Initiation to diving


Last update 27-11-2020
General informations
Individual or group operation
Photo authorization
General informations

The SSI Try Scuba or Try Scuba Diving program is a real introduction to the underwater world. This beginner's program gives you the opportunity to discover the underwater world, in a protected environment or in a natural environment, without registering for a long-term certification program. At the end of this program, you will get a Try Scuba or Try Scuba Diving SSI recognition card

  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Number of theoretical sessions: 1
  • Number of pool sessions: 1
  • Number of dives in a natural environment: 0
  • Maximum depth for training: 30 to 60 feet (depending on age)

Operation and registration

To better adapt to each person's reality, the diving school offers different possibilities of service offers for individual divers as well as for different types of groups (family, friends, organization, etc.).

Individual offer
As soon as you register, you will be given the forms and explanations for accessing the theory online. Once the theory is completed, you will be ready for the 1 hour 30 minute swimming pool initiation.

Group offer

1st Option 
This option is carried out in two phases allowing you to have more practice time in the pool. About two weeks before the initiation, a meeting will be held with the instructor and the group. For groups of an organization, the visit can be made on the premises of the latter. The purpose of this meeting is to give you the information to complete the theoretical part which can be done in person or digitally.

1. In-person training :All participants must be present to receive the theory (Duration: 30-45 minutes)
2. Digital training: We explain to the manager how to do the online training. The theoretical part must be completed by all participants BEFORE the start of the pool training.

The day of the initiation, the theoretical part having already been done, as soon as the group arrives, a reminder of the safety instructions will be given and we will start directly with the launch. You will therefore have 2 hours to familiarize yourself and practice in the water.

2nd Option 

This option includes all stages on the same day. It is adapted to the group which cannot get together before the initiation. As soon as the date and the number of participants are confirmed, the pre-initiation documents will be sent to you by email. During the initiation day, we will collect the preliminary documents and the course of the day will be as follows:

1. Safety instructions and theory part lasting 30 minutes
2. Launching and part in the swimming pool lasting about 1 hour 30 minutes

 Individual   8 years old and +  NA  By reservation
 45 $   45 $ 
 Groupe   8 years old and +  NA  By reservation   Several offers  *
* To find out about our different rates, contact us at 418-844-5000 # 4138 

Online if you have an account with the Valcartier Base Community Recreation Department
Open an Account with the Valcartier Base Community Recreation Department
By email, with the aquatic programs coordinator, Geneviève Perreault

Photo Authorization Form
To complete the photo authorization form, click HERE

For any questions regarding the various diving courses offered, contact the person in charge of the diving school, Louis Guay at 418-570-9118 or at 
To request support for registration support, you can contact the Aquatic Programs Coordinator at 418-844-5000, ext. 4138 or by email at

To consult the website of the Louis Guay diving school, click HERE