#WhyTravelDiveLocal – Learn to Dive Dry and Explore Beautiful British Columbia with IDC Today!


Are you a certified diver and want to have the freedom to dive whenever you want? Has it been a while since you’ve blown bubbles under the waves?  Feeling the itch to get back into the ocean but are not ready to travel? Want to move through your certifications locally to become a Master Scuba Diver? Then our Deluxe Refresher with PADI Drysuit Diver Course is exactly what you’re looking for!


Dive whenever you like right in your backyard and plunge into the diverse waters of Beautiful British Columbia, with our Deluxe Refresher with PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty course, and embrace the thrill of diving in cooler waters while staying warm and comfortable. This specialized course is designed to introduce you to the unique joys of drysuit diving, opening up a world of year-round diving opportunities amidst the breathtaking underwater landscapes of Vancouver and BC. From the hidden wonders beneath the surface of Howe Sound to the historical wrecks in the Burrard Inlet, the PADI Drysuit Diver Course equips you with the skills and knowledge to explore these captivating sites with ease and confidence.

Under the guidance of our seasoned instructors, you’ll learn how to expertly manage buoyancy, handle and maintain your drysuit, and tackle the cold waters with comfort. Whether you’re a local diver looking to extend your diving season or an adventurer seeking to discover the majestic underwater realms of the Pacific Northwest, our course is your gateway to unforgettable subaquatic experiences. Join us and redefine your diving adventures with the mastery of drysuit diving in Vancouver, BC!

PADI Drysuit Diver is an essential certification to enjoy cold water diving that will also add to your prerequisites to acquire the highest PADI level of Recreational Diving certification as a PADI Master Scuba Diver!

Deluxe Refresher With PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty

International Diving Centre offers the Deluxe Refresher with PADI Drysuit Diver Course every month which consists of:

  • Monday Evening: Your Basic Refresher to get you ready to dive again (Note: this portion is required only if you’ve been inactive for 6 months or more. If you’ve logged dives within the last 6 months you can simply join the following PADI Drysuit Diver Course)
  • Wednesday Evening: A full Drysuit Orientation in the classroom and pool to prepare you for the ocean
  • Friday between 1:00pm – 6:30pm equipment sizing and pickup (typically takes between 20-30 minutes). If you’re not ridesharing with IDC you are required to pickup all equipment including tanks and weights.
  • Saturday Morning: 2 Ocean dives where we work with you to master those drysuit skills and have you exploring our local waters

The price for the PADI Drysuit Diver course is $399.95 plus GST.

The price for the Deluxe Refresher with PADI Drysuit Diver course is $449.95 plus GST.

We supply you with the PADI eLearning and all essential equipment and offer computer rentals if you don’t have your own.

You are required to own your own mask, snorkel and mouthpiece for the regulator. We have a large selection of masks and snorkels at our shop if you don’t own your own.

The forms you’ll need to complete are:

As you ascend from the depths of the cool waters of Vancouver, BC, completing your PADI Drysuit Diver course, you emerge not just as a diver, but as an explorer of the enigmatic underwater realms that few have the privilege to witness. With the mastery of drysuit diving under your belt, the changing seasons and colder waters are no longer barriers but invitations to new adventures. You now have the freedom to dive into the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s stunning underwater landscapes, from ethereal kelp forests to historic wrecks, with confidence and comfort all year round. This course has not only equipped you with essential skills but has also expanded your diving horizons, opening up a whole new world of diving possibilities. As you look back at the waters of Vancouver, remember: each ripple and wave hides a story waiting to be discovered, and you are now ready to uncover them all.

Once certified we’ve got you covered to practice and master the drysuit as you join us on our Fun Dives and Explore More™ with IDC; the adventure has just begun!


Exploring the wonders of the underwater world doesn’t always require a flight to distant tropical paradises. Sometimes, the most breathtaking dive sites are nestled within our own backyards, waiting to be discovered. This is particularly true for those living in or visiting British Columbia (BC), a gem on Canada’s western coast. “Why travel? Dive local in Beautiful British Columbia” emphasizes the unparalleled diving experiences available locally, showcasing the unique marine biodiversity, captivating landscapes, and the sustainable, accessible adventures that await beneath the surface of BC’s waters.

Embracing the Underwater Wilderness of BC

British Columbia’s rugged coastline is renowned for its scenic beauty, but what lies beneath the surface is equally, if not more, enchanting. The cold waters of the Pacific Northwest are teeming with life, offering divers the chance to immerse themselves in a vibrant underwater ecosystem. From the intricate kelp forests to the mysterious deep-sea canyons, the diversity of diving sites in BC caters to every level of diver, from beginners to seasoned experts.

A Kaleidoscope of Marine Life

Diving in BC is like entering a different world, where the cold waters are surprisingly clear, revealing a kaleidoscope of marine life. The region is famous for its colorful and abundant marine inhabitants, including the majestic giant Pacific octopus, playful seals, and a variety of sea stars and nudibranchs that add splashes of color to the underwater landscape. Moreover, the artificial reefs created by sunken ships have become thriving habitats for marine life, offering divers the thrill of exploration and discovery.

The Allure of Accessibility

One of the most compelling reasons to dive locally in BC is the accessibility of its dive sites. Many of the province’s top spots are easily reachable by a short boat trip or even directly from the shore, making it convenient for local divers to explore the underwater world without the need for extensive travel. This accessibility not only saves time and money but also encourages more frequent dives, allowing divers to truly connect with the marine environment and become advocates for its preservation.

The Commitment to Conservation

Diving in BC also presents an opportunity to engage with conservation efforts firsthand. The local diving community is deeply committed to protecting the marine ecosystem, participating in initiatives such as underwater cleanups and citizen science projects. By choosing to dive locally with IDC, divers contribute to the sustainability of these efforts, fostering a healthy marine environment for future generations to enjoy.

An Unforgettable Adventure

Beyond the ecological and practical benefits, diving in BC offers an unforgettable adventure that rivals any international dive destination. The thrill of drifting through towering kelp forests, exploring historic shipwrecks, and encountering diverse marine life is an experience that resonates deeply with those who venture beneath the waves. Each dive is a story, a memory, and a discovery, making local diving in BC not just a pastime, but a passion.

In conclusion, diving with International Diving Centre and diving locally in Beautiful British Columbia isn’t just about the convenience or the conservation; it’s about uncovering the hidden treasures that lie beneath our very feet. It’s a call to adventure, a step towards sustainability, and a journey into the heart of the natural world. So, why travel far and wide when an underwater paradise awaits at your doorstep?

Come dive with us and Explore More™. Dive local, dive BC, dive with IDC and discover the wonders that make this corner of the world truly extraordinary.