Summer Dive Plans

Good to go!

Good to go!

Well, finals are almost over and its time to plan for some summer activities! It’s a poor summer if there’s no diving, and as fun as working dives are, you need some recreational dives to keep the interest up. As I’m once again a student (archaeology is awesome by the way), there’s no tropical trip for me this year, but we’re going to max out our local diving experiences and really build up a great picture of some of the local diving in the interior, as well as some great coastal sites. For a lot of divers, the summer is when they dust off their skills, and it’s important to not forget to avoid bad diving habits, being a good buddy, and dive planning.

So, what dives are happening this summer? Further exploration of Lake Okanagan, where we’ve already dived Bertram Park and The Bridge, in particular some wrecks near Kelowna and Vernon, and some wall dives in Vernon area and back in Bertram Park. Plans are being laid to go further north as well, up to the Shuswap area for some shore dives. The big interior dives this summer will be to Johnson Lake, the “Caribbean of the North”, for its amazing vis, shoals and trout; then later on, up to Pavilion Lake, to check out the fossil microbialites and see the conditions that NASA does training in! Later on, in August, it’s down to Victoria to visit family and do some dives in the area. The goal is to dive Race Rocks, but I’m not too picky, I’ll be happy to be in salt water again!

So that’s the plan for this summer! Plus we have articles coming from our newest team member, Jessica Shultz, and possibly more as Cold Water Diver continues a long overdue expansion! Posts will continue to be somewhat erratic until after 12 May 2013, but after that expect between three and five posts per month until the school year starts again. Thanks for your continued support, and don’t forget to check out the Official Shop and pick up a new Log Book!

About the author

Graeme Barber is a professional diver, qualified as a PADI and SDI Divemaster, DCBC 40m Unrestricted Commercial Scuba Diver, 30m Restricted Surface Supply diver, and CAUS Scientific Diver Lv.2. In addition to being the head of Cold Water Diver, he's a full time student working on a degree in Archaeology.