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Capilano U

Cap U goes Sidemount!
Cap U goes Sidemount!

UWE and Ocean Quest spent last week at Capilano U conducting their MSDT program and as a treat we did a PADI Sidemount diver level course for the graduating class.  We had an awesome turn out from Capilano U with 6 students deciding they wanted to leap directly into Sidemount diving!  Personally I see no other way of diving now, Sidemount diving so much easier if you will.  We are totally redundant and capable of helping ourselves in the event of any lost equipment.

The Capilano U students showed how easy it is to convert to Sidemount diving.  After 3 hours in the classroom, and the 3 hours in the pool with 3 ocean dives, and everyone made it look like they had been diving sidemount all their lives!  We introduce the Capilano U group to the Hollis SMS 100 BCD, with the Hollis sidemount regulators, and everyone agrees, that this is all great equipment!

Well done Capilano U…best of luck with your future diving!  Interested in the PADI Sidemount course, be sure to contact Ocean Quest to see how about getting certified!!

HMCS Chaudiere Dive

Greg exiting the HMCS Chaudiere using Sidemout
Greg exiting the HMCS Chaudiere using Sidemout

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Center, was out completing Capilano University Professional Dive Instructors Program MSDT training, and today happened to be PADI Wreck Instructor certification and we had the joy of diving on the HMCS Chaudiere.  I cut my teeth on this ship as a young Ordinary Seaman back in 1987 while doing my Seamanship training when I first joined the NAVY.  The HMCS Chaudiere was then a Fleet Training ship that was all but decommissioned, not setting to sea but jetty bound.

She was later used to replace the bow on the HMCS Kootenay after she hit a merchant ship in the fog back in the summer of 1989.  Both ships being of the same class was a perfect fit, but for all of those who have been to the box of the HMCS Chaudiere will agree her bow is flat and not the normal sharp point we all know.  Interesting fact!!

The HMCS Chaudiere was sunk in the on the 5th of Dec 1992, and she is resting on her port side.  Having dived the ship on many occasions, I noticed today how much deterioration there is, having completed a couple of penetrations, I have now realized it is getting more and more dangerous to enter her, even with all the proper training.  Though still an amazing dive there are many areas that should not be attempted.

Fwd Heads and Wash place: HMCS Chaudiere
Fwd Heads and Wash place: HMCS Chaudiere

The Capilano students practiced their penetration points on the starboard side entering at the Wardroom, and the exit being back near the Communication Control Room.  This is about a 50 foot swim, very open and an excellent and still safe training point for this portion of the Instructor course and the diver level alike.

Interested Wreck training, or maybe joining the Capilano University Professional Dive Instructor Program, contact Ocean Quest Dive Center for more information, or I can help you as well.  Interested in diving the HMCS Chaudiere, let me know and we can get something arranged!


Sidemount Diver

Latest Sidemount Course
Latest Sidemount Course

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to announce we have more Recreational Sidemount Divers.  Ocean Quest conducted a pool try Sidemount event on the first of March, this was a huge success….everyone involved seemed to have a great time!!

We started a Sidemount Diver course on the 11th of March, with a full class of 4 people.  Everyone did very well in the classroom, quickly figuring out the new procedures and gear set up!!  We went off to the pool on the Saturday where we did all the various skills and drills, so we could ensure everyone had a good understanding of the dive skills.  Sunday had us out in the ocean where the conditions were very challenging with some very bad visibility, cold temperatures and choppy seas!! Overall every did a great job!!

Everyone seems to ask why pay a little more with us, and I have to say, having seen many of the Sidemount Divers whom kind of self teach how to dive this rig, seem to have so much more trouble.  Having been trained by Jeff Loflen, we learned how to dive sidemount, but also how to teach the sidemount diver course…which is what you truely want.  You want the instructor that knows how to teach the course, especially the ones that were trained by the creator of the course

Don’t miss out everyone, we have another Sidemount Diver course running in April….sign up now!!!!

PADI Master Scuba Diver

Master Scuba Diver
Master Scuba Diver

Congratulations to Lisa for successfully completing her PADI Master Scuba Diver requirements.  She has been working hard since I first met her.  She did her first cold water dives back in Sept by completing her Drysuit course, then a Photo course, and now her Rescue, EFR and O2 Provider which was the last specialty that was needed to qualify her for the sought after PADI Master Scuba Diver certification.

Since completing her PADI Master Scuba Diver certification she has decided to sign up for the Dive Master course which is starting in Feb, so there is still lots of training to be done.  I am very much looking forward to working with her in the future.  You should be very proud of yourself you have done a fabulous job!

Well done Lisa for completing the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification!

Rescue, EFR and O2 Provider

Jan 2013 Rescue Class
Jan 2013 Rescue Class

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive centre have 5 new Rescue Divers.  Lisa, Roland, Travis, Mike and V|ivienne just completed their Rescue, EFR and O2 Provider courses this weekend past.  Well done to everyone.  The Course started on the 15 the of Jan.  We started off with two classroom nights, where we reviewed the knowledge reviews.  The third night we were working on the EFR course, and the O2 Provider.

The ocean phase, we a long couple of days with such a large class, and water temps

Primary Assessment
Primary Assessment

were about 3 degrees so it was a challenging day of training.  We started the Ocean day learning how to do self rescue and how to keep our selves safe in the event there was something that was going wrong while in the water.  From there, we practiced response from ashore, panicked diver and tired diver.   My personal favourite is the missing diver so I get to see the students use of compass.  Everyone by the way went well!!

O2 Providers!
O2 Providers!

On the second Ocean day, I got to see the students using the skills they learned from the EFR course.  Once we got the casualty to the beach everyone successfully started CPR and and then they deployed Oxygen.  I heard many of the students say that it was a lot more difficult then they thought it would was going to be.

Well done, to all our students.  Everyone showed up ready to play and did an excellent job completing their Rescue, EFR and O2 Provider course.  Next step is the Dive Master course, looking forward to seeing you out there.

Tec Sidemount

Tec Sidemount
Tec Sidemount

UWE and Ocean Quest are excited to announce that we have completed the first Tec Sidemount course at Ocean Quest.  Dale and Mariusz have successfully completed our Tec Sidemount course.  Mariusz had completed his Rec Sidemount back in Sept, and joined in for the Tec Sidemount.  Dale, came to us with no Sidemount training, and tacked both the Rec and Tec Sidemount course.  Well done to both of you!!

The course started back in early December with a classroom session and then a 2 and half hour pool session.  The first Ocean day we concentrated on Rec skills, Dale was up to the challenge, and improved with each passing dive.  Due some gear problems, we were not able to complete the the dives on the Sunday so we ended up completing them today.  Everyone one did a fabulous job today.

Well done on the skills today guys, congrats on successfully completing the Tec Sidemount course!!