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Nanaimo Dive Outfitters

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Nanaimo, Canada
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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just had 3 great days diving with Nanaimo Dive Outfitters (NDO). Firstly, wanted to give them a massive thumbs up for the level of their communication. I don't have a regular dive buddy and use dive shops and charters quite a lot. You would be...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank David O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent shop for diving in Nanaimo. We did a two-tank dive and hired a DM to guide us. Chris was very professional and knowledgeable and a great guide. Cpt. Steve is great, too. He also knows everything you need to know about diving in...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It was a pleasure to have you visit us. Thank you for letting us help you experience our waters and we hope you can come back again and spend more time with us. There is so much more to see.

Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

I did 2 shore dives while my husband and kids snorkeled. The dives themselves were spectacular-I am only new to this game but was so amazed at the life we seen so close to shore. Matt was an excellent buddy with endless patience. My only...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank shenn09
DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2019

Thank you for your review and your honest feedback. We are going to do a slight change to our procedures prior to tours so that we make sure we contact more in advance with confirming information needed by our customers. We are very glad you...More

Reviewed May 20, 2019

Over from Ireland on a family trip to Vancouver for a few days. Took a day out for diving. Up at 4.40am, taxi to Horseshoe ferry, on dive boat “Shepherd” at 8.35. Rental gear ready, two drysuits to choose from. Chris was the skipper, Theo...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Seadeuce
DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2019

Thanks so much for your wonderful words. We are so glad we could get you out there and look forward to the time you can return and we can show you even more! Safe travels home.

Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

Both my 13 and 15 year old children have taken courses from Shirley and her staff. Their professionalism, patience and understanding of teaching children was amazing. I strongly recommend this store to anyone looking for a family dive course or one of their numerous specialty...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shawn S
DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2018

Thank you so much! We had a lot of fun on the course. The energy and attention they paid to learning was awesome and made it fun for us and their dive buddies too. We really look forward to more diving in the future with...More

Reviewed September 30, 2018

We took a two-dives trip with NDO. The communication was smooth from the very beginning, we agreed by mail on the equipment needed and presented our qualification so the best suitable dive sites could be chosen for us. Shirley geared us up even off the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Thanks so much! It was a pleasure having you aboard and Chris definitely enjoyed diving with you. We do have a lot of amazing sea life here to view and sometimes you can miss it if you don't know what you are looking for. We...More

Reviewed September 4, 2018

Great experience! Captain Steve was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We saw one of the shipwrecks and then dove the reef where we saw octupus and wolf eels. We had so much fun and will definitely be back again!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jamie S
DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

Thanks Jamie. So glad you enjoyed yourselves. Capt Steve definitely has a fun job meeting so many great people. We look forward to having you back in our waters again in the future.

Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

We recently were taken out to snake Island with Nanaimo Dive Outfitters and it was the highlight of our trip to the West Coast. Capt Steve was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful on the trip and we got to swim close to the seals. Do...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Nathan B
DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed yourself. We definitely try to make sure that it is a great experience for all, including the seals. We appreciate that you followed the rules when they came near you. We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

Nanaimo dive outfitters was a great place to have my daughter try cold water diving for the first time after being open water certified in Mexico. They supplied all the gear and Matt was a patient and helpful dive master that guided us to 2...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paul E
itbefun, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2018

Thank you Paul. It was great to have met you both and to show your daughter the marine life that we have in our area. It is always great to help someone expand their diving experiences. We hope you can come back again in the...More

Reviewed July 4, 2018

Took dry suit training with Shirley who is more than patient and the best person to deal with. Went on a couple of dives off Nanoose with Chris who was also wonderful. I highly recommend Nanaimo Dive Outfitters to all!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Alan C
DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Thanks so much Alan. It was great to work with you and get you out enjoying our waters. We look forward to diving with you more when you get back.

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June 12, 2018|
Response from Michel J | Reviewed this property |
That is certainly possible. Call the shop directly for the pricing to do both. As for Theo or Shirley
May 6, 2018|
Response from DiveNanaimo | Property representative |
Hi there. Yes we do offer trips out to Snake Island. The whole adventure takes about 3 hours by the time you get outfitted with equipment and travel time to and from the island. You spend approximately an hour in the water... More