the scuba zone - west coast diving 2020
West Coast Diving - 2020
This is a log of my dives and pictures from Vancouver Island for 2020.
 
Maple Bay (2020-07-12 10:30) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D*

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Maple Bay GPO Video Maple Bay GPO Video 

Maple Bay Ruby Video Maple Bay Ruby Video 

 
Maple Bay (2020-07-05 10:30) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D*

It was super-duper low tide today (0.19m or 7in at noon), so I chose to dive bubbles instead of rebreather. The best entry and exit at this low tide is Maple Bay, so that's where I went. Vis reports from Saturday were encouraging - 30ft with 'snow' in the shallows. Today the vis did not disappoint. It was murky at the top 5 ft, but then opened out to 30ft at depth. It was wonderful to be able to take photos from further than 1ft away from a subject.

In the flats I encountered a curious 2ft dogfish (shark) that was not skittish at all. I managed to get some nice video and photos of him before he took off towards the wall.

Overall a very great dive today. Bonus: It was sunny and warm (but not too hot) on the surface.

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Maple Bay Dogfish Video Maple Bay Dogfish Video 

Maple Bay Shallows Video Maple Bay Shallows Video 

Maple Bay Video Maple Bay Video 

 
Maple Bay (2020-06-28 10:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon 7D*

Good dive, though visibility was not great. You could see 5ft, but particulate in the water meant you needed to be much closer to take photos.

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Maple Bay (2020-06-14 10:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon 7D*

Good dive with decent visibility.

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Maple Bay Video Maple Bay Video 

 
Maple Bay (2020-06-07 10:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon 7D*

Today the visibility at Maple Bay was quite good. In the shallows it was 10-15ft, getting a bit less on the far end of the main wall. Still I was able to get quite a few nice photos using the big camera (Canon 7D). Overall an excellent dive.

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Maple Bay Octo Video Maple Bay Octo Video 

Maple Bay Video Maple Bay Video 

 
Maple Bay (2020-05-31 10:30) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D*

Today the visibility at Maple Bay was quite good. In the shallows it was 10-15ft, getting a bit less on the far end of the main wall. Still I was able to get quite a few nice photos using the big camera (Canon 7D). Overall an excellent dive.

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Maple Octo Bay Video Maple Bay Octo Video 

Maple Lingcod Bay Video Maple Bay Lingcod Video 

Maple Shallows Bay Video Maple Bay Shallows Video 

 
Chemainus - Dry Docks (2020-05-24 11:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

Total braille dive. Visibility maximum 1 foot.

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Chemainus - Dry Docks (2020-05-18 10:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

Slightly better visibility than last week, but still nothing great.

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Chemainus - Dry Docks (2020-05-10 10:15) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

Diving on a slack tide, visibilty started at 3-5ft and got worse as the dive progressed. No photos worth saving at all. It's nice to get wet, but not the best dive I've had.

 
Chemainus - Dry Docks (2020-05-03 11:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Olympus TG-6*

Decent visibility on the drydocks today, maybe 15-20 ft at depth. Swam all four and spent some time on top of #4 as well. Overall a good dive.

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Maple Bay (2020-04-26 10:30) *Open Circuit & Olympus TG-6*

Awesome visibility today. Easily 20-30ft in the shallows and only fading at the end of the main wall. Overall an awesome dive.

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Maple Bay Video Maple Bay Video 

 
Chemainus (2020-04-19 10:55) *Open Circuit, P1 DPV & Olympus TG-6*

A good dive on the dry docks today. Visibility was between 5ft and maybe 15ft.

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Chemainus Video Chemainus Video 

 
Maple Bay (2020-04-05 12:00) *Open Circuit & Olympus TG-6*

A great dive today at Maple Bay. Social distancing was in full effect, but the parking lot was almost empty. After gearing up, we headed out to the right over top of the reef, then turned at the big anchor and went down the wall before returning to the shallows. Lots to see today, so it was great in spite of rather poor visibility.

