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Day 1 of Advanced Nitrox/Decoprocedures

Today had Peter upon from Colorado to do the TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompressions Procedures course. Though the weather was wet and cool, it made no difference since todays dive was spent at 30 feet in very warm water.   Today’s dive included, V drills, S Drills, donning and doffing of cyinders, NOTX and some Lift Bag drills.

This was Peter’s first time in doubles, and the learning curve is steep as the drills come fast and furious.  Peter was certainly up to the challenge he had no troubles getting through the work.  We did not complete everything that was laid out to try, though that is cool since it was certainly a challenging afternoon for all.  Well done Peter….I hope you are read for tomorrow!!

Advanced Nitrox

Uwe would like to congratulate Bruno P for his successful completion of the Advanced Nitrox course. Bruno has been extremely active diving with UWE and SCDC, as well he has been working towards his Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures certification.

It was late in the afternoon, and we were gearing up for what was to be an extremely successful dive on Pipers Point. Visibility has been a little short but we sure lucked out. There is some large pieces of plankton in the water, but for the most part visibility was easily 50 – 60 feet. The dive was great…we saw plenty of marine life, though not large stuff, but there was some Buffalo Sculpin and some nudi’s.

Be sure to check back, as the video of some of the marine life we saw will be posted in the next day or two. Once again well done to Bruno P. Interested in taking some dive courses? Stop by the Courses Page right here at UWE, and see what we have to offer!

Video Credit: Special thanks to Red Hat Divers for their video of the NOTOX Gas Switch

Deco Procedures : Sechelt

[singlepic=136,320,240,watermark,left] UWE started up another Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures course on the 9th of Sept.  Neil and Mike came up from Vancouver to work on this course, so we had two very full days of training.  We were able to tackle the academic work for the two courses…plus touch on some of the work on the DSAT Gas Blender course.

Tuesday was spent working out equipment for configuration, once that was completed it was out to Tuwanek[singlepic=138,320,240,watermark,right] for 2 skills dives.  S Drills, V drills, donning and doffing stage cylinders, with and without masks, and don’t forget bag drills and SAC rate calculations.  It was close to 7 pm when we were leaving Tuwanek…on the way back to Suncoast Diving, for some gas mixing and more knowledge reviews.

Wednesday morning was spent completing the remainder of knowldege reviews, analyizing gas, and prepping the boat.  We were out on to the water for 12, and off to Tuwanek point, where the first dive of the day had us on an extended range gas switching no decompression dive.  The main purpose of this dive is to utilize the [singlepic=139,320,240,watermark,left] NOTOX switch as well as introducing the second stage bottle.  Finally, we dropped in for a 30 minutes skills dive, with surprise skills, S Drills, V Drills…and donning and doffing of stage cylinders!!

Overall this was an excellent 2 days of training, Neil and Mike completed the Advanced Nitrox section of their trianing…now we just need to do some decompression dives!! Stay Tuned!!

Busy Week Training

[singlepic=104,320,240,watermark,left]Another busy week has passed with many different course going on. Jeremy and Bruno were completing Dive 3 + 4 of the Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures course. Congratulations to Jeremy for completing his Advanced Nitrox!!! The training dives were conducted out at Tuwanek Point and then Tuwanek Island Left.

The first dive was all skills, though challenging both students did a fantastic job. The skills completed were V drills, S Drills (No mask), Donning and Doffing of cylinders with and without mask. Lift bag deployment, and then actual decompression stops…and NOTOX switches.[singlepic=102,320,240,watermark,right]

The next training dive was more of an exploration, with another S drill and full v drills. Knowing how dry skills can be…it is so important to ensure that the drills become second nature in the event there is an equipment failure.

Jeremy’s next dive is going to be a decompression dive on the HMCS CHAUDIERE. I am so looking forward to the one.

[singlepic=103,320,240,watermark,left]Interested in doing some training….there is a Wreck Course starting on Friday, the 8th of Aug…with one more seat available…or you interested in doing some Technical Dive Training….be sure to visit Suncoast Diving for more information.

Advanced Nitrox/Decomprocdures for Bruno

[singlepic=57,320,240,watermark,left]Today was the first day for the Advanced Nitrox/Decoprocedures course, after a morning full of academics and gear set up, it was off to Tuwanek for a skills dive!

Dive One of this course has a pretty steep learning curve, not only does the student have to get use to the idea of diving on the doubles, but then introduce the stage bottle, V drills, S drills, donning and doffing of bottles, and the SAC swim. Bruno did an excellent job!!

Tec Training in Sechelt Inlet

[singlepic=101,320,240,watermark,left]Jeremy completed dive two of is his Advanced Nitrox and Decompressions Procedures course. We made our way to the sail boat at Tuwanek point as the start point for the dive.

The dive plan was to use 34% Nitrox in the doubles as our back gas, and then do a NOTOX gas switch to the second gas we hand in our stage bottles. That mix as 50% Nitrox, so our planned change at 50fsw, would allow us to stay there as long as the gas lasted, without any concerns for the no decompression limit.

The first level of our dive as around 97 fsw for 30 minutes…then a slow ascent to the 50 fsw level in order to make our gas switch. Once at the level we continued with our swim, and at approximately the 50 minute point in the dive Jeremy popped a lift bag for our ascent to the surface. At this point we did some share air[singlepic=98,320,240,watermark,right] drills, and gas shut down drills for practice. Overall Jeremy did an amazing job!!

Stay tuned for the story on dive 3…and if you are interested in Technical Training, be sure to contact Suncoast Diving and hurry and get signed up for our next course!