Are you a good dive buddy?

One of the most critical pieces of scuba dive safety equipment is a good dive buddy. Sure, your own awareness, problem solving and ability to manage stress are vital, but if you get into a situation that is difficult for you to handle on your own a good dive buddy can take a potentially dangerous problem and solve … Continued

Dive Travel Tips

Dive travel can be extremely rewarding and memorable, here are a few tips to make any diving vacation go a little more smoothly:

Customer Appreciation BBQ & Scuba Sale

IDC is having a one day sale and customer appreciation event on June 29th, 2013. The sale will run over the course of regular Saturday store hours: 10am-6pm. Join us for a barbecue and check out the savings available on merchandise like Suunto computers, Tusa masks, snorkels, fins, various BCD & regulator packages, DUI & … 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

5 tips to keep you diving after your open water scuba certification

After completing your open water certification new divers are unsure what to do next. Many people get their basic scuba certification on a whim or for a specific trip or purpose but wind up falling in love with the sport and the underwater world during their Open Water course. Here are 5 tips on what to do after your Open Water scuba certification.

Do scuba certifications expire? Generally no, but know your specifics

The majority of diving certification agencies issue certifications for life but knowing how your specific scuba certification expires varies largely according to the certifying agency for your course. Most of the large recreational agencies do not have any specific expiration guidelines, instead issuing certifications for “life” provided that divers keep diving.

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 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

HMCS Annapolis Extraction Volunteers Needed

After 3 years of struggle the ARSBC has been officially advised that the former HMCS Annapolis has been accepted as a gift to the province parks branch. With this confirmation, the Annapolis now has a new mission to become a long term stable marine habitat in Halkett Bay Provincial Marine Park, Gambier Island and will … Continued