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 Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) announced this week that it would induct nine new members this year to its list of impressive Women Divers, including Canadian Julie Quimet. Julie Quimet lives in Quebec. and is a certified IANTD Trimix diver and Technical supervisor, PADI Assistant-Instructor, DAN and EFR Instructor. Julie is a member of the Ocean Artists Society, a prestigious society of underwater imagery for the protection of the oceans. Julie previously was a practising attorney for eight years and the previous 5 years before that was a marketing director before choosing the ocean. She is an expedition videographer who…

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Here at Ven-Tech Subsea, we are constantly creating and improving our innovation and technology to improve our efficiency, preparedness, competency and most importantly safety on the job. We have partnered with  leading state of the art Virtual Reality/Artificial Reality Technology companies in the world to implement VR/ AR training to all of our divers and engineers to intensify training, streamline workflow, and improve safety. We are Proud to announce that we are the 1st  and ONLY Commercial Diving Company in Canada to implement this type of training. The Future of Commercial Diving WIth the VR/ AR software, our divers are able to walk…

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Southern Ontario’s Best Dive Shop. Bob’s Scuba Shop has been serving Hamilton and the surrounding area for over 60 years with the best quality products, training, and service for any kind of adventure you plan to take underwater. Bob’s Scuba Shop was started by Bob Peters back in 1956 and quickly became known as the place in Hamilton, Ontario for all things Scuba. We’ve since completely renovated and updated the store, expanded our range of PADI certified training programs, and have even more products for you to explore and discover. New to Scuba? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to answer any questions…

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Rick Stanton, John Volanthen, Dr. Richard Harris, Jason Mallinson and Chris Jewell will be the first ever recipients of PADI’s Medal of Valor.  PADI created this medal to formally recognize these diver’s contributions to one of the most challenging rescues in the history of diving. This was humanity at its best, as these five divers focused on a single goal, to return these boys to their families. There was one casualty; Thai diver P O Saman was transferring tanks when he encountered problems on the trip back. He died after losing consciousness in one of the passageways due to lack of air, and…

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Free diving is not only one of the most dangerous of sports, but one of the most amazing. The Big Blue was inspired by Jacques Mayol, who in 1976 became the first free diver ever to descend 100 metres. This legend of the sport spent his life setting records and going beyond what was considered humanly possible. Mayol practiced yoga and developed a philosophy of the mystical and biological connections between humans and dolphins, but he also embraced the free-wheeling life of a jet-setting playboy in the heady sunshine of the ’60s. Dolphin Man, directed by Lefteris Charitos, is the first nonfiction…

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Event founders Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet of N2Pix and Jesus Alberto Reyes, CEO and Commercial Director of Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort, are excited to announce the winner of the of the 2018 edition of the Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival. Again this year, competition was extremely close with films submitted by renowned filmmakers from all around the world. This year, the audience was also invited to take part in the judging process and the results are as follows:  Winner – Stan Waterman Legacy Award Vanessa Cara-Kerr – The Amazing Coral Life cycle. Winner of a 1-week…

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The Canadian Senate just passed Bill S-203 that would ban whale and dolphin captivity and Bill S-238 that would ban the import and export of shark fins in Canada. The next step for these bills is to head to the House of Commons where it has to pass to become law. Bill S-203 was introduced in December 2015 by Liberal Wilfred Moore (now retired from the senate), and was supported by Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. This bill has deemed it a Criminal offence with a hefty fine of $200,000 for keeping and breeding marine mammals in captivity. Activists are hoping that eventually all of…

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Zeagle Sport BCD’s, manufactured  in Vietnam and distributed by Huish Outdoors have been recalled for a hazard with the buttons on the BCD. Other models included in this recall are the Sport Base, Sport Resort, Sport Base Plus, Sport Resort Plus, and Sport Focus all Zeagle products. The problem is that the buttons on the inflators can break or fracture leading to a rapid loss of air or auto-inflation of the BCD, posing a drowning hazard to scuba divers. Divers should immediately stop using the recalled BCDs and contact Zeagle for instructions on how to receive a free replacement. Serial numbers of BCD’s…

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Join the Maritime Museum of BC for a short commemorative presentation on the sinking of the SS Princess Sophia, followed by the unveiling of a new plaque, which will be permanently installed in the Parade of Ships memorial wall in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The Victoria-based coastal liner struck Vanderbilt Reef, in Alaska’s Lynn Canal, on October 23, 1918 and sank on October 25,1918. Everyone on board perished including an estimated 367 passengers and crew. The sinking of the SS Princess Sophia remains the largest marine tragedy in the Pacific Northwest. The event will begin with a short presentation by Rachel Trudeau, Public Engagement…

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On October 26 at 9:00pm, CBC television will present a documentary on Canadian conservationist Rob Stewart and his dive partner Peter Sotis.  This will air on the television program Docs.  Rob Stewart died after his third dive in Key Largo in the Florida Keys while filming sawfish sharks, and his death was attributed to hypoxia.  Hypoxia, aka brain damage can begin within a minute or two of total oxygen deprivation.  At the five-minute mark, death of brain cells — and the severe brain damage that accompanies it, becomes inevitable. Most people will die within 10 minutes of total oxygen deprivation.…

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