[singlepic id=230 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]Uwe and SCDC went out on the first explorer dive of 2009, and boy what a great time we had! We drove the boat to the launch at Egmont, so we could cut down on the cold transit time from Sechelt. It was beautiful being able to be on the dive site in 10 minutes verse 60 minutes. We loaded up at the Back Eddy Pub and got headed up the Agamemnon to the second or third by on the left, and readied ourselves for the dive.
Once we were all suited up it was off the boat into the water, where we discovered that there was a slight surface current. That took us off the wreck site a little, as we discovered on our descent. We dropped and ended up in 100 ft of water. As the bottom came into site we were treated with a Cabezon siting, which is not an often seen fish in the Sechelt Inlet. Once settled in we started our search for the wreck, knowing we were a little deep for it we slowly swam to the left knowing the dive would shallow,[singlepic id=229 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right] and sure enough out of the haze we say a sizeable bow lumming out at us. The boat was made of wood, and the conditions had been hard on it. There are many items one needs to be sure about so as not to get under thing in the event they were to fall on you…all and all though it was a great dive!! The other thing that was great was that there were four or so large lings hanging around because of the various egg masses that were there.
Want to dive this wreck….be sure to give Suncoast Diving a call, or stop by the SC Dive Club site and find out more information for our next dives there.
Friday had our second Explorer trip head out the inlet towards Salmon inlet where we were hoping to dive Great Bear Bluff. So, the guys met at the dive shop for 08:30, set up and loaded the boat and we were headed out to the boat launch by a little after 9.
As we headed up the inlet, we came upon a boat that was in distress, with engineering problems, so we came along side and brought them under tow, and about 1 or so later we were back where we had started out, but the boat was back at the dock and everyone was in good condition though cold.
So, out we went again, but ended up having to drop our explorer dive and just do a dive on the Tuwanek Abyss. All and all it was a good day!!
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!