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

Canadians were rightly proud of the Avro Arrow, a state of the art military interceptor aircraft that showed once again that Canada could hit above its weight. Canada’s purpose in developing the Arrow in the 1950s was to protect our country from a Russian attack via the north. Canadian troops also distinguished themselves in action in the First and Second World wars. In the battle for Vimy Ridge 3,598 Canadians were killed and about 7,000 were injured. It marked the first time all four Canadian divisions attacked the enemy together. But the longevity of the Canadian-built Avro Arrow was short.  It was…

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Divescapes, Canada’s largest and best Scuba Diving Conference and Exhibition. Divescapes is held biannually in either Edmonton or Calgary by the Alberta Underwater Council. Divescapes is THE place to see top tier speakers and exhibitors, and to attend fun and educational seminars and workshops. The Alberta Underwater Council is proud to present the Divescapes Conference and Exhibition. Divescapes has had some outstanding shows including the 2012, 2014 in Edmonton and the 2016 shows in Calgary, well we are working hard to bring you an even bigger and better show in 2018! New speakers and new exhibitors in a great new venue, the Commonwealth Center in NE…

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Rob Stewart’s parents, Sandy and Brian are very pleased their son’s film “Sharkwater Extinction” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday 7 September 2019. It’s the final film of late filmmaker Rob Stewart, Julie Anderson, Andy Casagrande and Will Allen. This has been a bittersweet experience for both of them. On the one hand they’re happy that his new documentary, “Sharkwater Extinction,” had its premiere, but on the other hand, they also find it hard to watch as Rob narrated the whole film. Stewart’s first 2006 documentary, “Sharkwater,” also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Sharkwater…

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Dan’s Dive Shop was established in 1974 by Dan Mandziuk. The store was originally located at 48 Lakeport Road in Pt. Dalhousie and was a landmark for over 20 years. We are currently located at 329 Welland Ave., in St. Catharines, ON, Canada.

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HMCS Saguenay was a St. Laurent-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and later the Canadian Forces from 1956-1990. Saguenay is 366 feet long and rests in 90′ of water, and currently leans on its port side. Scuttled in 1994 as an artificial reef off Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, she took 20 minutes to disappear beneath the waves, and landed upright in the sand. In May of 1995, she had taken on a 70-degree list to starboard. Each year she settles further onto her side. Because of a navigation hazard,  in April 1995, the park nearby had to purchase and maintain a…

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Be a part of the development of a uniquely Canadian preservative on ocean literacy Marine Institute of Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland: July 13-15, 2018 All hands are invited on deck in Newfoundland this summer to join CaNOE in navigating a course for ocean literacy in Canada.  Our aim is to pull together to develop our uniquely Canadian perspective on what it means to be ocean literate and help shape a national ocean literacy strategy. Presentations and discussions will explore four sub-themes: Ocean literacy and culture Ocean literacy and education and communication Ocean literacy and science and technology Ocean literacy and stewardship and conservation End…

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From the decks of expedition sailboats, fishing vessels and research boats, to charter vessels, dive operations, tall ships and kayaks, Tavish Campbell has spent most of his life exploring the coastline of British Columbia above and below water. Growing up on a remote boat-access-only island gave Tavish an early start on the ocean. Co-captaining his first multi-day sailing trips with his 13 year old twin sister started a lifelong love of being on the sea exploring coastal B.C. as well as foreign waters. Sailing has brought him to ports from Panama to Alaska to Papua New Guinea. Tavish has worked with Mothership…

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Since 1994, Abucs Scuba Charters has been offering personalized dive charters to the world class shipwrecks in the 1000 Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River. Over the past twenty years, we have grown from a single charter vessel, to a PADI full service operation with a fleet of four Transport Canada approved charter boats, and a CSA-approved air station offering air, nitrox, and high pressure oxygen in Brockville, Ontario. We are now expanding into Kingston, Ontario with a PADI full service dive centre. We are offering courses right in Kingston, have a CSA-approved air station offering air, nitrox, trimix, and…

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A potential safety risk has been found by Suunto on two of its products. All consumers who have a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter or Tank POD are asked to bring the products to an authorized Suunto dive dealer or a Suunto Authorized Service Centre for inspection and upgrade. It is a free service for its customers. The exterior case of a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter failed during regular dry land pressure testing. Although it is extremely rare, it is a potential risk of injury if it bursts. The process is free for consumers. All Transmitters and Tank PODs must not be used…

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