There are 3 Dive Shops, here in Nanaimo, British Columbia
These shops offer certified Padi instruction, and as well, Ed at Sundown Diving is certified to instruct for Technical Diving International (TDI)
"PADI stands for "Professional Association of Diving Instructors" and if you are going diving anywhere, it is always best to choose a certified PADI facility. SDI/TDI (Scuba Diving International) is also a good alternative.
I consider Sundown Diving and Nanaimo Dive Outfitters to be the go to shops in town! Both offer excellent Sales, Service, Instruction, Guided Diving, Charters, and most important, sincere, friendly advice.
Sundown and NDO both offer qualified instruction for beginners, and right on up to advanced instruction of certified PADI diving courses.
Ed at Sundown is also able to offer technical training as a "TDI" (Technical Diving International) instructor.
The shops are fully stocked with equipment to either buy or rent, have regular air fills, or NITROX blends as required (make sure you are certified for NITROX).
Get certified maintenance and repairs to your scuba equipment (including dry suits), as well as tank inspections, and hydrostatic testing.
Ed Singer at Sundown is also a commercial diver, and offers all manner of commercial diving services. Ed also enlists other commercial divers to meet any of your underwater repair, or salvage needs.
For Great Dive Charters, either call or follow the link/s
Sundown Dive Charters Ph:250-753-1880
Shepherd Dive Charters Ph:250-756-1863
Check out their Facebook pages as well!
There are often "fun dives" where all are welcome, posted for most weekends, with groups of divers heading to local Nanaimo dive sites.
The shops also schedule mini vacations to some of the more special locations here on Vancouver Island.
Browning Pass off of Port Hardy on the north end of Vancouver island has some of the best diving on the planet, or Hornby Island which is the north/central island has Flora Islet where the six gill sharks occasionally make an appearance, or even Barclay Sound on the west coast is another of Vancouver Islands best dive destinations.
If you are a diver but have not donned a dry suit to visit the temperate waters surrounding Vancouver Island, you may be missing out.
The diving here is spectacular, and seriously, a dry suit keeps you warm, so buddy up and lets go :-)
Cheers and safe diving.
Here is an excellent link to
tide and current charts
for Nanaimo, BC.
At the bottom of displayed
chart you will see two links,
"other tide stations" or
"other current stations"
follow these links for
information from California
and right up to Alaska.