EPSO IS THE FIRST AND ONLY PADI 5 STARS IDC CENTER IN OUTAOUAIS!
It is with great pride that EPSO celebrates with you its new status as a PADI 5 Star IDC Diving Center. (Instructor Development Center)
EPSO was born 3 years ago to fill an important need in the field of scuba diving in the Outaouais region. This need: learn, evolve, grow and flourish in scuba diving!
As soon as EPSO opened, divers from the region rallied with us and demonstrated that EPSO was making a difference. The trainings were already full and the new candidates were coming in large numbers. It was the beginning of a great wind of changes in the region!
Difficult and moving moments were overcome in order to make EPSO the benchmark in this already challenging industry. Without the support of each of you dear customers, friends and professional colleagues, this success would not have happened!
EPSO is a big family first and foremost! It was clear from the beginning that with the smiles we created, EPSO would be the benchmark we dreamed of!
Here is a short history of the highlights of EPSO and how we grew up with you!
Early 2013 - Simple discussion among friends about the lack of variety of equipment and adequate training in the area.
September- Incorporation created
October 2 - EPSO has a Facebook page!
November - EPSO visits the DEMA (the most important congress of the industry)
November 12 - EPSO acquires the largest diaphragm compressor in the region!
December - Acquisition of the necessary commercial space.
January- Beginning of the shop
January 11th - First Open Water training (the shop is not even open yet!)
28 February - EPSO is the only repair center for regulators in the region!
March 1 - EPSO officially becomes a PADI center.
March 1 - Aqualung announces that EPSO will be a partner center.
May 30 - EPSO now offers technical diving training through Kevin Brown.
June - EPSO makes its first PADI Rescue.
June 16 - EPSO is now an authorized BARE dealer.
July - EPSO offers free DSDs in an outdoor pool at Wonders of Sands.
July 18 - EPSO becomes an authorized Light Monkey dealer.
18 August - EPSO becomes the first school in the region to certify Open Water students in drysuits.
August 26 - EPSO becomes an authorized Shearwater dealer.
October - EPSO trains its first Divemasters.
October 7 - Carl Gingras joins the EPSO team (those who know him know why this is an event!)
October 14 - Hollis makes his appearance at EPSO
22 November - EPSO becomes the only school to offer trainings on visual inspections on cylinders in the region.
January 14 - EPSO trains its first divers in the south (Cozumel).
April 3 - EPSO becomes the first dive center with a PADI Elite 100 instructor in the area.
June 28 - EPSO is the first school in the area to try scooters for divers.
12 August - EPSO is featured on Vert d'Envie at Radio Canada.
24 august - EPSO now offers pure oxygen to divers thanks to its installations with Booster.
January 1st - EPSO launches its new website with an online store. The first in the region.
January 18 - EPSO is the first dive school to offer recycler testing in the area.
March - EPSO becomes the first school in the region to train strictly with computers.
March - EPSO now makes trimix mixes.
September - EPSO announces the arrival of 2 new owners who are passionate about diving. This news sends wind in the sails of EPSO and it shifts in 6th gear!
September - EPSO becomes a 5 star PADI center.
February - EPSO becomes a 5-star diving center IDC!
Clearly, several events have been omitted, the list would be too long.
Thank you once again for your support and encouragement!