UWE has returned to Canada, and where was our first cold water dive…you have it Tuwanek! I had to wear this strange suit called a drysuit…not a 3mm short like I had been wearing not all that long ago while working on the Baja…but a drysuit. Needless to say, it took a minute or two in order to remember what went where and why….but we figured it out pretty quickly.
As we entered the water, we ran into at least 10 divers up to the coast from Vancouver…welcome guys! After a few questions we had it confirmed to us that vis was pretty good. Actually it was very good…I would say at least 50 foot anyways. As on all the other dives we slide down the hill and hit the wall at the 70 foot mark, and yes I was hunting for my favorite Octopus den, and sadly no one was home…and this seemed to be the same story for the other two dens we went to check out. I think we are still a little early for the big boys to return.
I can not believe, back to cold water…dam I have missed it!! Interested in doing some training with us…be sure to let us know!!
Dive one back in BC, and out on the zodiac, and off to the Tuwanek Abyss. We rolled into the beach at the Abyss, and I took my time making sure all the equipment was set correctly…and I was amazed how heavy and 20 lbs weight belt feels again. Bob, took the customers out on the dive while Sammy was stuck with me…making sure I was alright.
We got everything situated, and short surface swim later we were descending into the deep. The vis was mucky, and dark…but still 20 feet or so, and the bottom came into view at about 45 – 50 feet. We slide down the wall and settled into the 100ft mark and proceeded along, and though the number of fish are far less then what it is in the tropics, but the topography is amazing. With about 8 minutes bottom time remaining, we slowly slide up to the 40 foot mark as our turn around started us back towards the beach.
Overall it was not as dramatic as I first thought my first cold water dive would be in the last 6 months. I am certainly looking forward to getting back at it.