West Coast Diving - Gulf Stream & Capilano - Oct 15 2015
I spent a great day diving with Bill Coltart of Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures on the Ata'tude, a 30ft. aluminum costal cruiser that is simply superb! Divers on the trip were Greg Mossfeldt, James Dixon, Leon Borbundy and Darron Froese. Darron was ill with the plague that James brought from Fernie and so did not dive with us today.
We dove two of the best wrecks of the Salish Sea, the M.V. Gulfstream near Lund B.C., which is north of Powell River on the mainland, and the Capilano, which is north of Comox. While at Lund we partook of the baked goods at Nancy's Bakery for our surface interval before heading over to the Capilano.
I took my Prism Topaz rebreather with me as well as two bailout bottles (a 40 with 50% and an 80 with 21/35).
The M.V. Gulf Stream is a wreck just off dinner rock, near Lund B.C. that lies with it's stern in about 120fsw and the bow in about 160fsw. The Capilano is a beautiful wreck that was sunk 100 years ago, and is a celebrated wreck dive.
M.V. Gulf Stream (2015-10-15 10:40)
The first dive today was the M.V. Gulf Stream, which sank just off Dinner Rock near Lund, B.C. on the coast just nort of Powell River. It's a wonderful wreck, sitting at between 120 and 160 feet about 50 feet off Dinner Rock.
The sea was calm and flat and the day sunny. After gearing up, we splashed and headed down the mooring rope to see the Gulf Stream and all the life that calls the wreck home. After a nice tour of the ship, we came back up the wall to the right and decoed in the shallows where there were tons of fish and sea urchins. An excellent dive.
After the dive we headed in to Lund to have a snack at the awesome bakery.
Capilano (2015-10-15 13:15)
After our snack and surface interval, we headed across the Salish Sea to the wreck of the Capilano. It's been 100 years since the shipwreck, so this is a great year to dive the ship. It sits in 120 ft to the sand, and is also a wonderful wreck to visit. There were dozens of huge lingcod on and around the wreck, and possibly hundreds of rockfish inhabiting the wreck. It was truely a lovely wreck to visit.
We had to use the anchor to moor to the wreck as the float was missing. After the dive, as we came up the mooring line to deco, we discovered the line had been severed about 30ft below the surface. In the end we had to deco using an SMB and line, but it was still a great dive.