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Advanced Open Water Course

[singlepic id=235 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE and Suncoast Diving would like to congratulate Kyle H for completing his PADI Advanced Open Water Course.  Kyle has been trying to get his dive numbers up as he is heading to Campbell River to take his Commercial Divers Course, so he signed up for his AOW, and the Night Divers Specialty courses.

Yesterday had us out on the Sechelt Inlet to complete Kyle’s last two dives for his AOW.  We headed up to my all time favorite Wreck Dive on the HMCS CHAUDIERE.  Kyle certainly showed that he is an Advanced Open water diver as he had no difficulties completing this dive in rather challenging conditions.  The wind was up, and there was certainly a lot of wave action, but Kyle was quick to enter the water, and head down the descent line.  We spent 30 some odd minutes exploring the wreck.  [singlepic id=242 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]Always a fun dive!!

Dive two of the day had us heading back to Pipers Point, so Kyle could do his Underwater Photography dive.  We were planning to get back on the octopus that we found a week earlier in 90 feet of water.  There was certainly all the tell tail signs of an octopus being in the area, but he was not home when we arrived at his den.  But not to be disappointed, about 20 feet away, in 87 – 91 feet we found a beautiful female Wolf Eel sitting in her den.  A rare find in the inlet for me, I was really amazed how [singlepic id=241 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]beautiful she was.  Kyle, snapped away on the camera recording so nice images of the Eel.  To see more of Kyles Images, be sure to visit his Photo Gallery here on UWE.

Interested visiting these great dive sites?  Want to do some dive training, stop by Suncoast Diving and sign up for a course or Charter!!

Another Busy Day of Training!!

[singlepic=55,320,240,watermark,left]UWE, and Suncoast Diving were out in Tuwanek, three courses running.  We had a Rescue Course with 4 students, Drysuit Course with 1, and then 2 on the PADI Advanced Course.  It is easy to tell that we are into the fall diving season, as water temperatures are dropping, and visibility is opening way way up….with it being crystal clear from depth to the surface.

Sam had the Drysuit and Advanced course out, with her completing the first dive for the dry suit student, and then she worked on the Navigation Dive for the Advanced course.  Its a good thing that everyone was in drysuits as the surface temperature is at 50 and dropping…though Sam reported she found a patch of 48 ou there!! Brrrr!!!

I had the 4 Rescue course on the go…where we were working on the top 10 confined skills….with being successful in completing them all with the exception of the response from shore…which we will be able to complete in tomorrows trianing session.

Well dune to all the students for their hard work and understanding that even though they are all excited about getting underwater…and exploring….in order to be successful the skills must be completed!!

New Advanced Openwater Diver!!

[singlepic=176,320,240,watermark,left]Uw Explorers is excited to congratulate Chelsea D on completing her Advanced Openwater Course.  Her training was conducted over a month, with her Deep dive and Wreck dive being done on the HMCS CHAUDIERE.  Her Underwater Navigation, Naturalist and Night dive was conducted at Tuwanek.

She did an excellent job with her training and is certainly a natural!!  We at Uw Explorers hope she will be back for more diving and training!!

Weekend of Taining

[singlepic=66,320,240,watermark,left]This past weekend was spent training with Suncoast Diving. We were working on the PADI Advanced Diver’s course along with PADI Nitrox, and TDI Nitrox. We had three students, Rebbecca, Heather and Jeremy. Day one was spent in the classroom doing the knowledge reviews for both courses. Friday afternoon had the class out in Coopers Green working on their PPB and Nav dives. Both Friday and Saturday were late nights as we pushed to get all requirements done in such a short time.

Day two, had us headed out to the HMCS Chaudiere for the Deep and Wreck dive requirements. I am happy to[singlepic=62,320,240,watermark,right] report that the visibility is improving and currently it is in the 30 – 40 foot range. As always it is nice to visit the Chaudiere and see all the changes she is under going. There certainly is a lot of life on her this year, and that is very nice to see. Upon returning to the shop, we finished the PADI and TDI Nitrox training and all students were successful!! Congrates to all.

[singlepic=64,320,240,watermark,left]Day three, had us down one student as Rebbecca had to work, and was not able to dive that day, but Jeremy and Heather headed up the inlet with use to dive the Power Lines and Zoonie Narrows. The weather was great, the diving great….and the students were able to complete all training as planned!! All in all, another great weekend…..thanks to Suncoast Diving!


HMCS Chaudiere Deep Dive

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!