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“Above and beyond”

Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Calgary, Canada
1 review
“Above and beyond”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We used Shirley and the team at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters for our second summer in a row. After 5 years of not diving due to the arrival of some small kids (to go along with 3 older kids/teens)--we decided to give it a go again during a vacation to Vancouver Island. The summer before last (2012), we rented a house just across from Tyee Cove for a week. Shirley was incredibly professional and patient with two adults who had not been diving in a long while and two teen boys who had just finished their certification dives weeks earlier. Her knowledge of local undersea plants and animals is fantastic--if it's there, she'll find it, point it out, and explain it all between dives! And, for those who don't know--brave the cold water, there's a lot to see under Vancouver Island waters. We came back this past summer (2013) with a less convenient location. Shirley picked a spot, worked out logistics, and helped us make it happen. This time we added 12 year old daughter diving for the first time after her certification (the youngest two spent the day picking blackberries on the shore!). Shirley brought out an additional dive master to help--just as polite and professional as she was. We knew nothing of the shop before we called two years ago, but now we'd not use anyone else. The service is above and beyond.

Visited August 2013
Thank Andy R
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Chemainus, Canada
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“Awesome dive shop and owners!”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Thanks again Shirley for the awesome instruction preparing my wife and I for our trip to Kauai. We loved your instruction style and your shop is first class!

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