Go Diving | Explore BC

Dive with Rowand’s Reef and explore the incredible waters of the west coast
Encounter Wrecks, Reefs, Sea Stars, Crabs, Nudibranchs, Anemones,
Octopus, Rockfish, Seals and many other critters!
Discover why BC has the best cold water diving in the world!

 

 
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Club Dives & Trips

Join our divemaster who will take a group of divers out for 2 shore dives or a multi-day dive trip At a popular local dive site.

Meet other divers like yourself whilst building confidence and keeping your dive skills fresh!

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Private Dive Tours

Hire a Rowand’s Reef Divemaster to transport & take you and your buddys out for 2 private shore dives on a date and time of your choosing

explore local and popular dive sites such as Whytecliff park, Porteau Cove & Kelvin Grove

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Boat Dives

Join our divemaster for 2 boat dives on a day trip to Howe Sound AND Explore incredible walls, pinnacle dives and the awe-inspiring HMCS Annapolis wreck

Alternatively, schedule a boat and divemaster to take a group of divers (4 minimum) out for 2 dives

Sign Up For Your Dive Adventure Today!

Club Dive
15.00
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Boat Club Dive
110.00
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Private Dive Tour
150.00
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Private Boat Dive
150.00
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Club Trip to Tuwanek
40.00

Included: 2 Guided Shore Dives; Transport; 10% Club Diver Discount on Gear Purchases

Not Included: Rental Equipment; Ferry Costs (approx $17 per person)

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Upcoming Dives & Trips


Frequently Asked Questions

LEARN MORE ABOUT Fun Adventure diving with rowand’s reef here!

wHAT happens during the club dives and how do i Sign Up?

You can sign up for any of our club dives by completing the form above or contacting our dive team by phone or email.   During the club dives, we meet at Rowand’s Reef at 8:00am for an Equipment check before leaving for the dive site. Once there, our divemaster will give you a site briefing and explanation of the dive plan. They will also buddy you up with another diver or themselves. Then you will complete the first dive before coming out for a lunch break and surface interval. Another briefing followed by the second dive of the day before heading back to the shop. After dropping off the gear, we will usually head to a local bar for a social drink (and food) and a chance to complete you logbooks.

You can sign up for any of our club dives by completing the form above or contacting our dive team by phone or email.

During the club dives, we meet at Rowand’s Reef at 8:00am for an Equipment check before leaving for the dive site. Once there, our divemaster will give you a site briefing and explanation of the dive plan. They will also buddy you up with another diver or themselves. Then you will complete the first dive before coming out for a lunch break and surface interval. Another briefing followed by the second dive of the day before heading back to the shop. After dropping off the gear, we will usually head to a local bar for a social drink (and food) and a chance to complete you logbooks.

What is a Drysuit
& Do i have to wear one?

A Drysuit is a sealed layer worn when scuba diving instead of a wetsuit to keep you warm in colder water. It works by trapping a layer of air within the suit which acts as an insulatotor and also helps with your bouyancy. Your body stays dry underneath the drysuit and you can also wear thermals to stay even warmer. In British Columbia, the vast majority of divers will use a Drysuit for diving.  To use a Drysuit, you have to complete a certification course, the PADI Drysuit Specialty. This course will teach you important safety skills and can be taken with Rowand’s Reef. Without a Drysuit Certification you arte unable to rent or use a drysuit.  You don't have to use a drysuit if you don't want to however! For those who aren't as interested in Drysuit diving, we have warm 7mm J-Type Wetsuits available for use in the ocean. These wetsuits will keep you warm in the cold waters for most part of the year and can be requested in place of the drysuit for use on your course.  At Rowand's Reef, we carry the Aqua Lung Fusion Range of Drysuits. These suits contain the latest in drysuit technology and allow for a customized fit with added flexibility and bouyancy control in the water.

A Drysuit is a sealed layer worn when scuba diving instead of a wetsuit to keep you warm in colder water. It works by trapping a layer of air within the suit which acts as an insulatotor and also helps with your bouyancy. Your body stays dry underneath the drysuit and you can also wear thermals to stay even warmer. In British Columbia, the vast majority of divers will use a Drysuit for diving.

To use a Drysuit, you have to complete a certification course, the PADI Drysuit Specialty. This course will teach you important safety skills and can be taken with Rowand’s Reef. Without a Drysuit Certification you arte unable to rent or use a drysuit.

You don't have to use a drysuit if you don't want to however! For those who aren't as interested in Drysuit diving, we have warm 7mm J-Type Wetsuits available for use in the ocean. These wetsuits will keep you warm in the cold waters for most part of the year and can be requested in place of the drysuit for use on your course.

At Rowand's Reef, we carry the Aqua Lung Fusion Range of Drysuits. These suits contain the latest in drysuit technology and allow for a customized fit with added flexibility and bouyancy control in the water.

What’s the difference between Cold & warm Water diving?

