the scuba zone - west coast diving 2021
West Coast Diving - 2021
This is a log of my dives and pictures from Vancouver Island for 2021.
 
Chemainus (2021-06-20 10:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon G16 & macro lens*

Today was the first day of summer, also the longest day of the year, and one of the hottest - the first in a projected week-long hot spell. It was sunny and hot when I arrived, and gearing up was done with plenty of water consumed.

This was the first dive on my Prism Topaz rebreather since March 24 as I've been waiting for a new O2 sensor since April. It came last week and hence this dive today. It was nice to get back into the rebreather.

The dive itself was a pretty classic rebreather dive; swimming all four dry docks plus the boom boat. Buoyancy was a small challenge as I've been out of the rebreather for 3 months, but otherwise no issues except typical poor visibility (2-5ft). The top of the dry docks was especially bad, and there was no point even trying the reef. The shallows were terrible on the return as well. Still, overall a great dive.

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Chemainus (2021-06-13 10:30) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Gopro Hero 8*

Another cloudy day, with reports of low visibility all up the island. The visibility was a bit better than last week, with between 2 and 10 ft visibility depending on location. The wall was bad enough to prevent a scooter trip to the log. Overall a good dive.

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Chemainus (2021-06-06 10:15) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Gopro Hero 8*

A cloudy day, with reports of low visibility all up the island. The dive did not disappoint - 2ft visibility maximum and some current on top of the wall. Still, nice to get wet.

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Chemainus (2021-05-30 10:10) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Gopro Hero 8*

Another cloudy day, but not windy and a decent tide. Checking the water before gearing up suggested really good vis. Indeed visibility was excellent the entire dive - between 15 and 20 feet everywhere. It was another great trip to all four dry docks and the boom boat, as well as over to the small wall and skimming the top and back sides. Instead of following the line home, headed W from the bottom front of dock 1 where Gord's line was tied. Not much to see as it's pretty much a mud bottom all the way in. Since West does angle towards shore, the eel grass at 20ft was visible after 4-5 min scootering, and ended up pretty much at the boat ramp. Overall an excellent dive.

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Chemainus (2021-05-23 10:25) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Gopro Hero 8*

Cloudy day, and windy & choppy water on low tide. Checking the water before gearing up suggested really bad vis. In fact, reports of bad vis everywhere caused me to just take the Gopro on a tray mount. However, as soon as I got in the water it was actually pretty good vis; much better than last week and maybe 10-15ft everywhere. Nice trip to all four dry docks and the boom boat. The bonus was a great time scootering the top of the small wall in the good vis. Overall a great dive.

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Chemainus (2021-05-16 10:20) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16 with macro lens*

Sunny day, crappy vis. Still managed to navigate all four dry docks, the boom boat and the small wall. Just could not see much at any location. Still, getting a dive is always great.

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Chemainus (2021-05-09 10:50) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16 with macro lens*

Really great dive today. Cloudy on the surface, and visibility good but not quite as good as last week. Still was able to visit all four dry docks as well as the boom boat and the small wall.

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Chemainus (2021-05-02 10:24) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16 with macro lens*

Great dive today. It was sunny and the visibility was better than 25ft. The water was teeming with small (about 1 1/4in) jelly fish, both moon jellies as well as baby fried egg jellies. Dove all four docks as well as the full small wall. Very cool to see my shadow on the bottom as I was coming in over the eel grass in the sunlight.

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Chemainus (2021-04-25 10:50) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16 with macro lens*

Good dive today. Rainy on shore but decent underwater. Better visibility so could visit all four dry docks as well as the boom boat and the small wall.

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Maple Bay (2021-04-18 10:12) *Open Circuit & Canon G16 & macro lens*

Excellent dive today. Warm and sunny on shore, and decent visibility underwater.

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Maple Bay (2021-04-11 11:35) *Open Circuit & Canon G16 & macro lens*

Great dive. Terrible visibility (1-2 ft) and the wall was almost unnavigable, but saw a couple of dumbo ears squid on the way back in, which made all the difference!

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Chemainus (2021-04-05 11:05) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16 with macro lens*

Nice sunny day, but a bit windy. However, the visibility was total crap - one foot maximum. Scootered all four dry docks, but then bailed at 42 minutes. I'm glad I went simply because you don't always know the vis is bad until you try.

