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Sink or Swim Scuba

16 reviews
Nanaimo, Canada
About Sink or Swim Scuba
We are a PADI 5 star scuba shop. Learn with us, dive with us all year round. Hire a Dive master for a personal tour of our favorite dive sites. Upgrade your open water certification to an advanced or dry suit course. We'd like to show you why Vancouver Island is rated a top ten dive destination year after year.
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Reviewed January 12, 2019

Ray and Shelagh run an amazing shop with top quality rental gear (all less than a year old). They are friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. As we planned our latest trip to Vancouver Island, Shelagh worked closely with us to plan equipment rentals and dive opportunities....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Simon C
Reviewed December 29, 2018

My friend and I did our advanced open water course earlier this year. We came from out of town and Shelagh and Ray were so accommodating with our schedule and mailing us our books so we could do the knowledge portion before since we were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Leni C
Reviewed September 29, 2018

My husband and I came to visit Nanaimo and wanted to take a dry suit course while there. We looked at other reviews and chose Sink or Swim. Their shop is well stocked, organized and efficient. Our instructor, Michel Hutchinson, was patient and professional. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rallemeier
Shelagh R, Owner at Sink or Swim Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2018

Randy, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us feedback. I'm very pleased you were happy with the shop, gear and your Instruction. See, cold water diving is fun, isnt it? 😉 Lol. Enjoy your warm water diving this winter. It was...More

Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

My partner and I went and learned to Scuba dive and how to use a dry suit in a week and change. We are looking forward to our first dive ourselves. We have also gone in a few times and asked questions about 2nd hand...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Nathan D
Shelagh R, Owner at Sink or Swim Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2018

Nathan, We had a lot of fun introducing you and Chelsey into the world of scuba and we're excited you've been bitten by the scuba bug and want to continue. Discovering all our dive sites and our underwater life will be so exciting. See you...More

Reviewed April 23, 2017

I have done all my training through SOS, they are very professional and their main focus is getting people back into the water. SOS is more then just a dive shop they become your dive family

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank LTodhunter
shelaghricher, Owner at Sink or Swim Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

Thanks LT. We're so happy you've joined our diving family and have been happy with your experiences with our shop, our Instructors and Dive masters. We look forward to diving our favorite dive sites with you!

Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Shelagh and Ray help make Vancouver Island's waters accessible for local and visiting divers. Air, EAN, equipment and sundries all available. The shop supports the local dive community heavily. Shelagh and Ray can hook you up for shore dives or charters. Great service.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank TomHlavac
shelaghricher, Owner at Sink or Swim Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2016

Thanks Tom! We have a great team who do their best time and time again. They love diving and it shows.

Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Stopped with two teenagers to do some shore dives in Naniamo. Rental gear was fairly new and wetsuits fit well. Instructor and Divemaster were good and professional.More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank dw_calfire
Shelagh R, Owner at Sink or Swim Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2016

Thanks DW. I know Blake and Bianca enjoyed diving with you and the kids. Happy to show you all the underwater critters we have here. Hope you enjoyed your visit with one of our local wolf eels! We look forward to diving with you again...More

Reviewed April 20, 2016

My soon took an open water advanced course with sink or swim. Very Friendly professional people who really know what they're doing. My son felt very comfortable and safe with them. Highly Recommended to beginners to advanced!More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Shelagh R, Owner at Sink or Swim Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2016

Thanks Fishingguy, we appreicate your feedback. I'm glad your son felt safe and comfortable with us during his course. That's what it's all about for us, making sure our students are comfortable and have an enjoyable experience. We hope to see him in the water...More

Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

I rented gear at Sink or Swim for a sunday morning drop in dive and in 100 dives with rental equipment i can say that it is the best gear i've ever got. Everything was top quality and looked brand new. Also everyone from the...More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank romainm389
Shelagh R, Owner at Sink or Swim Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2015

Romain, Thank you for your review. We're glad you liked our shop and staff and we enjoyed diving with you. Shelagh

Reviewed March 6, 2015

I recently shopped around at the different dive stores in Nanaimo and was blown away by the level of professionalism at Sink or Swim. Can't wait to start diving with these guys!! Extremely helpful staff, answered all my questions and went well beyond. You could...More

Date of experience: February 2015
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Shelagh R, Owner at Sink or Swim Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2015

Thanks so much for the positive feedback. It means a lot to us that you had a good experience in our shop and walked away happy and confident. Most of our Instructors have been diving with us and training with us for years and have...More

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