Water colour, visibility and temperature - these are the biggest differences when it comes to cold water vs warm water. The adventure and aquatic life you can see is amazing in both!  Water colour - In cold water, the colour appears more green/gray compared to the blue/turquiose water of the tropics. This difference really only matters if you do any underwater filming or photography.  Visibility - the best time to dive in BC is from Septemeber - April. This is when the visibility is the most clear and can be as good as any warm water dive site. In the summer visibility here can be poor at times due to the large growth of plant life in the water. This vis does clear up as you dive deeper, but learning to dive in poor visibility will again give you extra experience and training making you a better diver.  Temperature - water temperatures in BC ranges from around 7°C in the winter/spring to around 15°C in Summer/Fall. While this is a bit different to the 20°C plus temperature of warmer warter, the extra equipment and Drysuits make this easy to handle and you quickly get used to it after a few dives.  Things to see - When it comes to marine and plant life, there are just as many amazing things see in cold water as there is in any warm water dive site. Life in cold water tends to be larger and more unique, whislt in warm water life tends to be more plentiful. You may have to explore a bit more to find life in cold water but this just adds to the adventure of the dive! Plus the wrecks you can explore are amazing in both warm and cold water!  Jacques Cousteau once said that the coastal waters of British Columbia are 'the best temperate water diving in the world and second only to the Red Sea'. That is an indication just how much there is to see in BC. Plus Vancouver is one of the only places in the world you can scuba dive and ski in the same day - definitely worth a bit of cold!

Water colour, visibility and temperature - these are the biggest differences when it comes to cold water vs warm water. The adventure and aquatic life you can see is amazing in both!

Water colour - In cold water, the colour appears more green/gray compared to the blue/turquiose water of the tropics. This difference really only matters if you do any underwater filming or photography.

Visibility - the best time to dive in BC is from Septemeber - April. This is when the visibility is the most clear and can be as good as any warm water dive site. In the summer visibility here can be poor at times due to the large growth of plant life in the water. This vis does clear up as you dive deeper, but learning to dive in poor visibility will again give you extra experience and training making you a better diver.

Temperature - water temperatures in BC ranges from around 7°C in the winter/spring to around 15°C in Summer/Fall. While this is a bit different to the 20°C plus temperature of warmer warter, the extra equipment and Drysuits make this easy to handle and you quickly get used to it after a few dives.

Things to see - When it comes to marine and plant life, there are just as many amazing things see in cold water as there is in any warm water dive site. Life in cold water tends to be larger and more unique, whislt in warm water life tends to be more plentiful. You may have to explore a bit more to find life in cold water but this just adds to the adventure of the dive! Plus the wrecks you can explore are amazing in both warm and cold water!

Jacques Cousteau once said that the coastal waters of British Columbia are 'the best temperate water diving in the world and second only to the Red Sea'. That is an indication just how much there is to see in BC. Plus Vancouver is one of the only places in the world you can scuba dive and ski in the same day - definitely worth a bit of cold!

What Type of things will i see
during the dives?

Aquatic life will vary at each dive site, but you will likely see rockfish, crabs, flatfish, sunstars and jellyfish. Across the rocks are fields of anemone (especially the beautiful white plumose), soft coral and ancient sponges. Seals and sea lions often drop by to say hello (especially on night dives) and you may be lucky to find a giant pacific octopus or wolf eel hiding under rocks during the day or out hunting at night.

Aquatic life will vary at each dive site, but you will likely see rockfish, crabs, flatfish, sunstars and jellyfish. Across the rocks are fields of anemone (especially the beautiful white plumose), soft coral and ancient sponges. Seals and sea lions often drop by to say hello (especially on night dives) and you may be lucky to find a giant pacific octopus or wolf eel hiding under rocks during the day or out hunting at night.

I’m Only a new diver,
can i still come on club dives?

Absolutely! Our Club Dives are run for Divers of all levels and experience. Whether you are a newly qualified Diver who wants to build up confidence and experience after your PADI Open Water, or an advanced Diver looking to explore the amazing life in BC, you are sure to enjoy coming out on our Club Dives.  Our Rowand’s Reef Divemaster will be there to assist you however you need and Club Dives are a great way to meet new Dive Buddies who are a similar level to you!

Absolutely! Our Club Dives are run for Divers of all levels and experience. Whether you are a newly qualified Diver who wants to build up confidence and experience after your PADI Open Water, or an advanced Diver looking to explore the amazing life in BC, you are sure to enjoy coming out on our Club Dives.

Our Rowand’s Reef Divemaster will be there to assist you however you need and Club Dives are a great way to meet new Dive Buddies who are a similar level to you!

Do You Provide Transport
to the Dive Sites?

Yes we have a shop van that can fit up to 7 passengers plus dive gear. Transport to/from the dive sites is included in the Club Dive Cost when you sign up for the club dive. Most of our dive sites are located less the 45 minutes drive from our dive shop.

Yes we have a shop van that can fit up to 7 passengers plus dive gear. Transport to/from the dive sites is included in the Club Dive Cost when you sign up for the club dive. Most of our dive sites are located less the 45 minutes drive from our dive shop.


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Have Any Questions?

Our Dive Team is ready to answer any questions you may have about your next dive adventure!