We continually pursue education to increase the skills
of the Dive Team to better serve our community
San Juan County comprises 172 pristine islands, known worldwide as the jewels of
the State of Washington. These islands -clustered near the border of British Columbia,
Canada- attract visitors from every part of the world. Our waters carry major shipping
traffic by freighter between the United States and Canada in addition to traffic
from recreational boaters.
San Juan County is experiencing a steady degradation of the habitats from a number
of sources such as discharges from commercial shipping with the cargoes of crude
oil, refined petroleum products and the strong tidal currents of three major marine
channels causing amateur skippers of pleasure craft to collide with treacherous
rocks, reefs and other underwater hazards.
With the explosive growth in the numbers of residents and tourists who explore San
Juan County every year, there is an increased risk that children and adults will
be in perilous situations that call for quick and difficult water rescue or marine
law enforcement. Rescues can involve, for example, accidents on ice covered lakes,
SCUBA accidents, boating accidents, and downed aircraft.
The San Juan County Dive Unit was formed in 1994 with the help of grants from the
Whittier Foundation, Warner Brothers Studios and many generous private citizens.
The Dive Team consists of 12 members with a wide range of experience.
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