Mill Cove Jetty Dive Site
St Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia 44, 34.819N, 64 3.198'
Certification Level: Any level
This dive site is worth exploring and lots to typically see no matter the time of the year. East Coast Scuba & Watersports adopted this dive site for Project Aware Monthly clean up. Its a working fishing wharf. There are two entry/exit points for this dive site.
Parking on the side of the road making sure not to block the wharf.
There are no rest room facilities at the site, there are a number of stores along the 329 hwy you can stop to use the bathroom
There are two spots divers can enter the water.
1) Jetty: on the right hand side of the wharf, careful climbing over the large boulders that are protecting the wharf, at low tide water will be further out and 5ft won't be achieved until about where you can see a fence on the jetty (see site map for orange line that represents the fence).
2) Beach: easy entrance into the water, with this are its more sand than anything starting off and then turns to silt
Points of interest/natural navigation aids:
There are typically lots of lobsters during the warmer months and fish as well. As this is a working fishing wharf you'll find typical fishing items around the site (gloves, fishing hooks, bottles, tires etc...). There is typically lots of life around the wharf ranging from cunner to the various seasonal fish Nova Scotia has to offer (check out our marine section of the website.)
Bottom Composition & Depth:
From the Jetty entry point you'll find sand/rocks/minor kelp, growth on the rocks etc, going straight out you'll find mostly sand/silt once you reach near the end of the jetty you'll be around 25ft/7.6m of water which you can contiue straight out to get depth but its a long swim . From the beach area it starts off as sand and turns to silt near the centre of this protected cove.
Depth can range from 5ft/1.5m to 60ft/18.3m and can easily get 80ft/24.8m plus
Visibility varies based on many influences including the weather - rain runoff, wind and waves - the tides and the time of the day. Improved visibility may be experienced during slack high tide. Visibility of 30ft to 40ft/9m to 12m is not uncommon for this site.
Boat traffic can be the number one hazard here, if there's fisherman around may not hurt to let them know your out diving around this site, they may ask you to have a dive float with you.
Beware that there may be nets in this area, always carry a knife with you
Other fishing gear such a fishing lines, fish hooks, mooring lines and traps. If you find a trap float something on the trap and the fisherman have been know to bring them up.
If your doing site clean ups please be careful with rigging lift bags and do not bring items up that are too heavy for your life bag. If your interested in the project aware dive against debris speciality let us know and we'd love to teach the course and pass on our safety procedures.
Current and tide please be aware there may be a mild current at this site.