This incredibly detailed book is an essential companion for all divers and would-be divers in the Pacific Northwest. Here are easy dives for the novice as well as more challenging sites along the fascinating coasts of British Columbia and Washington State. The book begins with comprehensive information on diving conditions from water salinity to water temperatures, visibility, currents and riptides, boats and log booms, marine life and dive flag regulations to list just some of the many aspects that precede the specific dive site information.
Each dive description includes what's special about the site, the level of skill required, GPS locations for boat dives, tide and current tables, bottom quality and depths, hazards and how to deal with them, facilities at the site and nearby, and how to reach the site. Service information includes dive shops and air stations (including those that cater to technical divers), charters, dive resorts, rental boats, launch ramps, tourist and ferry information. Valuable nautical chart portions for each dive show underwater elevations.
Betty Pratt-Johnson is an award-winning photographer and writer. Her accurate, lively treatments of outdoor topics have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Reader's Digest and the New York Times. Betty now lives in Kaslo, BC.