the scuba zone - west coast diving 2022
West Coast Diving - 2022
This is a log of my dives and pictures from Vancouver Island for 2022.
 
Chemainus (2022-05-08 11:00) *Open Circuit & Canon G16 & GoPro Hero8*

Nice day. High tide and OK visibility. Overall a good dive. I dove my 2003 TLS350 suit to check it out. I was 210 when I got it (DUI Signature custom) but I'm now 166 and it's just huge. Managing the air bubble was very difficult and the dump valve was caught in folds of the sleeve. I will be selling it as I can't dive due to the hugeness of it.

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Maple Bay (2022-05-01 12:00) *Open Circuit & Canon G16*

Sunny and decent on land. Visibility was not as bad as elsewhere last week, so nice to see stuff. Overall a great dive.

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Chemainus (2022-04-24 12:00) *Open Circuit & Canon G16 with ring light*

Another good long dive. Swam to Dock 1, then to the small wall and back. Not much to see, but at least visibility was better than the last few weeks.

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Maple Bay (2022-04-09 12:00) *Open Circuit & Canon G16 with ring light*

Dove with Phil and Nancy today. Nice day for diving. Phil extended the line to the wall. The ring light works well, but the strobe function is not very good as it only provides full power. Overall a good dive.

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Maple Bay (2022-04-03 12:00) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D & GoPro Hero8*

Poor visibility and not a lot to see on the wall. More to see in the shallows, including a photo-bombing 'derpfish' (watch the video!). Still it's always nice to have a dive.

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Chemainus (2022-03-27 12:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon G16*

A very good, long dive today. Swam to dock 1, then over to dock 2 around and back.

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Chemainus (2022-03-20 12:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon 7D & GoPro Hero8*

It was a cool rainy day today with outgoing low tide, but otherwise nice for diving. We swam to dock 1, then to the small wall before heading back to the top of 1 and then home. I swallowed a bit of salt water on the small wall and had a leak in my drysuit dump valve (again!) that soaked my right shoulder and sleeve. Still, a nice long dive.

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Chemainus (2022-03-12 11:50) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D & GoPro Hero8*

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Maple Bay (date) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D & GoPro Hero8*

We decided to visit Maple Bay due to reports of poor visibility, and Maple Bay is always good for macro photography, even then. It was a nice warm sunny day, but still cold underwater. Overall an excellent dive.

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Chemainus (2022-02-28 12:00) *Open Circuit & Canon G16 & GoPro Hero8*

Showers on the surface, poor visibilty underwater and quite cold. Still, nice to be diving.

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Chemainus (2022-02-20 11:00) *Open Circuit & Piranna Scooter & Canon G16 & GoPro Hero8*

It was very windy today at the boat ramp, with white caps evident in the bay and a lot of wave action at the ramp. Immediate visibility was zero, and remained so until descending and scootering to about 20fsw, where it started to clear up a bit. Navigated to all four docks as well as the small wall. Visibility was perhaps 10-15 ft on the bottom, but less than 10ft on top of the docks and the wall. Still, a great dive. No floods, though the usual small leaks (right foot, shoulder dump). All good though.

I tried a new cold-shoe mount for the gopro on the Nauticam - it's a cold-shoe go-pro clip base, and worked really well.

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Chemainus (2022-02-13 12:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon 7D & GoPro Hero8*

Almost a great dive today. Nice to have a sunny day. Unfortunately another partial suit flood (right leg), again due to operator error.

Nice to take out the rebreather again. This was dive 450 on the Prism, for 511 hours total.

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Chemainus (2022-02-06 12:00) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D & GoPro Hero8*

Great dive today. Nice to have a sunny day.

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Chemainus (2022-01-30 12:00) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D & GoPro Hero8*

Rainy day, but good dive. I managed to get my zipper not completly closed, so had a full suit flood by the time we got back to shore. Otherwise another excellent dive.

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Chemainus (2022-01-23 12:40) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D & GoPro Hero8*

Another cold day on the surface (3C gearing up), and reports of hazy visibility. Still, the dive was great and the visibility not bad enough to dampen our enthusiasm for the dry docks. Overall an excellent dive.

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Chemainus (2022-01-16 12:40) *Open Circuit & Canon 7D & GoPro Hero8*

What a great dive today! It was cloudy but warm on the surface, and visibility was pretty good underwater. Lots of small hermit crabs, moon snails and hooded nudibranchs to keep us interested on the swims out and back. Dock 1 was fun as usual. Awesome dive.

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Chemainus (2022-01-09 12:40) *Open Circuit & Canon G16 & GoPro Hero8*

It was supposed to be above zero on land, but wasn't. It was however sunny. The water was cold (46F) but fairly clear. Overall a very good dive on dry dock 1, both on top and swimming under both ends. Lots of fun. Great day.

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2022-01 So far... (the first couple of weeks of January 2022)

We've had some really wild snowstorms here in central Vancouver island starting on Christmas Day 2021. Driving has been a real challenge, so even getting to the dive sites has been difficult. It's also been very cold, and I'm now old enough that I don't really have anything to prove trying to dive when it's below zero on the surface.

All that to say that I have yet to dive in 2022!

 

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