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Maple Bay (2021-03-28 10:50) *Open Circuit & Canon G16 & macro lens*

Good dive. Crappy visibility (5ft). Good for macro photos however. It was mostly dry until getting out of the drysuit when it poured rain. Overall a good dive.

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Chemainus (2021-03-14 11:05) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon G16 & macro lens*

Rainy day today. It was a 'big swim' dive with the rebreather and just my Canon G16. I took the Inon macro lens on the magnetic mount to get some macro shots. Overall a good dive, even though the visibility was pretty poor.

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Chemainus (2021-03-07 11:05) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter with Canon G16 & GoPro*

Sunny to start, but clouded over and started to rain while getting into the water. Again the water was very cold and visibility, while a slight bit better than last week was still rather poor. Overall a good dive.

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Chemainus (2021-02-28 10:55) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter with Canon G16 & GoPro*

Cloudy and cold today. Even colder underwater; it was the coldest temperature so far this season (46F the entire dive). Visibility was maybe 5 ft. but still enought to see. Overall a pretty good dive.

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Chemainus (2021-02-21 10:55) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter with Canon G16 & GoPro*

It was a nice day for diving. It was not raining, but nowhere near as warm as predicted. The water was clear and calm. Dove all four dry docks as well as the boom boat and the small wall as far as the big log. Overall a great dive.

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Chemainus (2021-02-07 11:43) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Piranna Scooter with Canon G16 & GoPro*

Nice dive today. It's always nice when it is sunny at the beach. Dove all four dry docks plus the boom boat and the small wall.

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Chemainus (2021-01-31 11:13) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Piranna Scooter with Canon G16 & GoPro*

Dove today with the rebreather and scooter, plus the Canon G16 and the gopro. I mounted the gopro on the handle in the gopro clip so that the magnets in the bottom of the gopro would not interfere with my scooter compass (they didn't). Normal dive of the dry docks; shore to line to #1, then to #2 and around the front to #3, then around the front of 3 along to 4 and then over to the boom boat. Back to #4 and around to the crack o doom and up to the top of 3/4. Took some photos at the gap between 3 & 4.

The gopro had been on taking video from along the shore (at the tree with squid eggs) until the top of 3 & 4. I then headed around 4 and back to 3 along the back, then over to the top of 2. Tried to restart the gopro but it would not turn on. Headed down the back of 2 and along the back, then over to the small wall start. Along the small wall to the angled telephone pole, then back to the line and over to #1. Toured around #1 but not much to see this time of year, so headed back to the wall and along to the end.

From the end along to the deep wall, and took a few more photos. Still no joy turning on the gopro. Finally came home @210 from the deep wall. Overall a really good, if cold dive. Note: after cleanup I found the battery in the gopro had not been fully seated when I set it up, causing the loss of power.

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Maple Bay (2021-01-17 11:10) *Open circuit + GoPro*

Horrible vis today. At most 5 ft, but really cloudy/silty so hard to really see anything well. I took the gopro in a new mounting tray that I fashioned from an older aluminum mount tray I'd used over the years. It worked OK but I had the handle on the wrong side so operating the buttons was more nuisance than usual. Otherwise not a bad dive. I'm very glad I didn't take the rebreather.

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Chemainus (2021-01-10 11:12) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Piranna Scooter with video + GoPro*

Today the dive was with two go-pro cameras on the scooter, and no hand-held camera. I had the gopro clone that I've been using for some time as well as a real GoPro camera.

Tide was in and high, water was flat and nice and weather was showers as usual. After gearing up and splashing, did the tour of all 4 dry docks as well as the boom boat (twice again). The the top of 4 to top of 2, down and over to the small wall. Ran the small wall to the leaning pole, then back to dock 1. Eventually headed back in for a nice dive.

My suit shoulder dump has been leaking badly in recent dives, so last week I swapped it for a newer one and then cleaned up the leaking one so it's again good. No leaks today. The gopro has a metal case that really interacts with the compass on my scooter, which was weird and will require some thinking to find a work-around. Otherwise an excellent dive.

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Chemainus (2021-01-03 10:45) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon G16 with Inon S2000*

The first dive of 2021, and it was another long swimming one. Pouring rain on the drive, but it stopped once I arrived. Missed the line on first pass because it didn't look as expected. After another several minutes realized it had been missed, so went in toward shore and found it on the swim back. Swam all four dry docks plus the boom boat. Overall an excellent first 2021 dive.

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