the scuba zone - west coast diving 2019
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West Coast Diving - 2019
This is a log of my dives and pictures from Vancouver Island for 2019.
 
Chemainus (2019-06-23 11:10) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16*

Good dive today on the dry docks and wall.

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Chemainus (2019-06-17 11:10) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16*

It was a very hot day, and the park was full with two busses of grade school kids, teachers & parents. We did the longer tour of the docks and walls, including the wolf eel who had moved again. Visibility was a decent 10 feet, but there was a ton of whale snot in the water, making photography a challenge. There were also far too many red jellies on the last dry dock. Still, a good dive.

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Chemainus (2019-06-09 11:10) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16*

Good day for a dive, not too hot but still sunny. We did the same circuit as last week. The wolf eel had moved from one den to another. Overall a great dive.

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Chemainus (2019-06-02 14:15) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter*

Vis was poorer today than the past few weeks, but still good enough to allow a full scooter run of all four of the dry docks, the small wall and the deep wall. We saw a small (female?) wolf eel on the deep wall. So very, very cool!

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Chemainus (2019-05-26 11:00) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter*

Vis was not as good today as in past weeks, but still good enough to allow a full scooter run of all four of the dry docks, the small wall and the deep wall.

 
Chemainus (2019-05-19 11:30) *Open circuit & Canon G16*

Lovely day, again looks to be good visibiity. We headed to the dry docks swimming all the way. From dock one we swam to dock two, a quick detour to dock 3/4 and up the gap, then back to dock 2 to check out the warbonnet. We then headed over to the reef. We swam along the reef to the tie-in back to dock one, and headed back. No squid on the eggs today.

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Chemainus (2019-05-12 11:15) *Open circuit & Canon G16*

Lovely day, looks to be good visibiity. We headed to the dry docks swimming all the way. From dock one we swam to dock two, checked out the warbonnet and then headed over to the reef. We swam along the reef to the tie-in back to dock one, and headed back. On the way in we saw dozens of slipper squid mating and laying eggs. Very cool. An awesome 100 minute dive.

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Maple Bay (2019-05-05 10:30) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D*

Phil reported great vis at Maple Bay on Saturday May 4, so we decided to try and repeat the success on Sunday. It was sunny and warm, and the vis was indeed 25ft+ everywhere but the very shallows. It was a bit silty, but good for most photos. Overall a very good dive.

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Maple Bay (2019-04-22 10:50) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D*

It was raining and the vis wasn't great, but a dive is a dive. In the end the dive was saved by the appearance of a small ruby octo in the shallows.

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Chemainus (2019-04-14 11:15) *Prism Topaz & Canon G16*

Lovely day, decent visibility on the docks, but terrible vis on the reef and in the shallows. Nice overall dive, you could actually see the dry docks and various bottom features during the dive. Decent hooded nudibranchs in the eel grass at the end of the dive but vis so bad that it wasn't worth taking photos.

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Chemainus (2019-04-07 10:45) *Prism Topaz & Canon G16*

Lovely day, better visibility than last week. Nice overall dive, you could actually see the dry docks and various bottom features during the dive. Excellent hooded nudibranchs in the eel grass at the end of the dive.

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Chemainus (2019-03-31 9:45) *Prism Topaz & Canon G16*

Lovely day, horrible visibility. Whale snot as far as the eye can see at depth, and that wasn't far - maybe 4 ft max visibility. Basically a night dive on the dry docks - we had to keep looking up and over just to be sure we weren't swimming under the docks as it was so dark.

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Maple Bay (2019-03-16 12:00) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D*

Open circuit dive at Maple Bay today with the big camera. Pretty crappy visibility, and not a lot to see or photograph. Still, good to go diving.

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Chemainus (2019-03-10 11:00) *Prism Topaz & Piranna Scooter*

Lovely day, horrible visibility. The herring run is in full force and the visibility shows it. We didn't go to the wall because there would have been nothing to see. We did manage to see a baby ruby octo by one dry dock so the dive had one highlight.

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Maple Bay (2019-02-24 12:00) *Open Circuit & Canon G16*

The winds were high at Chemainus (again) this week, so we decided to go to Maple Bay instead. It was calm, but the water was very, very cold. Visibility was OK but not great. Overall a good dive.

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Chemainus (2019-02-17 11:00) *Open Circuit, Canon G16 & Piranna Scooter*

A repeat of last week's dive. Again, great fun. Took the camera but not much to see.

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Chemainus (2019-02-10 11:00) *Prism Topaz, Canon G16 & Piranna Scooter*

A repeat of last week's dive. Again, great fun. Took the camera but not much to see.

 
Chemainus (2019-02-03 11:00) *Prism Topaz & Piranna Scooter*

A repeat of last week's dive. Again, great fun. The long scooter in from the deep wall to the boat ramp is probably the most fun part these days.

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Chemainus (2019-01-27 10:30) *Prism Topaz & Piranna Scooter*

A repeat of last week's dive. Again, great fun.

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Chemainus (2019-01-13 11:30) *Prism Topaz & Piranna Scooter*

Another great dive today. Again we explored the farther, deeper wall, then headed in from the end straight to shore. Lots of fun.

 
Chemainus (2019-01-06 10:50) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter*

Great dive on the sunken dry docks and reef today. We explored beyond the end of the small wall and found a larger, deeper wall. Very cool.

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Chemainus (2019-01-01 10:50) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter*

It was a great day for a New Year's dive. The sun was 'almost' out at Chemainus, tides were middle and the ocean was calm. After gearing up, headed out on the scooter to the dry docks. After surveying all four, headed over to the small wall just off #2. After traversing the wall, back to shore for coffe. Overall an excellent dive.

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