In 2009, renowned ocean pioneer Dr Sylvia Earle introduced us to the concept of Hope Spots, special places that are critical to the health of the ocean. This year her charity Mission Blue, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature have approved a new Hope Spot - Saanich Inlet and the Southern Gulf Islands, BC, Canada. Having been recommended for inclusion by Victoria dive store Rockfish Divers, it is hoped the new designation will draw attention to increased threats such as shipping and pollution, as well as increase educational interest in these submerged areas of British Columbia.
Not far off three years ago now the former Destroyer class vessel HMCS Annapolis was purposefully sunk to create an artificial reef, just 20 minutes outside of Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. Over 7 years in the making, the former HMCS Annapolis is the latest artificial reef to be sunk in British Columbia. We were part of the first team to video the ship, the day after it sank, and (some of) the dust had settled. This video was made for Sea Dragon Charters, and was also seen on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet.
Three years later the wreck is doing fantastically. Life has made her home, with little creatures sneaking into every crack and crevice and turning the former warship into a giant underwater apartment block for life.
Divers visit the wreck every few days, researchers photograph and record the accumulation of life for future projects, and an otherwise bleak ocean floor (once destroyed by logging) is now home to more species than it has been for decades.
We'll be producing a Minimentary on the sinking of the Annapolis, so keep your eyes open!
This video is a few years old now, but still worth sharing! British Columbia has some of the best diving we've done in the world! It's nutrient rich waters make our emerald waters home to all kinds of life. This video is a collection of images recorded up and down the coast of Vancouver's Sea to Sky Highway, and parts of Vancouver Island including Victoria, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Barkley Sound, and Port Hardy.
We produced this video 4 years ago, at the very start of what has since become known as Sea Star Wasting Disease. The epidemic has wiped out nearly all sunflower sea stars up and down the west cost, from Alaska to California. British Columbia used to have blankets of sea stars walking around the ocean floor, devouring urchins, and well, just looking very pretty! Local diver Jonathan Martin talks us through the initial outbreak.
A good follow up video from National Geographic can be found here.
Diving in British Columbia is fun, stunningly beautiful, and like skiing, if you wear the right gear - warm and cosy! It's easy to dive in British Columbia with dive stores, charters, resorts, and training facilities all over the Mainland, Sunshine Coast, Interior, and Vancouver Island. There's no better way to explore our planet than by becoming a scuba diver!
Freediving is a sport rapidly growing in popularity, not just all over the world, but here in BC too. It's a great way to explore Beneath BC, and you're lucky enough to have the world's longest running (and best) training agency based right here in BC. Performance Freediving International offer a ton of courses from snorkeler, freediver, breath-hold survival, and a range of professional options. Once per year, the PFI family gather in Campbell River for the annual salmon run weekend and BBQ. Snorkeling the Campbell River is a lot of fun, easily accessible, and a family activity, so next summer, consider a swim with the salmon!
An incredibly spur of the moment video, shot mainly on an iPhone (no time to even go to the office and collect our microphones, tripods or big camera!). Local radio host Tymo from The Goat wanted to show his listeners what lays beneath his local Comox Lake. It was a little shocking for him to see what has been dumped in the lake - a source of drinking water for the Comox Valley.