the scuba zone - west coast diving 2024
West Coast Diving - 2024
This is a log of my dives and pictures from Vancouver Island for 2024.
 
Chemainus (2024-06-09 12:05) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Really crappy vis today (less than 2ft most of the dive) so scooters had to be stowed almost from the start. Swam to dock 1 and around it then home. Still managed to get 89 minutes! Getting out my 6in HP hose from the bailout blew - 4 bit slices and fizzing like crazy. I'll need another.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-06-02 11:44) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Another awesome dive today with the rebreather and scooters. Repeat of last week to the far right wall and lots of photos of octo, then quick tour of backside of the reef, then back to octo. Once done scootered the small wall back to the leaning log and there we turned for home. Raining a lot on exit.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-05-26 11:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Excellent dive today; another long one with rebreather and adding scooters. Went to far right deep wall and took lots of octo photos plus some video before exploring the back side and then heading over to dock 2, then 1 and home.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-05-20 11:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro*

Busy day on land today but awesome visibility underwater at 40+ft. After some initial gear issues with the Prism we headed to dock 1, then the small wall and over to the right deep wall. Heard the ferry overhead again today. Then back to dock 2, over to 1 and on top, then back home. A really nice VERY long swim at 130min!

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Maple Bay (2024-05-12 11:45) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro*

Good dive today. Swam the wall and then the bottle field. Decent vis. Terrible parking with lot entry all torn up.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Tyee (2024-05-05 11:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro*

Cloudy and cool on land, cold underwater today. Visibility in the shallows was crummy but not impossible, and opened up below 30ft. Swam over to grandpa's den and found the two reported wolf eels - grandpa (yay!) and a female. Took lots of photos and video of the two wolfies, then headed back to the cut and over to the right side for a while. Overall an awesome dive!

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Maple Bay (2024-04-28 11:28) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro*

Today we dove Maple Bay as we'd not been here in quite a while. As a reward for the road closures and terrible traffic, we got decent surface weather and awesome underwater visibility. It was easily 30ft today - you could look up and see the entire wall at any point in the dive. Did some bottle scrounging and managed to find a large ruby octo inside one bottle. Fun and bites ensued as the bottle was emptied after the dive. Overall an awesome dive!

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-04-21 11:47) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Another scooter dive with perhaps even worse visibily than last week! We made it to dock 1, then the small wall and over to the left deep wall but really not much to see. Very few photos and no video. Still nice to get wet.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-04-13 11:35) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Crummy visibility underwater today. Shallows were zero vis, and depth maybe 3-5ft. We managed to scooter to dock 1 and then on to the small wall, going right to the deeper wall where we swam on the rocks for a bit. Then back to dock 1, over to 2 and around before heading back to 1 and home. Tide was super-super low back at the ramp, and wind and waves made exit 'not fun'. Still a good dive.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-04-07 11:52) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Once again decent visibility underwater. Scootered to right deep wall and again surveyed using big reel. Scootered back along back side of small wall to log, then along small wall back to line, dock 1 and home. P1 died in the shallows just before the ramp with at least one suspect poor battery Still a great dive. Overall a very good dive.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-04-01 12:18) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Warm on land, good visibility underwater. Scootered to right deep wall then surveyed using big reel. Scootered back to dock 2, then 1 then home. Overall a very good dive.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Tyee (2024-03-29 11:12) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro*

A good day to dive Tyee. Weather cloudy but fine. Visibility was surprisingly good. Some crud in water that affected photos and video but still could see 20+ feet for navigation. Overall a very good dive.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-03-24 11:30) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Decent day on land, and looked nice in the shallows. However below 20ft it was cloudy and dark, with 3-5ft visibility everywhere. Scootered to dock 1 and the wall, then the right deep wall before returning along the small wall to the left deep wall. Then back to 1 and home. Nice to get wet.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-03-17 11:40) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Bright and sunny and warm on shore; vis not too bad underwater except first 20ft which was crap. Overall a great dive exploring the right deep wall and then docks 2 and 1.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-03-10 11:50) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

It was nice to be back on the rebreather again today. We had a nice long dive scootering to the left deep wall and then back to the right deep wall before heading to dock 2 and then home via dock 1. Overall a great dive.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-03-03 11:30) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Horrible land weather (cold, heavy rain, some snow) and not great underwater visibility today. Scootered the small wall and all four dry docks. Still nice to get wet.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-02-24 11:41) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

Very good dive today, even though my gopro case flooded again due to extruded seal. Fortunately the gopro hero 8 is waterproof to 30ft so water in the case is an irritant, not a catastrophe. Otherwise a really nice dive today. It didn't seem as cold in the water either.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-02-18 10:50) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

It was a cool cloudy day today at Chemainus. After gearing up I headed out to dock 1 then the small wall, then the deep wall. There was no octo in the den today, so I swam along the deep wall before scootering back. I missed the small wall and ended up scootering back along the deep side, eventually connecting to the small wall right at the tire to dock 2. I scootered dock 2 and 3, then the boom boat before heading to the back of dock 4 and up the crack 'o doom, around the top and back down the crack and over to 2. Then back to 1 and home. Overall a nice dive, if cold underwater.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-02-11 11:30) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Tyee (2024-02-04 11:00) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro*

Another nice day, sunny but cold and some wind. Headed to wolfie who is still under the weather, then back to the right wall. Saw a small Puget Sound king crab. Nice dive.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-01-28 11:42) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

It was a warmer day and the projected rains held off. After gearing up we headed out for a nice long scooter dive seeing the deep wall and all four docks. My scooter died right at the end of the dive, which turned out to be one battery possibly going bad. Otherwise an excellent dive!

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Tyee (2024-01-21 11:34) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro*

A swimming dive today. Not a bad day, but wolfie looked under the weather.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Chemainus (2024-01-14 11:42) *Open Circuit (manifold double HP100s) & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

It was extremely cold (-2C) today with snowfall during the past week. We scootered all four dry docks and the boom boat as well as swimming the small reef after heading off the back of dock 2. Overall a nice, if cold dive.

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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Tyee (2024-01-07 11:34) *Prism Topaz Rebreather & Canon R50 with Nauticam NA-R50 housing and Inon macro & Piranha P1 scooter*

It was cold and rainy today, but the tide was high and waves acceptable. We used scooters to go see newer grandpa and then head to dolphin and saw the small octo as well as a HUGE Puget Sound King Crab! Awesome sight. Newer grandpa was skittish today with me - perhaps he doesn't like the rebreather hoses. Every time I turned my head he'd come out, and as soon as I looked back he'd slide back into his den. The king crab was easily 12" across the shell and really lovely. On the way back I was buzzed by a sleek seal who eyed me but didn't stick around. Overall an awesome first dive of 2024!

The full set of photos for my 2024 dives using the Canon R50 & Nauticam NA-R50 photos can be viewed here.

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