Welcome to Vancouver Scuba diving school, a boutique school specializing in one-to-one diver training, and guided tours of Howe Sound dive sites.  You want to experience the strange and wonderful undersea world... and we'd like to convince you that our private, customized PADI course is your smartest investment in proper training

Our website is best viewed on a big screen, and provides prospective divers with valuable information and insights into the realities of learning to dive. Whether you choose to train privately with us, or in a group at a dive shop, a thorough browsing of this site will help you to make an informed decision. 

Cold water diving is an extreme sport. Train accordingly.


What you need to know about diving in the tropics vs diving in Vancouver

not Vancouver diving

not Vancouver diving

  • The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular entry-level diving course in the world.   
  • The certification enables you to rent equipment, dive with or without a professional guide, and take more courses.
  • A single PADI instructor can teach up to 8 Open Water students in a group at the same time. This ratio is based on diving in tropical conditions: warm water, boat diving, lightweight gear and underwater visibility that's good enough for an instructor to see everyone in the group simultaneously.
  • This very same commoditized group course is sold in Vancouver area dive shops.
Vancouver diving

Vancouver diving

  • But...unlike in the tropics, diving in Vancouver is an extreme sport with profoundly different diving conditions. Cold water, shore diving, heavy gear and limited underwater "viz" make learning to dive in Vancouver much more physically, mentally and emotionally challenging for both the students and the professionals. 
  • Despite harsh cold water temperatures averaging 10C/50F, most Vancouver dive shops offer an off-the-shelf, commoditized Open Water course at an artificially low, marginally profitable price point per student, and maximize the group size. Large groups serve to seriously limit the amount of time that an instructor can devote to any individual student: averaging less than 45 minutes in the pool and 15 minutes underwater in the ocean.
  • Most freshly certified Open Water divers will never dive again in BC after finishing a group course, mainly owing to a lack of skills and confidence.  


Vancouver Scuba diving school offers a more enlightened approach to diver training

Our private scuba courses follow a more enlightened and thorough training model. Private one-to-one training is safer than group training, the training goes far beyond the minimum PADI standards offered in a group course, you'll have the instructor's undivided attention and mentorship, and you'll develop at your own natural pace. 

What the dive accident statistics reveal about new divers:

Research reports have shown that inadequate training creates dependent divers, unable to think for themselves, lacking knowledge, experience and self-sufficiency to solve problems and manage risks competently. 


Vancouver Scuba diving school is a diver training program, not a retail dive shop.

Our training model is client-centered and tailored to BC's extreme diving conditions.



Before you decide to sign up for any scuba course, please read our Open Water course details, browse our Blog where we discuss real-world diving issues that you'll face as a certified diver, take 10 minutes to read  Understanding Risk, review this Diving Suitability Self-Assessment,  then make an informed decision.

  • We offer fully divemastered two-tank Howe Sound Day Trips  at any time and discounted multi-day packages for certified divers.
  • For the convenience of visitors to Vancouver we provide all transportation from your hotel and organize the gear on your behalf.
  • Check out the photo galleries around the website and link to our You Tube videos  for impressions of great BC and tropical diving.

More About Us

  • VSds is not a conventional brick-and-mortar dive shop. Rather, we maintain relationships with these shops which supply us with all the equipment and offer our clients discounts and deals on gear rentals and purchases. Contact US
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