Where to Go Scuba Diving
“Where is the best place to go diving?”
“What is the coolest dive you have made?”
“Where is the greatest variety of marine life found?”
Commonly heard questions. And questions we especially hear from our new Open Water Diver students and even from some of our more advanced divers at the Toronto Scuba Centre. During the winter in Toronto, when it is cold and gray, these queries are even more understandable.
The problem is how to answer such questions. Why is there a difficulty? Well, not only are the questions inherently subjective, but diving itself is an intensely subjective exercise. What thrills one person will not necessarily thrill the next.
Take, for instance, my personal dive favourites: wrecks and macro-marine life. I started with a passion for swimming around wrecks, which still exists, but, as my diving has evolved, I have also become more and more mesmerized by the tiny little guys scurrying around on the reefs and wrecks.
For brand new Open Water divers, however, the opposite is usually (but not always) true. Once fully certified, a new diver now has an opportunity to see a whole new underwater world filled with fantastic marine life and sights. For many, that exposure is almost instantly gratified when you realize you are swimming with majestic sharks, sleek barracudas, giant Moray eels, cute sea turtles and so on. Big, cool marine life is RIGHT there, so it is easy to enjoy. Unique and harder-to-find creatures usually become a focal point further into your diving career.
You can see, therefore, how answering questions as to the best diving spots can be a bit of a conundrum.
At the Toronto Scuba Centre, we still do our best and we try hard to be objective. What can also often influence that answer is our ability to the diver’s experience level and personality.
This might sound obvious, but anywhere that is a recreational scuba diving spot is a good spot for any individual recreational scuba diver. Huh? I know. The point I am making is regardless of the difficulty of a particular dive spot, the Toronto Scuba Centre has the means to train you to master almost all of the dive skills you might need to cope with those conditions. Sometimes, what the industry considers to be the best dive spots are not the easiest of dives. Some have significant currents, some have unique overhead environments (such as the cenotes of Mexico) and some require special diving techniques (ice diving, Hawaiian surf entries, etc.).
Beyond the Open Water Diver course, there are a host of options to both improve and continue to develop your diving skill set. There is the Advanced Open Water Diver course, distinct specialties to improve your buoyancy, deep diving skills, drysuit knowledge, navigation and on and on. You can also learn how to become a Rescue Diver, another key skill-set that not only teaches you how to potentially help others, but also improves your own diving attributes.
The point is that we can help you feel comfortable with your own skills so that you reach a level where any dive spot is a realistic destination for you.
In addition to helping you improve your dive skills, the instructors at the Toronto Scuba Centre have dived the world over. Accordingly, we know a huge network of dive connections internationally. No matter where you want to go diving, we are often able to offer some advice, some suggestions and if we don’t know much about the location you want to head to, chances are we know someone who does.
Even if you don’t know where you want to go, we can also offer some suggestions based on what it is you are looking to find. You want Whale Sharks, we can tell you where it would be best to find them. Or maybe you want to see Titan trigger-fish? We can point you in the right direction there too. Be it a location or something you want to see, the Toronto Scuba Centre can help you out.