163 Morning Snorkelling at Ardmore

Summer snorkelling equipment on driftwood log

One morning last week my wife and I went into the water near one of the shore access points along Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island. It was not her first time snorkelling or her first time swimming in the Salish Sea but it was her first time snorkelling in the Salish Sea. That enabled me to give her the camera to show me what I look like underwater.

The resulting video reminded me that I have not yet conquered the unfortunate habit of bending my knees too much, especially at the beginning of the drop. I think I did get better as the session went on but those videos were not as clear.

Legs are not supposed to flop to one side like that.

One other thing the video shows is the importance of colour. In particular, those strips of yellow tape on the strap of my dive computer should help me find it if it ever becomes detached and sinks to the bottom.

Another video from the morning shows a crescent gunnel camouflaged against a backdrop of small barnacles.

Camouflaged Gunnel

No one else was there, the water was very calm and we were never interrupted by the wake from a passing boat.

The water temperature was 17 C, which is the coldest that I have experienced in Saanich Inlet in several weeks. This might be and sign that summer is waning. I wonder how much longer I will be able to keep using my short tropical suit.

By Brian

Owner and administrator of this website Resident of North Saanich on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada

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