Annapolis ship dive reef

Happy Anniversary to the Annapolis!

One year ago, an old military ship got a new lease on life when it was sent to the ocean floor in Howe Sound. On April 4, 2015, the Artificial Reef Society of B.C. used a series of controlled detonations to ...

A Tale of 72 Divers

It's crazy to think there are some Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre employees who spend almost as much time underwater as they do on land during work hours, but it's true. Our diving numbers for 2015...

All Aboard the Annapolis

It’s been just a few months since Howe Sound acquired its newest artificial reef in the form of the HMCS Annapolis. Already, the decommissioned navy destroyer, which was sunk in April, has become home to a vari...

Divers’ Weekend 2016

Our annual Divers’ Weekend is back Jan. 16 and 17 at the Vancouver Marine Science Centre. This year, our 17th annual celebration of underwater exploration comes with a special focus on Canada’s Arctic with semi...

The Immortal Cloud Sponge? Maybe

Anybody who gets the chance to dive around cloud sponges, especially on Howe Sound’s unique shallow glass sponge reefs, will be charmed by the otherworldly beauty of these most primitive life forms. The reefs h...
Diving in the Arctic

Getting Our Feet Wet

We woke to a cold morning, overcast and rain trying to be snow. Our dive gear was still crammed in coolers, so the first part of the morning was spent unpacking, and then re-assembling regulators, buoyancy comp...
Dive show at the Vancouver Aquarium

From Diving Researcher to Sea Monster

I’m sitting on the edge of the rock platform. I signal to my co-worker below that I am ready by pointing my fins down into the water. I quickly give my mask one more tug to ensure it’s secure. I hear the crowd ...
Dive team at Vancouver Aquarium

Under the Sea: Dive Stats for 2014

Getting “suited up” takes on a whole new meaning for the dive team at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre who routinely spends their days underwater. At the end of every year, diving safety officer ...