The GB Church Dive Site at Sidney, B.C.


GB Church wreck near Sidney, British ColumbiaCome dive the GB Church - another dive site that has made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites.

OK, so you've dove in Victoria, done the Victoria sight-seeing, and now you're ready for more exciting dives on Vancouver Island - and there are tons of great dive sites to experience.

Book a two day luxury dive package at the Brentwood Bay Luxury PADI Dive Resort and you are set for an awesome dive holiday.

Brentwood Bay Luxury PADI Dive ResortThis luxury spa and lodge is recognized as British Columbia's finest diving lodge and the diving in Saanich Inlet is provided by Rockfish Diving for the GB Church.

It is a wreck dive so you should be an intermediate to advanced diver and should book with the area's finest dive operator - Rockfish Divers.

Call the owner, Elly, for more details and tell her CoolDives sent you.

So, north of Victoria, on Highway 17 near Victoria International Airport and Swartz Bay, the BC Ferry Terminal bringing cars between Vancouver Island and the lower mainland, is the quaint, seaside town of Sidney, British Columbia.

It is near Sidney where the non-profit organization, the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia, sank their first carefully prepared wreck to serve as a safe haven for marine life and scuba divers.

The GB Church is a 53 meter (175 foot) coastal freighter located on the border of the Princess Margaret Provincial Marine Park that was sunk in 1991.



Octopus near the GB ChurchThe mast is at 5 meters (15 feet) and the keel of the former WW II supply ship lies at about 27 meters (90 feet) where the average visibility is around 12 meters (35 feet).

This dive site is teeming with colorful marine life, and should only be penetrated by certified and experienced wreck divers.

One viewer, Mark Hiebert, has a beautiful webpage about the G.B. Church artificial wreck dive site.

If you don't have this training, ask Elly at Rockfish Diving about including it in your dive package.

In addition to tons of colorful marine life, you can see Giant Pacific octopus and wolf eels.

There are also some great cloud sponge sites at nearby dive locations in the Saanich Inlet.

August 2013 alert from the ARSBC related to the GB Church artificial reef dive site near Sidney on Vancouver Island...

The ARSBC has been alerted by DFO and Canadian Coast Guard that the two floats on the wreck of the GB Church are submerged.

It would appear the lines require cleaning and / or replacement.

Divers are advised to contact your local charter operator or dive store for safety condition updates before planning your dive to the wreck of the GB Church.

ARSBC will post this advisory to their website and they encourage you to contact the ARSBC for diver safety issues on all artificial wrecks.

They need your feedback to help keep divers safe.

Important Note

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GB Church dive site - Sidney, British Columbia