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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.

Gambier Island Diving

Gambier IslandThursday had us diving up in Howe Sound off the coast of Gambier Island. Visibility was easily 30 – 40 meters, though cold! Water temp was in and around 45 f, but it was great diving. Our first dive had us entering the water from the dock, and we headed down in the the depths. The bottom is sandy, with a lovely wall. Sure enough hiding in one of the numerous cracks was a wolf eel, in about 70 feet of water.

Wolf EelAs we proceeded back along the wall, in the sand we spied a lovely little red octo scurrying to the wall, hoping to get to safety….this type of octo is the smaller ones we find here in the Pacific.

Dive two had us in the shallows off a small reef in the middle of the inlet. We were able to swim most of the reef, though not a large number of fish, there were lots of nudibranch to been seen, with a hug number of the Hooded variations.

Hooded Nudibranch Red Octo

Be sure to come on into to Suncoast Diving and book yourself a charter in order to get yourself out there and enjoy the diving!!