About us

Founded January 1, 2003, SinoScuba specializes in quality instruction and personal attention, offering instruction from Discover Scuba Diving up to and including Assistant Instructor.

SinoScuba was created to serve Beijing’s adventure community and to set the standard for safety and service among shops in northern China.

Steven Schwankert, Managing Director and co-founder. Fluent in Chinese and a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Steven has over 20 years of diving experience. American by birth, he returned to Beijing from Hong Kong in October 2002 to set up SinoScuba’s operations, with the vision of creating the best professional dive center in northern China.

Steven’s credentials

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

PADI Specialty Ratings

  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor
  • Boat Diver Specialty Instructor
  • Deep Diver Specialty Instructor
  • Enriched Air Specialty Instructor
  • Multilevel Diver Specialty Instructor
  • Night Diver Specialty Instructor
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor
  • Project AWARE Specialty Instructor
  • Search and Recovery Diver Instructor
  • Underwater Naturalist Specialty Instructor
  • Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructor
  • Underwater Photography Specialty Instructor
  • Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor

PADI Distinctive Specialty Ratings

  • Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Instructor
  • Marine Resource Management Instructor
  • Oxygen Provider Instructor

Emergency First Response

  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Emergency First Response Care for Children Instructor