Congrats to Michal, Lou and Ron well done!!
UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Center are excited to announce that Michal, Lou and Ron for completing the Enriched Air Course this evening at Ocean Quest.
The evening was spent learning how to crunch number and analyze gas, and mark cylinders. Great work from everyone!! I was very impressed with how well every knew and understood all the finer points about Enriched air and the various ways we can work out the depths and mixes for Enriched Air.
If you are interested in taking the PADI Enriched Air course, be sure to let us know so we can get your training arranged!
Posted 2 weeks, 2 days ago at 01:15. Add a comment
PADI Equipment Specialists
UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Center are excited to announce we have 4 new PADI Equipment Specialists!! Mark, Young, Peter and Holland worked throughout the day on the Sunday, learning about Masks, BCD’s, Tanks, Regs, Computers, and Dry suits. We covered Reg service, with what a technician needs to do, and what the diver can do, we tuned in second stages, and fixed high pressure spools. We did neck pair seal replacements, as well how to go about replacing a wrist seal at the dive site. We also discussed leak checks and how they are to be conducted.
We went through Visual tank inspection procedures and how we detect cracks in the neck of your cylinders, and what it means to fail a cylinder due to stress cracks. Overall everyone had a great time! We also discussed taking the full Apex/Aqualung Reg service class which we would like to schedule in early spring.
If you are interested in learning how to do regulator services, be sure to let us know so we can include you in our email sign up list.
Posted 3 weeks ago at 09:30. Add a comment
Hollis Explorer eSCR
UWE has decided to purchase the Hollis Explorer Rebreather as their choice for their Recreational Rebreather. Having been certified on the Drager Dolphin Rebreather many years ago, and not having used it in a long time, I have been wanting to dive a rebreather as one of my many methods for diving. I was thinking of buying and training on the Hollis Prism 2 breathers, but I could not justify the eCCR purchase as I have not had the opportunity to do many technical dives in the past couple of years. Though I do love photography, and a rebreather certainly makes sense to dive for the quiet affect.
I can see the Hollis Explorer eSCR as a smart choice, easier set up, easier predive, minimal bubbles, with extended times underwater. Also, the price point is pretty attractive for sure. My Explorer should be in any time now, though my training does not begin until early April, I am already working on the course material, and intend getting to know the user manual like never before. I certainly am open to learning more and more about diving and I think this is the best route for me.
I plan on keeping a journal on my training and posting the various dive profiles I will encounter during my training as well as my fun dives. I am heading to Gods Pocket Resort in May, and my goal is to be fully competent by then so I can dive it and put it through the paces while up at the Pocket.
Be sure to check back and see how my training is going. I will post open and honest opinions on here so everyone will know how the Rebreather works.
Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago at 22:20. Add a comment
Rec/Tec Sidemount Class
UWE and Ocean Quest Dive center is excited to congratulate everyone who has completed the Rec/Tec Sidemount Class which was run in Jan. We had seven people taking either the Recreational Sidemount or Technical Sidemount training with us. We also had one student working on his Recreational Sidemount instructor course.
Our Rec/Tec Sidemount Class is done over a 4 day period of time with one evening being a classroom session that not only discusses Sidemount, the benefits of diving sidemount. The many different configurations for Sidemount, and also we work on the skills we will be conducting in the pool and ocean in the classroom so we can practice good form. We also stress that we do things to make getting into Sidemount a little more user friendly, things such as longer chokers and tail clips so when you are learning it is less frustrating getting in and out of your set up. We also stress that as you become more comfortable with diving sidemount, you can tailor your set up, shorten chokers, everything to make it more streamlined. We also show you that we a training to dive open ocean sidemount, not Cave sidemount, so things will be a little different then what is read on all these forms that discuss how things must be, but do not address the issues with cold water, dry gloves and open ocean. Everything you learn with us, can be tailored for the environment you are diving in.
