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Nanaimo Dive Outfitters

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Nanaimo, Canada
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About Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
Nanaimo Dive Outfitters and Shepherd Charters provide scuba diving and snorkeling lessons, tours, charters, sales and service to people from all over the world. Dive and stay packages are available. BC has the best cold water diving in the world with unique sealife. Nanaimo offers some of the best shore access as well as boat trips. NDO can provide equipment and a guide to help you enjoy whatever underwater experience you desire. From shore snorkel trips and scuba diving to boat charters to go snorkeling with the seals or scuba diving, there is something for everyone. The Shepherd is our 33ft aluminum dive boat that can take you to some great dive spots including walls, reefs, and artificial reefs or wrecks. She has a large covered deck, storage space below the benches and over head nets for dry storage, an awesome dive ladder, and a marine head.
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Steve B wrote a review Aug 2020
Abbotsford, Canada240 contributions37 helpful votes
Our daughter did a couple of dives with them a few weeks ago (Mike) and loved it. So we wanted to dive and thought we would dive with them. We found Brenda (the owner) to be very friendly, professional and helpful. The shop has a very “warm, friendly and relaxed feel”. The rental equipment my wife and daughter used was in excellent condition. We did four dives over two days (Tim). The vis was excellent, safety was a top priority, and we saw lots of sea life, everything from octopus, star fish and sea cucumbers to nudibranches! We look forward to coming back and diving with Nanaimo Dive outfitters again. They have a great team!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Erin O wrote a review Aug 2020
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My husband contacted this dive shop weeks ago to arrange a dive on the HMCS Saskatchewan in our one day passing through Nanaimo before catching the ferry back to the mainland and driving home towards the prairies. We stayed in this unfortunate city specifically for this dive as it is known as a world class wreck, despite mostly enjoying warmer weather diving. Unfortunately, although we had information on when and where to meet from the shop, and had responded to all of the communication that was sent, they did not send us our final quote, which we realized when sifting through communications later that morning. However, giving them the benefit of the doubt since not all dive shops are incredibly organized (and it usually works out based on our experience with over 260 combined dives) we arrived at the designated location for our planned launch...and there was no one else to be found. The shop phone went straight to voicemail and while an email was quickly answered, their explanation was that we had not responded to their questions (untrue) and the trip was not confirmed (ultimately true but unclear). In the end I'm very sad to not dive the Saskatchewan as this was going to be a highlight of the trip, and I always love getting under water. I can't comment on this dive shop's gear or guiding because I didn't experience it, but be diligent in your communications with them so you don't end up as disappointed as we were.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Justin C wrote a review Aug 2020
Stoney Creek, Canada15 contributions3 helpful votes
I emailed several dive shops about doing some diving in the Nanaimo area and Nanaimo Dive Outfitters was the only shop to respond to my emails and cater to my needs which was much appreciated. All the gear I rented worked great and administration was real easy. I am a relatively novice diver but my guide Andrea was really great in providing a refresher while also letting me remember things on my own. We did a total of 6 dives over three days. She was very safe and knowledgeable about diving. She also knew where to look for wildlife and we saw many Giant Pacific Octopus and some Wolf Eels along with dozens of other interesting critters. I don't expect guides to produce wildlife but it was nice to be with someone that knew where to look. Overall, she did a really great job and I was very satisfied with my experience!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Devon H wrote a review Jun 2020
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So, long story shorter; I completed 4 discovery dives on a holiday last year and fell head over heals in love with scuba diving. My son and I completed our open water courses in the summer of 2019 in the Edmonton area. I had intended on going on a holiday this spring and doing lots of diving but stupid Covid stole that experience from me. So I spent the money I'd saved for my holiday on dive equipment and in turn found out the Nanaimo Dive Outfitters were diving on the island. I called the shop up, and with less then a weeks notice they arranged 4 guided shore dives, a boat diver course, a nitrox course, a deep diver course and a navigation course. I had next to no experience diving having only completed my open water course and not diving at all after. The Dive shop and it's guides were knowledgeable and very professional, catering my dives to my experience level and progressing them as I progressed. I asked a plethora of questions (some must have seemed incredibly simple) as I know virtually nothing about the ocean. They answered each and every one never once loosing their patience. If you want to up your game, or just want to get the most of your Nanaimo diving experiences, get ahold of Nanaimo Dive Outfitters. Let them customize your dives, and/or courses to get the memories you'll treasure the rest of your life! Thanks again for the amazing experiences and I can't wait to come back and dive some more.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Mattbal77 wrote a review Nov 2019
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They are PADI, I'm SSI.;) They dive with dry suit I work for 10 years wearing max a 3mm wet suit. ;) But with no jokes they are amazing. Great, friendly and professional since the first email contact. They
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
Responded Nov 25, 2019
Thanks so much! We are very happy that we could make this adventure happen for you. Hopefully you can come back again to see more of our wonderful sealife.
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