Author Kathy Dowsett

Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

Explore the Arctic from above and below the ice with the best and only Canadian Arctic dive operator. Immerse yourself in a world of icebergs, drifting pack ice, the Arctic sea floor, and fascinating wildlife including narwhal, bowhead whales and polar bears on our Baffin Island Expedition. Enjoy the glow of 24-hour sunshine at the floe edge, as you experience some of the most unique, exclusive and spectacular diving opportunities on the planet. At the end of full days spent diving, take in dramatic landscapes of towering granite cliffs, mountains, glaciers, and icebergs. Join us on the ultimate Arctic diving…

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Launched in 1851 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the Marco Polowas a 3-masted clipper ship. As she slid into the sea at James Smith shipyard on Courtney Bay, her keel stuck in a mudflat and her hull fell over on its side. Six days later with much effort and the help of a good high tide she was refloated upright. Her birth was further complicated as she very soon grounded again in the shallow waters of Marsh Creek. After two weeks stuck in the mud she was floated free and fitted with rigging. As was common with ships built in New…

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Your trip to Newfoundland is no doubt a bucket list item, and you want to experience it all. Ocean Quest can help you check all those adventures off your list – our multiple days Adventure and Dive Combos lets you design the customized trip that is perfect for what you’re looking for! Feeling like having an enjoyable and relaxing few days of kayaking around the rustic Bell Island sea caves? Follow that up with some snorkeling that will give you a first-hand view of the vibrant marine life known to populate the areas around CBS and Petty Harbour. Perhaps you are…

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Welcome to Rendezvous Dive Adventures. Best scuba diving in Canada, BC, Vancouver Island Scuba diving in BC (British Columbia) on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Canada is a spectacular and unique experience. Since 1973 great encounters with wolf-eels, Giant pacific octopus, sea lions, six gill sharks and much more have been our trademark. Combine this with great homemade meals, whale and wildlife viewing options and amenities such as a hot tub on the viewing deck, kayaks, a dedicated camera / classroom and you can see why we are one of the premier dive charter operators and a prime dive destination in Canada.…

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This video of the “Judge Hart” shipwreck was shot back in the summers of 2001 and 2002 by Terry Irvine with Sony Digital 8 cameras and HID video lights. Also present at the dive were Jeff Post and Richard Kelch. Diane Post  was the trip leader. Terry, Jeff, Richard and Diane had just re-discovered the wreck after it originally was found back in the mid 1990’s. The original musical score is by Willie McCullough (as per the video credits). The water temperature was 41F top to bottom, and visibility was approximately 40 feet. This is a fantastic wreck that is not dove…

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CBC Marketplace presented “Why buying plastic-free groceries is so hard” on January 11, 2019. The investigator reporter was Mark Kelly. Everyone that grocery shops today, must notice the overuse of plastic in grocery stores. English cucumbers wrapped in plastic and then placed in a group in a plastic bag, while regular cucumbers have no plastic wrapping? Coconuts wrapped in plastic? Meat/cookies wrapped in plastic with hard to degrade black bottoms trays? Celery/peppers in a bag? Plastic use in grocery stores is out of control. So where does this plastic go, and is it recycled as we have been led to…

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On December 10, 2018, Bruce Justinen and the Seasoft diving company were issued a “Notice of Penalty” from the State of Washington, Ecology Department for allegedly dumping hazardous waste, which contained lead and arsenic down a toilet, from there this waste travelled to a storm drain and came to rest in the ground. This incident took place in Lacey, Washington USA.  The fine is $197,000 US and Seasoft has 30 days to pay the it or appeal it to the state’s Pollution Control Hearings Board. An investigation in July 2018 by the Ecology Department and the Department of Labor & Industries found lead…

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