Summer is on its way out in Vancouver but despite common misconceptions, that means it is the best time to learn to scuba dive.
In Vancouver and around British Columbia we have so much incredible marine life that this list is an almost impossible task
This Annapolis has been being prepared for the better part of four years and will be one of the cleanest artificial reefs known in the world.
A list of scuba dive shops in Vancouver intended to highlight the availability of learning the sport of scuba in the lower mainland.
Depending on where you get your basic scuba certification and complete your first ocean (or lake or quarry) dives, diving from shore may or may not seem intuitive to you. For those that begin their diving experience from a boat, it can seem a little daunting to just walk in from the beach or pier. … Continued
There are no words I can write here to do justice to the vibrant, healthy marine habitat that is found just northeast of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. The diving in the south of Queen Charlotte Straight, in between Nigei and Balaclava Islands is second to none. Delicate pink soft corals drape underwater cliffs, including … Continued
For divers that learn to dive in Vancouver, most take the plunge during the warmer months, but for those that keep diving they soon learn that winter is the best time of year to dive locally in BC. British Columbia offers rewards to divers regardless of season and below are my reasons why my Scuba diving experience is all year long in BC
Every winter we run a trip to Quadra Island, one of the Discovery Islands just off Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Discovery Passage runs between Campbell River and this Island group and features some extreme tidal currents every day of the year. This makes it challenging to dive, but promotes significant growth for the local marine species in these nutrient rich waters
While we have many interesting invertebrate animals in the Pacific Northwest local and visiting divers alike unanimously favour the Giant Pacific Octopus as a favourite or encounter or the one they most look forward to. Learning to See What You’re Looking For John DeBoeck of Browning Pass Hideaway near Port Hardy is fond of saying … Continued
The diving in and around the Port Hardy region of Vancouver Island is nothing short of awe-inspiring. I had heard about it for years before I finally made it a priority. My only regret is that I didn’t get there sooner. Many are shocked to learn that British Columbia has some of the world’s best … Continued
This past weekend we organized one of our regularly scheduled local fun dives; this one was to Porteau Cove in Howe Sound. This dive in particular attracted a large group of divers of a variety of experience levels from Open Water to Divemasters in Training, Instructors and Fundies hopefuls. It was a great mix of … Continued
I have noticed that many local divers have a beef with Whytecliff Park. The exact reason varies, but in general, people claim that it is “boring” as far as dive sites go. I think dismissing this dive site as “boring” is taking for granted something we are extremely lucky to have. Whytecliff park tops my list of dive spots in BC. It provides pretty interesting dives and can serve up a diversity of marine life representative of BC. Here’s my perspective on why this site keeps me coming back
During the Divers’ Weekend at the Vancouver Aquarium we received a private tour of the hatchery to see how the Vancouver Aquarium is able to raise Wolf Eels. Wolf Eels are not actually an eel, but a blenny, a species of fish. The local Wolf Eel population has been depleted because of commercial harvesting. However … Continued
Most certified divers that are looking to continue their training and are looking to do a little drysuit diving in Vancouver opt to take the PADI Advanced Open Water course. This course consists of 5 Adventure Dives that introduce new skills and knowledge to divers. While there are some mandatory Adventure Dives in the course, there … Continued
A video taken during our GUE Tech One Course Dan McKay and his students were able to capture a friendly young Habour Seal at Whyte Cliff Park British Columbia Canada
There are a lot of great dive spots in BC. Here is our master list of ones we feel stand out for most scuba divers and keep you coming back