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

Montreal, Iceland lead way in banning single-use plastic bags

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Montreal’s new bylaw banning single-use plastic bags went into effect on New Year’s Day, although it won’t be enforced immediately. There is a grace period during which city officials will work with store managers to determine the best approach. This is a good decision because buy-in by the public is important to the bylaw’s success. Initiating fines before the majority of shoppers are aware would cause resentment. The bylaw bans plastic bags that are thinner than 0.05 millimeters. This is important because bags that thin are so light they can be spread by even light wind. Worse still, they often…

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Vancouver Aquarium’s ‘Diver’s Weekend’ attracts thousands

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Declaring it has “something for everyone,” organizers of the Vancouver Aquarium’s 19th annual “Divers’ Weekend” Jan. 27-28 is expected to attract thousands of people. Dive demonstrations, workshops and exhibits are part of the attractions at the show. There will be more than 25 exhibitors. They include public service dive teams, dive stores, charter services, underwater photographers, manufacturers and conservation groups. A historical diving demonstration will illustrate to visitors the equipment used by scuba diving pioneers. Vancouver Aquarium experts will conduct workshops, along with local divers. On Jan. 27 marine ecologist and research scientist Jessica Schultz of the Ocean Wise Coastal…

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The Love of Diving

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Kayla Martin made her first dive trip at six weeks old and could swim before she could walk. These experiences lead to her love of the underwater world. In 2013, at just 13 years old she got scuba dive certified and has since logged 160 dives. Her passion for underwater photography and exploring, has resulted in a desire to share these experiences. For the last 3 years, Kayla, has been sharing her findings at dive shows in Canada and the USA. Thinking about becoming a scuba diver, or just want to rekindle your passion to dive, then come out and…

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Tiger shark that kills diver a reminder not all act the same

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In 98 years there have been 10 shark attacks in water bordering Costa Rica. Six of them were fatalities.  The most recent victim was Rohina Bhandari of New York City. In December 2017. When Bhandari and her guide were surfacing they were attacked by a tiger shark, one of the most aggressive species. The guide survived. They were diving off Cocos Island, a national park 300 miles offshore from Costa Rica’s mainland. Most of the deaths involved swimming and an overloaded boat. On Sept. 12, 1919, the boat capsized and 13 men went overboard. Six men drowned, while six of the…

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World Ocean Summit – March 2018

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The fifth World Ocean Summit will be held at Riviera Maya, Mexico, on March 7th-9th 2018 and the ocean’s problems will be the forefront of discussions. Our oceans are in trouble. Around the world, humans have brought dramatic changes and lived in denial for far too long. We need to balance our lifestyle and bring long-term health back to our oceans. 2017 was the year of big promises, so 2018 = delivery. World Ocean Summit will bring together political leaders, policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, NGOs and multilaterals for discussions on how to turn these promises into reality. More than…

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Coastal Steamer Jane Miller’s Discovery

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“This is the video of the Jane Miller shipwreck we found this summer in Colpoy’s Bay, Georgian Bay. Twenty-eight passengers and crew died when the Jane Miller sank about a mile from shore on November 25, 1881. I’m posting this on the 136th anniversary of its sinking. I only had time for one 25 minute dive on the wreck so there is still much to explore and photograph”. Ken Merryman Jared Daniels, Jerry Eliason and Ken Merryman, American Shipwreck hunters made the discovery of the Jane Miller on July 27 2017.  They waited to reveal their find until the 136th…

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Dry-land innovations led to scuba, submarine inventions

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A diving helmet has played a role on dry land, as well as in the water. Its inventors, brothers John and Charles Deane, patented what they called a “Smoke Helmet” in 1823. It enabled fire fighters to work in smoke-filled areas. In the early 1820s in England, some horses were trapped in a stable fire. John put a medieval knight’s helmet on his head, had air pumped by hose from fire fighters’ water pump  into the helmet, went into the inferno and saved all the horses. His device consisted of a copper helmet, a leather garment, flexible collar and a  long leather…

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Boat builder’s skill, passion for wooden boats recalled

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For purists, there is nothing like a wooden boat. It handles the waves well. It is beautiful and displays the talents of its builder. Today, they are seen mainly at events showcasing historical vessels. Wooden boats require regular maintenance, so the rise of fibreglass and aluminum boats in the mid-20th century ended their popularity. In their heyday, wooden boats were built by one-or two-man teams in Southeastern Ontario. My husband’s great uncle, Will Dowsett and his son, Clare, were one of them. Will Dowsett was a skilled craftsman but also an entrepreneur. In 1890 at the age of 25 he…

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Oak Island Money Pit Treasure

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If I told you that there was a buried treasure on Oak Island. An Island just off the coast of Nova Scotia. In a spot called The Money Pit, would you believe me? Oak Island is a 57-hectare (140-acre) island in Lunenburg County on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. This is a tree-covered island and is one of about 360 small islands in Mahone Bay. Oak Island rises to a maximum of 11 meters (36 feet) above sea level. Located 200 meters (660 feet) from shore and connected to the mainland by a modern causeway, the island is privately owned. After all…

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Santa’s reindeer may need to swim, not fly, at Welland

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The Christmas tree being raised at Welland Scuba Park on Dec. 17 won’t need a container of water at its base.  That’s because the tree will be under water in the annual “Christmas Tree Dive.” People are asked to arrive at the dive site  by 11 a.m. to get the Christmas tree decorations ready.  Divers will enter the water at 11:45 a.m.  Last year’s tree is still on the side of the wooden platform.  The most creative tree decoration will win a prize. Divers plan to enter the water at 11:45 a.m. Each diver is asked to bring a Christmas decoration and it will be…

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