IN­SIDE GOD’S POCKET

Scuba Diver Australasia - - Contents - By David Sal­va­tori

God’s Pocket is a pro­vin­cial ma­rine park in Bri­tish Columbia. In the early 1900s, its shore was used as a nat­u­ral shel­ter by fish­er­men cross­ing the dark and stormy wa­ters of Queen Char­lotte Strait. The calm wa­ters of the bay pro­vided a safe haven from the flash storms of the strait, as if it were the “pocket of God”.

To­day, the bay serves a sim­i­lar func­tion to divers, be­ing a peace­ful and strate­gic lo­ca­tion for the best dive sites in the area.

The catch – dives can only be made dur­ing slack tide, as these ar­eas ex­pe­ri­ence tidal changes of up to five me­tres. Even so, we man­aged to com­plete three dives each day, with the op­tion of an ex­tra night dive.

Be­neath the wa­ters, the kelp, sun and emer­ald wa­ter were ra­di­at­ing with the charm of this un­der­wa­ter world. At the sur­face, jel­ly­fishes and comb jel­lies float placidly in the kelp. I was in­cred­i­bly im­pressed with the rich ar­ray of colours. A mul­ti­tude of corals and crit­ters were wait­ing to be ex­plored, more than our time al­lowed.

To top it off, at the end of most dives, the bub­bles we re­leased dur­ing our safety stop at­tracted the sea lions liv­ing on the sur­round­ing is­lands. The play­ful crea­tures cir­cled around the bub­bles, some even ap­proach­ing us out of cu­rios­ity. I could not have imag­ined a bet­ter way to end the dives!

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