Ocean Quest is Hiring!

Ocean Quest is busier than ever and we are looking for someone to join our team for a full-time position!

Ocean Quest Dive Centre is a Five Star Career Development Centre and TecRec Centre located Greater Vancouver, BC. We specialize in all levels of diver training including specialized career programs and technical diving. We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic PADI Instructor for long term, full time employment. Must be able and willing to work in a fast-past dynamic environment.

In-store duties will include:

- Retail Sales
- Customer Service
- Assisting students and customers with rental equipment

There will also be instructional opportunities.

The ideal candidate will be someone who: 

- Equipment Service Experience
- Has previous Dive Centre experience
- Organizational skills and flexible scheduling 
- Excellent Customer Service
- Sales Experience
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Cold water diving/teaching experience an asset 

Above all, a positive attitude and willingness to learn and contribute to a team environment are essential. 

Please apply if you feel you are a good candidate for this position. We can provide on the job training to add to your skills.

All applicants must be able to work legally in Canada (we may require copies of Passport and Canadian Social Insurance Number). Must have Liability Insurance.

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Ocean Quest Dive Centre 

Introducing the new Ocean Quest Career Development Scuba Instructor Certificate Program!

For more details check out our new dedicated website -!

The Career Development Scuba Dive Instructor Certificate program was put together to offer the most comprehensive PADI instructor training program available. It has evolved from over 20 years of experience training divers and PADI Instructors.

Diver Training

This 7 month full-time program will take you from the basics of diving and build your abilities to a level of diving and awareness often not found in today’s industry. Throughout this process, you will receive training and earn certifications in a variety of diving specialties. In total, you will earn as many as 18 PADI diver level certifications, including two programs exclusive to Ocean Quest – Foundations of Diving and the DSAT Wreck Penetration Distinctive Specialties.


Practical Training

During your training you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience and mentorship with one of the most active and reputable dive centres in Canada.

This experience will include:

  • In-store experience
  • Equipment maintenance and repair
  • Compressor maintenance
  • Leading certified divers
  • Interning on a variety training programs

You will also participate on field trips and workshops including:

  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Recompression Chamber Tour
  • Aqualung/Apeks Reg Service Certification
  • Many other exciting field trips and workshops are planned!

Professional Training

The final phase of the program will be PADI Professional training. This will include your PADI Instructor Development Course, Emergency First Response Instructor Course and Specialty Instructor training resulting in you having the ability to teach 8 different PADI Specialty programs.


The Underwater Archaelogical Society of BC (UASBC) Underwater Explorer Speaker Series

The USABC is hosting some incredible speakers this year! 

All talks start at 7:30 and are located at the Vancouver Maritime Museum - 1905 Ogden St., Vancouver

  • February 27: Dr. Chris Harvey-Clarke, marine biologist and Roy Mulder, uw photographer, HMS Raleigh: this Royal Navy cruiser was wrecked at Forteau Bay, Labrador on August 8, 1922 with a loss of 11 sailors. Chris and Roy were part of a team in the summer of 2012 to dive and document this dynamic and rarely visited wreck site
  • March 27: Tom Bell, hard hat diver, Heritage Hard Hat Diving: an illustrated history of hard hat diving in BC and displays of hard hat equipment
  •  June 26: Mark Atherton, sonar expert, Echoes and Images:  an illustrated review of the how and what of Side-Scan and Scanning Sonar Operations and a book signing
  •  September 25:  Lee Newman, uw photographer, Cave Diving in Tulum: explorations of one of the world’s largest cenotes
  •  October 30: Keith Bossons Shipwreck Diving in Ontario: photos from a 2 week dive trip to the premiere shipwrecks in Ontario
  •  November 27: Bruce Partridge, rebreather designer, Rebreathers - Diving’s next frontier: the past and the future of rebreathers in recreational diving

Vancouver Aquarium Divers Weekend - January 19 and 20, 2013

This 14th annual celebration of diving will engage divers and non-divers alike. Featuring compelling diving demonstrations, exhibits and conversations, Divers’ Weekend will inspire visitors to further explore the oceans, exchange ideas and expand their horizons.

