UWE and Ocean Quest was out at Greentree Pool conducting a PADI’s Bring a Friend Diving ….. experience. We had an excellent turn out with 10 people that joined us in the pool trying scuba diving!! After a few pieces of paper work and a quick 10 minute briefing it was in to the pool. We suited everyone up in the water, and went over a couple of the cool little rules that are part of diving and under the water everyone went.
Once everyone made it under the water we had a great opportunity to just putter around and see what diving is all about. Interested in trying diving…be sure to let us know!!
Posted 5 days, 4 hours ago at 23:56. Add a comment
Advanced Open Water Ocean Quest
UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to announce we have three new Advanced Open Water divers. Lenka, Brian and Holland joined us to complete their AOW. Our class started on the Monday night where we went to work on some classroom presentations covering the importance of proper fin kicks, awareness breathing gas management as well as buoyancy.
We then proceeded in the the pool at UBC, where we took the classroom information and put it to practice in the water, where we took the time to video tape everyone’s swimming and buoyancy. This is such a valuable way to learn proper diving, as the student actually gets to see a video debrief of their trip, movements and hand signals as they use them. We have been receiving very positive feed back with this method of training.
The weekend had the group out conducting the PPB, Deep, Navigation, Night and Wreck dives at the various locations around the Vancouver area. Conditions where amazing with at least 80 foot visibility and the students had an amazing time.
Looking to take your AOW, looking for great instruction, well then look no further, contact Ocean Quest and lets get you diving!!
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We have been out diving the past couple of weeks and we have been hard a work ensuring the section Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest is updated after each of my dives. We have some new images in the Spiny fish section with the addition of the Sailfin Sculphin, as well some new pictures in the Giant Pacific Octopus, and one of my favorites the cloud sponges. Be sure to stop by and check things out!!
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UWE and Ocean Quest headed off to Porpoise Bay Charters in Egmont and spent the weekend doing some of the best dives in all of British Columbia. This is the first opportunity I have had to spend the weekend with Kal and Ann, and I have to say it was an amazing weekend!! The diving was great as always, but I was very impressed with the with the amazing way in which Kal and Ann took care of us. Kal certainly knows the dive sites, and conditions and I like the fact that he is conservative and I have to say I received some of the best dive site briefings every. Current direction and which shoulder to keep the topography on, the rest was my diving experience.
Diver with Giant Pacific Octopus
I have dived in this area many times, though it’s been some time. The sites that Kal brought us to were abundant with life. We were treated to a free swimming Giant Pacific Octopus, which is easily one of my favourite marine life we can find in our area. This little guy was out swimming in about 70 feet of water. I ran into him at about 90 feet and he was thinking of heading deeper though he put on a little show for us. Great stuff!!
Thank you to everyone for a great weekend, Stuart, Jim, Lisa, Mike, Travis and Amy, and of course Kal and Ann…great time, and great friends! When is it time for our next trip!!
Posted 1 month ago at 22:44. Add a comment
Steven, Travis, Mike New Enriched Air Divers
UWE and and Ocean Quest are very excited to announce that we have three new Enriched Air Divers. Well done guys. Even though the course is about 4 hours we sure do get to learn a lot about Enriched Air. We cover all the different ways one plans their Enriched Air Dives. We learn about Standard Mixes vs Best Mix, how to calculate your MODs and all the various safety rules we need to follow in ordered to be safe Enriched Air Divers!
We also would like to thank Mike, Travis, and Steven for donating to the Project Aware foundation, help fight to keep our oceans safe and clean. Read more about the Project Aware mission statement at projectaware.org.
Travis and Mike, are going to put their new skills to work this weekend, diving with Ocean Quest out on the Egmont Charter weekend. This is going to be a lot of fun! Check back for the weekends pictures!
Well done once again to our New Enriched Air Divers!
Posted 1 month, 1 week ago at 23:54. Add a comment
Cap U goes Sidemount!
UWE and Ocean Quest spent last week at Capilano U conducting their MSDT program and as a treat we did a PADI Sidemount diver level course for the graduating class. We had an awesome turn out from Capilano U with 6 students deciding they wanted to leap directly into Sidemount diving! Personally I see no other way of diving now, Sidemount diving so much easier if you will. We are totally redundant and capable of helping ourselves in the event of any lost equipment.
The Capilano U students showed how easy it is to convert to Sidemount diving. After 3 hours in the classroom, and the 3 hours in the pool with 3 ocean dives, and everyone made it look like they had been diving sidemount all their lives! We introduce the Capilano U group to the Hollis SMS 100 BCD, with the Hollis sidemount regulators, and everyone agrees, that this is all great equipment!
Well done Capilano U…best of luck with your future diving! Interested in the PADI Sidemount course, be sure to contact Ocean Quest to see how about getting certified!!
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago at 21:11. Add a comment