Scuba Lessons BC - Why Learn To Dive In British Columbia?
Scuba Lessons BC - Whether you are planning to dive in British Columbia (you definitely should!) or while on a tropical holiday, there are many reasons why you should take your lessons and earn your scuba diving license here in BC:
- The quality of training you receive in one of our cold water scuba training facilities is generally much better than what you will receive in most tropical resorts and dive destinations
- If you are trained and earn your certification card here in British Columbia you can dive in BC. If you are trained in tropical waters, you need additional dive training to be able to safely dive in our cooler waters.
- Training to dive in cold water and with the extra equipment it requires will leave you better equipped to dive in any other location around the world
- You will meet other interested divers and buddies who will help push you to dive more often here in BC and around the world
- You will spend your holiday time diving and exploring, not sitting in a classroom during the day and studying the dive manuals at night
So scuba lessons BC style is the way to go, for Open Water Classes, Advanced Diver lessons, Master Diver lessons, or any of the other dive lesson certifications in-between.
With a specially trained instructor, divers with disabilities can also earn their scuba diving license.
Whether you want to be part of a large group, or arrange for semi-private or private lessons, we can help get you started in Vancouver, Courtenay/Comox, or the Sunshine Coast.
You can also upgrade your dive skills with courses at the Browning Pass Hideaway in Port Hardy.
Why Dive In British Columbia?
As you can see throughout this website, British Columbia is considered by many to be one of the best cool water dive destinations in the world, and even Jacques Cousteau considered it to be second only to the Red Sea.
Given the variety of dive sites and types, amount of micro and macro marine life, awards we have won, wildlife, eco-tourism activities and the reputation British Columbi has earned as one of the Best places in the world to live or visit, BC is also fast becoming one of the best places in the world to scuba dive.
Isn't The Water Too Cold?
Is it too cold to ski on a ski hill?
Not if you dress appropriately and use the proper equipment.
Same with scuba diving. The water may be cool, but with proper equipment and scuba lessons BC, diving can be enjoyable year-round.
The cool waters of British Columbia vary only slightly during the year.
The summer surface water temperature generally ranges from 12 to 18 degrees Celsius (54 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit) and the winter range is from 4 to 8 degrees Celsius (39 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit). No problem!
Once you gather up your courage and gear, hop in the water, and dive below around 10 meters (30 feet), the water temperature remains fairly constant at around 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit). Yeehaw - watch for shrinkage?
While some divers use wetsuits, more and more divers are using dry suits to stay warm, dry and comfortable while diving in BC.
Are Scuba Lessons Hard?
Learning to dive with scuba lessons BC is actually a lot of fun and quite easy, but it does require a little time and effort from you.
During the PADI Open Water Diver course, there are three stages: Knowledge Development (internet or classroom), Confined Water (pool) Dives and Open Water (lake or ocean) Dives.
Along the way you will meet new friends, experience some great scuba diving, and build up your experience and confidence.
While it is possible to cram the scuba lessons BC course into about one week, (by taking the convenient PADI elearn course or do your reading and preparation ahead of time), most people prefer to complete the course over a 3-4 week period.
You can take the dive lessons as part of a group through a local dive shop, or you can consider semi-private or private dive lessons that we can help arrange for you.
How Much Time Is Needed For Scuba Lessons ?
Most dive stores run scuba lessons BC two nights per week for two weeks, and have the pool and open water dives on the weekends. Some offer the full course over two weekends.
Contact us to help to arrange private or semi-private dive lesson options, depending on where you live and what your schedule may be.
They may cost a little more for private scuba lessons BC but you are assured individual attention and schedule flexibility.
Or if you just need a refresher course, we can help arrange that for you too.....
How Much Do Scuba Lessons Cost?
Learning to dive is not really that expensive, considering the time and effort involved.
Open Water Dive lessons generally cost between $400 - $500, which usually includes most of your dive equipment, the course materials, instruction, and pool and open water dives. There may be some additional costs for boat dives or other related charges. Ask your scuba lessons BC provider for details.
The cost of learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that your certified Instructor is a highly trained and experienced professional. And the certification you earn can last you the rest of your life.
If you take the classroom portion by elearning or in a different location and earn your referral certificate, you can expect to pay around $300-$350 for the pool, open water, and final certification portion.
The cost usually includes a wetsuit, however some shops will offer drysuits automatically, or will charge around $150 to use and earn your drysuit certification.
An Advanced Diver course is generally your next step, and that will cost you around $300.
It is not a requirement though - your Open Water Certification earned by your scuba lessons BC will allow you to dive anywhere in the world.
Do I Have To Be A Great Swimmer?
You do need to have basic swimming skills and should be comfortable in the water and able to swim at least a couple of lengths of a swimming pool with relative ease.
Diving is supposed to be fun and relaxing. Diving can be as calm or as much of an adrenaline rush as you want it to be.
Generally, a person of average fitness does fine while diving and does not feel over-exerted at the end of the day.
What Dive Equipment Do I Need For The Course?
You will need your own personal equipment, including your own mask, fins and snorkel before you start diving. While they can be rented, for comfort and convenience it is best to buy them first.
The rest of the equipment is usually included in your scuba lessons BC price. As mentioned above, check with your lesson provider when you sign up.
Some local dive shops also offer a discount for those divers who purchase their gear at the same time as signing up for their lessons.
How Old Must I Be To Learn To Dive?
Some dive lesson providers offer programs for children as young as 8 years old. But these are just 'fun' pool dives and serve as an introduction for children"to scuba diving.
But to be able to dive in open water, such as lakes and oceans, the minimum age is generally 12 years old. Do your research first though to ensure you are comfortable with the risks and concerns.
As long as you are fit, there isn't usually a maximum age for diving. However any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function, heart function or one that can affect your consciousness is a concern. Only your doctor can assess your risk so check with him or her before you dive.
If you have any other questions or want help getting signed up for lessons, contact us and we'll be glad to help.
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