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

Introducing Adventure Sports, Inc. Newmarket, Ontario

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That time in Jamaica. “Honey, put down the butter knife, I have a great idea that I want to share with you,” Jody said. This is usually when I roll my eyes inwardly (mostly inwardly), and sigh, “What.  Now.” Don’t get me wrong, ideas are great.  But Jody gets LOTS of them!  Back to his newest idea (at the time): “We should open a dive shop here in Jamaica – I’m looking at some property this afternoon!” He was still floating on cloud nine, reminiscing about his scuba excursion the day before; we were vacationing in Jamaica, to attend our…

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Frozen methane bubbles in lakes complicate battle with global warming

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The warmer temperatures experienced in the Arctic as climate change progresses lead to a greater release of methane when the permafrost melts. But methane is also being released when ice in thousands of lakes in the north melts in the spring and frozen methane bubbles are released. Scientists know that methane is more potent than carbon dioxide in that per mole, its global warming potential is 3.7 times that of carbon dioxide. The expansion of the release of methane in the Arctic makes the path to achieving zero emissions longer. Unfortunately, time is running low to meet that goal before…

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World Water Day raises awareness of need to improve water quality

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World Water Day is a constant that always is celebrated on March 22. The changeable factor is the theme. This year’s theme asks “Why waste water?” It’s about reducing our use of water and reusing wastewater. The thrust is to cut in half the amount of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling where it can be used safely. The theme is proposed each year by UN-Water, which is an inter-agency entity of the United Nations. Its job is to support the water-related work of nations to reach the Millennium Development goals. The theme also provides the focus for the UN…

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Introducing The Canadian Working Divers Institute

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OUR COMMERCIAL DIVING SCHOOL HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS SINCE 1993 AND IS TAUGHT BY COMMERCIAL DIVERS. Canadian Working Divers Institute has moved to a superior campus located at Chapleau Lodge on Borden Lake near Chapleau, Ontario. Next Class Starts August 8, 2017 To get to the school, you can drive, or there’s a shuttle bus that leaves on August 8th/17 at 7:00 am from the Comfort Inn on Airport road in Mississauga, Ontario. (905-677-7331) This is not the school, this is just a hotel you can stay at to catch the bus to the school. If you want to book a room,…

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Canadian technical diver honoured with Polar Medal

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Expert technical diver, writer, photographer and filmmaker Jill Heinerth receives Canada’s Polar Medal March 9 in a ceremony in London, Ontario. It is awarded to a Canadian who renders extraordinary service in the polar regions, creates better understanding of our northern communities and people, and participates in exploration, scientific research and security of our northern sovereignty. Heinerth is the inaugural explorer-in-residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The society created it to foster greater awareness among Canadians of the expeditions and field research being carried out by our top explorers, scientists and conservationists. The discoveries, new data, stories and images…

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Private-member bill seeks to stop shark-fin importation to Canada

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A private member’s bill that would ban the importation of shark fins to Canada is being presented again by Coquitlam British Columbia MP Fin Donnelly. Private member’s bills are rarely adopted but advocates for the legislation are encouraged by the fact that an attempt in 2013 failed passing second reading by just five votes. Donnelly is an advocate for oceans. To be considered for status as a government bill, Bill C-251 requires 500 signatures from Canadian citizens. The petition is found at https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details…It is open for signature until June 10, 2017, at 7:55 a.m. (EDT) Advocates are trying to protect…

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Diving Pioneers and Innovators

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If you’re interested in the history of diving, this is a great book full of information right from the mouth of those who are pioneers and innovators of the recreational and commercial diving world. This book, written by Brett Gillian and others, manages to combine humor, adventure, tragedy, triumph, heroism, and even some forays into the risqué…while chronicling the careers of 20 enduring personalities that helped make diving what it is today. Some of those interviewed are retired now, one (author Peter Benchley of Jaws fame) recently passed away, and many are still making history through their ongoing work. Featuring interviews…

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Introducing Explorer Diving in Kingston

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Welcome to Explorer Diving and discover some of the best fresh water diving in the world beneath the surface of the upper St. Lawrence River and Eastern Lake Ontario. This region offers a variety of diving environments and is home to some of the world’s best preserved shipwrecks, dating from the 17th century. Characteristic of the Great Lakes is visibility of 30-100′ (10-30m) and average summer water temperatures in the mid 70’s F (20’s C) with the presence of a 10°F (6°C) thermocline at 30-40′ (10-12m) and 60-70′ (18-21m). If you are thinking of diving in Eastern Ontario, think Explorer…

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Solo diver’s leap from pier sparked woman to take up diving

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A seemingly unrelated occurrence prompted Christine Secco to take up scuba diving. In June six years ago she was exploring Paros Island in Greece with her son. After walking many hours they ended up on a desert beach. “All of a sudden, a solo diver jumped off the pier and I thought how cool that would be to visit the underwater world. Curiosity, adventure and love of the ocean are a few of the magnets that attracted me so much to diving.” A resident of Montreal, Secco, 54, registered for the Open Water course in Montreal a few months after…

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The Outdoor Adventure Travel Show Vancouver Now Added To Our Event Calendar

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Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences! See it! Do it! Live it! OVER 300 EXHIBITORS offering the latest camping gear, paddle sports, outdoor clothing, scuba diving & ultimate adventure travel destinations! Learn more at: http://ca.thescubanews.com/events/the-outdoor-adventure-show-vancouver/

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