 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 available at Kinsmen but no lockers at this time. 

  • UNLOADING/LOADING: Keep physically distance.  Note: 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 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 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.

Edmonton Area:

  • The Dive Outfitters - Pool Fun and/or Refreshers, etc, at Grant MacEwan University pool on various weekend dates throughout the year, contact TDO directly, 780-483-0044.

  • Ocean Sports - Pool dives and/or Refreshers, etc., at Jasper Place Aquatic Centre 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 - not available at this time but usually Pool dives at Confederation Pool on Sundays from September through to June, contact Wing Diver Club.

Calgary Area:

Contact your local favourite dives shop in Calgary for their available dates & times, as 2 dive shops 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.

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