Offers safe, family scuba diving services! Kids aged 10 and up Underwater activities, including swimming with dolphins and full certification courses for ages 10 and up. Classes available in Chinese and English.
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User reviews of SinoScuba
Had an excellent time with Steven at the Blue Zoo this weekend. I'm an open water certified diver, and can't wait to follow up with him and do the adventure and advanced program at the Great Wall.
For a novice, the aquarium experience is excellent. Fun with fish, diving and amusing the guests at the aquarium. Loaner equipment was decent - I wish I had brought my own - but for the experience, it was perfect. No complaints, only fun!
I meant to write this review a long long time ago but always seemed to be busy. I took my girlfriend here for her birthday last summer to do the Shark Interaction program and both of us had an amazing time. I'm from Florida and have swam in coral reefs many times, but it's so great to be guaranteed to see so many beautiful fish and sharks in such close quarters. Steven was laid back and nice, and had me and my girlfriend(first time scuba-divers) in the water in no time. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great time or just trying to escape the city feel for a while.
There are quite a few things you leave behind in your home country, but then you're also astounded at some opportunities available in Beijing that you'd never anticipated, and outstripped your expectations.
SinoScuba is one of those amazing experiences "only in Beijing". Who'd ever think that this was possible?
Last summer, we gave a 45 minute dive at the Blue Zoo to my 12 year old son for his birthday. He was thrilled. Steven, founder of SinoScuba, made it easy for him to borrow a suit his size, and after a few minutes of advice, guided him safely around the Blue Zoo's aquarium. They stopped and fluffed up sand to gather the fish and saw sharks and giant turtles up close. The fish ignored him, the Chinese tour groups gaped.
When we learned that we could extend this experience by my son doing a PADI course, same place, with Steven, We jumped at the chance. It was very reasonably priced, and a better option than doing it rushed at a tropical resort while on vacation, or in a chlorinated pool back home.
Steven gave him the offical PADI text and materials and patiently, make that PATIENTLY, reviewed the material with him one-on-one, and gave him a series of quizzes and tests to make sure he got it. A few more dives in the Blue Zoo to get the hang of the equipment, procedures and safety protocols.
The second half of the PADI certification was a thrill. The family accompanied my son and Steven and another PADI candidate 3.5 hours north to a reservoir at which the Great Wall dipped in and under. What an amazing site to complete the required 4 open water dives. It was a terrific weekend of diving and hiking - as memorable as any vacation - and now my son clutches his PADI certificate with a big grin of pride.
The whole experience was top notch. I trusted Steven 110% with my son and his PADI education, at the bottom of Blue Zoo and in the depths of a reservoir. He was a great teacher, and now we count him as a good family friend.
Best of luck to him, and all the future divers - recreational and PADI-wannabes.
Yesterday we did the Shark Interaction program, and got to swim with (and pet) sharks, fish, and sea turtles. I've been snorkeling tons of times (used to live in the Caribbean), and I thought diving in an aquarium might be lame, but actually it is perfect for a first dive, and the fish and sharks are used to people, so you get to interact with them more than you would in the wild. (Good luck finding a five-foot sea turtle in nature, or petting a sleepy nurse shark).
Steven was a great instructor: we felt safe with him, but he was also very laid-back. The price was very reasonable, and we didn't feel rushed through the diving program (which is always a concern of mine when paying for something in Beijing).
This was definitely one of the coolest things I've done in China, and would recommend it to anyone, even if you've snorkeled/dived a lot in the past, since the aquarium environment is a different type of experience.
I managed to convince my girlfriend to let me take her scuba diving at the Blue Zoo Aquarium with Steve at SinoScuba. I didn't initially tell her that we would be diving with the Sharks,LOL But I must admit that even I was a little intimidated by the idea at first despite my many years of experience with diving. However, once we met with Steve and he started to show us around and explained how the dive works and how to properly interact with the Sharks, my girlfriend and I were both very comfortable with the whole idea. Steve actually compared approaching the sharks in the way you would approach your neighbors dog, which made a lot of sense. One we got in the tank and he demonstrated it was obvious that the sharks weren't bothered by us at all. We eventually got to pet the sharks and the big turtles. It was the most amazing dive experience I've ever had and my girlfriend had the time of her life!!!
