It takes a special kind of diver to gear up in layers upon layers of heavy, bulky equipment and make the plunge into cold water.
Being a cold water diver is not for everyone, but it allows you to explore above and beyond what most divers get to see. Productive waters and untouched expanses of ocean are a few things that come to mind when we think of cold water diving, but there are many more reasons to brave bone chilling waters.
Suit up and dive in to some of our favorite cold water diving articles, after all, a little cold never hurt anyone.
Stoney Cove is self-described as the UK’s most popular inland diving center. This quarry is found within the village of Stoney Stanton.
Scuba diving Nova Scotia's Terrence Bay and everything wedged between Halifax and the famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse.
The rugged and northern coast of Scotland is the perfect setting for large animal encounters. Take your snorkeling up a notch by plunging into the highlands and swimming with the second largest fish in the world; basking sharks.
There is a lot to love about Québec. Dive into Les Escoumins and find some of the best scuba diving in the province's Côte-Nord.
Dive into Ontario's wreck junkie heaven. Tobermory's clear water and abundance of shipwrecks make it one of the top dive sites in Canada and the world.
There are more than 200 named lakes across the Temagami region. With the lakes being at the heart of this location's tourism, scuba diving is an activity worth exploring.
Visiting Brest reveals an enticing world of scuba diving in France. With walls, wrecks and potential seal encounters, find out why people from all over are drawn to this area.
Located at the mouth of Fundy, there are many good reasons that the rocky coastlines of Grand Manan island would be ideal for scuba diving. Thanks to the ocean exposure and changing tides, the outer Bay of Fundy has some of the most dauntingly productive waters in Eastern North America.
England may be known for its rainy weather and Stonehenge but don't discount this country's love for scuba diving, particularly on the Jurassic Coast.
Year after year Newfoundland enjoys large marine animal migrations, rich fisheries and icebergs floating down from Greenland, so it should come as no surprise that this province would pair well with scuba diving.
Diving the Farne Islands will open your mind and touch your soul as you get into the water with some of mother nature's most playful creatures.
From age-old shipwrecks to lukewarm water, the Saint Lawrence Seaway is considered one of the go-to diving destinations in Ontario.
Saint Andrews by-the-sea may be small in size, but this summer town packs a pretty big dive punch for scuba divers willing to brave the Bay of Fundy's tides.
When it comes to getting outside and immersed in nature, Ontario Parks is at the top of the list. Not only do the parks boast magnificent nature, but it's hundreds of thousands of lakes make it a real treat for those who love the water.
Do you enjoy cold water wreck diving? This dive destination will let you experience the best shipwrecks and scuba diving opportunities on the Canadian east coast.
When diving in Nova Scotia where do you even begin? Do you start in Halifax the province's capital or do you wander beyond to see what the surrounding area has to offer?
Sometimes finding a good dive spot is easier said than done. Shore diving around Saint John, New Brunswick is a testament to how unpredictable the Bay Fundy can be.
From planes to cars, diving Vobster Quay means experiencing a range of underwater sights and covering a lot of ground in little time.
Nothing compares to the thrill of diving to a helicopter, airplane, army car, and double-decker bus all in one dive. Don't miss this epic diving jungle in England.
Who says cold water diving can’t be filled with color? Plunge into Carnac, France and explore the bountiful anemone gardens, intricate macro life, and delicate fragility below the surface.
Backroll into to the cold water world of Portugal's Berlengas Island Natural Reserve. Located off the coast of Peniche, this underwater paradise will have you have you gurgling with excitement into your regulator.
For land loving travelers, Portugal has got it all, but if you are a scuba diver, this beautiful European country can easily fly’s under the radar. Pending the cooperation of the tides, wind, and weather, there are neat things to see and plenty of good macro life these cold and productive waters.
Submerging into the cold waters of Deer Island is one of the best ways to appreciate the vibrant array of color the Bay of Fundy hides beneath her surface.
Nova Scotia is full of cold water diving opportunities, particularly around shores of Halifax.
The world knows the Netherlands for their windmills and clogs, but what is not as well known is the excellent shore diving in the southern province of Zeeland.