I will in the Victoria area for a week, from the beginning of June. I am attending a conference, but the conference will be over by June 3 and I will have three full days for a short vacation. I completed my Open Water training and certification in late January, and have not dived since, due to the cold winter here. I greatly enjoyed my experience and want to do some diving on the Island, as it may be a while before I travel to the ocean again. My main concern is, I only have the four Open Water dives under my belt, and I am the only person in my party who is certified, therefore I will not have a dive buddy, either.
Can someone recommend a good place for diving, either in Victoria itself or within a reasonable driving distance away, where I could have the assistance of a dive master in a relatively simple environment suited to my skills, as well as a full equipment rental (besides the mask, snorkel and fins)? We will be renting a car, so it would be possible for me to drive several hours away from town - depending on the circumstances, I could theoretically stay one or two nights in a diving town if they offer multi-day packages. I don't know how feasible that would be in such a compressed trip, though. Thank you!