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Nanaimo Dive Outfitters

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2205 Northfield Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9S 3C3, Canada
+1 250-756-1863
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Took dry suit training with Shirley who is more than patient and the best person to deal... read more

Reviewed July 4, 2018
Alan C
accommodating and great diving

While I was unable to get on a boat charter because they didn't have a second diver, Shirley and... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2018
Lillian T
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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2205 Northfield Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9S 3C3, Canada
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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!

Thank Alan C
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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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Reviewed July 2, 2018

While I was unable to get on a boat charter because they didn't have a second diver, Shirley and the team at NDO were very accommodating, offering me two shore dives. Once assessing my experience level and interest in marine life, they paired me with...More

Thank Lillian T
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2018

Thanks Lillian. I am so glad we could get you out there. It is always a pleasure to show someone the marine life we have in our waters and have them enjoy it as much as you did. Hopefully you can come back and visit...More

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Reviewed June 26, 2018

It was a great experience with amazing wildlife encounters. Very peaceful on the water. The boat is very comfortable and the dive ladder is easy to climb. The captain is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. They did a great job catering to all skill levels...More

Thank phielan
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

It was great to have you both aboard. I hope you got a few good photos. I wish we had our camera on you to take pictures of your adventure. Hopefully we can do it next time. Thanks for coming out with us.

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Reviewed June 5, 2018

Dives this weekend exceeded my expectations. Boat is perfect for divers. Easy ladder to climb and Capt. Steve gives good instructions on how to navigate to wall and what to see. Both sites had good visibility and lots of marine life. Looking forward to more...More

Thank George S
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2018

Thanks George. It was a pleasure having you aboard and we look forward to your next visit. There are many more great sites to show you and even when you do a site again, different marine life will catch your attention.

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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

As always, safe and reliable. We will absolutely use Nanaimo Dive Outfitters and the Sea Shepard again and will recommend to others thinking of diving Vancouver Island. Good cookies too.

Thank Phil S
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2018

Thanks Phil - I slaved over those cookies just for you and your group. It was a fun group and glad the visibility was good for you. The Shepherd is ready to go whenever you are.

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Reviewed May 29, 2018

Jay was my guide for the day and he was fantastic! I had so much fun and saw so many things (Jay even found me a Giant Pacific Octopus!!). As an operation, I was super impressed with Nanaimo Dive Outfitters (Shirley was great and very...More

Thank MaryKimberley
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2018

Thanks so much for your kind words. I know Jay had lots of fun diving with you and I really enjoyed meeting you. I know we are going to see more of you so can't wait to show you more of the diving we have...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

I've had the opportunity to dive on the Sea Shepard on two occasions with Captain Steve at the helm. A well run operation to the last drop :). Steve is polite, professional and extremely helpful. He doesn't miss a beat. I'd highly recommend Nanaimo Dive...More

Thank Michel J
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2018

Thanks Michel. It is always a pleasure to have you aboard the Shepherd when you are out our way. You always "brighten" our day.

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Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

Took my open water course with nanaimo dive outfitters, this being my first time diving i felt the where very friendly and proffesional.the made me feel very comfortable in the gear and and in the pool training. They also took us to various locations around...More

Thank john w
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

We always enjoy introducing people to the under water world and the marine life that abounds on our area and in the oceans around the world. We are very glad that you enjoyed your course and we really look forward to seeing you back in...More

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Reviewed November 7, 2017

My partner and I were planning a trip to Vancouver Island to complete some SCUBA training and underwater sight-seeing. From first contact Shirley was fantastic to deal with in setting up the itinerary (we had 5 days of diving), and ensuring we got the most...More

Thank Barret H
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

We really enjoyed the week you spent with us Barret. Both of you were eager to learn and good students so that makes it a pleasure and more fun for any instructor. It was so rewarding to see the huge improvement in your diving from...More

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Reviewed November 2, 2017

I had arrived to Nanaimo Dive Outfitters after an equipment issue with my dry suit had left me anything but dry!! Shirley, Steve, and Theo were all in the shop when I arrived and my suit was good to go after a repair. The following...More

Thank Doug4739
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2017

We are very glad we could get your drysuit issue resolved so you could have comfortable dives while you were here. Mother Nature was good to you with both the weather and the marine life. We look forward to your next visit so we can...More

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Julia141598
June 12, 2018|
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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
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funinthesun745
May 6, 2018|
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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
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