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Details of the Boeing 737 Artificial reef Dive site at 48 56.46 N 123 43 .080 W

Note the Mooring Buoy is now a large diameter steel ball, the orange and green markers are gone !

More aircraft detail can be found here.

map of site

The Plane is 100feet long and a 100 feet wide. The only restrictions are do not tie up to the transport Canada buoy, nor the two descent lines. The mooring Buoy is the largest round buoy of the three and is designated green in this drawing. Each of the Buoys at the site are marked with a picture of the Plane and an X marking the relative location. The one with the X at the end of the wing is the mooring buoy. The mooring buoy block is about 50 feet north of the wing, if the Vis is good you might be able to swim south from it to the plane if you did not want to swim to the decent lines, however the decent lines are the best way to make sure you get to the plane. It is possible if the vis is good to drop down to the bottom from the starboard wingtip and swim north to find the block and return up the mooring line to end your dive. If you do this make sure you have plenty of air to get back up to the plane if you do not find it or you my end up doing a free ascent because you missed the mooring block.

 

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DO NOT TIE TO THE TRANSPORT CANADA MARKER

This float is 100ft south of the plane.

The decent lines have plenty of slack in them and are not buoyant, do not tie Knots in them to shorten them, several divers have done this in the past and the floats disappear on a high tide as a consequence. If you have any concerns about the lines or floats let me know I will attempt to change them. We are planning on installing mid water floats at 20-30 feet to take the slack out at depth and reduce contact with the 737. Volunteers and financial contributions appreciated. (see note below)

Penetration is of course restricted to certified wreck divers, and one should always dive within your level of experience. The plane can easily become a deep deco dive, which is not recommend for recreational divers, so watch your remaining bottom time.

There is lots of boat traffic all year particularly in the summer many boaters seem to think there is something to see when they see a dive boat on the site and don't think. Use a big dive flag despite the fact that most boater don't seem to know what it means at least you did the right thing.
There is occasional current on large exchanges check the tide tables for Chemainus, Sansum Narrows and Dodds Narrows.

Check out this free tide program  if you need to know tide and current conditions in Chemainus, hint use Dodds Narrows or Sansum Narrows for relevant current conditions.


I continue to fund the maintenance of this dive site with no support from other commercial operators. To continue to assure safe access and for all of us to enjoy the site please send donations for maintenance of the floats and lines. Paypal donations are accepted on paypal at this email address. email address

General Details:

The plane is 15ft off the bottom, and is 100 feet long and a 100 feet wide wing tip to wing tip.

The tail is 27ft tall. The body is about 12ft in diameter and there is about 65 feet between the rear and forward exits.

The plane sits at about a 5 to 10 degree angle as if just taking off.

The forward and aft cargo bays are open to the passenger deck for more interesting penetration.

The aft cargo bay doorway is about 6ft square, the forward one is about 4 ft square

The tail is at 40 fsw, tail wing 70 fsw

Nose 60 fsw, wing tips 80 fsw

Ocean floor 70 fsw at the nose, 95 fsw mid ships and 120 fsw below the tail, then dropping off into the abyss (160ft +I have only been to 150 and not seen the bottom).