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Start your scuba diving course today with PADI’s online scuba courses.

You can sign up for the PADI Open Water course and learn at your own pace on either your desktop, laptop or even your tablet.  See our Open water diver course page for more info.


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Becoming a scuba diver is easier than ever.

Option #1

  • Come into our shop, sign up for the PADI open water diver course and take home your study materials. Attend three evening classroom and pool sessions and complete your course with four ocean dives (in a dry suit) in Nanaimo and Nanoose.

Option #2

  • Click on the elearning banner above and sign up online.  Contact us to set up your pool sessions and ocean dives.  PADI’s elearning option may be a good choice for you if time or distance is an issue.

Option #3

  • A referral course starting here.  Do your classroom and pool sessions here and complete your ocean sessions with a PADI shop somewhere tropical.
  • A referral course ending here.  Already completed your class and pool sessions?  Come to Nanaimo to complete your ocean dives here.

Why Learn to dive with Sink or Swim Scuba

See our  courses page for info on other PADI scuba courses.


Diving Nanaimo

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We know BC is a top 10 dive destination for cold water diving, now it’s time for you to find out. From the moment you slip underwater until the second you get out, you’ll see life in our waters. We’d love to show you why we dive here on a weekly basis.

Notify us before you come for a visit and we can arrange for a Dive master to take you on a personal tour or some of our sites tailored to your dive experience levels.

If you’re an experienced cold water diver, check out our calendar for our weekly drop in dives or see if we’re hosting a dive event.


Scuba Gear

We have a showroom full of affordable gear. We can help you put together a complete scuba diving kit or snorkeling package, help you build a reliable save-a-dive kit or provide you with an o-ring or snorkel keeper. We carry scuba, snorkeling and swim gear. We stock top brand names like; Aqua Lung, White’s, Aeries, Oceanic, Atomic, Hollis to name a few.  See our Products page.

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Legend LX Supreme Regulator

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Sink or Swim Scuba Service


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Rental Prices                       White’s Repair Center                      Gear Servicing
Rentals are based on a 24 hour period and can be rented for multiple days. Our BCD and Reg sets are all Aqua Lung. We sell them off on a yearly basis, so our rental stock is always new. We have an indoor rinse station for you to rinse off your gear after the dive. We offer air and Nitrox fills.

Our service turn around time for scuba regulators is under a week. We offer annual visual inspections and hydro static testing for your scuba cylinders. We are also a White’s repair center.




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Sink or Swim Scuba and Water Sports
# 2 - 4131 Mostar Rd
Nanaimo BC V9T 6A6
250-758-SWIM (7946)

Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm
Sundays and Stat Holidays Closed

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