A group of Canadian divers from various disciplines have joined together to create the Exploration Diving Society of British Columbia.
The society was formed by a group of Founding Members who were passionate divers in three main diving disciplines: freediving, non-technical diving and technical diving.
According to society President Kirk Krack:
“Like most great ideas, this one started at a coffee shop with a group of people discussing how tired they were of diving the same dive sites and the lack of exploration for new sites. This was Nov 16th, 2021. Five days later, a dozen divers of various abilities and diving disciplines had come together to explore areas previously unexplored. By the end of the year, a full video survey had begun at a discovered site, committees had been formed, organizational objectives were in full swing. What would become the Exploration Diving Society of British Columbia had formed to explore, discover, and survey new diving sites within Canada.”
The society will conduct public outreach by distributing the location, topography, marine life, hazards, suitable skill levels, and environmental impacts of newly discovered dive sites to the general diving public through their website, social media, word of mouth and possible events with local divers and/or dive operators, Krack says.
“We acknowledge that this endeavour will take us into the traditional territories of many Indigenous Peoples and that the value of their knowledge is essential to tell a full and complete story of exploration.”
For more info, check out the society’s website at edsbc.org.