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Most people think of scuba diving as a tropical activity and are surprised to learn there is a a very large community of cold water divers who dive all year around. They’re also surprised to learn British Columbia is a top ten cold water diving destination. Not surprising is cold water divers love our diving. Once you’ve seen it for yourself, you’ll understand why.

Learn to scuba dive in just one week. Sign up for the PADI open water course and take home your study materials. Attend three evening classroom and pool sessions and complete your course with four ocean dives in Nanaimo and Nanoose. Or, if time or distance is an issue, PADI’s elearning option may be for you. Why Learn to dive with Sink or Swim Scuba

Already a certified diver, join our buddy list and come out diving with us. We plan dives on a regular basis suited to new and advanced certified levels. We also do trips up and down the island for a little something different.

Been awhile since you’ve been in the water? We have Refresher sessions, we take you to the pool and go over your skills, practice buoyancy and have some fun getting you ready to get back into scuba diving.

Never dived in cold water before? We can help you with that too. Yes, our cold water environment is more extreme, yes we wear more gear, more weight and usually have reduced visibility compared to the tropics, but with some guidance, maybe a PADI dry suit course you’ll be prepared to dive comfortably in our environment and see all the beauty that diving around Vancouver Island has to offer.

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.


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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.


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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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