The sunken Saskatchewan is a magnet for sea creatures and scuba divers
After careful preparation and cleaning, the 366-foot-long ship was scuttled in 1997 to create a thriving reef ecosystem benefiting denizens of the deep and scuba tourism.
ARSBC’s sunken fleet in B.C. waters totals eight ships and a retired Air Canada Boeing 737, but the Saskatchewan is likely the most popular.
Its moderate depth (ranging from 45 feet to 130 feet), upright position and normally mild currents mean scuba divers of all levels can swim alongside the anemone-covered radar platform and replicas of the imposing deck guns, while more advanced divers can explore inside the command bridge.
Water clarity is usually at its best in the winter, making it the ideal time to experience the Saskatchewan.
For safety, divers study the ship’s diagram before submersion, breathe a blend of oxygen and nitrogen to safely maximize their time underwater, and carry strong lights to penetrate the emerald gloom.
–Photos and story by Brandon Cole
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