Marine Science Institute

The Marine Science Institute is a evening and weekend program for youth from ages 15 -19 years. It is intended to build waterskills, scientific understanding and ecological stewardship. Participants will work to further their understanding of PADI dive skills at their level in a progression that they are comfortable with. Students working with us for multiple years will be ready to work in the adventure tourism industry. They will also be quite prepared to pursue further studies in Marine Biology should they choose to. Dive certifications are awarded as the skill and knowledge components are successfully met. It would be common for youth divers to finish up to their rescue diver certification and have 2 or 3 specialty certifications also. While studying diving and free diving students also learn skills related to kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

In addition to the excitement of the water component there is also a science component. Students study Marine Biology, Limnology and or some commercial diving basics. We do our best to relate topics into a way that will help them in their high school science and trade programs. Some highschool credit is available depending on your school and/or school division. However, remember — This is not a school program.

Our credentials are extensive. Apart from being Instructors for PADI and Paddle Canada, we are also 4 certified school teachers on staff who also have extensive science backgrounds and science degrees and or B. Ed. and M. Ed. Degrees. We’ve been handling programming for large and small groups of children and youth for many years.

Our goal is simple — we want to create generations of well skilled, environmentally savy divers who comfortably explore our watery awesome planet and make things better as they go. If we happen to help prepare a few marine biologists, underwater welders, and entrepreneurs along the way … that’s cool too!

Participants have 2 90 minute class sessions and 2 3hour pool sessions each month. In addition to these they will also have open water sessions and evening and weekend short field trips. We want the parents involved so there are also family camp and trip opportunities available. Here’s a basic cost outline by activity that you might choose to participate in during your first year.

PADI Open Water Certification: $500 Includes all pool training, theory and open water dives.

Flatwater Paddleboarding: $120 Includes 2 six hour sessions on a local lake.

River Paddleboarding: $120 Includes 2 six hour sessions on a river. You’ve learned to paddle still water, now learn to paddle moving water. These days also include river snorkelling.

Basic Scuba Pack: $250. Students going on the additional scuba trips offered beyond the basic PADI training will also need their own mask snorkel fins and boots.

Mountain Dive Trip: $300

West Coast Dive/Surf Trip: $1800

Mexico Dive Trip $2500

Caribbean Dive Trip $3500

Kelowna CDI Trip $350

Year 1: Certifications: PADI Open Water Diver, Paddle Canada Basic Flatwater SUP.

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Trips: Vancouver Island (8 days); Mexico (10 days)

Year 2: Certifications: PADI Advanced open Water Diver, Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater SUP. Trips: Vancouver Island (8 days); Mexico (10 days)

Year 3: Certifications: PADI Enriched Air Diver, PADI Dry Suit Diver Paddle Canada SUP River 1 Skills, SUPTouring 1 Skills Trips: Vancouver Island 8days; Roatan( 10 days)

Year 4: Certifications: PADI Rescue Diver, Padi Dive Master, Paddle Canada SUP Surf 1 skills, SUP Surf 2 Skills Trips: Belize (10 days); Costa Rica(12 days)

MSI Financial Earn back Options

MSI Referrals: $50 each $500 max.

Greenhouse Referals and Sales: 10% of gross sales $800 max.

MTA 18 shop hours: $270 You’ll get more if we like how you work.

Tree/Shrub Sales: $3/tree goes back to your program. $600 max

Plant growing option 1, 2 and 3: 100 plants x $3.50 each = $350 x 3 = $1050 max

HDPE Recycling Option: $400 max

So Yes all the costs add up but you also are gaining a substantial savings and we are providing a means that you can earn a lot of it back. Text or call 403-650-3170 to book your attendance at our next information meeting:

May 21, 2019, 6pm 4744 14St NE Calgary

We can also video chat your own QandA session if that won’t fit your schedule.