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Diving Vancouver Island?

Discussion in 'Western Canada' started by DanMont, May 4, 2017.

  1. DanMont

    DanMont Contributor

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    Hi All,

    I am looking to spend 7-10 days on vancouver Island after a work trip to the San Juan islands in July/August. I was wondering if anybody could recommend dive shops on the island for a couple of days diving? I probably won't be bringing any kit (apart from possibly snorkeling gear) so would need somewhere that would rent. I am also going to be travelling solo so would be needing a dive buddy!

    Thanks for any help :)
     
  2. andies

    andies Registered

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  3. _Ralph

    _Ralph Contributor

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    What part of the island?

    Rockfish has a boat and a shop in the Victoria area

    Nanaimo Dive Outfitters do as well "mid island" by Nanaimo

    UB Diving and Pacific Pro in Courtney/Campbell River


    There are also some dive resorts you can check out as well (gear rentals may not be available, but dive shops like NDO are along the way.

    Rendezvous Dive Adventures on the west coast of the island
    Hornby Island Divers between Nanaimo/Courtney


    _R
     
  4. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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    Frank Whites rents full gear including drysuits and have DM led free dives on Saturdays. Feel free to pm me and I might be able to take you to some local spots.
     
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  5. Landau

    Landau Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver
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    Just did a boat dive with Rockfish - they were great!
     
  6. DanMont

    DanMont Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: United Kingdom
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    Thanks for all the replies guys. I am going to be in the San Juan Islands for 5 weeks on a training course (unfortunately probably not going to have time to do much diving). From there I am planning on heading up to Vancouver Island, as I will be flying back to the UK from Seattle and also won't be able to afford to rent a car I will probably be limited to the south/middle of the Island. What are the diving conditions like around the island? Is diving better on the East coast in the Salish Sea or on the West Coast?

    I have been looking at Rendezvous as they have a space during the week I would be on the island. How do the dive shops compare to the 'resorts'?
     
  7. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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    Hey Dan, generally the farther you head up island the vis tends to get better.......but there are great sites all over. The shops can give you gear and info but the "resorts" will give you full service depending on your needs. Here in Victoria we have about a dozen sites that are a short drive away and offer a lot. There is rockfish divers that offer charters to reefs and wrecks. Frank Whites which offers all gear and free pro led shore dives on Saturdays. Getting around Victoria is pretty easy with lots of options. Again, if I'm around I can take you on a couple of dives.
     
  8. Darnold9999

    Darnold9999 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
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    The vis at Rendezvous is likely to be significantly better than the South Island at this time of year. There is a thread on the board that has a pretty much weekly report on the local vis. Victoria Vis I believe is the title. Rendezvous vis will be better. If they have space I would recommend you take advantage rather than diving with the local dive shops. No slam on the local shops, but both the diving and the vis would be better. I suspect you will need to rent gear from a shop as I don't think Rendezvous rents full gear.
     
  9. DanMont

    DanMont Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: United Kingdom
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    Thanks for the advice everyone - probably going to book in with rendezvous. Really looking forward to sampling cold water diving other than in the UK for the first time! Roll on August :)
     

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