Underwater Grafitti: A Matter of Life and Death
We all seem to have a need to make our mark as we travel through life and let others know that ‘we were there'. Unfortunately this sometimes leads to unintentional – and sometimes intentional – damage to the environment.
We have noticed that divers are leaving their mark on the Annapolis to let the world know they were there. These large scribbles and doodles are unsightly and pose a serious problem. Divers who do this are unknowingly destroying a very valuable part of the ship's future.
When scraping away that fine coating of growth that covers the ship in order to leave a message, divers do not just wipe away ‘dirt’, they wipe away the diatom mat which is the foundation of all life on the ship. That thin layer is made up of algaes, larval animals and colonies of microscopic plant and animal life that are a crucial part of the intricate web of life on the ship. These are the building blocks of future colonization and also an important food source for animals such as chitons, limpets and snails and other grazers. Without the diatom mat, there would be no life on the ship.
Please be aware of the damage caused by putting any mark on the ship, and leave the diatom mat intact: with your help and restraint, there will be more marine life to come. Help to preserve and promote the future of life on the Annapolis.
Vice President ARSBC
Annapolis Reference Photos
Attention divers! Thanks to all who have uploaded images to the Vancouver Aquarium in support of the ABIS project. To help people describe where their images are taken, here are some labelled pictures of the ship for you to use. You may also find them useful in planning future dives to Annapolis.
In the News – Sort Of!
Artificial reefs in BC make for great news stories – and they provide equally great opportunities for editorial humour. ARSBC thanks cartoonist Adrian Raeside for his valuable insights on the subject. More from Adrian Raeside....
Welcoming Director Bryan Hicks
It is with great pleasure that the Society welcomes our newest Director to the Board – Mr. Bryan Hicks. Bryan is a lawyer who acted for the ARSBC in the litigation relating to the Annapolis project. The Board is delighted to have him onboard and we look forward to working together on future programs and projects.
Exploring the 737
In January 2017, Russ Clark (SeaProof TV) dove on the Boeing 737 which was sunk by the ARSBC near Chemainus, BC on January 14, 2006. The aircraft was originally part of the Canadian Airlines fleet and was decommissioned by Air Canada due to age and structural problems. No longer airworthy, the aircraft was stripped of all usable components and the airframe donated to the ARSBC. See what it looks like after 11 years!
The SCUBA & H20 Adventure Show
will be held in Tacoma, Washington on March 31 to April 2, 2017 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. The former Dive and Travel Expo has expanded to embrace all watersports, while continuing to embrace its core audience of SCUBA divers and their families. Click here for more info.
ARSBC by Skype and PowerPoint
In early November Rick Wall (Communications Director) gave a presentation to the Scarborough Underwater Club in Toronto, without leaving BC!
Contact us if your group is interested in having our speakers present at your event – in person around the Vancouver area, and around the country by Skype and PowerPoint.
Alberta Underwater Council thanked Howie Robins for his talk at the Divescapes Conference in Calgary this past October. Click here to see their letter of appreciation.
Juvenile Yelloweye Rockfish Surprise!
In the fall of 2016 Lisa Newman was diving Annapolis with her husband Lee, and made a GoPro video that showcased how life on the reef had grown in just one year. Take a look!
3D Scans of Annapolis
Colin Davidson of LNG Studios has kindly provided us with a whole new way to see HMCS Annapolis!
Visit Our Reefs > Annapolis to try out this new innovation.
Annapolis Deco Stations
Divers, check out Herb Dewaal's video before you visit Annapolis!
ArtToMedia Dive Maps
Made of waterproof UV plastic, these 8.5 by 5.5 inch dive cards fit easily into a three-ring binder and are a diver's best friend both sides of the waterline. All eight of ARSBC's reefs are available as dive cards and can be ordered online from ArtToMedia. The cards feature two views of the vessel, along with location maps, depths, and buoy locations. A brief synopsis of the vessel's history and GPS location is included.
Volunteer job posting: Assistant Secretary to the ARSBC
The role of the Secretary is to support the Board in ensuring smooth functioning of the Society. The Secretary is responsible for:
• Liaising with Board to plan meetings;
• Ensuring meetings are effectively organized and minuted;
• Maintaining records and correspondence;
• Responding to all Board correspondence;
• Checking that agreed actions are carried out;
• Preparing a report of the organisation’s activities for the year for the annual general meeting;
• Some travel may be required;
• The role may require 3-6 hours monthly.
Please contact us if you would like to apply.