Tips for Successful Shore Diving

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

Diving BC’s Browning Pass in Spring, an Easter trip experience

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

Why scuba diving is a remarkable experience all year long in British Columbia

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

Quadra Island Dive Travel Report

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

The Giant Pacific Octopus is an exciting encounter when diving in BC

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

Browning Pass: Why BC diving is some of the best in the world

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

The kelp is always greener: Why Whytecliff Park tops my list of Vancouver dive sites

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

Feeding the wolf eels back stage at the Vancouver Aquarium

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

Drysuit diving in Vancouver with our Advanced Open Water Course

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