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.
 
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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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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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 (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 (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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