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.
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