SCUBA Diving

Scuba Diving

Canada’s chilly coastal waters and protected coastlines boast an abundance of colourful marine life and superb visibility which draw SCUBA enthusiasts from around the globe. With several sunken artificial reefs and hundreds of boat and shore dives in its coastal waters, BC offers world-class diving.  And Atlantic Canada's 4 provinces, plus Quebec's Gaspe region, have more than 4500 shipwrecks between them., which area  huge draw for dry suit divers from all over!

Ensure you’re thoroughly prepared to explore these natural wonders:
  • Know your limits. Never dive beyond your training, equipment and capabilities
The Right Gear

Taking the Essentials:
  • Flashlight
  • Fire making kit
  • Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothing
  • Navigational/communication devices
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket/shelter
  • Pocket knife
  • Sun protection
Leave a Trip Plan with responsible party, family member or friend.

Take equipment specific to scuba:

  • PFD (Personal Flotation Device)
  • Proper SCUBA gear in good working order
  • Wet suit or dry suit and other waterproof clothing
  • Proper footwear
  • Diver's knife
  • Maps or local knowledge of hidden obstacles
  • Light plus backup for night dives
  • Check all equipment prior to each dive.
  • Learn and practice emergency procedures.
  • Think ahead and have a dive plan. Check charts and learn about local hazards, currents and tides. Consider an experienced and licensed guide who knows the area.
  • Check the weather and be prepared to call it quits if conditions are not good.
  • If you’re boat diving, ensure that you’re up-to-date on boating safety and regulations.
  • Always have a dive flag. When surfacing, listen and watch for boats and log booms.
  • Most important - always dive with a buddy.

Gear up and head out for the underwater adventure of a lifetime in Canada’s extraordinary coastal waters!

Photo: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism (banner);
Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Reproduced with the permission of © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2010. Credit: Dwight Drover

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