Scuba diver in Clayoquot Sound
(Rob Melnychuk photo)

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Browning Wall near Port Hardy (Tom Ryan photo)

Browning Wall near Port Hardy (Tom Ryan photo)

Scuba Diving magazine ranked British Columbia's waters as offering the best diving in North America. Diving in BC was also named to National Geographic's 2014 Ultimate Adventure Bucket List.

The Jacques Cousteau Society rated us second only to the Red Sea for clarity and diversity of marine life.Dive British Columbia's famous walls and reefs, explore ghostly shipwrecks and unique artificial reefs, or look for massive six-gill sharks.

The variety, abundance and colours of BC's ocean life will amaze: giant Pacific octopus, fierce-looking wolf eels, schools of rockfish, colourful nudibranchs and anemones, elegant coral and giant sponge formations are common sights.

Shore-accessed dive sites in Victoria and Vancouver provide an easy and safe introduction to BC diving. On Vancouver Island the wall dives in Browning Pass near Port Hardy are ranked the best in North America, and divers on the Sunshine Coast will find the emerald-coloured waters around Powell River and Skookumchuck Narrows teeming with life.

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Sink or Swim Scuba - Nanaimo

#2- 4131 Mostar Rd
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9T 6A6

Vancouver Island is ranked in the top 10 for cold water dive destinations. Come and discover our underwater world. Dive the sites our locals divers do by shore or boat. See Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf eels, Sea Lions and dozens of other interesting critters. We are a PADI Five star facility. We offer scuba & snorkeling gear rental, scuba & snorkeling gear sales & service, PADI scuba certification courses, air & Nitrox fills. Never dived cold water before? Let us pre-arrange a dive master lead dive to take you on a tour or our wonderful underwater world. Contact us at the shop before your visit to Nanaimo and check us out on Facebook at our Sink or Swim Scuba page. Discover Vancouver Island beneath the surface!

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Watermania - Richmond

14300 Entertainment Blvd
Richmond, British Columbia
V6W 1K3

A complete aquatic and fitness experience under one roof, including: 57 metre competition pool, 1 and 3 metre spring boards, 5 metre dive tower, large wave pool with fun interactive water play structure, waterslides, steam room, sauna and whirlpools. Swim & Fitness Shop and Surfside Galley concession on-site. A 288 sq m (3,000 sq ft) fitness centre with cardiovascular, strength/toning machines and free weights. Multipurpose rooms available for fitness classes, parties, meetings or rentals. Family change rooms available. Water wheelchairs available, plus pool lifts and portable stairs. Visit Watermania - voted "Richmond's Best Family Entertainment Centre" (Richmond News, 2011)!

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