BOAT DIVE: NANAIMO, BC
MAX DEPTH: 130FT
CURRENT: SURFACE (DIVE AT SLACK)
DIFFICULTY: INTERMEDIATE – EXPERIENCED
The HMCS Saskatchewan is a 366 ft destroyer escort built in Esquimalt, BC. It was commissioned on February 16th, 1963 and decommissioned on April 1st, 1994. The Artificial Reef society sunk the boat on June 14th, 1997. The boat sunk in less than 4 minutes, and landed bottom upright.
The bottom rests at about 130ft, the top deck is 95-105ft (depending on tides) and the top of the mast is 60-70ft.
This is a great dive for wreck penetration training and newer certified wreck divers as the diver access to the holds are all cut quite wide. Having the vessel upright also decreases the risk of diver disorientation. The dive is great for divers just looking for a nice relaxing recreational dive without penetration as well.
The railings are lined with feather stars and plumose anemones. The wreck seems to move and come alive as you swim along it, the swimming scallops and the tube worms are abundant here. The guns are still in tact and make for a great photo op.