Nanaimo Scuba Diving

Sink or Swim ScubaIf you've ever had the urge to explore the silent emerald waters just off our shores, drop by Sink or Swim Scuba (tel. 758-7946), #2 – 4131 Mostar Road, Nanaimo. This full-service dive shop gives accredited courses leading to full PADI open-water scuba certification at $300 plus tax including the manuals. SOS Scuba's new North Nanaimo facility between Rutherford Mall and the Nanaimo Parkway contains an upstairs classroom where the theory of using a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) is taught. Students also receive instruction in complete safety at the Beban Park indoor swimming pool, followed by four ocean dives.

Certification card in hand, you'll be ready to explore the Strait of Georgia with a tank strapped to your back. All certified divers are welcome to join SOS Scuba's divemaster on regular diving excursions for the cost of equipment rental. A package including most gear and one tank is $45, plus $9 per additional tank. A wetsuit is included, but if you also require a mask, snorkel, boots, and fins, it's $20 more. Anyone who has ever done any resort diving in the Caribbean or South Pacific will know how good these prices are! All gear is kept in top condition and SOS Scuba has a rinse station indoors at their Mostar Road dive shop which allows you to clean up in comfort. Most diving is on weekends, and you'll need to call ahead to reserve.

Even if you're not a scuba diver nor interested in becoming one, Sink or Swim Scuba is about the best place in Nanaimo to purchase high quality snorkeling gear. A brand name mask will cost $55 to $125 and zip fins $45. If you're going on a tropical vacation, a proper mask and snorkel are essential equipment. There's nothing worse than having to contend with an ill-fitting, leaky rental mask while on holiday. In short, Sink or Swim is Nanaimo's one stop scuba shop.

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