West Shore (Off Sooke, East Sooke and Metchosin, BC)
DIVE SITE DETAILS
Site Description: The West Shore of the Southern most part of Vancouver Island is known to locals as having some of the best kept secrets when it comes to diving. Stunning walls and reefs covered in some of the most sought after displays of marine life: Strawberry anemone gardens, Orange Peel nudibranchs, Red Irish Lords, Cabezon, large schools of rockfish, kelp forests visiting pinnipeds (seals and seal lions) and so much more that has rarely been explored. Humpback Whales and and Orcas (Killer Whales, although we like to call them Sea Pandas) are frequent visitors to Race too! Despite the opportunity for strong currents, there are some incredible dive sites in this area where divers of all levels can tuck out of way.
Dive Site Difficulty Ranking: We have dive professionals and local subject natter experts who are extremely familiar with diving in the Pacific Northwest, and safety is our primary concern. As such, Rockfish has introduced a Dive Site Difficulty Ranking System to better educate divers on the hazards of diving at these. Dive site difficulty along the West Shore ranges from Green Circle to Black Diamond, so familiarity of tide and current tables are very important for this area. Wetsuit divers find the water temperatures on the chillier side, but are generally comfortable between May to October; although drysuits are recommended for the rest of the year.
As such, for your safety and the comfort of our staff, when considering what charter would be best suited for you, it is very important to match your experience with the charter opportunities provided by Rockfish.
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