Seymour Narrows is a very fast moving area of water in Discovery Passage, Campbell River. With some of the largest tidals exchanges in the world, the Narrows around Maude Island produce rapids and whirlpools.
Under the expert and experienced supervision of Oceanfix.ca charter Captain Roger, you can dive this site and certain times. But be prepared for a bit of a rollercoaster ride!
Waiting on the surface, gear on, camera in hand, we wait for Roger's OK signal. He's staring at the water watching for its movement to slow down enough that we can jump in. The tide tables aren't always correct, so it comes down to experiences, and knowledge from having spent years in these waters.
Once in we were treated to ten minutes of high flow currents, pushing us up, down, left and right. Similar to walk into a gale for wind holding a couple of umbrellas. It soon dissipated and we had a fantastic slack (no current at all) for a good twenty minutes, before the tide changed direction and whisked us along in the opposite direction, as if we had open those umbrellas again.
Seymour Narrows was incredible, and quite different from other sites. There was an abundant of pinks and greens - with more painted anemones (seen above) than I have seen in a long time. Red Irish lords (beautiful red fish with incredible eyes) were in good numbers, sculpins, and even the last of the summer bull kelp were all in good spirits, treating us to a jamboree of colour and beauty.