Our pool session covers advanced fining techniques, lost regulator procedures, S drills, Valve drills, as well as detaching and swimming with the cylinders in front of the diver. We also stress proper trim, which is so very important in your proper diving position. As the training progress, we will conduct video play back so you can see what you are actually doing during the skills practice and we find that people improve so much more quickly by seeing what they look like in the water.
Once the pool session is completed we head to the ocean. In order to be successful in the Recreational training you need to complete at least three dives and demonstrate proper and say skill execution. We continue to stress proper trim, which we see improvement from the pool, though not perfect, you can still be successful and complete the course and struggle with trim. Trim is mastered by diving, and though it is easy once you are able to do it, it does take practice. To complete the Tec Sidemount part of the training there are two additional dives that you must complete with wearing up to 4 cylinders, and complete the various skills that you need to demonstrate. We use the Tec Sidemount course as the stepping stone to the Tec 40 training as we need to have good bottle handling skills in order to be successful in the Tec 40 program so its a good idea to take this prep course.
Once again well done to everyone for their great work on the Rec/Tec Sidemount Class. Interested in taking the Sidemount course, feel free to email us or call Ocean Quest so we can make arrangements with your training.
Posted 1 month ago at 08:59. Add a comment
Foundations of Diving Class Jan 2014
UWE and Ocean Quest are really excited to announce with for four new Foundations of Diving divers. Mark, Young, Carter and Sean joined in on the Foundations of Diving Course on the 7th of Jan. The class covers a lot of Product knowledge, with various gear and methods for using said gear. There are so many things out on the market how are new divers to know what is a good configuration compared to a poor one. We also introduced the importance or well the reason for diving with the Long Hose configuration, which is really more about safety. With the 7 foot long hose configuration, if you have any out of air diver, you put them on the long hose and get the afflicted diver away from you, and moving to safety.
On day two of the Foundations of Diving course, we went into the pool and practiced advanced propulsion, buoyancy, trim, awareness, no mask skills, out of air practice on long hose, as well as the SMB deployment and safety stop procedures. During the ocean phase, we practiced all of the pool skills in the Ocean, with team diving practice. With four dives, each of the students of the Foundations of Diving course got a lot of practice with all skills. Everyone though found the early dives very challenging, they were able to make the standard, and learned a lot of valuable skills.
Well done to everyone, if you are interested in taking the Foundations of Diving course, please let use know.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago at 00:13. Add a comment
I have to say I kind of lucked out this year. I heard early on, that PADI was running a competition, the Instructor with the largest number
Certificate of Excellence for Continuing Education
of Master Scuba Diver Certifications, and/or the largest number of Continuing Education certifications for their are would win $200.00 for use at PADI. So, I went to it, teaching every course I could possibly get set up. I taught Deep, Drysuit, Sidemount, EFR, and a large number of Instructor level courses. My record for one course was Jan’s Rescue course, where I had 6 students, who had to take the EFR and I also taught them the Emergency Oxygen Provider course. All in all, I earned 18 certifications for one course with 6 students.
Now I know what you are thinking….if I am doing this large number of courses I must be cutting corners, and if you know me, you will know that is not the case. I will go that extra mile, for the student. For example, when we do a Deep course, we do two classroom sessions, one with the presentation that covers Awareness, SAC rates, Failures, Positioning, Advanced Fining Techniques and many other skills.
During 2013 I was also selected to attend the PADI Course Director Course, I was selected of ne of the 42 people who could attend. I went
Ken Dunlop is Awarded a Certificate of Excellence for Certifying the Most Master Scuba Divers in all of British Columbia
through a competition against all of the other Master Instructors throughout the world who applied. This course was taken in the Dominican Republic for 13 days. Excellent training.
If you are interested in becoming a PADI Professional, let me know. I currently have 4 IDC’s planned for 2014. Remember we will go that extra distances to ensure you successfully complete your Instructor Examination. Stop by GoPro-Uw Explorers and sign up now!!
Posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago at 00:47. Add a comment