About Us

Ocean Quest Dive Centre

Ocean Quest Dive Centre is owned by Platinum PADI Course Director (Instructor Trainer) Greg McCracken and PADI Master Instructor Deirdre Forbes McCracken. Greg and Deirdre have been actively involved in the scuba diving industry for over 20 years and continue to teach diving and dive for fun. Their expertise and enthusiasm will ensure that you will receive up to date advice on dive training, scuba equipment and diving experiences.

Ocean Quest is the most accredited dive centre in all of Canada. They are one of only 2 PADI Career Development Centres in Canada, they also hold the PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre rating, the PADI Tec Rec Centre ratings.

Greg and Deirdre DivingOcean Quest has earned such awards as the PADI Diver Acquisition Award as one of Canada's Top 3 Dive Centres for entry level training. In 2013 Ocean Quest won the PADI Continuing Education and Master Scuba Diver Contest as the dive centre who issued the most PADI Continuing Education and PADI Master Scuba Diver Certifications in British Columbia.

Ocean Quest and Owner Greg McCracken have been  innovating professional training since 1997. In 2006, Ocean Quest was chosen to conduct the dive training for the Professional Scuba Dive Instructor program through Capilano University.

Your training will be organized and conducted by Greg McCracken and Ocean Quest's professional staff.

GregGreg McCracken – Owner, Platinum PADI Course Director

Greg earned his PADI Instructor rating in 1992 and his PADI Course Director rating in 1997.   Prior to beginning his own company, Greg has managed dive centres on Vancouver Island, Central America and Mexico.

Greg has issued well over 1900 instructor level certifications  and 4000 certifications in total. Greg has earned many recognition awards from PADI including several Certificates of Excellence and the Platinum Course Director Award. The Platinum Award is earned by less than 60 PADI Course Directors each year.

What is a PADI Course Director?

PADI Course Director's are chosen by PADI to represent the highest instructor rating available in the PADI System.  Due to their role in the diving industry, Course Directors are held to a higher accountability by PADI and the diving industry.   Only PADI Course Directors teach and certify PADI Instructors, Specialty Instructors, Emergency First Response Instructors, and IDC Staff Instructors. This all means you can expect nothing but the best from Ocean Quest.

You will find both Greg and Ken detailed in their instruction and will offer an energetic yet easy going teaching style, which balances humor, real world application and professionalism ensuring that you have a great time while you learn!

Having two experienced full-time PADI Course Directors at Ocean Quest allows us to offer the most comprehensive Instructor training programs available anywhere.

Greg's professional credentials:


  • PADI Course Director
  • Emergency First Response (EFR) / Care for Children Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Sidemount Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Enriched Air Instructor Trainer
  • Instructor Trainer for most PADI Specialties
  • Foundations of Diving Instructor
  • Hollis Explorer Rebreather Diver

Technical Diving

  • PADI Technical Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Tec Sidemount Instructor Trainer
  • PADI/DSAT Gas Blender Instructor Trainer (EANx and Trimix)