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

The Great Tsunami of 1929

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Tsunamis are such uncommon events on the East Coast that the term itself is rarely used. Yet on November 18, 1929, the unthinkable occurred. A large scale earthquake rocked the eastern coast of North America at 5:00 p.m. In St. John’s, Newfoundland, although no serious damage was sustained, the quake shook buildings, broke dishes, and upset furniture. Most people did not know what and earthquake was and thought it was an explosion. There ensued a debate about the location of the epicenter of the earthquake. Numerous broken underwater cables eventually led researchers to believe the epicenter was located 560 kilometers…

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Canadian diver who boosted sharks’ image dies in scuba mishap

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Canadian diver Rob Stewart’s death in the ocean is a big blow to his family, the environmental movement and the educational impact of his marine filmmaking. Stewart died in a tragic diving accident near Key Largo, Florida on January 31. He was there to start working on his third movie. It was to be called Sharkwater: Extinction, a sequel to his acclaimed first movie known as Sharkwater. One of his subjects was the elusive “sawfish,” which has a shark’s body and a beak that looks like a chainsaw. The sawfish is skittish and easily scared by a diver’s bubbles. Instead…

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Former soldier swaps parachuting for diving in bid to find adventure

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Mark Smith was looking for “something adventurous” when he took up diving. He had started parachuting but he wanted something that could be more easily accessed. “Diving seemed to fit in between.” He started diving n 1991 when he was in the army. “When I left the army my first job was a commercial diver. By the time I became a police officer I swore I would never dive for money again. Then I missed diving and one thing led to another and I joined our police dive team.” Smith, who is 45 and based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, is…

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Introducing Deep/Quest

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To Entertain, To Educate, To Enlighten, and To Entertain Experience the adventures of divers who have seen the surreal beauty and underwater wilderness. For those who dare and those who aspire to explore earth’s watery realm, explore this “in-depth” website to view the world-wide adventures of Deep/Quest  (the Canadian-led exploration team founded in 1973). Join us as we explore the underwater world of exotic locales, including Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Puerto Rico, as well as the Canadian Great Lakes. Current and proposed projects include the filming of: spectacular coral reefs, majestic manta rays, endangered whale sharks, the mysterious world…

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Climate change warming boosts Northwest Passage’s value

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The Northwest Passage through the Arctic was discovered long ago, but the ownership of Arctic Ocean beds remains unsolved. Canada, Norway, Russia, the United States and Denmark have all filed claims. Denmark’s claim is through its connection with Greenland. In 1845 Sir John Franklin, a captain in Britain’s navy, led a mission of two ships in an attempt to complete a yet un-navigated portion of the Northwest Passage that would provide a shortcut for ships between the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. However, some dispute that this was Franklin’s purpose, arguing it was impossible to navigate it in a single…

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Learn more about the Manitoba Underwater Council

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The purpose of the Manitoba Underwater Council is to promote the sport of scuba diving and underwater activities in Manitoba through safety, advocacy, environmental awareness, self-governance…and fun. Mandate The Manitoba Underwater Council is the representative non-profit body for underwater sporting activities in the Province of Manitoba and is dedicated to the growth and development of all underwater related sports. It is managed by a volunteer board of directors elected at the spring Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Elections. As advocates for our sport MUC is committed to maintaining diver access to sites, promoting safe diving practices and training, as well…

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Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show Now Added To Our Event Calendar

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Check out live Scuba Diving sessions in the White Water Demo Pool throughout the weekend! Come and experience the magical world of scuba! With two-thirds of the globe covered by water it is only natural that adventure enthusiasts want to explore below the surface! Learn what makes this underwater experience so addictive. Learn more in our Event Calendar at: http://ca.thescubanews.com/events/toronto-outdoor-adventure-show/

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Caribbean dives and descending under frozen lake both a lark

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Having done most of her diving in warm-winter climates such as the Caribbean, one would think Charlene Suchy would be hesitant to dive under an Ontario lake’s ice during a Canadian winter. Think again. Suchy, who became a PADI Dive Master in 2016, has travelled to the Bahamas for advanced open water instruction. Then it was on to rescue certification in Jamaica. She has also dived in Honduras. Charlene, 34, lives in Cannington, Ontario, where winter means snow, ice and sometimes blizzards. In other words, just like most Canadian cities and towns. She has now taken up ice diving, sparked…

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Greatness – The Great Lakes Project

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“Like a living window into a continent, the Great Lakes are vibrantly visible from space. A fresh water source for millions, they are the basis of a huge ecosystem and a vital transportation route for the world. Everyone gazing thankfully on their shores needs to be a part of keeping them healthy for centuries to come. The future of the Great Lakes is the future of us all.” CHRIS A. HADFIELD Colonel, Astronaut ret’d. Discovering Greatness GREATNESS The Great Lakes Project began at a 2015 Roundtable convened by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. The two dozen participants —…

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Introducing Mako: Diver Delivery System

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A new evolution in diver transportation. The MAKO DDS marks a new evolution in diver transportation by combining a propulsion device with the Shark Marine Navigator, Diver Held Navigation and Sonar Imaging System. The combination provides a system that is capable of automated flight paths, from a simple “Goto Target” to complex survey routes, while providing the diver with full navigation and forward looking sonar to locate and view targets up to 250 metres (810 ft) away. The MAKO DDS comes in 3 configurations with 4, 6, or 8 thrusters. Power is provided by neutral buoyant power cells that can…

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