HHUC Annual Dive Trip - Cayman Brac
May 3-10, 2015

Franklin Lecture Join HHUC's next diving adventure to the Caribbean - great diving, great resort, great location, great price! For all the details and booking information, just click on the poster icon.

Learn to SCUBA Dive with the Hart House Underwater Club
Jan. 13th, 2015

Since 1962 the HHUC has offered high quality Scuba diver training courses featuring twelve weeks of classroom and pool instruction leading to Scuba certification with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). The club supports a team of professionally qualified NAUI instructors (many of whom are faculty, staff and alumni of University of Toronto). Our instructors are also club members and volunteers, who teach for love of the sport, rather than for financial gain, and because they believe in keeping the sport of diving safe for all participants. The club provides many diving opportunities with an extensive summer dive schedule, various trips and a variety of Scuba related and social activities! Sign up for the fall course which will run on Tuesday evenings 7:00-11:00pm from from Jan. 13th until April 7th, 2015.

For more information view our course brochure and FAQ.

Register early to avoid disappointment as the course fills up quickly. To reserve a place in the course or please contact the Hart House Hub, either in person, on-line or by phone (416-978-2452). If the course is full, do leave your name on the waitlist as spots often open up.

Snorkeling and Fitness for diving
Sept. 28th, 2014

The Hart House Underwater Club is pleased to offer a snorkeling and fitness for diving program as another way to enjoy the underwater environment. Led by a certified NAUI Scuba Diving Instructor, the program guides participants through exercises aimed at furthering one's snorkeling skills, apnea (breath hold diving), and fitness. The program is adapted to the needs of the participants from entry level (including participants from the underwater club's Learn to Scuba Dive course) to an intensive workout designed to strengthen in water skills and conditioning. All activities are using mask, fins, and snorkel. We usually round out the evening with a game of some sort including underwater hockey. The snorkeling program is held weekly on Sunday nights (8pm-9pm) at the Hart House Pool from mid September until the end of May. There is no cost for each session; however, membership in the underwater club is required. New this year, we ask participants to sign up for the course online, which only needs to be done once prior to your first session.

Scuba Refresher
Nov. 25th, 2014

Are you planning a trip down south this winter? Are you a certified scuba diver? Are you planning on diving? Has it been sometime since you?ve been wet? The underwater club is offering a scuba diving refresher class on Tuesday 25th November 2014. We will be spending some time in the classroom (at Hart House) to review the basics of scuba diving before heading off to the pool (Varsity) to practice the skills you covered in your open water course such as mask clearing, regulator clearing, buoyancy control etc. All equipment can be provided but if you have your own we encourage you to use this on the night. The class is open to all members of Hart House. Cost $75 plus tax.

You can book online or at the Hart House HUB 416-978-2452.

Lecture: The Franklin Discovery
Nov. 10th, 2014

Franklin Lecture The Hart House Underwater Club is pleased to host a public lecture on the Franklin Expedition and the discovery of HMS Erebus, presented by Joseph Frey, a member of the Victoria Strait Expedition.

Mon. Nov. 10th, 2014
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Hart House (Debates Room)

Joseph Frey is Governor-elect of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) and Chair of the RCGS’s College of Fellows. He is a former Director and Vice President of The Explorers Club, New York City, and former Chair of its Canadian Chapter. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London, England.
He was a member of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition which located HMS Erebus one of Sir John Franklin's two ships from the 1845 British Arctic Expedition. Over the past several years he has participated in a magnetometer survey of the intact War of 1812 wreck USS Scourge, a marine archaeology survey of the 1874 windjammer Melanope, biodiversity baseline mappings of coral reefs in Punta Francis National Park, Cuba and Peterson Cay National Park, Bahamas and a palaeontology excavation of an Albertosaurus bonebed site.
An accomplished writer whose work has been published in Canada, Britain and the United States in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail, National Post, Canadian Geographic, TIME, Geographical, The Medical Post, etc. He has reported on field sciences in the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica.
Joseph has traveled to over sixty countries and all seven continents. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for exploration, and The Explorers Club Citation of Merit. He is a graduate of both York University and the University of Toronto.

'Off the Clock' with HHUC Instructor Karen Parisien
Oct. 7th, 2014

The University of Toronto has an ongoing series called 'Off the Clock' which provides a short Q&A with UofT faculty and staff and the great things they do after work. This week's edition features Karen Parisien, one of our club's Instructors, who discusses her passion for scuba diving and involvement within the HHUC.