The Ocean Quest Difference

Lowest student to instructor ratios for PADI Open Water (Learn to dive) training in Greater Vancouver

When teaching people to dive, Ocean Quest utilizes the smallest student to instructor ratios in Greater Vancouver. Our ratios are typically 3 to 4 people per instructor when diving in the pool or ocean!!

Many stores use ratios of 6 or even 8 students per instructor and often have a different instructor throughout your program.

Quality Instruction/Experienced Instructors

Ocean Quest has the most experienced instructional staff in Greater Vancouver. Our staff consists of PADI Course Directors (Instructor Trainers), PADI Master Instructors, Specialty Instructors and Freediving Instructors. Ocean Quest has been the most active instructor training facility in Western Canada for the past 20 years.

Our lead instructors hold ratings beyond basic instructor and have been actively training divers for over 25 years!!


Ocean Quest is the most accredited PADI Dive Centre in Greater Vancouver as it is only one of two dive centres in Canada (the other is in Montreal) to earn PADI's highes dive centre rating - the PADI Career Development Centre.  In addition, Ocean Quest holds the PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre and TecRec Centre Ratings.

Ocean Quest is the only dive training facility in Greater Vancouver registered with the Private Career Training Institutions of BC (PCTIA).

In 2010, Ocean Quest received the Diver Acquisition Award by PADI as one of the top three dive centres in Canada for entry level training!

In 2013, Ocean Quest won the PADI Continuing Education and Master Scuba Diver contest held by PADI in our region (British Columbia)!

Consistent Instructor Staff

You will have the same instructors involved throughout your whole course. This ensures that student’s skill levels are tracked throughout the program by the same instructional staff and allows instructors to recognize and focus on student’s strengths and weaknesses.

Many stores use a “Modular Format" to teach their programs which means you will have different instructors throughout your program.

Quality Diving Equipment

Good equipment is essential to be comfortable as a diver. This is why Ocean Quest stocks its rental department with quality dive gear including Weight Integrated BCD’s and quality Whites Fusion Drysuits.

Ocean Quest is the only dive centre in Greater Vancouver to provide their students with custom fitting neck and wrist seals on their drysuits (essential to keep you dry!) and high performance drysuit undergarments (to keep you warm)!

Student rates

We want to make diving easier for you.  Our special student rates on rentals and purchases making diving affordable.

Organized dives / Active Diving Community

Every weekend we conduct free organized dives to make getting out diving easy after your course is complete, PADI Divemaster and buddies provided!!  We also conduct boat charters every month in Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.  Ocean Quest always has an active group who are always looking for new dive buddies.

Most important…we make diving FUN!

At Ocean Quest, we have not forgotten that the reason people want to dive to have fun. This is why we go the extra mile in everything we do to ensure that all of our students and customers have a great time!