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 (2021-02-28 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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