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Divers' Weekend

This 15th annual celebration of diving will engage divers and non-divers alike. Featuring compelling diving demonstrations, exhibits and conversations, Divers’ Weekend will inspire visitors to further explore the oceans, exchange ideas and expand their horizons.

Divers’ Weekend 2014 will feature events including:

  • Diving Seminar Series including 10 fascinating talks over two days highlighting featuring the themes of Diving Safety and Dive Travelogue;
  • Diving demonstrations by the Canadian Coast Guard;
  • Exhibits by diving clubs, organizations and businesses;
  • Demonstration dives featuring vintage hard hat dive suit;
  • Fun gallery activities for the kids.

Certified divers receive 50 percent off admission or 10 percent off Aquarium membership with a valid certification card. Membership offer not available online – please purchase in person at membership services.

(Featured events may change without notice. Please check back regularly for updates to the schedule.)


Seminar Series Schedule 

All sessions are included with the price of Aquarium admission, and take place in the Barker Interactive Learning Lab. Everyone welcome.

Saturday January 18, 2014

Dive Travelogue

10:15 a.m. A Northwest Naturalist Dives Fabulous Fiji; Andy Lamb; Andy is an author, diver and educator, and has worked at the Vancouver Aquarium both as a collector and aquarist and as a school program co-ordinator.
11:30 a.m. Tropical Splendor in a Cold Sea - British Columbia; Jett Britnell; Jett is an internationally published diving photojournalist who specializes in underwater photography and scuba diving editorial.
1 p.m. Bonaire: A Diver’s Paradise; Lee Newman; Lee is an avid diver and underwater photographer, and has made three dive trips to Bonaire.
2:30 p.m. All About Diving the San Juan Islands; Barb Roy; Barb is an active Northwest journalist who specializes in writing about and photographing fun underwater adventures from around the world.
4 p.m. There and Back Again; Trisha Stovel; Trisha is a professional diver, underwater videographer and Director of, is passionate about the ocean and loves sharing her experiences through video.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Diving Safety

10:15 a.m. Diving Accidents in BC; Dr. David Harrison, MD, CCFP (EM), FRCPC; David is the Director of the Hyperbaric Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and Vice President of the Canadian Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
11:30 a.m. Managing Decompression Stress Using Computers and Tables; Sherri Ferguson; Sherri is the Director of the Environmental Medicine and Physiology Unit at SFU, is the Diving Safety Officer for UBC and UVic and is a diving Instructor Trainer and occupational diver.
2:30 p.m. Technical Diving Safety; Ron Akeson; Ron is an advanced trimix Instructor Trainer who has been technical diving the Northwest’s wrecks, walls and reefs for 18 years.
4 p.m. Foundational Diving Skills and Team Diving Principles; Greg McCracken; Greg is the owner of Ocean Quest Centre and has over two decades of experience specializing in progressive training techniques that make diving fun and safe.


January 18 & 19, 2014


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