Divers’ Weekend 2013 will feature events including:

  • Diving Seminar Series including 10 fascinating talks over two days highlighting featuring the themes of Exploration and Conservation (see schedule below);
  • Diving demonstrations by the Canadian Coast Guard, RCMP and Royal Canadian Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal dive teams;
  • Exhibits by diving clubs, organizations and businesses, including hands-on opportunities with Aquatica camera housings and products and Aqua Lung dive gear;
  • Demonstration dives featuring vintage hard hat dive suit;
  • Fun gallery activities for the kids.

Certified divers receive 50 percent off admission or 10 percent off Aquarium membership with a valid certification card.

Look out for the following presentations!

Explore Your Own Backyard: Three Great Vancouver Shore Dives!

Presented by Lee Newman, Diver and photographer 

January 19 @ 1:00 pm at the Vancouver Aquarium Divers Weekend

Technical Diving - Explore More!

Presented by Greg McCracken, Technical Diver Instructor Trainer, Owner - Ocean Quest Dive Centre

January 19 @ 4:00 pm at the Vancouver Aquarium Divers Weekend


Photo by Lee Newman

Two Big Milestones Reached this Month!  

Both Ocean Quest and Greg McCracken are meeting two big milestones this month! 
Ocean Quest is celebrating its 15th year in business! 
When we first started Ocean Quest, we wanted to create a different type of dive centre.  We wanted to build our reputation as being experts in diver training, for always looking out for the best interest of our customers and by building a fun and personable atmosphere around the shop. 
We are proud of the many achievements we have made over the years.  Some of which include:
  • Achieved the PADI Career Development Centre rating making Ocean Quest one of only two PADI Career Development Centre's in Canada.
  • Partnered with Capilano University to conduct the 8 month, full-time, Professional Scuba Dive Instructor program.  This unique program attracts students from across Canada to become the worlds best scuba instructors!  Graduates are working throughout BC and around the world!
  • Earned the Diver Acquisition Award from PADI rating Ocean Quest as one of the top 3 dive centres in Canada for entry level training. 
  • Earned the PADI TecRec designation.  Ocean Quest is the leader in diver training including technical diving.  Our technical diving courses offer the progressive up to date training in both backmount or sidemount configuration.
  • Ocean Quest expanded!  As many know, Ocean Quest expanded a little over two years ago.  This has allowed us to provide better service and a larger equipment selection for our customers.  In addition, we have hosted several guest speaker nights on a variety of topics. 

We would like to thank you for your loyalty and friendship and look forward to serving your for many years to come!


Greg and Deirdre accept Diver Aquisition Award from PADI

Greg McCracken celebrates his 20th year as a PADI Instructor!
Greg completed his Instructor training with PADI Canada in December 1992 and hasn't looked back since.  He has had many adventures since earning his instructor rating, including meeting his wife Deirdre (who is a PADI Master Instructor), travelling throughout Central America and Mexico and together with Deirdre, starting Ocean Quest. 
Some of Greg's achievements include:

  • Earned PADI Course Director rating in 1997.  PADI Course Director is the highest instructor rating available through PADI.  Only PADI Course Directors can train instructors, specialty instructors and IDC Staff Instructors.
  • Earned Technical Instructor Trainer rating in early 2000's.
  • Earned several Certificates of Excellence from PADI.
  • Earned Platinum Course Director rating several times.  The Platinum Award is earned by  less than 50 - 60 Course Directors each year.
  • Conduced the first ever DSAT Tec 45 and the first ever TMX 50 programs in the world!
  • Issued close to1800 instructor level certifications and over 3500 certifications at all levels.
Greg's passion for diving still grows strong and he looks forward to another 20 years of diving and teaching!

Store Hours

Monday  10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open 7 days a week to serve you better!


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