A winter dive at Porteau Cove

One available and brave taker to our invitation to dive Porteau Cove on Sunday Jan. 26, 2014 - Jaap - who self-identified as 'novice' but that certainly didn't apply to his spirit...or to what I saw in his diving either. So it was me, Jayne, and Jaap on one of the nicest winter days (=blue sky, no wind). Both sea and air seemed to be around 6 or 7C. Visibility was great. Diving without waves ...

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Pre-Christmas Mid-Island Dive: Neck Point Park Revistied

Gaia decided to smile on Canadian North-Pacific Freediving community, Saturday, Dec. 08 & turned down the "Fans", which she'd had blowing: if not over Juan-de-Fuca Straight, then @ least Georgia Straight, seemingly every Weekend this Fall.

Dave Denz & I took full advantage of "Ms. G's" beatific side, following through on one version of dive-plan aimed @ Neck Point Park, Nanaimo.

Air-temp. notwithstanding (about 6+ C), conditions were almost perfect: "a mix of Sun & Cloud", Wind fairly ...

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Tough Old Bastards Dive: An Ordinary Member's Perspective

Well, pre-A.G.M. Dive happened, I made it & I'm glad I did....

Folks who showed up were neither illegitimate--nor really old (young @ Heart, eh?). Attending were: Tom Hoskin, Greg Fee, Tom Lightfoot & myself. Conditions, when we finally arrived, changed & entered, weren't that bad.

Biggest environmental issue was Wind: from some Northerly quarter, making long-period waves (rollers?), about 15 - 20 cm amplitude--"blech". Such is life...Rain had fizzled to a drizzle & changing ...

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First annual tough old bastards in horrible conditions freedive

Normally the weekend before Halloween marks the club's annual underwater pumpkin carving contest. However, interest in carving pumpkins was a bit on the light side this year. The weather forecast was also not looking good at all and I very nearly canceled the dive. At the last minute the dive plan came together, largely sans-pumpkins and I called it 'The First Annual Tough Old Bastards in Horrible Conditions Freedive'.

As it turns out, all ...

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Blackie Spit Underwater Cleanup

Five Vanapneists came out for yesterday's underwater cleanup at Blackie Spit. It was a very different experience from the previous weekend's cleanup. Both were positive but in very different ways.

Yesterday's cleanup had a lot more volunteers, a grand total of 60, including five of us freedivers. However the volume of garbage collected was quite a lot less. The shoreline cleanup picked up 60 lbs of garbage and we pulled up only ...

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Bowen Island Dive Against Debris

Yesterday's Dive Against Debris on Bowen Island was a big success. There were 8 scuba divers who came out, three or four kayaks and three or four power boats. The Vanapneist contingent consisted of Sean Smith on kayak and Greg and myself in the water. We all walked on to the ferry with Sean's kayak on wheels. The whole event pulled over 1400 lbs of garbage from Manion Bay.

Greg and I were ...

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Neck Point

Early on Saturday morning, July 9, Greg, Jen and I set out on transit from our respective residences, gear bags in tow. We eventually converged on the 250 bus to Horseshoe Bay where we would walk on to the ferry to Nanaimo. The plan was to join David and Barbara who were driving down from Campbell River and Paul who was driving up from Victoria. After picking us up at the terminal, our ultimate destination ...

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Arrrr: Tides, Maties....

Many folks reading this are seasoned SCUBA divers, or recreational mariners & have already been exposed to ideas immediately below; perhaps more accurately & in much greater detail. But, it's become obvious that not everybody in our group has that background--until now. It's my hope this blab can stand as a primer, for anyone in the club who's confused by "Spring tides", "Neap tides", low-water peaks (A.N.s), etc. & wonders why we pay ...

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Ogden Point Breakwater Dive

On June 4th I walked on to the ferry again, this time to meet up with Paul to Dive the Ogden Point Breakwater in Victoria. This taking transit and walking on is a cost-effective, albeit very time-consuming way to get to some good dive spots. This time we were met at the dive site by Tony from Victoria and David who came all the way from Campbell River.

The conditions that day were fabulous. This ...

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Spring Bay, Victoria

On Saturday, May 21st I went over to Victoria to dive with local resident Paul Lescarmure.

My day started in the wee hours of the morning, walking with my gear bag in hand and weight belt around my waist to catch the bus that would start my transit trip to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen. From there I would walk on to the ferry to Swartz bay where Paul would pick me up to go ...

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