Here are some of my favourite diving-related web sites broken down by dive shops and underwater photography guides and stores.
- www.divinglocker.ca is a great dive shop located on W 4th Avenue near MacDonald St. in Vancouver. I have been on many great trips with these guys and had a blast each time. Also, great courses and an option for buying or renting gear.
- www.seatoskyscuba.com is a dive shop on the North Shore in Vancouver. I haven’t personally been out diving with these guys (lack of a car and distance to the North Shore from Kitsilano were a bit of a difficulty for me) but I can vouch for the owner being a pretty rad guy as he is a friend of my family:)
- www.utiladivecenter.com is where I completed my divemaster training this past summer. They are very professional and focused on safety here and have some pretty epic Saturday night barbecues with the infamous snorkel tests on display. Also, the coolest captain works on the Reefer and if you’re feeling the least bit stressed out before your dive, this feeling will probably disappear once Cookie let’s you know “no hurry, not to worry sistah!” Also, the shops proximity to Rio Coco (the best coffee on the whole island) is pretty much the best thing ever!
Caye Caulker, Belize
- www.belizedivingservices.com is a really professional shop located on Caye Caulker. If you are looking to dive the “Great Blue Hole” I highly recommend going with these guys. They are a bit pricier than the other shops on the island, but I felt like they took safety very seriously on this challenging (and very deep) dive. Also, they have a sweet boat which is a big plus on the 3 hour boat ride just to get there. The diving right around Caye Caulker wasn’t the best I’ve ever done, but the further trips such as San Pedro and Turneffe are absolutely worth the money.
- www.backscatter.com is the website I used for trying to figure out what my first underwater camera should be. They have some great reviews and are a good option for purchasing gear if you are from Canada or the USA.
- www.divephotoguide.com has some amazing underwater photographer galleries that I love to check out and good tips and tricks for improving your own photography.
- www.uwphotographyguide.com is another great site for underwater photography tips and tricks. They provide a really great guide for camera settings, composition tips, lighting and gear reviews and is a great resource for beginners.
- www.goaskerin.com where I learned a lot about editing underwater photos in photoshop and lightroom. There are some really great tips in the videos, my favourites being how to eliminate backscatter and adjusting the blue hue in your photos when the white balance won’t get you all the way there.