News to watch
The Web site has been largely modified and graphically enhanced. You will not only find dive sites description but also, according to circumstances, video clips. I invite you to discover some like the one from the Morrison quarry in the Outaouais region in Quebec. The video clips are in preparation and will soon be released.
Web surfing on a a smartphone
The programming has been reviewed in order to allow web surfing with a smartphone. Other new features to be supported. The menu is displayed according to the size of the screen. When there are several entry points, they can be sorted according to the depth or by the names.
Quebec Archaeologist Annual Colloqium
Please don`t miss the Public Forum on Amateur Archaeology in Québec, especially related to scuba divers!
The Underwater Archaeology of Red Bay
For all of you who have some interest in the Red Bay site (shipbuilding, material culture, archaeological methods), the long-awaited Parks Canada publication came out on April 25th to great fanfare in Ottawa. Parks Canada is selling the five volumes at 140$ CDN plus shipping. It’s a real milestone for Parks, especially for the underwater group!
April 2008. Historical underwater preserve is also the duty of divers, with the same spirit as SOS Ontario, SOS Québec has the same objectives, consult SOS Québec.
Eastern Ontario Artificial Reef Association
December 2007. An association has been created in order to create an artificial reef, read the infos on www.eoara.org.
Neptune is now located onto another server
Discovery of a seal in the Outaouais area
March 2007. Bones of a common seal dating of 11 625 year have been found at Saint-André-Avellin while at that time the region was covered by the waters of the Champlain Sea (read the press release in French).
Diving permit renewal time
2007. Quebec divers! After three years already, it the year where it will be time to renew your dive permit.
Thanks to volunteers
August 2006. It is important to thank the volunteers who take some of their time to mention informations to add or correct, etc. Among the contributors, I want to thank Dominique Brodeur, Étienne Bergeron, Greg Finack, Mathieu Tourangeau, Éric Legua and many more who from time to time sent informations or precisions freely about diving sites.
GPS coordinates with Google Maps
July 2006. GPS dive sites can now be displayed with Google Maps with the web browser (no need to install Google Earth). In the "Entry points" section, watch for the symbol , you only have to click on the symbol to display the dive site on a satellite picture. I must greatly thank here Mathieu Tourangeau for his dedicated and benevolent contribution to check and normalize all the GPS coordinates of diving sites in Ontario and Quebec.
Limestone City Wreck Show
November 19, 2005. A conference day took place at Kington on shipwreck preservation.
Neptune website with menu
2005. The website offers now a menu to facilitate the surfing from page to page.
Neptune mentionned by the Sea and Transport Secretary of France
2003. Neptune received a communiqué about its appearance to the activities wrap up regarding "Sauvetage loisirs sous-marins 2003" i.e. SAR activities regarding underwater activities from the State Transport and Sea Secretary of France. This is only due to a modest contribution to search and rescue activities at sea.
You may read the full report and obtain a more direct access to the mention of Neptune website in the Annex 4. Please take note the download time can be long (at that time, the URL was www.iro.umontreal.ca/neptune).
New rules for diving in Quebec
April 1st, 2004. The new rules about scuba diving are now in place under the Act respecting Safety in Sports. Since may 28th, the FQAS (Quebec underwater federation) has the mandate to enforce the new rules (in French). Please read the document in order to have all the details.
Divers can obtain under certain conditions a temporary permit according to their level of certification valid for 30 days. Visiting divers from outside Quebec can also obtain a temporary permit with limited duration.
Regarding Quebec divers, they will receive by mail a permanent diving permit valid for a 3 years maximum period under applicable conditions.
A new artificial reef: the Nipigon
July 26th, 2003. The Nipigon has been sunk near Ste-Luce.
Addition of dives sites
2002. As possible as it is, other dive sites are added to the list. Sites located in New Brunswick, in Nova Scotia, in Canada, in United States or elsewhere have been ou will be added. As long as the informations are complete and can be verified, they can be added. Authorizations have been obtained from the appropriate authorities to reproduce maps or data when copyrighted.
2001. The International Maritime Organization gave its accord in order to reproduce the maps of search and rescue global area as well as many documents. Those allow any diver to know approximatly in which global area he might find himself during a specific dive expedition. Consequently, he can take note of coordinates so essentials in case of emergency. It is very important to carry a surface signaling kit and a satellite personnal locator beacon while diving at high sea.
When you dive in the South ou elsewhere, it may occur for any reason that you may follow a cable with some direction arrow on it at some point. These arrows indicate the direction to follow for example to pass from an open water section to another. This situation is almost very rare because you should have followed a cavern dive speciality instruction course. In any case, if you see that type of arrow, PLEASE don’t touch it and make sure that your gear won’t cut or displace any line or make an arrow fall off the lines. Please be carefull. They allow divers to find their way back and stay alive!
Dive flag and police surveillance in Canada
2001. Many are wondering what is going on about divers who are "victims" of police intervention. Others are asking questions about the legality of the police action when a diver is fined while diving without a dive flag. Contrary to general beliefs, this is quite normal and usual. In the past many were complaining about the lack of intervention from the Coast Gards or the police when some sunday mariners were navigating at high speed without taking care about people along the shore, bathers and divers! You have to know that provincial police as well as municipal polices can now intervene. The Canadian government has modified the maritime code in order to allow local authority intervention which until recently was only possible with the Coast Gard. Today a boater must have a permit to navigate, a diver must dive the flag and a boater cannot pass near a dive flag.
Recently on the Ontario side, cases of fines have been reported to me while divers received them when they where diving without a dive flag, as well as a case of a navigator who entered the 300ft zone covered by a dive flag. So tell every body don’t dive without a dive flag!
Dive flag: what to do?
2001. What ever the conditions are, you must have a dive flag. Now boaters must be trained in order to get a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. It is quite difficult to invoke excuses not to dive the flag. It is clearly stated on a form or the other that the navigator must not go within the 300ft zone covered by the presence of a dive flag. According to the conditions, the simplest thing to do: tow the dive flag with you or install it to a fix point aroung which you will dive. In the case of a dive over a distance more than 300ft tow the dive flag or use one attached to a reel. The flag towing is not always easy as it may looks in current. It is up to you. But be aware that in Canada, if you don’t have a dive flag while diving you may be fined...additional and totally useless fees to your dive excursion!
A note to foreing divers. Please know that the situation is not unusual for you that it may appears. It is only a correction which until recently was needed.