The BC Diving Experience
Scuba diving in BC, off the west coast of Canada in the Campbell River / Quadra Island area, offers a variety of exciting dives. On a DynaMike Diving Charters you will encounter drift diving, wall dives and everybody’s favorite, wreck diving. In this area, the passage between Vancouver Island and the west coast of British Columbia, most dives are made at slack water. This is the time it takes for the water to stop then change directions. A good slack period is 20 – 30 minutes with a 10-minute grace period on each end.
Reefs & Wrecks
Mike Richmond has been diving in the Campbell River area for over 25 years; he is considered one of the pioneers of BC scuba diving in these waters. As a result of his years of diving Mike discovered many of the dive sites that are now visited by other scuba diving charters. Some of Mike’s dive sites include Grouse island, Richmond Reef, April Point, Seymour Narrows, Gorge Harbour, Surge Narrows, Gorge Harbour and Willow Point Reef. If wreck diving is your thing then a DynaMike Scuba Diving vacation is a “must do” experience for BC wreck divers. DynaMike’s dives also include wreck diving on the wreck of the Capilano where the underwater photography opportunities are incredible!
Incredible Flora & Fauna
BC scuba diving off Campbell River means you will see a diversity of marine wildlife. Besides the giant octopus you will see wolf eels, anemones, crabs, hydroid sponges, sculpins, rockfish, seals and sea lions (winter).
Octopus & Other Things
For those who come a long distance for scuba diving in Canada and who want to film the octopus, Mike will dive with you to make sure you get the underwater photos you want. Snorkeling with the seals is included in a Dynamike scuba diving charter package, they are found near several of the dive sites. There are dive sites for all levels of scuba diving experience. Some beginners diving sites are void of current but the marine life is sparse. These beginner sites prepare you for the more advanced dives.
BC Dive Sites
Whiskey Point, Middle of the Road, Grouse Island, Row and Be Damned, Quadra Express, April Point Wall, Steep Island, Copper Cliffs, Richmond Reef, Seymour Narrows and wreck diving on the hulk of the former destroyer HMCS Columbia are all favourite west coast BC diving spots.
BC Wreck Diving on the Columbia
On June 22 1996 the former HMCS Columbia, a 366-foot, 2,900 ton destroyer was sunk off Maud Island between British Columbia and Vancouver Island. The wreck became an artificial reef for sport divers visiting the Campbell River, BC area. The warship now lies in 90 to 110 feet of water and lists approximately 40 degrees to port, providing a fantastic wreck diving opportunity for recreational wreck divers in British Columbia.