Dive Masters in Training

Dive Masters in Training
Dive Masters in Training

UWE and Ocean Quest were out this weekend working hard with our Dive Masters in Training, assisting with the Advanced Open Water course, as well as diving off Sea Dragon in Howe Sound where we conducted a Sidemount Charter.  Overall things went very well. Our Dive Masters in Training split up on Saturday in two groups one with three and the other with four.  We did Discover Scuba Diving training in the Ocean, SMB Deployments and then my favourite slow ascent practice which was in preparation for the Sidemount Charter the next day, as well for this upcoming weekend when we do our Deep Dive Scenario.

Our Dive Masters in Training did a fantastic job, assisting in the Advanced Open Water course, where I gather there was a good learning curve in what it means to to assist in training, and being ready for anything arising that must be dealt with.  There were currents and strong winds to deal with as well, a pair of divers needing assistance on the surface which had no ties to our training.

On Sunday, the Dive Masters in Training lead the dives off the Sea Dragon charter where there was a huge learning curve having to deal buddy separation, bad visibility while also assisting on the ship preparing the the customers entry into the water.  Overall our Dive Masters in Training did a great job!!  Well Done!!

Hollis Explorer Course

UWE has completed the Hollis Explorer Course that was taught by Bill Coltart from Pacific Pro Divers out of Courtenay.  The course was very well run and we were able to put some of the video’s together, we hope you enjoy.  I am hoping to be up and teaching the Hollis Explorer Course by late summer.  I am currently spending my days diving this amazing machine that is easy to set up and predive.

Looking forward to seeing you out there diving the Hollis Explorer!!

2013 Elite Instructor Award

2013 Elite Instructor
2013 Elite Instructor

UWE is excited to announce we have been awarded the PADI 2013 Elite Instructor Award for certifying more than 200 certifications for PADI.  We were lucky enough to have some excellent opportunities to many different courses for Ocean Quest Dive Center in Burnaby.  We taught many Sidemount courses, Tec Sidemount as well as the Sidemount Instructor course as well.  We also did many Deep courses, and one Extended Range Deep course which was a ton of fun to teach.

The most important thing to note though, is that even though we taught many course we also ensure that we teach to the highest level possible ensuring we give more then just what is in the instructor manual.  If you are looking to take a course, and you want it taught to the highest level then be sure to check in with UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Center.

Hollis Explorer Course

Greg & Ken diving the Hollis Explorer
Greg & Ken diving the Hollis Explorer

UWE and Ocean Quest are excited to announce that Greg and Ken has completed the Hollis Explorer Course this past week.  The Hollis Explorer Course is an excellent and challenging course to complete.  Though we have many years of experience and have in-depth knowledge of diving, there is always more to learn.  The Hollis Explorer is an eSCR Hybrid Rebreather that is an easy and fast setup, with a 10 or 15 minute automated pre-dive sequence to do in order to get into the water.

I found the setup of the Hollis Explorer pretty easy to do.  The back mounted counter lungs are easy to install and pretty difficult to confuse.  There is really only one way that they will install.  I was diving the Hollis Explorer with 40 % NITROX in my cylinder which allowed me a 100 foot MOD for my dives.  With the automated DCP engaged this allowed me to keep a high PO2 which allowed me a longer bottom time while still remaining within the No Decompression Limit. I found it challenging with the solenoid firing at depth to remain at a constant depth without venting the loop through my my mask.  This will take more practice to make it a natural maneuver without thinking through how to keep level.  But with everything practice makes perfect.

I want to address the comments I have read on Scuba Boards about the scrubber life.  There is a thread that has been going on for sometime

Two Explorer Divers
Two Explorer Divers

reference the scrubber life on the Hollis Explorer not operating as advertised and I have to disagree totally.  As it was explained to me, the scrubber indicator on the handset will indicate 90 minutes at the beginning the dive but if you pay close enough attention the the handset you will see that it does not count down based on minutes of the dive.  For example my last dive was 87 minutes in length and when I exited the water it indicated I still had 74 minutes of scrubber life, which would allow me more then enough time for a second dive.   I am totally sold on the Hollis Explorer, this is a fantastic eSCR rebreather that is well made, and easy to set up predive and then dive!  We took the training through Bill Coltart who is a very knowledgeable and professional instructor!!  Bill thank you for the Hollis Explorer Course, I look forward to diving with you again soon!!

Enriched Air Course

Congrats to Michal, Lou and Ron well done!!
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!

PADI Equipment Specialists

PADI Equipment Specialists
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.

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