January 2017 Update

It has been a long time since the Vancouver Apneist site has seen an update but worry not! We are still active as a club; we just haven't been keeping the website up to date. Part of that was due to the fact that the site became difficult to maintain. We've given it a rebuild now and a fresh coat of paint so hopefully you will see more life here.

Two other excuses ...

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More pool time booked!

Due to the popularity of our practice sessions, we've booked four more practices at UBC Aquatic Centre, filling out the gap weeks in March through to the middle of April. That means we're practising every Thursday evening from 8:30 to 10:00pm until Aprl 14th.

Non-members are welcome to join us to try the sport out but let us know so that we can make sure that we have enough experienced people ...

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Pool Freedive Practices at UBC Pool

We're back in the pool this year with an initial run of five pool sessions at the UBC Aquatic Centre. We've rented two lanes on Tuesday or Thursday evenings every two weeks. Here's the full schedule:

Tuesday Feb 9 9-10pm 2 lanes mid-section Tuesday Feb 23 9-10pm 2 lanes mid-section Thursday Mar 3 8:30-10 2 lanes mid-section Thursday Mar 17 8:30-10 2 lanes in the deep end Thursday Mar 31 ...

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2015 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

For this event two contestants called in sick and one had a broken mask so this was a more low-key event than usual. However, the rain stayed away and we had an audience.

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2014 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

Despite heavy rain in the forecast three carvers and one supporter slipped in to Buntzen Lake on October 25 to carry on the tradition.

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A winter dive at Porteau Cove

One available and brave taker to our invitation to dive Porteau Cove on Sunday Jan. 26, 2014 - Jaap - who self-identified as 'novice' but that certainly didn't apply to his spirit...or to what I saw in his diving either. So it was me, Jayne, and Jaap on one of the nicest winter days (=blue sky, no wind). Both sea and air seemed to be around 6 or 7C. Visibility was great. Diving without waves ...

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Pre-Christmas Mid-Island Dive: Neck Point Park Revistied

Gaia decided to smile on Canadian North-Pacific Freediving community, Saturday, Dec. 08 & turned down the "Fans", which she'd had blowing: if not over Juan-de-Fuca Straight, then @ least Georgia Straight, seemingly every Weekend this Fall.

Dave Denz & I took full advantage of "Ms. G's" beatific side, following through on one version of dive-plan aimed @ Neck Point Park, Nanaimo.

Air-temp. notwithstanding (about 6+ C), conditions were almost perfect: "a mix of Sun & Cloud", Wind fairly ...

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2013 Calendar Photo Contest

These are photos in our annual underwater photo contest. The 12 top ranked photos will make it into our 2013 calendar that we give out to our members. Be sure to click on each photo to give it your ranking out of five stars.

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Tough Old Bastards Dive: An Ordinary Member's Perspective

Well, pre-A.G.M. Dive happened, I made it & I'm glad I did....

Folks who showed up were neither illegitimate--nor really old (young @ Heart, eh?). Attending were: Tom Hoskin, Greg Fee, Tom Lightfoot & myself. Conditions, when we finally arrived, changed & entered, weren't that bad.

Biggest environmental issue was Wind: from some Northerly quarter, making long-period waves (rollers?), about 15 - 20 cm amplitude--"blech". Such is life...Rain had fizzled to a drizzle & changing ...

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First annual tough old bastards in horrible conditions freedive

Normally the weekend before Halloween marks the club's annual underwater pumpkin carving contest. However, interest in carving pumpkins was a bit on the light side this year. The weather forecast was also not looking good at all and I very nearly canceled the dive. At the last minute the dive plan came together, largely sans-pumpkins and I called it 'The First Annual Tough Old Bastards in Horrible Conditions Freedive'.

As it turns out, all ...

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