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New Scuba Dive British Columbia Video Released

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd April 2015

The Dive Industry Association of British Columbia (DIABC) announced the online release of a new video promoting scuba diving in Beautiful British Columbia. Funded in partnership by the DIABC and Destination BC, and produced by BC’s own SeaproofTV, the video is an exciting 3 minute look at the Canadian …

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Annual Shipwrecks Symposium May 2, Ontario

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th April 2015

The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 21st Annual Shipwrecks Symposium on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This one-day symposium on shipwrecks will feature multimedia presentations with internationally renowned speakers from both the United States and Canada. $44 CDN / US up to January 26, 2015; $49 CDN / US …

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Archaeology and Navy divers team up to explore Erebus

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2015

Divers are set to revisit the sunken Franklin ship HMS Erebus in the arctic over the next week or so in an ambitious joint operation that will pair up Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Service and Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic and Pacific) divers in the first under …

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Eau Canada: Night Flight

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th October 2014

Hitchin’ a ride on the Red-eye Medusa By Jett and Kathryn Britnell Named for the telltale ‘red eyespots’ ringing the base of its tentacles, the Red-eye medusa (Polyorchis pencillatus) is one of the prettiest jellyfish in British Columbia’s Emerald Sea. These ocelli are actually tiny light-sensitive receptors that help …

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From the archives: Back in the 50s – Nitrox and Rebreathers, so what’s new?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd September 2014

Originally Published for DIVER April 1995 By Phil Nuytten So there I was, right at the edge, one foot actually in the water.  I kneeled down to pull on my fin and lost my balance.  Just a little.  My knee moved forward and down, perhaps six inches, no more.  In …

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Coral Condos

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th September 2014

Gorgonian corals become rockfish communities Photograph by Lou Lehmann – Text by Neil McDaniel Gorgonian corals are common in the cold waters off Canada’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts, but they usually dwell in deep, dark water well beyond SCUBA depths. But on the Pacific coast, a few species are …

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Anchor Away!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st July 2014

Text and Photograph by Joseph C. Dovala Today the SS Saganaga rests peacefully on the bottom of Conception Bay, Newfoundland, in the cool, clear North Atlantic. The World War II story of how she came to be such a great wreck, and dive, is anything but peaceful, however, and unravels the …

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Going with the Flow

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th April 2014

Text and Photograph by Eiko Jones Near the top end of Vancouver Island the picturesque community of Telegraph Cove nestles in rainforest overlooking the Johnstone Strait, a bountiful west coast waterway that’s home to its own lush forests, dazzling in their own right. With its serpentine shore and island-choked …

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Jurassic Park Below

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

In dark depths rarely visited by scuba divers, subs explore hectares of sponge many storeys high that form British Columbia’s ancient Sea of Glass By Sabine Jessen and Alexandra Barron The Aquarius submersible plummets through the depths, the light fades and darkness surrounds the small white vessel. Through the …

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Go fetch…something!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th February 2014

Text and Photograph by Eiko Jones   I first started shooting dogs in the water when Mortimer, a friendly pooch, came down to visit me photographing in the Campbell River estuary. He stood there watching me float in the water with my camera so I turned and began taking …

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Sea star wasting disease video

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th January 2014

Former DIVER Editor, renowned underwater videographer, and all round local legend Neil McDaniel has released a short video giving a brief overview of the disease that has effected the west coast of Canada and the US.

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New issue out now!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th December 2013

The last issue of 2013 has just rolled off the printers and it looks fantastic! Volume 39 Issue 1 will be hitting subscribers over the next week or two depending on where you live and seasonal postal services. New subscribers can download the issue onto their iPhone or iPad. …

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Great White Sharks are just the ticket

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th December 2013

The Ontario Underwater Council (OUC) held a successful fund raising evening at the Ontario Science Centre earlier this month. Although the holiday season is normally a difficult time to get people to come out to Toronto dive events, but when the topic is Great White Sharks, there is always …

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Eau Canada: Air Head

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th December 2013

Divers encounter jelly with a bubbly personality Text and Photo by Trisha Stovel During a recent search for six gill sharks with Rendezvous Dive Adventures, I encountered one of my favourite critters: a fried egg jelly. In the end, we didn’t see any of the elusive sharks during our …

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Beneath Cold Seas Gallery comes toVancouver

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th August 2013

Previously featured in DIVER Volume 37 Issue 3, David Hall’s photography comes to Vancouver on August 24th. Photohaus Gallery is pleased to announce the opening debut of David Hall’s Beneath Cold Seas, a compelling collection of underwater photography shot entirely off the coast of British Columbia. This will be …

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Sunday Morning Mass

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

The Vancouver Aquarium’s lingcod egg mass survey brings together local divers for a fun citizen science project every year By Russell Clark For six weeks each winter divers across British Columbia unite to become part of a citizen science project that’s sponsored by the Vancouver Aquarium. The annual Lingcod …

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Weird and Wonderful

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

Text and Photo by Amanda Marie Lovell In the Pacific Northwest basket stars can be found in high current areas clinging to hard and soft coral, sponges, rocks, and even to each other, like this one. These extraordinary creatures have five delicately spiraled arms that divide and branch out …

