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Winter Wednesdays
Never Stop Learning!

Our Winter Wednesdays have become well known as a valuable resource for divers. The entire seminar series is TOTALLY FREE for the dive community. All divers, from any shop, at any level, are welcome. Please register for each event using our simple online event registration page at EVENT REGISTRATION. All seminars begin at 7:00 p.m. Some seminars continue with in-water sessions on our Pool N’ Pub nights.

Detailed Descriptions of all events are below. Unless otherwise noted, events last approximately from 7-8pm. Be sure to REGISTER for the events.

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Jan 24 – Intro to Tec

Our very own Trevor Kutcy will be hosting an engaging info session on PADI TecRec Diving courses. Even if you’re not convinced you want to Tec dive, come out and hear what it’s about. It’s a great opportunity to learn something new! Trevor will certainly be doing some MYTH BUSTING about what Tec diving is and isn’t. He’ll have a look at some of the specific gear requirements for Tec 40, which may surprise you (in a good way)! Lot’s of our current Tec Divers will be on hand to participate in the discussion, share their experiences and answer questions you may have.

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Feb 6 – Intro to FreeDiving

This event will be led by Logan Schmidt: a Marine Biology major at the University of Guelph, and Float N’ Flag’s newest freedive instructor. He is an accomplished +100ft freediver who is excited to promote the amazing sport of freediving and help grow the freedive community here in the GTA and throughout Canada. He will speak on his background in and out of the water, what freediving is, and the reason why he is so passionate about bringing it to Float N’ Flag. There will be a video component to address common misconceptions as well as an interactive activity involving breath-holds. Please come with questions, concerns, and an open-mind to learn, discuss, and fall in love with freediving.

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Feb 20 – Reels & SMB’s

Paul Finch is a Master Instructor with the FNF team, and is an accomplished Cave Diver and Cavern Instructor. As a result, he has spent hundreds of hours working with reels and SMB’s, and in typical FNF fashion, he looks forward to sharing those experiences and skills with others. This 2 part session, good for all levels of diver, will be an incredible introduction and review of the Who/What/When/Where/Why (Session 1) and How (Session 2 Pool) for Reels and SMB’s. Paul will review various types of both Reels and SMB’s during the classroom session, and you’ll get to use them during the pool session to practice your skills.

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CURACAO INFO NIGHT – SAVE THE DATE – Feb 25 – start time 6:00 p.m.

While we’re already sold out (except 1 single male spot) for the Feb 2019 Curacao trip, we’ve had an overwhelming response from divers looking for more info on Curacao. So, as a special treat for our divers, we’ve arranged for Bryan Horne to visit the store on Feb 25 for an exclusive Curacao Info Night. Don’t miss this fun Wine & Cheese evening to mix, mingle and learn about one of the best diving spots in the Caribbean!

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Mar 6 – Non-Decompression Gas Physiology

Dr. Pollock is a long time friend of Float N’ Flag, and this year he’ll be sharing about Non-decompression Gas Physiology. His past experience as a lead researcher at Divers Alert Network, as well as his work in his current role as Associate Professor and Research Chair at the University of Laval gives him a unique opportunity to share with us on this important topic for all divers. This discussion will be somewhat technical in nature, but entertaining and highly relevant. Breathing gas has impact beyond decompression safety. Both the gas selected and the presence of impurities can affect risk. This presentation will consider the physiology and pathophysiology associated with oxygen and carbon dioxide, and consider effects and management strategies related to nitrogen narcosis and high pressure nervous syndrome.

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Mar 20 – The Amazing Thing About Drysuits!

Frank Owens will join the FNF community for an enlightening evening on Drysuits, specifically the types, features and the ins and outs of using them. It’s a great opportunity to explore this area of diving, either for general knowledge or because you may be considering purchasing a drysuit in the near future. Bare has a full line of drysuits and Frank will reference their various suits and styles to help us understand the options and what drysuit might be right for us based on different styles of diving. Numerous drysuit divers from the FNF community will also be on hand for you to ask questions to and speak to you about their own drysuit experiences.

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April 16 (TBC) – Shark Week Float N’ Flag Style

World Renowned Shark expert Dr. Mauricio Hoyos will be joining Thomas L in this keynote evening that’s sure to engage all divers and non-divers alike. Thomas will first share the efforts of the Sherwood Conservation Team and what they are doing in the area of shark conservation. Then, we are lucky enough and honoured to have Dr. Mauricio Hoyos on hand to share his vast experience and adventures, especially in the area of Great White Sharks. He has spent significant time studying Great White Sharks and in particular, on Guadeloupe Island. It will be an exciting and popular event that may draw hundreds of people. Please register early as we may need to plan for an alternate venue.

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