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

Introducing the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE)

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CaNOE, the Canadian Network for Ocean Education, is a network for the advancement of ocean literacy in Canada. At CaNOE, we link our diverse members with best practices to chart a course towards a sustainable future for Canadians that includes ocean education. We connect Canadians from Arctic to Atlantic to Pacific coasts and everywhere in between who are working towards ocean literacy—and we’re as much about celebrating current efforts as we are about moving the ball forward. CaNOE provides a platform for learning, dialogue and communication about ocean literacy in Canada. By bringing educators and scientists together, we hope to…

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Introducing Dive Source, Oshawa, Ontario

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Dive Source Scuba is located at 423 Bloor St. W. in  Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, right in the in the middle of Durham Region and is actually visible from Highway 401. Dive Source opened in Whitby in 1996 and then moved to it’s current location in Oshawa in June 2004. From humble beginnings, Dive Source has become the number one shop in the area largely because of the team of Dive Professionals as well as certain fundamental goals that they continue to value today. Its ALL thanks to you A dive shop is more than just a place to buy gadgets or take…

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Ghost of Lake Huron; Discovery of the last Whaleback: The Steamer Clifton

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Last seen off 40 Mile Point in northern Lake Huron, the 308’ Clifton was reported to be taking on water over her decks, but “making good weather of it”. Capt. Cunning and the crew of the Tug Favorite became the last people to see the Steamer Clifton as she sailed into oblivion, and into Great Lakes history. When the Clifton became overdue, a massive search including the use of airplanes, was launched. It would be several days before the first evidence of the Clifton loss was found. The mystery expanded as debris was located from Alpena, Michigan to Goderich, Ontario…….thousands of square miles…

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Game of Thrones: The Underwater Edition

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A one of a kind opportunity to meet other divers in our community! We are hosting a SCUBA challenge on May 12. Divers of all levels will face off in teams against each other and the clock, as they complete a series of underwater challenges that conclude with a quiz while hovering. Winners will take home some amazing prizes from Halcyon Dive Systems and many more. Come on out, meet divers, make new friends, and win some great prizes!! When: Saturday May 12, 2018 from 2pm to 10pm Where: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre 875 Morningside Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M1C…

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University of Manitoba’s Underwater Seminar

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Feb. 28, 2018 is a date to remember in dive history. At the Joyce Fromson Pool, at the University of Manitoba, the first ever underwater seminar was held. Professor Popsicle, aka Gordon Giesbrecht, Management Professor of Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation spearheaded this presentation. Giesbrecht,  Dr Neal Pollock of the Université Laval/Diver’s Alert Network, and Dave Alderson presented three topics related to diving. Pollock spoke on the topic of shallow water blackouts, Alderson talked about diving safety, and Giesbrecht’s presentation was about how to survive a sinking vehicle. Pollock, Alderson and Giesbrecht did their presentations in the water wearing full scuba gear. Audio equipment was poolside on the…

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Rothesay wreck in Prescott Ontario

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The Rothesay was built in St John, New Brunswick, and was a 193-foot wooden paddle boat. The Rothesay was used to carry passengers between Montreal, Quebec and Brockville, Ontario. On September 12, 1889, she collided with the tug, Myra at Prescott, Ontario. There were no lives lost among the Rothesay passengers, but two crewmen from the tug Myra were killed. Members of the Royal Military College in Kingston blew up the wreckage during explosive manipulation exercises in 1901. The Rothesay was rediscovered on September 20, 1964 by divers from the Ottawa Underwater Society. A video by Elyse Labonté – Cameraman, divemaster with EPSO. Recreational diver of…

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SCUBA Swap 2018 – Our 26th Annual Dive Community Event!

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Ontario Underwater Explorers SCUBA Club presents the 26th annual SCUBA swap and sale. This annual SCUBA community event is a favourite and highly anticipated. Join us at the 26th annual SCUBA Swap. Over 25 years, for the SCUBA Diving community in Southern Ontario, it is sure to be an exciting event! Gear at great prices and deals. Bargain madness starts at noon. Community booths and Presentations. Come and meet your dive buddies on the surface for the start of a great season underwater. Gear drop-off at the location on Friday April 27th. When: Date: Saturday April 28th Event: 26th Annual…

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Diving Sunken Cities in the Great Lakes

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For centuries, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes have shaped the story of Canada. The Descending team  of Scott Wilson and Andre Dupuis takes a trip through history and visits the world’s best collection of freshwater shipwrecks to discover what makes this water so great. Scott Wilson and Andre Dupuis, co-founders of Echo Bay Media, a production company based in Hamilton, ON, created Descending following the success of their first television series Departures. Scott from Descending:  “”It was very important for Andre and I to be able to show off the Great Lakes during our filming of Descending. We’ve always known that the diving…

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Aquabionic abs- Game changing binding system for diving fins makes its debut on KICKSTARTER

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CETATEK Products Inc. introduces their abs binding-system, a unique fusion of aquatic hybrid boots, aquatic bindings and interchangeable modular fin blades. Vancouver-based company CETATEK Products Inc. launched the long awaited aqua bionic abs fin-system on Kickstarter in the hopes of raising awareness for a radical improvement of diving fins and to partially fund its investment in this new fin technology. The company intends to change the way diving fins will be used in the future and to rival the progress made by similar applications in modern alpine ski-technology and by Shimanos, SPD pedal-binding-system in the bicycle industry. Aqua bionic abs eliminates foot-pockets…

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Side Scan Sonar Course

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Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association (CHAA) Aircraft Recovery Team is hosting a four-part course on Side Scan Sonar starting at 10 AM on Sunday, April 22 at The Dive Academy in Oakville. Active CHAA members are invited to the course at no cost. This is a video based course with a group discussion on each topic. Ken McMillian will be hand to explain each topic and answer questions. If you would like to attend please contact Walther Irie‎ so he can register you for the course as space is limited. Future dates for the remainder of this course are to be determined.…

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