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East Coast Scuba & Watersports is Nova Scotia's fastest growing PADI 5 Star IDC and Tec Rec Dive Centre, a full service training provider and dive equipment retail sales outlet. Although new in terms of a new service provider we have been teaching diving in the Halifax area for the last 18 years.


John Stone

PADI Course Director | Owner

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Tracy Gregory

PADI Master Instructor | Owner

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Isabelle Vallee



Marie Martel

PADI OWSI | Shop Staff | Instructor

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Mark Bearss

PADI Dive Master

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John Tapper

PADI MSDT | Instructor



Dive Pup | Pup on a Sup / Pup Dive Master



Dive Cat | Head of Security

ECSW is staffed by nine PADI Instructors including a Course Director qualified up to Technical Trimix Instructor Trainer. We have one Master Instructor, who is passionate about technical diver that enjoys teaching all levels of the PADI program.  Two instructors are Master Scuba Diver Trainer qualified; one of which is a military doctor who specializes in diving medicine. We also have one Open Water Scuba Instructor who is OC tec diver.  All of our instructors also dive closed circuit rebreathers and enjoy wreck diving and dive travel. 

We also have on staff experienced Dive Masters that understand the local dive environment and are able to offer excellent tips, advice or guided site tours.


Unique to ECSW, we train all open water divers in dry suit use in the pool and conduct qualification dives using the dry suit in the ocean. Many years of teaching in Nova Scotia have seen new divers endure the cold of open water certification dives without the benefit of proper exposure protection. Our courses are capped at a maximum of 6 persons per course to ensure maximum supervision and new diver enjoyment.

For the diver and water sports enthusiast  that demands value for their money and getting the “right equipment the first time” ECSW carries only premium brand dive equipment such as Fourth Element, Santi, Halcyon, ScubaPro, Waterproof, Poseidon, SiTech, Kraken, Big Blue, Halcyon, Pulse, Akona, White Knuckle, Suspenz to name a few and is able to offer experienced advice in equipment selection.

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