737 Artificial Reef - Chemainus, British Columbia
The captain and pilot of the 737 artificial wreck in Chemainus, British Columbia would have to be considered Peter Luckham of 49th Parallel Dive Charters (wide angle photo courtesy Wendy Carey.)
Peter is a certified Dive Master who, along with the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia, was instrumental in sinking North America’s first airplane artificial reef near Chemainus on Southern Vancouver Island.
From their nearby Thetis Island location (pick-up can be arranged or a short BC Ferry ride will get you here), 49th Parallel Dive Charters specializes in finding new and exciting local dive sites, exploring the no less than 6 other boat wrecks in the area, providing critter seeker dives, creating special customized local scuba dive packages, and monitoring the increasing marine life population on the 737 artificial reef.
While they can organize accommodations for larger groups, they specialize in more intimate group and family dives of up to 4 divers (and individuals too!).
Single day dives (2 or 3 per day) and evening dives can easily be arranged.
They have a newly configured boat available for charter, the 17 foot Fat Cat, suitable for individuals and couples and up to 4 divers, 3 tech divers.
In addition to the 737 artificial wreck airplane dive site near Chemainus which is suitable for most divers, there are many nearby excellent sites, such as the wreck of the Del Norte for divers of all abilities, with plenty of marine life and scenery above and below the surface.
Both sites have made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites.
Peter can arrange for dive training, some rental gear if necessary, and non-diver activities if there are any in your group, with activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and much more.
Special arrangements can also be made to pick you up at various locations, including from local float planes or your nearby hotel and take you for a great day of diving.
You can view their December 2008 News from the Salish Sea newsletter by clicking on the link. It includes special pricing information, and an article on the wreck of the Del Norte.
And while diving the sunken 737 airplane in Chemainus, we suggest you book your Chemainus hotel rooms at the Chemainus Festival Hotel & Inn.
Please ensure you ask for CoolDive.com package pricing, or fill in the form below to receive more information.
Other custom wreck trek dive packages, that could include the sunken 737, can be arranged.
Please remember to complete your Chemainus dive review form after your dives with Peter Luckham and 49th Parallel Dive Charters and their sunken airplane artificial wreck.
And contact us if we can help put your Chemainus scuba diving trip together for you.
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