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Flippered Flash Mob

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

  Text and Photo by Andy Murch One of the favourite games played by adolescent Steller sea lions is ‘sneak up on the scuba diver’. This gang of juveniles materialized out of the blue and entertained me to no end before acrobatically scattering in all directions. For most of …

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Octo-in-training

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

  By Andy Murch This was the most energetic and entertaining giant pacific octopus that I’ve encountered, and I’m chalking it up to youthful trial and error. Daytime GPO sightings are usually rather fleeting but this young animal was bouncing all over Race Rocks looking for the perfect spot …

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Gold Rush Interrupted

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

  By Donnie Reid Before she sank in a storm October 14, 1901, the sternwheeler, A.J. Goddard, was a workhorse ferrying people and cargo along the Yukon River during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the late 1800s. Like many other craft designed to service the huge influx of people …

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Diving Lake Minnewanka

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th June 2012

Lake Minnewanka has a rich history. There are recorded archaeological sites showing pre-contact occupations that cover an entire 10,000 year period. Artifacts have been found from the early, middle and late pre-contact periods. The Minnewanka site is one of a series of such early sites in the lower Bow …

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Perfect in purple

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th February 2012

Winter diving along Canada’s Pacific shore has its benefits and principal among them is the astonishingly clear water to be enjoyed much of the time by scuba enthusiasts up and down the length of the British Columbia coast. As temperatures cool and summer plankton blooms die off, underwater photographers …

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Red Irish Lord

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th February 2012

Ablaze with what appears the reflection of a dazzling fireworks display, the eyes of a Red Irish Lord (Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus) add to the brilliant colouration of this striking species of sculpin. Its typically vivid coat can vary from hues of orange through red to magenta and into striking pinks …

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The Big Flush

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th February 2012

Two hundred billion gallons of foaming seawater swirl through Sechelt Rapids on each turn of the tide in this constricted, islet-strewn passage on Canada’s Pacific coast. In the aerial view to the northwest, looking from Sechelt Inlet toward Jervis Inlet, a 13.5 knot ebb roars through the shallow gap. …

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On The Commute

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th February 2012

Every autumn sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) enter British Columbia’s Fraser River and battle their way hundreds of miles upstream to spawn in the big river’s countless tributaries.  Of these the Adams River run is arguably the best known.  A dominant run occurs every four years and after several dismal …

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Bow Rider

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th February 2012

The Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus oblquidens) is among the most social and playful of marine mammals in British Columbia waters.  During autumn large numbers of them often move into the Johnstone Strait, off the northern coast of Vancouver Island, where they feed on large schools of herring and pilchards …

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Muskie

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th February 2012

The Muskallonge or Muskie, as she is affectionately known in diving circles, is not so well known in her watery grave as she was in service on the Seaway. Then, she was touted as the largest tug on the Great Lakes. Built in 1896 at Port Huron, Michigan, she …

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Whale of a tale

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th February 2012

In the late 1970s I worked on a dive boat called the Oceaner.  Owners Gary Mallendar and Larry Mangotich, manufacture exposure suits under the Oceaner name and distribute dive gear such as the TUSA line, across Canada. Their vessel has been retired for their private use.  On several occasions …

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Winter wonder

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

A mid winter opportunity to dive Browning Pass in B.C.’s Queen Charlotte Strait delivered up cold February winds and rain… but when they abated and the sun came out we were treated to some of the best visibility I’d ever enjoyed in these remarkably fertile waters at the top of …

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Playful Pod

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd February 2012

  Perfectly ‘synched’, these Pacific White-Sided Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus oblquidens) gracefully paced our boat as we motored across Blackfish Sound near Port McNeil on Vancouver Island’s rugged north coast. These playful and social marine mammals are a favorite in British Columbia’s Emerald Sea, and encounters such as this are among …

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Lobster World at Fundy Aquarium

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd February 2012

Genny Simard, interpreter at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, holds Big Dee-Dee, a 22-pound (10kg) lobster (Homarus americanus) caught three years ago in the adjacent waters of the Bay of Fundy. A part of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, the public aquarium is Canada’s newest …

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Prehistoric Sponges

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd February 2012

Winter diving weather along the British Columbia coast is not infrequently overcast but when the sun peaks through the clouds up there in the sky, divers can be rewarded with the best visibility of the year. This photo was taken during such a winter’s day in Agamemnon Channel, which …

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‘Dramatic’ Dive for HDTV

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2009

High Definition TV looks better all the time. Recently, a Red One camera in a Gates housing was used at Vancouver Film Studios to shoot an episode of Sanctuary, the technology’s underwater debut in a dramatic television series production. Text by Ian Seabrook – C.S.C.   Professional underwater cinematography …

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Finding Cool Corals

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th August 2009

It’s one of my favourite British Columbia dives. We tie up close to shore – really close in fact. The drop-off in Jervis Inlet is precipitous; a mere stone’s throw from the low-hanging trees the sounder registers depth at more than 400 feet (120m). Yet for a deep dive, …

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