Night Diving at Africville Boat Launch, Nova Scotia

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Wayne T Joy of Deep Perspective Diving in Nova Scotia recently did a night dive at the Africville Boat Launch with the Mackay Bridge in the background, which links Halifax and Dartmouth.

Africville Boat Launch, Seaview Park is a saltwater dive spot accessible from the shore in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Africiville boat launch is also a public park with a grassy lawn, playgrounds, and a boat ramp with plenty of parking. Walking down the boat ramp to the dive site is easy. Dive options are sticking to the shallower right side of the boat ramp along the shoreline, going out parallel to the bridge, or turning left at the bottom of the ramp. As they descend, many divers will turn left to dive the wall to view the underwater sea life. Lots of Anemones, Crabs, Sea Stars, Scallops, and a few WolfFish dens can be found in the 30 to 60-foot depths of the sloping rock wall to the left of the boat launch. The maximum depth is between 71 and 80 feet (22 and 24 meters). The visibility is 11-15ft/3-5m on average. After a strong rain, visibility can be reduced to 6 feet.

Atlantic Wolffish
Atlantic Wolfish

With the tide flushing in or out of the Bedford Basin, there may be currents at different depths. The certification levels range from Open Water to Advanced, depending on where you dive.

The A. Murray MacKay Bridge, seen in the background of Wayne’s video connects the Halifax Peninsula and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and opened on July 10, 1970. It is a toll bridge. It’s one of two suspension bridges that span the Halifax Harbour, the other being the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, which opened in 1955. With an average of 52,000 vehicle crossings every day, the bridge sees a lot of traffic.

Wayne
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Dive Report

The dive was recorded 17 May 21, 2021 from 8:58 pm to 10:08 pm

Max depth was 66 ft (20 m) :: avg depth 46 feet (14 m)

Water temperature was 39 F (4C) and the air temperature was 55 F (13C)

The video was shot with a GoPro 8 with two Sola video lights

Wayne T. Joy

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1 Comment

  1. Mark Bearss on

    Africville is a great dive site and a quick, easy city location. It’s always a pleasure to dive with Wayne Joy as well.

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