[singlepic id=278 w=220 h=140 mode=watermark float=left]UWE had an awesome week of training, where we successfully completed Natasha’s and Shelby’s Open Water course. Their course was worked on over three weeks, with knowledge reviews and pool skills completed in late July, and their open water dives completed in early August. We completed their open water dive 4 out on the charter on last Monday, where we went to 9 Mile point and then to Pipers Point.[singlepic id=277 w=220 h=140 mode=watermark float=right]
On the charter we met these two lovely young ladies from Ireland. They both learned to dive in Thailand, so this was their first cold water dives…and sure enough, the first complments heard after hitting the water was “Crap this is cold”. The girls however did an excellent job getting sorted out, and had two excellent dives, looking like long time pro divers! Jan decided she was to be the pilot for trip back up the inlet, and what an excellent job she did!! Well done, thank you to Jan and Sarah for joining us for a day of diving!!
[singlepic id=180 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE, has had a couple of busy days, we were out enjoying the fine weather on the inlet. Friday had us diving on the Powers line up near Salmon Inlet. This dive is a sheer wall drop off kind of dive. Buoyancy is a must, but for the recreational diver you want to drop down to the 130ft mark and then slowly ride your no deco time into shallower water. Things to see on the is wall, ar nice size glass/cloud sponges, which are found deeper then 110ft. The wall in the 40 ft and shallower is excellent for marine life as well. This is the wall that we got some excellent octopus footage, which was used in the Diving in Sechelt video.
The other dives were conducted on Pipers, 9 Mile Point and the ever favourite HMCS CHAUDIERE. The visibility at 9 mile and Pipers was excellent, and we were treated to Ocotpus encounters on both of the dives. The layer is clear to about 30 ft, then the visibility starts to come in closer and closer the deeper we headed. The HMCS CHAUDIERE dive today, was an interesting one. As we decended down the stern mooring line, it was evident that we were not going to be able to see the Chaud until we actual swam into her…and sure enough that is what happened. Though I have to admit there was a lot of Ling Cods hiding around and on the wreck. As always we had a great dive.
With the on set of warm weather it is sure getting nicer being out on the boat. Don’t miss out on a great charter!
[singlepic=131,320,240,watermark,left]Another excellent weekend spent out on the Sechelt Inlet visiting all the great dive sites the inlet has to offer. Saturday had the charter on a three tank dive day, with the first dive on the Chaudiere, where for some it was the very first time on the wreck. It is always nice having the first timers…as the cheer after the dive is amazing.
Dive two had us down on the Tzoonie Narrows for a drift dive, which for some, was not as enjoyable as they thought it maybe. The tide was on the ebb, so we dropped the three groups in bay side of the narrows, up on the wall, so they could have a good long drift. The worse case should have been a 2.8 knot dirft right at the top of the tide, but we arrived about an hour before slack…so it should bee perfect.[singlepic=129,320,240,watermark,right]
Once we had the divers out of the water from that dive, we put the peddle to the metal in order to get back to Pipers so we could get our third dive in. Pipers was a rewarding dive, as finally we were able to show Nancy an octopus…so all is good!!
Great day diving, good dive group….here is hoping we get to dive together again!!