2018 Mayne Island Eelgrass Survey

This was the Vanapneist Club's 10th year of doing eelgrass surveys on Mayne Island. It was also our third year of mapping Horton Bay, one of three bays we survey in a three-bay cycle.

As usual, the weather was fantastic but unfortunately, the visibility was not. Heavy rains in BC's interior had increased runoff from the Fraser River to surround Mayne Island, reducing visibility to less than a metre. It slowed us down ...

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2018 Spring Pool Training at UBC

We have secured pool time in the UBC pool from Thursday the 4th of January until Thursday 26th of April. Pool sessions run every Thursday from 8 - 10 pm.

We will start stretching at 7:30, followed by a briefing at 7:55, and then get in the water. You can choose to do an organized warming up routine consisting of statics, or team up with a buddy and follow your own training routine. After ...

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2017 Mayne Island Eelgrass Survey

On the weekend of June 3-4, members of the Vancouver Apneist Freediving Club participated in the 9th annual eelgrass survey on Mayne Island. This was our fourth in Miners Bay, part of a three year rotation with two other bays on the island.

These surveys are organized by the Mayne Island Conservancy and are used to monitor the size and health of the eelgrass beds. Eelgrass is important habitat for a variety of marine life ...

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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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2013 Mayne Island Eelgrass Survey

The Vanapneists surveyed Gallagher Bay on the July 20-21 weekend. As usual, we had great weather and had a very productive weekend. Big thanks to our divers Greg Fee, Peter Pazdera, Jen Balfour, Ryan Cloutier, Alan Gibbons and Tom Lightfoot.


These are some videos from the event, collected for the survey:

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Dive Report: Lingcod Egg Mass Survey Dive #2

The Vancouver Aquarium Lingcod Egg Mass Survey is over for another year, but on March 4 Tom, Paul and I went out for one last look for eggs. Paul's car co-operated and he made the long car-ferry-bus-train-carpool trip to Porteau. If all club members put as much effort into making a dive happen as our members on the island we could probably charter a boat once a month. In any case it's great ...

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Dive Report: Lingcod Egg Mass Survey Dive #1

This past weekend, Murat, Greg, David Denz and myself got in the water for a little cold water snorkeling in the form of a Lingcod egg mass survey dive at Porteau. Paul Lescarmure was slated to join us, but car trouble meant he was unable to catch the early ferry required to make it over to us in time.

We were treated to a beautiful winter dive day. Air temps were up near 10 degrees ...

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Club Calendars Now Ready for Christmas

The winners of our fourth annual calendar photo contest have been determined. The calendar is now hot off the press and all paid up members will now get a free copy. We have a few extra printed up so if you want to get a calendar with your membership then it's not too late. Just go to the membership page and use the PayPal button.

If you just want a calendar or want extras ...

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