5 Reasons to Scuba Dive In Vancouver

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5 Reasons to Scuba Dive in Vancouver

As undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau once said, “Vancouver Island and Nanaimo are the best temperate water diving in the world”. With this in mind, why would you want to miss out on spectacular scuba diving and unforgettable experiences right on your doorstep here in BC?

With warmer temperatures compromising this year’s ski season, it’s not surprising that more people are swapping their salopettes for dry suits and plunging into the hidden underwater world of the Pacific Northwest. With breathtaking scenery and an abundance of marine life, British Columbia has ranked among the best places to dive in North America for many years running.

Although diving here is somewhat different to the tropics, there is still so much to discover. You’ll encounter natural reefs and historic shipwrecks colonized by oceanic life, just a short ride from the city. If you’re still not convinced, here are 5 reasons why you should scuba dive in Vancouver.

5 Reasons to Scuba Dive in Vancouver

5 Reasons to Scuba Dive in Vancouver

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Another tick off the bucket list
For many, scuba diving falls high on their bucket list, but the assumption is that diving is reserved only for tropical waters. Save yourself a costly trip and learn to dive right here in Vancouver. Evening classes can get you certified in just a couple of weeks and you can spend your weekends exploring BC’s best dive spots.


An adventurous new hobby
What better way to spend your free time than exploring the world that lays just a few metres below the surface? With hundreds of dive sites spotted around BC, suitable for both beginner and advanced divers, you’ll always find a new area to explore.


5 Reasons to Scuba Dive in Vancouver

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Meet new buddies
Diving is a great way to make new friends, human or otherwise! With plenty of exciting things to discover and a profusion of subaquatic life, diving is an experience best shared with others.


5 Reasons to Scuba Dive in Vancouver

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Discover more of BC 
Seals, whales, otters, porpoises, sea lions and eagles regularly frequent the surface, so you’ll encounter so much wildlife before you’ve even set foot in the ocean. Explore the ecosystem that thrives in the waters of BC and look out for the giant Pacific octopus, wolf eel, nudibranch, stubby squid and the notoriously defensive lingcod.

First-class training
It’s no secret that cold-water diving can be challenging. Algal blooms often hinder visibility and dry suit diving takes some getting used to. However, don’t let this put you off. This only means that you’ll receive the best possible training and if you can master diving in BC, anywhere else in the world will be a breeze.


Written by: Alicia Haque

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  • Rebecca aleksandrova

    I’ve been there last year. Absolutely amazing! I believe that any diver should visit Vancouver. It’s worth it. I have a couple of dives logged into my logbook from https://dive.site website and I can’t wait to go diving again.