About The Sea Foxes
One day a couple of Instructors from Torpedo Rays were chatting around the fill station, and thought "Hey how cool would a ladies dive club be?" and well The Sea Foxes was born! Originally April and Anika thought, hey even if it's just the two of us diving every month that's still cool and if anyone wants to join us that's awesome... On our first club dive in April 2019 we had 6 divers come out and that surpassed our wildest dreams! Quickly the Sea Foxes started gaining some serious traction and in our first year we gained over 120 members.
We saw a serious lack of women in the Nova Scotia dive community, and decided that needed to change. The Sea Foxes have revamped the female dive community in Nova Scotia, and we hope to leave our mark on the world.
So what exactly are the Sea Foxes? Well, we are a female dive club. We range from experienced divers, to newly certified divers. We dive biweekly-monthly depending on the time of year, informative presentations from our members, and social events.
PADI Openwater Scuba Instructor
In Fall of 2019 I completed my PADI IDC and IE to become the youngest certified and active female instructor in Nova Scotia.
April is a PADI Instructor and staff member at Torpedo Rays. She really can say that scuba diving is in her blood. She was swimming before she could walk and is the third generation in her family to turn her passion for all things aquatic toward the frigid underwater world of the Atlantic, and her family owns a local dive shop, Torpedo Ray’s Scuba. April is a seasoned cold water diver, but she’s been known to venture into warm water on her travels exploring the world. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never find her calling a dive on account of it being too cold! She’s the first person to rave about the beautiful diving Atlantic Canada has to offer!
April was a competitive athlete, playing soccer, ringette, and slalom ski racing before dedicating herself to diving. She founded and runs the first and only all female dive club in Nova Scotia, the SeaFoxes. Focusing on women in diving, she strives to grow the female presence in the dive community, and it’s worked! The Sea Foxes are growing everyday and poised to be one of the most sought after clubs around. As a member of the Nova Scotia Underwater Council she volunteers her time to promoting diving, and also is an active organizer of Project Aware Dive Against Debris dives to build awareness about sustainable dive practices and ocean conservation.
A recent graduate with a degree in Business Administration, it’s just a matter of time before she’s leading her own shop and developing new divers. April says “under the sea is truly my happy place!” Her love and passion for diving is obvious and contagious!
Written by Amit Parasram
Cassandra Dykeman - Co President
My name is Cassandra and seals (pinnipeds) are my favorite animal, and greatest passion. I once had the privilege of traveling alongside Dr. Joseph MacInnis, who told me “If you love seals above water, you need to learn how to dive, and you’ll fall in love with them even more underwater.” I followed his advice, and never looked back. I’m now certified to Master Scuba Diver. So thankful for all the new friends, fish friends, and memories diving has given me. The ocean has always been, and always will be, my happy place.
Jessica MacDonald - Co President
My name is Jess and I am an advanced open water diver! I have been diving for 3 years and almost all my dives have been in chilly NS water! I love educating and encouraging others to try diving, and will always try to convince the group to go to Fox Point Beach; it’s my favourite site!