I've returned to scientific diving as part of one of the tools I'm using in my current research.
I spent the last 15+ years diving in the temperate, northeast Pacific waters of British Columbia (~9°C). It's MUCH colder here in the northwest Atlantic waters of Newfoundland; water was ~1.7°C in JUNE! Cold-water diving is physically demanding and it definitely takes some time to adjust your body to the extreme cold.
Other things I've learned thus far:
Now to see what -1°C feels like in the Southern Ocean...
Since moving to the east coast to pursue a postdoc in the macrophysiology of cold-water ecosystems, I've really taken to the rugged coastlines of Newfoundland. It's really not hard to find inspiration when you have daily reminders floating in your backyard.
The bonus is that a lot of the coastline here is outside of restricted airspace (i.e., legal to fly a drone); the opposite of where I was living in Victoria, British Columbia. Can't wait for field season!
I recently went on a fun scuba charter at the Race Rocks (XwaYeN) ecological reserve.
Over the past decade, I've spent a lot of time exploring, photographing, and researching areas that have been the target of marine conservation efforts. This was the first time I did it for fun at a site that was accessible by SCUBA! I also explored the nearby swim-through at Swordfish Island.
Thanks to Rockfish Divers for a great day at the Races
Jackson W.F. Chu
Jackson is a marine biologist, photographer, and dog-owner. This blog will try to be heavy on the photos and light on the text.