The Annapolis – Vancouver’s Newest Scuba Gem

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Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on fantastic scuba diving opportunities near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the Annapolis.

The sinking was perfect.

On Sunday April 4, 2015, under a brilliant blue sky, hundreds of local boaters and onlookers were joined by a television viewing audience of millions to watch the planned detonation and sinking of the HMCS Annapolis in Halkett Bay near Vancouver.

In two minutes it was all over – and the ship had slipped gently beneath the ocean’s surface to settle perfectly upright some 30 meters below. It was the culmination of seven years of hard work by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia and a dedicated army of volunteers.

And now scuba enthusiasts can enjoy another spectacular wreck dive in British Columbia!

Photo: Stephen Pearce

Photo: Stephen Pearce

A week later on April 11th, I had an opportunity to visit the site with New World Diving HAS and dive buddy Ruben. It was a short 20 minute boat ride to the site, where already other dive boats were moored to one of the three yellow buoys attached to the ship.

Maximum depth was about 30 meters but most of our exploring was in the 20 to 25 meter range. And there is so much to see! Plus some whimsy – fish statues that herald the role the wreck will soon play as a habitat for marine life. Each dive promises to be a new discovery – and for divers with training, doors are open and bulkheads have been cut out to allow penetration and easy exits. Awesome! Now planning my next dive…

Photo: Stephen Pearce

Photo: Stephen Pearce

A number of companies provide opportunities to visit the Annapolis from Horseshoe Bay including Sea Dragon Charters www.seadragoncharters.com and New World Diving HAS www.newworlddiving.com . Contact them directly or contact any local dive shop to sign up with a group, or to discover the world of scuba by getting your certification. To learn more about the good work of the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia, check out their web site at http://www.artificialreefsocietybc.ca/.

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