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Dive Review of Rockfish Divers in
Canada/Victoria Island Saanich Inlet

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Rory L Cox, WA, USA
Report Number 1620
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Puget Sound, Roatan, Florida Keys, Cozumel, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
48   to 50    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
120 ft., Safety Stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No fresh water for cameras, but good dry protection.  Very wide variety of
subject matter underwater.  Glass sponges, fish, nudibranchs, crabs, sea
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
  Jonathan Grant from Rockfish Divers has an outstanding operation out of
Brentwood Bay on the Saanich Inlet of Victoria Island.  Saanich Inlet is a
North American fiord, with tidal exchanges in the 10 ft. range.  This makes
for a nutrient rich enviroment, with the top 40 ft of water exchanging
daily.  Below 80 to 100 the water doesn't exchange, which makes for a
wonderful crystal clear, though dark wonderland.  Our first dive was to see
"glass sponges", which apparently are only in this area. 
Visibility was only about 10 ft until the 70 ft range, then we encountered
clear, cold water.  The sponge field was at 100 to 120 ft.  The sponges
looked like large piles of white bones.  During this dive I experienced a
bouyant accent from 60 ft., the operation was outstanding, providing oxygen
back to shore.  They observed for a period of time and provided numbers to
local recompresion chambers.  Very professional in response.    The next
day we dove a seamount that was at 65 to 70 ft.  The seamount is in an area
of high exchange which contributes to the large variety of sealife.  Our
final dive was a drift dive at exchange.  This provide a 3 to 4 knot
journey over white anemone fields, numerous nudibranch species and carpets
of tunicates covering the bottom filtering out the rich water flowing over
them.  The wild northwest setting, the rich and varied diving and the great
hospitality of our hosts made for an unforgetable Canadian weekend. 
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