I live in Vancouver. I have almost 200 dives, BUT never even worn a wetsuit. I decided to get my dry suit certification because I kept reading about all the wonderful diving in my backyard!. You have to realize this diving is NOTHING like Caribbean diving. It's FREEZING (even in my dry suit). Did my 2 dives at Whytecliff and won't be diving in cold water again. This type of diving might be for some people, but definitely not for others (like me).