Congrats to Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve
UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to introduce our New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve joined me a scant 3 weeks ago in order to have me teach them their PADI Instructor Development Course, (IDC). This was a long 6 day process, with classroom sessions, pool skills development sessions, pool teaching presentations, and of course the Ocean teaching presentations and my all time favourite a Rescue to be performed.
Everyone came pretty well prepared and this training for some came to the them naturally, while others work longer hours to achieve the level of proficiency that would be needed to be successful. I have to say I was very proud today seeing the wonderful performances and hearing the praise that was said about our students. Well done to everyone!! Thank you for working so hard and well done for completing their PADI Instructor Examination! Way to go to all if our New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!!
Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago at 23:40. Add a comment
Tori & Alex
UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to congratulate Tori and Alex for becoming our New Sidemount Instructors. Tori, a former Capilano University Professional Dive Instructor candidate who has returned to Ocean Quest to take her Sidemount Instructor program and Alex has come all the way from Germany!
Monday night was the Classroom session where we covered the PADI Standards for the Sidemount Instructor course, as well as practicing the dry skills that will be introduced to the students the pool night. Everyone did a great job, and had the opportunity to present some of the skill sets that they will teach in their own Sidemount courses when they are instructing.
Wednesday night we went to SFU Pool where we spent 2 1/2 hours practising the skills for real, and each of the Instructor Candidates were tasked with teaching a couple of the various skills that they will be teaching in the ocean. This is the time where we learn to perfect the skills so we have roll-model like skill levels.
Friday and Saturday were Ocean days where each candidate had to teach two of the three dives that the the users levels would be learning. Each candidate was put to the test, fixing errors and making sure that the dives will run safely. After being put to the test, everyone was able to make the cut!! Well done to everyone!! Amy, Nathan, and Chantal need to complete their Ocean dives yet before certification.
Interested in taking the Sidemount Instructor course, contact Ocean Quest for more details.
Posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago at 21:02. Add a comment
Uwe and Ocean Quest went out on the last weekend of July and did Dive 1 and Dive 2 of the Tec 40 Training class. The conditions were very good for the training, visibility good and little water movement. Greg laid the bottom line and then the ascent line. Once everything in place the skills circuit began with some bottle drills, hovering drills and then the valve drills. The big skill being looked at throughout the dive was awareness and for the most part everyone did very well.
We are going to be back in the classroom this week and then the Ocean for dives 3 and 4, which of course will be more skills, and then the running of schedules with simulated decompression. We are lucky that we have a talented set of divers whom are doing a great job and I know they will complete the training easily. Well done to everyone and I am looking forward to diving with you all very soon!
If you are interested in taking your Tec 40 Training, be sure to contact us either Here or at Ocean Quest
Posted 4 months ago at 23:58. Add a comment
CDTC Class Dominican Repbulic
Uwe is very excited to announce that we have successfully completed the Course Director Training Course that was conducted in the Dominican Republic in early July. The course was very well run, and we learned so many new things. It is refreshing to be able to train with so many very professional people, seeing different ways to do things, and learning from the Lead staff from PADI. I personally met James Morgan, Alan Jan Johnney Wetzstein.
There was certainly a lot of work to be completed in a short amount of time, but we went prepared and things seemed to go without a hitch. If I had to do it all over again, I would certainly walk down the same path in the same way. We have been instructors for PADI, SDI, TDI and SSI. If we are honest with ourself, we can admit that truly the best training out there is PADI. This can be said because with each training agency I crossed over to, in order to work at various dive centers, the recurring thing that was said to us was to teach the whatever course we were teaching like a PADI course and we would be ok. So if that is the situation, why not simply teach the PADI Programs.
Posted 4 months ago at 23:17. Add a comment
Sidemount Pool Training
UWE and Ocean Quest and very pleased to announce that we have completed another Tec Sidemount Course. In our course we had Mike, Tori, Bryan and Chris. We started out in the classroom where we learned all the new things we needed to know in order to set up your sidemount rig. We also covered the importance of Awareness as well as conducting the NOTOX switches in order to keep yourself safe in during the various bottle switches that occur during a Tec Dive.
The next time we met we were in the poo conducting all of the basic Sidemount skills, then we increased everyone’s knowledge as we introduced another two cylinders, specifically they were being used as simulated Deco and Stage bottles. Everyone did a great job, so it was off to the ocean!!
Tec Sidemount Class
During day one of the Ocean dives we were operating out at Whytecliff Park, where the current was unbelievable and the visibility was next to nothing. Everyone was up to the task though and successfully completed the dives that we were required. The next day we decided to head over to Tuwanek in order to complete the training dives with a more user friendly dive site….current was nil and visibility was unbelievable!!
Well done to everyone! Interested in learning to learn to dive sidemount, be sure to either contact Ocean Quest, or UwExplorers and allows to schedule a course. Don’t miss out on all the fun!!
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago at 22:51. Add a comment
UWE and Ocean Quest were out at SFU pool on the 9th of June with Bill C from Courtney, for Rebreather Night, where we had the opportunity to try the Inspiration, and the Hollis Prism 2 rebreathers. We had some good numbers of participants. Everyone seemed to have a great time! In between the Rebreather try’s, we also had sidemount going so if you had not had the opportunity to try out Sidemount yet, we were getting a good 40 minutes or so on both disciplines!
Interested in Rebreather training or Sidemount Training….let Ocean Quest know and we can assist you to set up a training plan.
Posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago at 14:25. Add a comment