Outer Island Expeditions' fleet of kayaks and boats safely cruises at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour through frothy crests ebbing amid the striking sights and wildlife of the San Juan islands. Venturing as far as 50 miles into Canadian waters, whale-watching excursions foster personal rapport between patrons and boat-side orcas, gray whales, or humpback whales trying to learn human etiquette for future espionage missions. Tours of Stuart Island's Turn Point lighthouse begin aboard a 22-foot Kodiak skiff, which buoys patrons through 16 miles of waters inhabited by sea lions and porpoises before they disembark and hike to the lighthouse's historical museum. Fishing charters set sail in search of ocean creatures and potable salt water from all of Outer Island Expeditions' four launch points: Smuggler's Villa Resort, Semiahmoo Resort, Lopez Island, and The Willows on Lummi Island.
Contact Ogden Point Dive Centre and Cafe for specific class dates and times; groups of two or more can be typically be accommodated outside regular class hours with reservation. Open-water dives take place several times per month.
Langley Diving lures surface dwellers to exclusive underwater soirees through the deluxe diving experience. The adventure into the underwater breathing begins with properly fitting into scuba gear and sprouting flippers before Langley's PADI-certified instructors present a brief explanation of safety scuba-equipment usage. At the pool, enjoy one hour of supervised underwater time and practice the basics of scuba-diving technique. Langley Diving also snaps an underwater photo commemorating each diver's "first breath" underwater. The entire deluxe diving experience typically lasts three hours, start to finish—and while students won't be certified to dive just from one class, they will be certified to sit in puddles with scuba gear on.
It's hard for Andrew and Christine Edwards to remember a life without scuba diving. From an early age, they both would plunge into the depths of Vancouver's waters, gazing across underwater landscapes where wolf eels swam and octopi stretched their sneaker-covered tentacles across a carpet of strawberry anemones. These experiences stuck with them, and in 2007, the couple opened Ocean Planet Adventures to share their life's passion with others.
From Discovery Scuba classes to advanced PADI certifications, Ocean Planet Adventures' instructors guide their students at dive sites peppered across Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound, a UNESCO biosphere. During these expeditions, instructors and groups feast their eyes on jungles of aquatic plants and animals, including whales. Aside from open-water diving, the staff teaches specialty courses such as wreck diving, which lets divers explore shipwrecks or polish the hoods of sunken automobiles.
A PADI five-star instructor-development centre, Ocean Pro Divers has provided Surrey with professional scuba training and gear for more than two decades. Over that time, owners Shannon and Wes Kozak have netted a team of expert, PADI-certified instructors, who draw from both local and tropical experiences to enlighten students at their fully equipped facility. In addition to offering the full spectrum of scuba-training courses, the Ocean Pro Divers staff leads diving adventures almost every weekend of the year. They also offer travelling dive packages to international destinations, giving students a choice between wading through exotic waters or staying near home to explore the subaquatic depths of Vancouver, which abound with marine life and hibernating hockey players during the off-season.
The Great Pacific Diving Company is a five-star PADI instructor-development centre that trains future deep-sea explorers, with certifications ranging from open-water diver to instructor. Today's Groupon is good for an all-inclusive open-water diving program, which includes five pool dives, four ocean dives, and PADI open-water diver certification for autonomous dives up to 60' (upon completion). Great Pacific Diving features a private training pool, reliable diving gear, and e-learning integration that allows students to complete the academic portion of the certification at home or within a WiFi-equipped volcano before enjoying splishing and splashing in real time (e-learning available for additional charge). Local dives are normally conducted in Howe Sound, though worldly wanderers can opt to hop onto one of Great Pacific's tropical trips to Cozumel, the Red Sea, or the Queen's kiddie pool. Additionally, if diving turns to buying, Groupon customers also receive 10% off personal gear purchased during the course, which can be wrapped up or worn home to express dominance over landlocked neighbours.