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My son and I spent two days diving with Sink or Swim. We dove from the shore – saw seals, a sea lion, octopus, beautiful sun stars and rich fish life. Laurel and Steve were our guides and they were as knowledgeable and professional as I have seen. We are experienced divers and could tell immediately on walking into the dive shop that we were set for a great experience. The shop was clean, organized and the equipment was in great shape. First class.



Girlfriend and I showed up at 1pm on a Friday with our gear and cert cards. We needed a tank and weights each and told them we have time for one simple shore dive before we hit the road again. They accommodated us immediately with weights, tanks, and even went above and beyond and mapped us out a perfect dive based on the time period we had and the current tide charts. 2 thumbs up. Beyond helpful. Great diving just up the road in Nanoose Bay…use Sink or Swim for all your scuba diving needs!



We are a family of four and we had our own program tailored to our needs. Our instructor was first class – patient and professional. I was never uncomfortable or anxious for my children at any time. We all went away excited and ready for the next diving experience. Thank you so much Ray, Shelagh, Todd, Jill and Jerry!

“Wished we had time to dive during our visit”


We couldn’t spend time in Nanaimo without seeing our favorite divers. Of course this time we had our 2 year old who was just as excited about all the great gear as we were. What a wonderful chance to catch up with such great people. We still have our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to go on an international dive with you guys…..bucket list!!


“Wonderful service while renting equipment”


I was visiting Vancouver Island on vacation & needed a place to rent a drysuit & scuba equipment. Ray was very helpful on the phone & he reserved my spot on the “Sea Dragon” dive boat. When I arrived in town, Ray and Shelagh were extremely friendly, helpful, & provided clear explanations about care & use of the equipment. They rotate their stock every year or so, so everything I rented was in great condition. They took the time to make sure I had everything I needed for a successful day of diving. They obviously care about their shop & reputation, & I will wholeheartedly recommend them. They have an annual poker dive fundraiser every September, so that gives me incentive to return & dive with them again!


I have been diving for almost 10 years and am a Rescue Diver with PADI. I have used SOS on numerous occasions. They have excellent instructors who are very committed to teaching and safety. They provide excellent service for air/nitrox fills and have worked late on many occasions to accommodate dive groups and individuals. They also have several excellent dive masters who lead regular local dives, allowing newer divers the opportunity to continue diving with support from experienced divers. The rental equipment is VERY up to date and good quality. You will not go wrong if you use this excellent dive shop. Ray and Shelagh are wonderful to work with and committed to service!

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