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Maple Bay Video Maple Bay Video 

 
Maple Bay (2020-03-22 12:00) *Open Circuit & Olympus TG-6*

The day started out promising until my tank fell of the back of the truck tailgate and sheared off the valve. I decided to drive home and get another tank as I really wanted to dive today. After the round trip, I was back and ready to dive.

The dive itself was quite fine. Visibility was 5-7 ft and very murky. However this was OK as my plan was to take a lot of shots with the Olympus TG-6 working on close-up and macro photos. In that regard the dive was quite a success. I also saw quite a few pipe fish and took some nice video as well. Overall a good dive.

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Maple Bay Video Maple Bay Video 

 
Chemainus - Dry Docks (2020-03-15 11:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Olympus TG-6*

Big group of divers out today for the dry docks. It was below zero with a very cold wind gearing up and tearing down, but underwater it was not too bad. A nice long dive in maybe 10ft visibility.

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Maple Bay (2020-03-07 11:00) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D*

Nice dive at Maple Bay today. Visibility was excellent and it was a fun dive.

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Maple Bay Video Maple Bay Video 

 
Chemainus - Dry Docks (2020-03-01 11:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

Scootered around all 4 dry docks today as well as the reef. Great dive.

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Chemainus - Dry Docks (2020-02-23 11:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Olympus TG-6*

Nice swimming dive in the eel grass and on the dry docks today.

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Chemainus - Dry Docks (2020-02-16 11:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Olympus TG-6*

Nice swimming dive on the dry docks today. Testing a new Prism mouthpiece which worked well.

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Chemainus - Dry Docks Video Chemainus - Dry Docks Video 

 
Maple Bay (2020-02-09 11:00) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D*

Cold gearing up, cold diving. Crummy visibiity (3-4ft). Still, it's always nice to get out.

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Maple Bay Video Maple Bay Video 

 
Chemainus - Dry Docks (2020-02-02 11:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

Nice dive on the dry docks today. Testing a replacement Prism switch and HUD, which worked well.

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Elliot Point (2020-01-25 11:10) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

Another great dive at Elliot Point on the deep wall to the left. It only took 5 min to find the wall today, following a 120deg bearing. Once on the wall a combination of swimming and scootering allowed one to see most of the wall, at least until the sandy bit. The wall itself runs almost exactly E/W (E going out, W coming back). Once near the 'home' end of the wall, a bearing of 300 found the entry point after what seemed like a longer scooter run, but was in reality about the same as going out. Overall a great dive.

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Elliot Point (compass) Video Elliot Point (compass) Video 

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Elliot Point (2020-01-19 11:10) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Olympus TG-6*

A rather fun scooter dive today, heading out from Elliot Point park to find the deep wall that sits out and to the left from the main entrance. It was a rainy day, but still much better than the snow that fell recently. The parking lot was mostly bare and the path to the water clear.

After 10 minutes on the trigger, the depth and bearing were correct and the start of the wall appeared. The wall continues on for some distance and gets to more than 80 feet deep. After 30 minutes (20 swimming), it was time to move up to 40 ft and head back in. It's a long scooter ride back along the top of the wall but eventually the exit was realized. Overall a very good dive.

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Elliot Point Video Elliot Point Video 

 
Elliot Point (2020-01-12 11:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Olympus TG-6*

This was my first dive of 2020, so I asked Phil & Nancy to take me to the back side of Elliot Point where the deep wall is located. I've been there once before many years ago, but haven't been back since and wanted to see it again.

Today was windy and chilly, but next week is supposed to be wicked cold for Vancouver Island. It was a good day to go as it was occasionally sunny as well. After a long swim at 20ft or so, we started down and found the wall. It's really quite long and fairly deep. We hit 80ft at one point before heading back up shallower. At 45 min we turned the dive and headed back at about 40ft. After another long-ish swim we were back at our starting point.

We didn't see any wolf eels today, but it was still a really great dive. Nice to be back in the water again.

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