Kelvin Grove Dive Site Profile
Kelvin Grove is my personal favourite dive site. It's located in Lions Bay, in a residential neighbourhood, 30 minutes from the Lions Gate bridge. There's a large parking lot with spaces for visitors. A parking meter was installed in the Summer of 2017...$1 per hour.
The facilities include a bathroom near the staging area and a picnic table near the entry point, at the end of a 100m sloping trail. It's a quiet, secluded setting.
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Follow Tidewater Way to the end of the road, below the train tracks. Leave your gear here before parking in the paved lot above the tracks.
Enter the water at the bottom of a staircase or from the beach at the end of the trail. The dive site is bowl-shaped, with a vertical wall at a depth of about 25m/80'. There's a shallow, rocky reef structure just off the beach that drops down to about 15m, which makes it ideal for first dives in Open Water course training.
To the South of the entry the sandy/rocky slope drops down to about 18m/60' where it meets a silty bottom . It's populated by urchins, shells, sea stars, sea cucumbers and a variety of small fishes. There is often a resident octopus to be found among the rocks, and dogfish are a frequently sighted patrolling the reef in the Summertime.
For more ambitious diving there's a short surface swim West across the cove and around the Northwest corner to a sloping rocky reef and a wall at around 26-28m (80-90'). This is ideal for deep dive training. It's possible to go as deep as 40m along a wide shelf. A variety of fishes like grunt sculpins, rockfish and painted greenlings live in and around the chimney and cloud sponges in deep water. Deepwater sixgill sharks have been seen here near the surface. The wall drops down far beyond recreational dive limits. Shallower dives less than 18m (60') are along a sloping sandy bottom with rocky outcroppings. Return to the beach exit point by swimming the 10m/30ft contour line.