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

Hollis keeps its word to replace broken dive mask

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If you read my story about how I shattered the lens of my dive mask when I took a giant stride off a friend’s boat, I was happy with the response of HOLLIS. Related: http://ca.thescubanews.com/2017/09/04/lessons-from-a-broken-mask-and-a-bloody-nose/ I have been in talks back and forth with HOLLIS over the shattered lens. They seemed interested in what happened. They wanted me to ship it back and even sent me a receipt to use for the return postage. I sent the mask back to their research department. They asked for details and kept their word on replacing the mask. I have received it. They seemed…

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Save Ontario Shipwrecks urges divers to respect wrecks

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Scuba divers love to explore shipwrecks. But they must do it without touching the wreck. Wooden hulls can be can be easily damaged after lying at the bottom of the St. Lawrence River. “Wood underwater for 200 years is more like sponge,” says Tom Scott, a scuba diver and a member of a volunteer organization called Save Ontario  Shipwrecks. Scott volunteers with the group’s Thousand Islands chapter, whose diving is centred on the St. Lawrence River. It advises divers who ask for help on safety issues and things not to do under water. For instance, they need to know that…

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Discovery of a new shipwreck in Prince Edward Island waters

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The PEI SCUBA Divers group is excited to announce the discovery of a new shipwreck in PEI waters. The newly discovered wreck sits in roughly 70-75 feet of water about 7 miles from shore in the Northumberland Strait. Four divers from the group were out for diving for scallops last month and checked out an anomaly captain Duck MacDonald had spotted on the bottom of the Strait years ago while fishing in the area. The divers, Laura Brake, Kelly Campbell, Conrad Kippenhuk and Arjan Stutvoet explored the spot and discovered wreckage, steel and wooden structures and the outline of a…

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Women divers scholarships from the Women Divers Hall of Fame

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Applications for scholarships and training grants for 2018 from the non-profit Women Divers Hall of Fame are now closed. This organization honours and raises awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. It provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. Marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, education (marine or freshwater), dive instructor education, and dive medicine are eligible for scholarships. They support independent research and/or internship programs. but not for living expenses or student loans.  Training grants provide funding for diving and related underwater training. Here are the details of applying for 2019: *…

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Diver teaches marine life, conservation

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For Steven Rodenhizer, a combination of scuba diving, university and teaching would influence his career path. “I was enrolled in a science undergraduate degree majoring in biology by the time I achieved my open water diving certification. These two things combined ultimately determined that I wanted to focus on marine life and conservation.” As a scientific diver working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, he uses an AGA full-face mask to speak to guests through the tank exhibits. This helps to “bridge the gap between beautiful underwater worlds and teaching people about why marine ecosystems are so vital. “My…

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VIDEO: Blue Planet II

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Blue Planet II is due for release in 2017.  This series is about natural history, and like its predecessor, The Blue Planet (2001),  it is narrated by naturalist Sir David Attenborough. This series was announced by the BBC in 2013 with the original title of Oceans, but changed to Blue Planet II on 19 February 2017. Hans Zimmer and Radiohead developed the exclusive music track for this production. James Honeyborne and Mark Brownlow, have written an accompanying hardback book and forwarded by David Attenborough.  BBC Books has published this book and it is set to be released on 19 October 2017 in the UK.

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Scuba diver finds cherished ring in northern river

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Most Canadians know the story of the gold rush in our country’s far north more than a century ago. But a rush to find a ring that was lost in the Yellowknife River — not so many. The wedding ring that slipped off Elycia Monaghan’s finger while she was swimming in the river had an extra meaning. It was an heirloom in the family of her husband, Patrick. While the chances of finding it may have been something like the proverbial needle in a haystack, the odds were about to become better. The couple heard that a local scuba diver…

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