Open Water Scuba Course- Kingston, ON

Soldier On Eastern ON region will host a 5 day (18-22 July) Basic Open Water SCUBA Course in Kingston, On with Explorer Diving. This is a week-long, local event for Soldier On members residing within 90 minutes of Kingston. Participants selected to attend must provide necessary medical authorization and commit to completing the mandatory attendance for all practical portions of the course. Please note this event will be based at the Explorer Diving business location and in the Kingston Yacht Club area.

This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. The intent of this event is to create a safe and inclusive environment for Soldier On members residing in the Kingston region to achieve their basic open water dive certification.
There is no cost for the course to participants. Travel assistance is not provided for this event as it is in the Kingston geographical area.

The Basic Open Water SCUBA Course will provide 6 participants with a 5 day Introduction to SCUBA and a Basic SCUBA Certification upon completion.Certification will allow for Soldier On members to pursue diving as a sport without additional training requirements. The activity will include instruction on Safety, Equipment and underwater drills and practice while wearing SCUBA equipment.Adaptive diving is available, pending the disability.
Instruction throughout the event will be provided by Explorer Diving, Kingston's Source For Scuba Diving.
Members must complete and return with their application the attached diving forms.


The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 6.
Minimum eligibility criteria:
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who live within 90 minutes of Kingston, ON who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service. Participants must bring their own snacks, water bottles and lunches.  All necessary scuba diving gear will be provided and participants must also bring appropriate daily kit (PT clothing, hygiene kit, towels.)
Serving Members:
Medical clearance will be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements
Participants interested in this event should possess basic swimming skills and be deemed medically fit for diving. Medical authorization will be required prior for selected participation. Participants should possess a base level of total body strength and be comfortable in aquatic environments.
Members must be able to wear SCUBA equipment including a diving mask, snorkel, fins, SCUBA tank, buoyancy compensation vest, weighted dive vest and will be expected to breathe oxygen through a dive regulator.
Participants must be able to tolerate 7-8 hours of moderate paced activities for 5 days in a row. Due to the busy activity schedule, applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the day.
Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.  Participants are advised that portions of this event will be located at Canadian Armed Forces bases/facilities, and thus they may be exposed to a day-to-day military environment.  Participants also acknowledge that there will be no alcohol allowed at the event.
Deadline for Nomination Forms. 
Must be received by Soldier On NLT Thursday, 07 July 2022.
Medical authorization will be required
Click here to fill out your expression of interest.

Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount.

While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low. Specific precautions, rules, regulations and observances will be communicated to selected participants for this specific camp in due course, but all applicants must be prepared to:
  • Be familiar with, and adhere to current PHM regulations and guidance;
  • Complete the respective provincial / territorial or federal government COVID-19 self-assessment tool before attending the event;
  • Refrain from participating in a Soldier On event if they have tested positive for COVID-19, have come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms of the virus;
  • Practice physical distancing during activity, including the use of non-medical mask when appropriate;
  • Follow all safety precautions provided by Soldier On and its sport service providers;
  • Adhere to a stringent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform rigorous hand hygiene;
  • Inform Soldier On immediately if you are not feeling well.
Soldier on, during the conduct of this activity, shall:
  • Ensure that the event is conducted following the current PHM regulations and guidelines of the location in question;
  • Ensure that all staff and participants are using PPE properly and following necessary protocols; 
  • Soldier On will cease the event if participants do not respect any of the health and safety protocols that are in place;
  • Ensure PPE, hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies are available and are being used; 
  • Continue to monitor the further provincial lifting of or changes in restrictions which may affect their operations; 
  • Track physical interactions (time/date/attendees/location) on physical activity log.


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