Nanaimo & Vancouver Island are home to some of the best cold water diving in the world. Once you dive here, it’s easy to see why. BC has been voted: best overall destination for diving, best marine life, healthiest marine life, best macro…the list goes on. Our backyard has some great diving!
Sink or Swim Scuba Inc is a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, which means we specialize in diver education, offer top of the line scuba diving courses, and provide exceptional tours. Hire a Dive Masters to take you on personalized guided tours!
Training in cold water diver makes you a stronger diver! We teach our PADI Open Water courses in Dry Suits so students stay warm while diving, and get to complete the Dry Suit specialty at the end of their course allowing them to continue to enjoy diving locally. Learning in cold water makes those tropical dives a breeze!
If you're looking to purchase dive gear or rent, we can outfit you head to toe with the very best from Aqua Lung, Apeks, Bare and many other reputable brands.
Going somewhere warm? Stop by for all of your snorkeling needs!
Started diving when he was 12 and immediately felt right at home. His very first ocean dives were Ogden Point and Race Rocks in Victoria, BC. Scuba diving is a calming experience for him. For Trent, having the right instructor, gear, skills, and a strong dive partner allows divers to not only enjoy their time, but to do so safely. Wreck, Deep, Night, and Drift diving are some of his favorites.
He is a PADI Instructor, and enjoys seeing people experience diving for the first time along with helping them hone their skills to become proficient divers.
He looks forward to planning more trips around the island, and abroad.
Bill has been involved in subsea exploration and diver training for over 35 years working across Canada and around the world creating unique ocean science programs for private and public commercial operations and schools. Bill’s industry experience includes tenures as an Instructor Trainer Trainer and National Director for IANTD, a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, a TDI/SDI Instructor, a Dive Rescue Specialist with the Canadian Coast Guard and an underwater recovery diver and marine investigator with the RCMP. His passion for integrating pioneering philosophies led him to completing a Masters in Leadership Studies after earning an undergraduate degree in environmental sciences. He has published a number of books, manuals and articles on diving and ocean exploration and is a member of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society College of Fellows
Tim learnt to Scuba Dive under the British
Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) organization with the British Army in 1996. Tim is extremely proud of
passing the highly coveted Military Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (SADS)
selection in 2008. Since re-locating to BC in 2013 has trained 100’s of
PADI divers and is a PADI Staff Instructor.
Becky learnt to dive in 2005 during a military posting to Medicine Hat, AB. Initially under the ACUC Scuba scheme she crossed over to BSAC on return to the UK in 2006. Becky attained her BSAC Instructor qualification in 2012. She has over 800 logged dives again mostly in Cold water. Becky became a PADI Instructor in 2014. She loves diving all along our beautiful Vancouver Island coast.
Both are avid sailors and skipper qualified, you will see them with smiles on their faces in and around the water throughout the year. You may also get to meet Maggie, Coastal Divers Scuba Dog and mascot.
Mike has been a Scuba instructor for years and has recently crossed over to PADI. He also volunteers his time with RCM SAR 29.
Right from Tom’s first breath underwater he was hooked, fascinated, curious and very relaxed - there is nothing else like experiencing the underwater world. Tom certified on Vancouver Island in 1986, and has continued to advance his certifications and skills becoming a PADI Divemaster in 2017. He is working towards becoming a PADI Instructor. Tom enjoys sharing his dive adventures with others, either assisting a newly certified diver, guiding tourists on our local shore dives or sharing his amateur videos with friends and family. Tom believes it’s important to continue to learn and keep your skills fresh which creates great dive buddies and ensures awesome, safe dives.
Don has been diving since the mid-80s, and became a PADI Divemaster in 1990. Logging over 200 dives in the Nanoose Bay area in the past 3 years, he is a self-claimed expert on finding "Gramps" at Tyee and octopuses at Madrona. He also loves to provide dive tours and help out on diving courses.
Christian first got certified as an open water diver during the fall of 1989 in Lake Minnewanka, Alberta. He's been hooked ever since. His love for diving lead him to leave Alberta and make Vancouver Island his home. During the pandemic he was fortunate enough to complete his certification as a PADI Divemaster and now gets to share his adventures with others. His favourite sites are Dolphin Beach and the small wall at Madrona. He enjoys watching students expand on their skills and become more confident divers during the PADI Advanced Open Water Course.
Katie is from Alberta, but fell in love with the ocean after spending time on Vancouver Island, exploring beaches with her family and studying at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. She started her scuba training in the lakes around Calgary before going tropical, diving in Barbados, Fiji, and Mexico, where she recently completed her PADI divemaster training. Katie hopes to explore more of Vancouver Island’s (much colder!) underwater world while she studies fisheries at VIU
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