Scuba Diving Ship Cove, Newfoundland

Lana Smithson, from Maine, US, visited Canada this past year and was fortunate to dive in Canada on four separate trips this summer. First in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and then twice in New Brunswick.

Ship Cove is a local service district and designated place in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the island of Newfoundland’s northern peninsula. Ship Cove recorded a population of 75 in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, living in 39 of its 50 total private dwellings, a change of -14.8% from its 2011 population of 88. It had a population density of 28.2/km2 (73.0/sq mi) in 2016 with a land area of 2.66 km2 (1.03 sq mi).

Scuba Diving Ship Cove Newfoundland
Photo Credit: Lana Smithson

According to a 2019 report, Ship Cove, which was once a fishing community, has lost residents who have moved on to find work elsewhere. “A sign of the times.”

Scuba Diving Ship Cove Newfoundland
Photo Credit: Lana Smithson

Dive Report

My 1st dive in Newfoundland. It was in front of Deborah’s house. Ship Cove is at the top of the Great Northern Peninsula. The neighbors didn’t know of anyone ever diving here before, so perhaps I was the first. It was fun to explore. Clear water and no current. Lots of sealife. The sculpins and flounders followed me around like little puppies. A huge school of hundreds of mackerels swirled around me (at a distance) for most of the dive. Water temp 46-49 degrees. 66 minutes. 19 ft depth.

Lana Simpson

Scuba Diving Ship Cove Newfoundland
Photo Credit: Lana Smithson

Thanks to Lana Smithson for her dive report and pictures.

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