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
Most of us probably associate the hat with the man that’s inspired several generations now to slip beneath the surface of the sea.
Dive travel can be extremely rewarding and memorable, here are a few tips to make any diving vacation go a little more smoothly:
A list of scuba dive shops in Vancouver intended to highlight the availability of learning the sport of scuba in the lower mainland.
When you are not sure what to get that avid scuba diver friend consider a scuba gift card. Buy online and ship anywhere in the US or Canada. Makes a perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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