Port Hardy Dive Courses

PADI Port Hardy dive lessons and upgrades

Port Hardy dive courses and upgrades can be obtained while enjoying some of the best scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities and "best temperate diving in the known universe."

When added to our other recommended British Columbia private or semi-private dive license options in Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island, and certification for divers with disabilities in Vancouver, there is no better place or time to learn how to scuba dive or refresh/improve your dive skills.

With prior notification and planning, the following professional and recreational PADI dive certifications can be obtained during your stay at the legendary Browning Pass Hideaway near Port Hardy:

Port Hardy dive lessons at Browning Pass Hideawa

- Advanced Diver

- Drysuit Diver

- Enriched Air/Nitrox

- Rescue Diver

- Divemaster, as well as others, and

- Specialty courses such as Deep Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Photographer (Port Hardy has amazing micro and macro photo opportunities), Boat Diver, and many more.....see below for more details

Due to the logistics of taking Port Hardy dive courses at this remote yet amazing diving location, 2-4 weeks of advance booking is required as materials need to be ordered, some reading and/or training may need to be completed ahead of time, and enough time must be alloted to complete the certification courses while at this Port Hardy area dive lodge.

With so many of the best Vancouver Island dive sites that have made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites, we can't think of a better place to improve your dive skills.

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Browning Wall Port Hardy = photo by John Rawlings

But once you complete your Port Hardy dive courses, you will soon discover what makes British Columbia award winning diving:

- #1 dive destination in North America

- #1 for best diving in North America

- #1 for best underwater macro photography in North America

- #1 for best dive value in North America

- #1 for best wall dives in North America

- #1 for best overall underwater photography in North America

- #2 for best wreck diving in North America

-#2 for best big animal diving in North America.

Contact us for more information about Port Hardy dive courses, or complete the form below and someone from Browning Pass Hideaway will be in touch to discuss your PADI and Port Hardy dive courses..

Professional Level PADI Courses


Spend 6 weeks in glorious Browning Pass becoming a dive professional!

The first level of your professional stream, the PADI Divemaster course allows you to accompany certified divers, assist with PADI courses, and even conduct certain PADI programs independently.

This certification is recognized globally, allowing you to work anywhere!

Gain experience on boats, in the water, in the compressor room, and in a busy resort, learning about dive industry techniques and dive theory.

All while diving in world famous Browning Pass!

Pre-requisite: Rescue Diver and current CPR, 18 years old, 40 logged dives

Assistant Instructor:

The first step in your instructional career, the PADI Assistant Instructor course expands your marketability as a dive pro.

Learn about teaching techniques within the PADI system and take your dive career one step further! Start conducting segments of PADI programs under the supervision of an Open Water Scuba Instructor, and become eligible to conduct some PADI programs independently.

Link to an OWSI program with Master Instructor Christie Ball this winter, if desired.

Pre-requisite: Divemaster

Emergency First Response Instructor:

Want to teach CPR and First Aid?

This program is open to divers and non-divers, and allows you to conduct EFR programs anywhere you can find a market!

This program is also a requirement for anyone desiring an OWSI ranking.

Pre-requisite:current EFR Primary and Secondary Care(or qualifying training), 18 years old

Recreational Courses


Learn about cold water exposure gear and make the most of your time in world famous Browning Pass!

This course consists of 2 dives, an orientation, and academics. Stay warm and explore!

Pre-requisite: PADI Open Water

Enriched Air:

Want to extend your available bottom time? Enriched Air is for you!!

Enriched Air allows you to safely calculate and execute dives using up to 40% oxygen. Particularly useful in situations where one is conducting deeper or repetitive dives (like in Browning Pass!), it’s a useful tool to extend your range.

Available as an academic course only, or with 2 dives.

Pre-requisite: PADI Open Water

Gas Blender(Enriched Air):

Learn Gas Blending techniques and theory in this 2 day course.

Useful for anyone involved in compressor operation or in dive industry employment.

Pre-requisite: Enriched Air certification


Take your dive skills one step further and learn to assist others!

The PADI Rescue course is a confidence building program that teaches you dive industry techniques to avoid and handle dive accidents, and provide help to fellow divers.

This 3 day course consists of academics, and confined and open water training.

Pre-requisite: EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying training), PADI Advanced Open Water

EFR (Emergency First Response) Primary and Secondary Care:

Want to know what to do in a medical emergency?

This program teaches you current CPR and First Aid protocols, and gives you the confidence to take action. This one day course is open to divers and non-divers.

Advanced Open Water:

Time to improve your dive skills and move beyond entry level?

This 5 dive course includes training in Deep and Underwater Navigation techniques, plus 3 more Adventure dives!

This certification allows you to dive to 100 ft. The dives also provide credit towards PADI speciality certifications.

Pre-requisite: PADI Open Water Diver or Adventure Diver

Adventure Diver:

Want to improve skills and knowledge, but don’t have the time for an AOW course?

The Adventure Diver course gives you 3 Adventure dives, which credit towards Advanced Open Water and PADI specialities.

Pre-requisite: PADI Open Water Diver

Other Port Hardy dive courses and PADI specialities are available, including Night, Search and Recovery, Deep, UW Naturalist, Boat, Drift, UW Photographer, UW Navigator, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and Multilevel and Computer.

Please contact us for specifics about taking your Port Hardy dive courses.

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