You'll have to don a wet suit to see them
As Reg Teeney, Ryan Teeney and Derek Sayers unloaded the massive
concrete underwater condominiums off the truck on Friday, the common
question from passers by was "What are they?"
The 150 reef balls coming off the truck were lifted by crane to
the deck of Beacon Wharf, in preparation for the next leg of their
journey. On Sunday, the cranes, donated by Ramsey Machine Works,
were busy again, with crane operator Gene Ooms safely lifting the
reef balls onto a barge to be sunk around Bevan Pier.
As the work began, a small crowd gathered on the Pier to watch.
"They'll have enough inspectors to make sure the job is done right,"
quipped one on-looker.
The Canadian Pacific Fleet Diving unit, volunteered divers Rob
Duproy (instructor/trainer), Rob Clawson, Gord Gibbons, Phil Henry
and Bob McConnell to offer their experience. Advanced Sub Sea
Services of Sidney volunteers included Murray Mackay, Jason Galvin
and Dave Stanfield who provided all the technical dive gear, boat
and equipment to make the diving safe.
Once they were lowered to the sea floor, Doug Rogers of
Trincomali Transport was the man who safely placed all the reef
balls to the ocean floor - without damaging one, according to Darryl
Harasemow of Liquid Heaven Diving Experience. Harasemow was one of
the people who organized the job of getting the reef balls to the
"We're very thankful to Seaquest Adventures for allowing the use
of their dock to move divers to and from," he said. "And we owe a
special thanks to the Alpine Group on Beacon Avenue for being
patient for three days on the removal of the reef balls from their
The new reef balls will join the artificial reef already in place
on the ocean floor along side Bevan Pier. The original reef has been
in place since the Pier was first constructed.
The balls provide a habitat for sea life, enriching the watery
home of all creatures and plant life living there. Sidney's original
reef ball habitat was the winner of an international award several
"The biggest thank you has to go to Reg Teeney for the incredible
effort, support and young spirit he has that drives us all to make
Sidney BC the best destination town in the world to experience,"
As for Teeney, he smiled, content to see this next step in the
project coming to completion. It has been a long time in the
Next will be the creation of an underwater dive park that will be
sunk between the T section of Bevan Pier and the shore. Plans are
for a variety of structures to be sunk there, including, possibly,
one of the Snowbird planes that are about to be replaced, a boat and