To access Nanaimo BC's best diving, dive charter is the way to go.
Currently in Nanaimo there are two reputable dive charter operators, Sundown Diving, and Shepherd charters (Nanaimo Dive Outfitters).
Nanaimo BC Dive Charters
Mr. Ed Singer, owner operator, has two boats that will handle 6 to 7 divers each. This long time Nanaimo operation is also a fully stocked and certified dive shop with air or nitrox fills, equipment sales, repairs, rentals, instruction (PADI), and commercial Diving services (Ed is a commercial diver as well as well), and much, much more.
Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, operated by Steve and Shirley White, offers boat diving through Shepherd Charters, as well as a fully stocked dive shop with air or nitrox fills, sales, service and repairs, Padi training, and guided diving.
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There are also fun "shore dives" available through either Sundown Diving, Dive Outfitters, or SOS Scuba, posted nearly every week that anyone with certification can attend, and are led by a Dive Master.
To access these use all of these businesses "Facebook" sites and sign up in advance, generally by phone.
Nanaimo has some awesome wreck diving available like the 2 artificial reefs alongside Snake Island just a short boat ride from Departure Bay.
The HMCS Saskatchewan and HMCS Cape Breton are both retired war ships from the Second World War that have been sunk by the Artificial Reef Society of BC.
Over the years they have become world renowned first class dive sites.
On the opposite side of Snake Island itself, there is also a great wall dive that is every bit as good a dive as either of the wrecks.
Also not far away is Clark Rock which is an excellent dive if you are not an advanced level diver. This is truly an awesome dive as long as you are not hung up on it not being especially deep (about 70ft max).
(Note:You may need "Boat Diving Certification" if using a Charter)
If drift diving is your passion then we also have a few amazing dives close to Nanaimo that will rival many for the amount of colour and marine life you will encounter.
Dodd Narrows or Gabriola Passage are the two said dives and using a charter is definitely the only way to go, especially if its the first time at either of these sites.
Special Note: make sure if you plan on trying either of these dives on your own that you thoroughly understand the current data available as the water can move through these areas at up to 9 knots.
The Rivtow Lion alongside Newcastle Island by BC Ferries is a
"go to site" when the weather goes bad (which does occasionally happen in Nanaimo).
This retired ocean going tug was also sunk some years ago to create an artificial reef and though not especially deep is a really great dive whether done during the day or night.
You and your friends are in for some great diving in one of Canada's best kept diving secrets.
For temperate water diving this is the place to be!
Hope you have enjoyed this page, have fun and dive safe.
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