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Private Groups

Want to organize PADI Open Water program for your group?  Ocean Quest specializes in private groups.  We have organized programs for many groups including corporations, small businesses, schools, cadets and friends just simply getting together.

Diving is a great team building activity and will promote motivation, personal development and is great way to relieve stress.  It goes without saying that diving is also FUN!

Give us a call and we will assist you in organizing your program today!

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

Starting November 2013 - Ocean Quest is proud to announce our new updated PADI Open Water - Learn to Dive program! We have customized our very own learn to dive program that works in conjunction with the new updated PADI Open Water program to offer our students the absolute best training available!

Ocean Quest is the only dive training facility in the Greater Vancouver owned and operated by a Platinum PADI Course Director (Instructor Trainer). In addition, Ocean Quest is the only dive centre in Greater Vancouver with two full-time PADI Course Directors (Instructor Trainer's) on staff.

In 2006, PADI commenced a new recognition program acknowledging active PADI Course Directors around the Globe.  Greg is one of less than 50 PADI Course Directors in the world to earn the highest recognition available – Platinum!  Greg has earned the Platinum Award multiple years in a row. 

Ken Dunlop, PADI Course Director and Ocean Quest store manager has proven to be the most active instructor in British Columbia by winning both the PADI Continuing Education and Master Scuba Diver contests held by PADI in 2013. Ken issued more certifications than any other instructor in British Columbia!

Our lead instructors hold ratings beyond basic instructor and have been actively training divers for over 20 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!

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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