This is what we found when we surfaced...

The Coast Guard Hovercraft Siyay came to visit Whytecliff while we were diving. They said it was for a sort of public outreach, but I secretly believe they just came for some burgers at Andrea’s going away barbeque. We heard it coming in when we were underwater, but just dismissed it as a really loud boat. Upon surfacing, we noticed it parked there!

Touring around inside the hovercraft was really cool. It’s a somewhat dedicated dive vessel, with the first room containing drysuits ready to go, the second room had dive gear set up for demonstration, and the room after that containing tanks of breathing gas for surface supplied diving.

In case you recognize the name, the Siyay was the vessel which transported the porpoise Siyay to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue center to try to save it’s life. The porpoise was named after this hovercraft.

More photos of the hovercraft below!

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