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 (2019-08-11 11:00) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

Another excellent dive today. Cool and raining overnight, but nice and calm at the boat ramp. Tide was again super-low but coming in.

Ran from ramp to dock #1, then to 2, then 3/4. Under the back of 4 and up the crack of doom. Along the 3/4 joint to the front whare I stowed the scooter to take some photos, which weren't great. Lots of crud in the water again.

From 4 front to back along the join, then along the back and over to 2. Along 2 until I got to the back corner where I headed down. Nobody home today in the warbonnet den. Then over to the small wall and along to the line.

Followed the line back to 1, where I took some video. Then back along the line to the small wall and eventually to the deep wall. Noone home in wolfie's den, so headed home. Overall an excellent dive.

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Chemainus Dry Docks Video Chemainus Dry Docks Video 

 
Chemainus (2019-08-04 11:00) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

Another excellent dive today. Hot and sunny again, but nice underwater. Scootered to the drydocks and spent time trying out the Olympus camera with a Kraken 3000 ring light/strobe on the top of dock #4.

Then over to dock #2 before heading off to the walls and some video of wolfie before heading back home.

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Chemainus (2019-07-28 10:40) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

A really excellent dive today. It was windy and choppy at the boat ramp, with a very low tide, but I figured it might just get better underwater. I was right; as soon as I descended the visibilty was about 15ft. Scootered to the line, then drydock #1 and took some natural light video off the front of the first dock.

Then off to drydock #2, past the front and the big tire and on to docks 3/4. There I scootered up the 'crack of doom' to the top of docks 3 & 4, where there were a pair of fried egg jellyfish trapped in the ropes. After videoing them, I swam to the front where there were lots of small rock cod, a kelp greenling and a buffalo sculpin as well as many smaller creatures.

After returning down the crack of doom, I headed over to dock #2 where the warbonnet is no longer in the rear opening. I headed past the back of #2 and then swung over to the shallow wall. Visibility was good here as well, but more snot in the water as one gets shallow.

At the end of the shallow wall I headed over to the deep wall, but missed (again). I managed to swing back over the shallow wall and tried again. Success!

Saw Wolfie and took some video, then headed back in on a directional course to the boat ramp. Overall an awesome dive!

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Chemainus Dry Docks Video Chemainus Dry Docks Video 

Chemainus Wolf Eel Video Chemainus Wolf Eel Video 

 
Chemainus (2019-07-21 10:40) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

Good dive today on the dry docks and wall. Visibility was about 5ft everywhere, but a lot of crap in the water. Definitely more at 20ft (shallows, on the wall) compared to on the docks. Number One had some nice life on it today.

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Chemainus Video Chemainus Video 

 
Maple Bay (2019-07-13 10:40) *Open Circuit & Olympus TG-6*

Diving Maple Bay with my new Olympus TG-6 camera and PT-059 underwater housing. This was purchased to be a scooter camera due to its small size and ability to clip in the slipstream when scootering. It's also a very nice camera with integrated flash and super-macro capability.

As for the dive itself, visibility was crap - 2ft above 40ft, and maybe 5ft below. Still, I got a few good shots. Overall a good dive except I think my neck seal was leaking (again).

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Chemainus (2019-07-06 11:00) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16*

Good dive today on the dry docks and wall. Only one photo.

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Maple Bay (2019-06-29 11:10) *Open Circuit & Canon G16*

Good dive today. Saw a few small octos.

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Maple Bay Octos Video Maple Bay Octos Video 

 
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 sailfish Video Chemainus sailfish Video 

Chemainus wolf eel Video Chemainus wolf eel Video 

 
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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