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Hi mabus : welcome to the board, you have the right idea to join up with a Club. Our club is in Sarnia Ontario and we are sanctioned with the Ontario Underwater Council. to find a club in your area do some research on this site. The president of OUC is Raymond Krob and he can direct you in the proper direction. Ontario Underwater Council
I have to agree that quite often the instruction received at a Club is often less expensive and more comprehensive that if it's taken at a dive shop. There are many in your area. Hart House Underwater Club at Hart House, George Street Campus at U of T, the Etobicoke Underwater Club if you're in the west-end and many others. OUC has a listing of member clubs, as mentioned by the previous poster. There are a number of good dive shops (depending on where you're situated in the big smoke), but I'd first compare their programs with what's offered by the Clubs. Good luck!
I will be in Toby July 9th - 13th. I will be co-teaching an AOW course, and I think there are a couple of spots still available although we try to keep the classes small so not sure how long those spots will stay open. PM if you want more info.
I am doing my AOW july 17-18th in toby through Divers Den your welcome to come along. Any luck with you club search I am also looking to get into a club as I also don't have many friends interested.
If you are looking specifically to do your AOW in Toby I can't help you.
But if you are looking for a reputable shop/instructor I would highly recommend Roman Mizanski, the owner of Innerspace Divers Supply in Pickering. He does is AOWs in the Thousand Islands (Ivy Lea and Rockport). Also if you are looking for the east end scuba clubs you have the Ajax Scuba Club and the Scarborough Underwater Club.