The family of a 27-year-old man who died while diving off Victoria’s coast is still fighting for more recreational diving regulations.
Bill Chu says the family wants something good to come from his nephew Timothy’s 2015 death off Race Rocks.
He says there are not enough protections for people not familiar with B.C.’s waters – even when they’ve hired a guide, as Timothy did.
“There’s no gradation in the difficulty level of any dive site. You know, you go skiing you have ski runs are colour coded, but in dive sites there’s no coding.”
Chu is frustrated that the coroner will not be holding an inquiry into Timothy’s death.
The recently released coroners report says diver inexperience contributed to the accidental death.
Donnie Reid, with the Dive Industry Association of BC, says his heart breaks for the family, but self-regulation and required certification are working.
He says, like with skiing, people need to be prepared.
“It’s one of those things where you do have to weigh your personal options and realize what is ahead of you and to realize that you need the education to be able to… put yourself in that position.”
Reid says risk is a large part of diving, as is personal responsibility.
“When you come to a new dive area you want to become familiar with… how to dive in that area, and basically the area that you are working in, or diving in.”
Reid says people diving in the province are already required to be certified as are dive boat operators.