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Well it has been a busy couple of days. Saturday had us finishing up a Dry suit course, and the Deep and Drift dives on an Advanced Diver course from PADI.
After completing some knowledge reviews, we set out on the zodiac to hit the Chaudiere first, for around 11 am, do some Deep skills and just enjoy a nice tour of the Chaud. Dave did a great job with the skills, while Vas completed his first dive carrying a stage decompression cylinder, as he is preparing to train with me for the Decompressions Procedures/Advanced Nitrox course.
The vis was a little rough on our way down the mooring line, but opened up around the 50ft mark and then it was easily 100 ft. The water temp is still in the 46 – 48 degree range surface to depth, so the water is still a little cool…but it was great being back in the old stomping grounds.
The afternoon had us diving on the Tzoonie Narrowes, which is always a great dive…even though I lost my wrist seal, and flooded my dry suit.
Great weekend out training and diving thanks to Suncoast Diving!
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Suncoast Diving and Uw Explorers headed out on our first Explorer Trip. Rob, Vas, Linda, Sam, Clayton and Myself all suited up and got 20 cylinders between the 6 of use and headed out for a 4 dive day. Our plan was to cut new trail and find some new sites to dive here on the Sunshine Coast.
Once we got the zodiac all loaded up, we headed off to Coopers Green to launch the boat and head out to Pirate Rock, and Mary Island. The trip was short and we arrived at Pirate Rock in about 10 minutes. Rob and Linda suited up and were the first group into the water. Clayton was driving, and Vas, Sam and I got suited up and headed in about 10 minutes after Rob and Linda.
Visibility was only about 5 feet, throughout the dive….but the dives were still very good. There is an excellent reef off the rock, and it heads down into deep water. We stopped our descent in the 80 level, but it was certainly dropping further down as it was evident of a few steps down. During our dives, we found ourselves a Pacific Octopus, many nudis, and I am pretty sure I happened across a Rat fish. Over all a great day…. be sure to stop back and see where Explorer 2 is headed off to!
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Yesterday was spent doing DSD’s for some high school kids. This was my first time doing any work in the new Sechelt pool. I must admit I was surprised how nice the new pool seemed. The pool is nice though not overally large. I was certainly impressed with actually getting a deep end to work in finally.
The kids arrived, paper work got completed and the DSD briefing was completed. So we got the kids all kitted up with their gear, and split into two groups. You could tell how excited they were, everything was ready…and away we went. As we descended, I am always amazed how quick kids pick up the skills needed for diving. Though nothing was really taught…we are just making sure they are safe…there is no fear.
It was a great way to spend 1- 1/2 hours, and I am looking forward to more of these DSDs!!
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UWE is excited to announce a new jobs board for all of you Professional Diver out there. The site is called Jobs4Divers, and it is being managed by Aquanauts Dive College out of Pattaya Thailand. I personally did some diving and ran a Nitrox course with the help of this dive center.
There center is highly professional, and the staff there are very helpful. With that all being said, if that is what their dive center is like, it certainly must be the same for their jobs site. So, looking for some work…or you are and employer looking for some dive professionals, be sure to give these guys a try!!
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Saturday had me finishing up some open water diver training. We met at the dive shop for around 9, and got the zodiac ready, did our briefings and out we headed from Porpoise Bay Marine in Sechelt. Our boat trip was around 15 minutes as we just headed to Tuwanek Point.
This little anchorage is an excellent spot for Open Water training, as there is a beautiful sandy flat area in some 25 – 30 feet of water. The few skills we had left to complete went off without a hitch, so we were free to head out on a southerly heading and hop on the wall for a nice little wall dive!
Both students did a great job and were successful in completing their Open Water training!! Well done….be sure to stop by Suncoast Diving and see what is the schedule for up coming training.
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Thursday had us diving up in Howe Sound off the coast of Gambier Island. Visibility was easily 30 – 40 meters, though cold! Water temp was in and around 45 f, but it was great diving. Our first dive had us entering the water from the dock, and we headed down in the the depths. The bottom is sandy, with a lovely wall. Sure enough hiding in one of the numerous cracks was a wolf eel, in about 70 feet of water.
As we proceeded back along the wall, in the sand we spied a lovely little red octo scurrying to the wall, hoping to get to safety….this type of octo is the smaller ones we find here in the Pacific.
Dive two had us in the shallows off a small reef in the middle of the inlet. We were able to swim most of the reef, though not a large number of fish, there were lots of nudibranch to been seen, with a hug number of the Hooded variations.
Be sure to come on into to Suncoast Diving and book yourself a charter in order to get yourself out there and enjoy the diving!!
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