Doug Biffard, a Marine Biologist who does volunteer work with Reef Dot Org was up to DiveSafe International this past weekend and conducted the Level 2 and Level 3 surveyors course. The course is a free one, which involves some classroom work, and then if you are a certified scuba diver, there can be one or two dives conducted in conjunction with the training.
Saturday’s training had Doug explaining why the diving in the Pacific Northwest is so diverse, and amazing. Also, during this session we are introduced into the various Fish and Invertebrates that can be found in our local waters.
On day two, we headed out on the boat for a dive at Lone Tree one of our many awesome dive sites, where we encountered many different rock fish, Greenling, Giant Pacific Octopus and even a Shark (Dog Shark).
DiveSafe is going to have Doug back up in late September, or early October for our next Reef Course, so if you are interested be sure to get a hold of DiveSafe to book your seat. What do you have to loose…after all its FREE for the classroom sessions!!
UWE was out for another weekend conducting Reef Dot Org survey dives. Mikey T and I were over on Quadra Island diving at Rebecca Spit, Specifically to do this months surveys. We conducted the first dive on the inside of the spit at the harbour near to the boat launch. The visibility was easily 3 feet in spots, and then others 0 and 0. But its all good…take your time, and you will be surprised what you can see…and how great your camera shots will be, even though there is a ton of stuff in the water.
Dive two was on the outside of the spit, and visibility was a little better, and the temperatures were maybe 5 degrees warmer. We were on a rocky reef, right down where the kelp and sand met up…we were treated in 100’s of tube snouts schooling, with a couple of Red Irish Lords being present and even a SailFin Sculpin…overall it was a great great dive!
What makes the dive even more fun is the fact that you are in only 20 feet of water, and you can make it last forever….if you are good on air. So, if you are interested in taking a “FREE” Reef course, be sure to contact UWE and we will hook you up on one!