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PADI Drysuit Diver

Lindsey W.
Lindsey W. PADI Drysuit Diver

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre are very excited to announce that Lindsey has successfully completed the PADI Drysuit Diver course.  She came it us as a Divemaster with no cold water diving experience but a the drive to learn and to see the beautiful things we can find here in the cold water environment.

Lindsey, was a natural.  Once we made it in the water, played with the weighting a little, and off we went.  She had not troubles learning the skills and perfecting her buoyancy.   Outstanding job Lindsey, you certainly did excel at becoming a PADI Drysuit Diver!

Well done Lindsey, I look forward to diving with you again, and continuing to improve your PADI Drysuit Diver skills!

PADI Night Diver

Mariusz G PADI Night Diver
Mariusz G PADI Night Diver

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre, are excited to announce we have a new PADI Night Diver.  Mariusz, came to Ocean Quest as an Open Water diver and has been working hard at his training.  He has completed the PADI Advanced Open Water Course, and went directly into the PADI Night Diver course.

He has been working very hard, and expressed how much he loves Night Diving!  One his first night dive on the PADI Night Diver course was done in conjunction with his Advanced Open Water training.  The visibility was not to bad, and Mariusz indicated that he had problems with bnuoyancy at night as there is certainly limited distance visibility.

Mariusz’s second dive was problematic at best.  He had problems with buoyancy control, and then with the attempt to remain at depth he also breathed quickly through his tank. Though not a danger as we simply took him to the surface, things certainly could have gone better.  During the depbrief we discovered the various problems that Mariusz encountered and we suggested ways to improve for his graduation dive.

Last night, we headed back out to Whytecliff Park, and it was a little later in the evening, the water calm and tide high.  Visibility was spectacular!  As we progressed the various skills on Dive 3, Mariusz did an excellent job!  The dive was spectacular!!

Well Done to you Mariusz for successfully completing your PADI Night Diver Course.  Mariusz has signed up for the Enriched Air, Rec Sidemount and PADI Deep course.  Woo Hoo….more training!!!

PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy

Jason R PPB Diver
Jason R PPB Diver

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre is very excited to announce Jason R. has successfully completed his PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course.   We met Wednsday night and went into some indepth discussion and teaching so we could get Jason tuned in for the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course.

Friday we headed out to Whytecliff Park where we practased efficent fin kicks, hovering, trim and control.  Jason quickly learned Buoyancy in a still position is far more difficult then what he originally thought.  He also learned that there is a ton of things to see at Whytecliff, when you slow down and actually investigate the life around you.

Jason great work on your PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course!  You did a great job!!

PADI Tec Sidemount

PADI Tec Sidemount Class
PADI Tec Sidemount

UWE is excited to announce, we were lucky enough to participate in the PADI Tec Sidemount course being taught by none other then Jeff Loflin.  Jeff came to Vanocuver to run a Discover Sidemount program which was arranged by Greg and Deirdre McCracken the owners of Ocean Quest Dive Centre in Burnaby.  Greg invited me to join in the full PADI Tec Sidemount program that Jeff would be teaching over the 5 days that he would be in Vancouver.

Thursday night we were treated to a PADI Tec Sidemount presentation that Jeff gave at Ocean Quest, and we learned the why’s of Sidemount.  I had been pretty lucky to have already purchased my Hollis SMS100 before the course, and that allowed me the opportunity to get a couple of dives in prior to the course.  Already being a Tec Deep Instructor, and Trimix Diver, I found it rather easy in the skills department, but Jeff was able to provide some awesome insight on how to make things easier….and I think the biggest message I got from the course was to keep an open mind.  Skeptical at first as it seemed like an ardusous task to shore dive in two separate 80 cuft tanks from a logistics stand point.  Jeff quickly provided the tips and tricks to make things easier.  Once in the water though, it is simply a dream to dive in.

The 5 dive course, with a 4 hour pool component, was a lot of fun.  We learned various regulator recovery skills, bottle staging, and organization skills.  Once in the ocean we practices the same skills again, and this time we added in the Decompression stops, NOTOX drills and various other skills that Jeff wanted to throw at us.

I am pretty close to being able to apply for my instructor rating in Recreational Sidemount, and I have a few more dives to make in order to apply for the Tec Sidemount Instructor rating.  It’s nice having goals to shoot for, with the PADI Sideomount course.

Intrerested in learn the PADI Tec Sidemount, or Recreational Sidemount….then be sure to drop me an email.

PADI Dive Masters

May 2012 Dive Master Course
May 2012 Dive Master Course

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre are very excited to announce we have 5 new PADI Dive Masters.  We started a new PADI Dive Masters course back in the middle of May, with what has to be one of the best set of students I have had in a long long time.  Everyone was hichly motivated to put all of their effort in to their PADI Dive Masters training!

As with every course this PADI Dive Masters course was about 8 classroom sessions, two pool sessions, and a few ocean dives.  Though many do not realize that this course is not so much about diving but more about leadership and professionalism.  This is one of the most important skills to learn and master, as well as learning to be conservative in their diving styles.

With the PADI Dive Masters course completed, I am excited to announce that we have two of the graduates going on and have enrolled in the Instructor Development Course (IDC) with Ocean Quest which starts on the 31st of Jul.  So, if you are interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) we have a couple of seats left, so don’t miss out!!

Once again Congratulations to our new PADI Dive Masters!!! Well done!!!

PADI Deep Diver


Brian F. PADI Deep Diver
Brian F. PADI Deep Diver

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to say that Brian, has completed his PADI Deep Divers course.   Brian completed his Advanced Open Water course he went right into the his Deep Divers.

Dive One was all about skills, hovers, and bag deployemnt.  Brian, did a great job, with all of his skills!  After the skills dive we went and did a 100 foot dive, as we decended down the wall and out in the cloud sponges, Brian did some skills drills with colours, and speed drills.

Dive three, the 130ft dive Brian found challenging as he was not prepared for the increased resistance in breathing, so we slowed the dive down and started our ascent to ensure there were no problems.  After the dive it was decided that we take it easy for a couple of days and complete the last dive later in the week.

On Dive four, everything went as planned and Brian did a fantastic job.  Well done!!