Saturday had me finishing up some open water diver training. We met at the dive shop for around 9, and got the zodiac ready, did our briefings and out we headed from Porpoise Bay Marine in Sechelt. Our boat trip was around 15 minutes as we just headed to Tuwanek Point.
This little anchorage is an excellent spot for Open Water training, as there is a beautiful sandy flat area in some 25 – 30 feet of water. The few skills we had left to complete went off without a hitch, so we were free to head out on a southerly heading and hop on the wall for a nice little wall dive!
Both students did a great job and were successful in completing their Open Water training!! Well done….be sure to stop by Suncoast Diving and see what is the schedule for up coming training.
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.