The Dolphin interaction experience is completely incredible! My wife and I agreed that it was one of the best things we’ve ever done, and by far our most memorable animal encounter. They were completely adorable and we were able to cruise alongside them – literally hand-in-flipper and looking at each other.
I don’t know of anywhere else in the world where you can truly interact so closely with dolphins, in crystal clear water, and in a small intimate group.
And Steve was the perfect guide – helping us when we needed it, and hanging back to let us explore once we were settled.
We would recommend this to anyone. It’s a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Thank you Steve!
Jay and Jo
As a special gift for my birthday from my wife, I was introduced to Steven and had this wonderful trip under the water. It is a totally different thing to be with the creatures (especially the shark and turtle) deep in the water from just to watch them with glass in-between. Steven is an unbelievable coach: thoughtful, considerate, patient and experienced. It was an unforgettable 40 minutes. Thank you, Steven!
I took my wife on a Shark Interaction Program for her birthday last week. It was absolutely incredible. It was truly an experience that we will never forget. We actually wanted to to the dolphin program but as neither one of us has ever dived before, much less be certified, we chose the shark and equally cool, sea turtle route.
Let me start by saying that the behind the scenes part of the Blue Zoo sees a lot of action, divers, feeders, mermaids and repair/ cleaning divers use the facilities constantly, so the shower/changing area can look a little grubby. And if you've never breathed under water before, jumping in and swimming with sharks can be a bit intimidating, no matter how docile they appear to be or how recently they have been fed. But don't let any of that affect you. Once you are in the water, immersed in such a strange and beautiful environment, with an amazing variety of fish, sharks, eel, and some truly amazing turtles, you will realize that this is an experience you will never forget and that might change you forever.
Steve was awesome and even got us a slot on an off day on short notice so we could do it on her birthday. Maybe I shouldn't mention this because I don't want Steve to get a hundred phone calls asking for the same, but I want people to know how accommodating he was.
Our divemaster was very competent and made sure we felt safe the entire time. He pointed out what species were ok to touch( I think some of the fish have a bad reaction to human sebaceous oils, at least that's my theory, i forgot to ask) and encouraged us to touch the larger sharks (two species) and the graceful turtles. I touched them both, while my wife touched the shark and played an unsuccessful game of tag with the ridiculously fast turtles.
Be sure and do the trick with the falling pebbles to make the fish swarm around as if for feeding. Truly a beautiful experience. Made a slightly grizzled guy feel like a kid again. Next? certification and dolphins. We can't wait.
We took my son for the Shark Dive at the Blue Zoo for his birthday and not only was it a birthday he will always remember -- but I can't say enough good things about the quality and professionalism associated with the experience. I would definitely recommend SinoScuba for anyone interested in a safe and well guided underwater experience.
The chance to be in the tank with the "exhibit" at Blue Zoo is a not-to-miss experience. There are so many creatures clustered together, combined with the unreal chance to actually pet sharks and stroke giant turtles. Thank you for an awesome birthday highlight!
Last year I had planned to take my partner here as a birthday surprise and sadly it didn't pan out...none the less, I found myself a year later contacting Steven again to try and execute the master plan. Seamlessly we schemed together and managed to surprise my partner (who is an avid marine enthusiast) on the eve of his birthday.
I watched a very happy birthday boy to be, arrive and be guided expertly by Steven. From the other side of glass they were definitely the main attraction for the local crowd, whom I think loved watching them rather than the marine life they were really there to see.
Words that surfaced along with the bubbles once the 40 min dive concluded was - amazing, a highlight, it felt great to be back in the water donning a wet suit, Steven was awesome etc etc...
Thanks Steven for helping me score some brownie points!