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

Exploring The Gulf of St Lawrence – Part One

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In the coming weeks, The Scuba News Canada will be featuring videos by Oceana Canada on the exploration of the Gulf of St Lawrence. This week’s feature (Log 1) Alexandra Cousteau, along with Oceana Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, prepares to set sail from Quebec City. She introduces ROPOS: a world-class underwater robot. On board were scientists, technicians, videographers and Alexandra Cousteau, Senior Oceana Advisor and granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. This team collected samples as well as videos and images to document new areas of the seafloor. This expedition was the most in-depth visual exploration of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada’s…

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Innovative diver gets Order of Canada

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Most recipients of the Order of Canada are honoured for what they have done on dry land. Not Phil Nuytten. The British Columbia diver has been an active innovator under water. Nuytten, now 76, was  a commercial diver who liked to develop his own equipment.  His contribution to diving included his work on diving helmets, support gear and submarines.  One of his best innovations was a suit that enabled divers  access to the cold and deep Arctic waters. He also was involved with an expedition to find the wreck of the HMS Breadalbane, a ship that had been sent from…

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Body of Vancouver Island Filmmaker Found

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Filmmaker who directed Salmon Confidential dies The body of Vancouver Island filmmaker Twyla Roscovich, 38, has been found at Fisherman’s Wharf in Campbell River after missing for a week. Roscovich disappeared September 7. RCMP and the Coast Guard worked together to find Roscovich, who was struggling with a chronic health condition.  Foul play is not suspected. Roscovich directed Salmon Confidential, a film on the killing of British Columbia’s wild salmon, amid allegations of a government cover up. The wild salmon had tested positive for European salmon viruses that are believed to be connected with salmon farming around the world. Biologist Alexandra Morton tries to get past…

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Discovery of model Arrow rekindles bittersweet memories

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The timing of the discovery of the first of nine Avro Arrow test models could not have been more appropriate. This year is Canada’s 150th birthday and next year will be the 60th anniversary of the full-sized Arrow’s first test flight. For Canada and the plane’s manufacturer, Avro, the Arrow was a moment in the sun because this aircraft was unmatched by any military aircraft at the time. It was the first time a Canadian plane had achieved such an honour. The moment was fleeting. John Diefenbaker, who was Canada’s prime minister at the time, ordered that existing Arrows be…

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Professional training, course development spark scuba growth

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While people adept at holding their breath have been exploring the underwater world for a long time, scuba diving is relatively new. In a history of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) written by Albert A. Tillman and Thomas T. Tillman, the authors say the first “aqua lung,” was not introduced until 1949. It was developed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnon. This opened the sport of diving to almost anyone. Dive equipment advanced from the early aqua lung and soon scuba diving became a fast-growing sport. That, in turn, triggered the need for trained instructors to teach the…

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Griffon’s fate elusive after more than three centuries

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Sometimes it is as difficult to prove the identity of a sunken ship as it is to find it. That is central to the story of the long-sought Griffon, which disappeared in 1679. The Griffon was the first ship to challenge the upper Great Lakes. It disappeared, along with its crew and cargo of furs. It was constructed by Rene-Robert Sieur de La Salle, who was one of the first French explorers to navigate the Great Lakes region. Later, he registered a claim on behalf of France for the Mississippi River watershed. It would give France control of land north…

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Introducing Jett Britnell Photography

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Jett & Kathryn Britnell are internationally published travel writers, photographers, scuba divers, shark advocates, guest speakers, explorers, book reviewers, marine conservationists and devil may care adventurers. Our publishing credits include, The Globe & Mail, British Columbia Magazine, Matador Network, Photo Comment, Alert Diver, Diver Magazine, Scuba & H2O Adventure, Sport Diver, Travel Thru History and numerous other publications. Jett’s photography has graced the covers of magazines 55 times. Along with travel writing, we have been guest speakers at trade shows and have presented on exploration, conservation, destinations, photography seminars and workshops. Jett Britnell  FI’16, FRGS Jett is an award-winning…

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Wednesday Night and Local Diving Schedule for 2017: Dan’s Dive Shop

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The Scuba News Canada caught up with Dan’s Dive Shop Wednesday’s night dives schedule a little late this year. There are still lots more Wednesday’s available for dives this year. September 13th Kings Bridge Park to Boat Launch September 20th Boat Launch to Stanley Ave. September 27th Navy Hall October 4th Thompsons Hole * October 11th International Train Bridge October 18th Swing Bridge October 25th Frenchman’s Creek November 1st Navy Hall Wednesdays require you to be on site by 6:30pm, gear up and dive in by 7pm, most dives are an hour in duration followed by a “Debriefing” at a local…

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Vancouver Maritime Museum – a celebration of learning and historic adventure!

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Since 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society has worked to preserve and tell the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic. The museum opened in 1959 as a provincial Centennial project. In 1972, the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association assumed management of the museum on behalf of the City of Vancouver. In 1974, a separate Vancouver Maritime Museum Society was formed. In 1987, the VMPA split into three institutions, with the society board assuming management on behalf of the City. Our staff and Board of Trustees work to improve the museum, create a bright future, and strengthen the connection of…

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Lessons from a broken mask and a bloody nose

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They had just anchored their boat at the wreck of the Maple Dawn near Christine Island in the Georgian Bay area. Suddenly, diving the wreck was no longer the priority of Paul Darnbrough and Mike McAllister, both members of the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association. Paul had donned his mask and fins and did a proper “giant stride” into the water. “I did not do a face plant. I did have my hand gentle over my mask as I have hundreds of times before.” But his impact with the water would be totally different than any of his other dives. “It…

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