Diving the Narrows by Don Dorosh
On May 3rd 11 members of the Club went to Egmont to dive Sechelt Narrows
(Skookumchuk). Steve, Cheryl, Dad, Donald, Brent, James, Grant, Marcia,
Dave, and I made the trip. Most of us have made this dive before, and were
looking forward to a nice gentle (max. 0.9 knot) flow. This only occurs
twice a year.
Dad and Rod took Bout Time up Thursday morning, and did a dive just
north of Green Bay. The bloom was in full force, and their dive was murky,
dirty, and dark. On Saturday Dave, James, and I arrived mid morning so we
do a couple of dives. Everyone else arrived later that night. We did the
on the north/west side of Captain Island, and the Power Lines. Captain Island
was great. The vis was poor to around 30 feet, and then kept improving all
way down (as in deep with a shovel). James, Digger, and I buddied up on
dive. The cloud sponge and crimson anemones make this a special dive. After
around a 4 1/2 surface interval we went over to the Power Lines - this was
darker than the first dive (we were at low slack) - it was close to a night
dive. The time of year of bad plankton bloom is here, so be prepared (lights
are a must).
Sunday morning Larry from Georgia Strait Charters picked us up at 09:00.
We headed out to the Chuck for the 10:00 slack. Dave and I hit the water
first, we went out towards the middle of the channel and headed west. Less
15 minutes into our dive the current was starting to blow us back up towards
Sechelt. We drifted back with the current, and ended up in the shallows
admiring the nudibranchs. We got to see most of what the Narrows had to
we had a great dive. Unfortunately the current turned quicker than expected,
some of the group didn't get the full range of this spectacular dive site.
water on the surface didn't give a true indication of what was going on
the water. There were several other boats in the area and they didn't get
more of a jump on the slack than we did. All in all it was a weekend filled
with good diving, good weather, and good company.
See you in, on, or under the water soon.