Cruise and Dive Around
Our training center is based out of Schooner Cove in Nanoose Bay, BC. We are partnered with Kraken Adventure Yacht Charters for both our diving and nautical programs. Our Cave and Cavern programs often take place in Mexico or Florida or in special circumstances - the karst systems of north Vancouver Island.
Why Vancouver Island?
Based out of Schooner Cove Marina on beautiful Vancouver Island, DeepFathoms Diving and Nautical programs take place in or on the emerald waters surrounding Vancouver Island. The year long tempered waters provide ideal conditions to both cruise and dive. Between the Gulf Islands and the Queen Charlotte Strait is a massive territory protected from the open ocean elements making year round cruising possible. The waters provide a rich habitat for a plethora of large marine mammals and incredible sea life, combined with fantastic visibility making it the best cold water diving environment in the world. Add to that the fleet of sunken shipwrecks scattered around our home port.
Schooner Cove is approximately 20 minutes north of Nanaimo and a 90 minute ferry ride from Vancouver. Near Schooner Cove Marina, where our vessel launches from. Around Schooner Cove and the Nanoose Bay area there are many opportunities to golf, walk and bike, or take a swim at one of the local ocean or lake beaches. The many small islands offshore including the Sisters, Ballenas, Winchelseas, Hornby and Denman, all have small unique attractions and a plethora of peaceful anchorages. Around these islands whales, dolphins, sea lions, eagles and other marine life abound.