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2013 Elite Instructor Award

2013 Elite Instructor
2013 Elite Instructor

UWE is excited to announce we have been awarded the PADI 2013 Elite Instructor Award for certifying more than 200 certifications for PADI.  We were lucky enough to have some excellent opportunities to many different courses for Ocean Quest Dive Center in Burnaby.  We taught many Sidemount courses, Tec Sidemount as well as the Sidemount Instructor course as well.  We also did many Deep courses, and one Extended Range Deep course which was a ton of fun to teach.

The most important thing to note though, is that even though we taught many course we also ensure that we teach to the highest level possible ensuring we give more then just what is in the instructor manual.  If you are looking to take a course, and you want it taught to the highest level then be sure to check in with UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Center.

Rec/Tec Sidemount Class

Rec/Tec Sidemount Class
Rec/Tec Sidemount Class

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive center is excited to congratulate everyone who has completed the Rec/Tec Sidemount Class which was run in Jan.  We had seven people taking either the Recreational Sidemount or Technical Sidemount training with us.  We also had one student working on his Recreational Sidemount instructor course.

Our Rec/Tec Sidemount Class is done over a 4 day period of time with one evening being a classroom session that not only discusses Sidemount, the benefits of diving sidemount.  The many different configurations for Sidemount, and also we work on the skills we will be conducting in the pool and ocean in the classroom so we can practice good form.  We also stress that we do things to make getting into Sidemount a little more user friendly, things such as longer chokers and tail clips so when you are learning it is less frustrating getting in and out of your set up.  We also stress that as you become more comfortable with diving sidemount, you can tailor your set up, shorten chokers, everything to make it more streamlined.  We also show you that we a training to dive open ocean sidemount, not Cave sidemount, so things will be a little different then what is read on all these forms that discuss how things must be, but do not address the issues with cold water, dry gloves and open ocean.  Everything you learn with us, can be tailored for the environment you are diving in.

Our pool session covers advanced fining techniques, lost regulator procedures, S drills, Valve drills,  as well as detaching and swimming with the cylinders in front of the diver.  We also stress proper trim, which is so very important in your proper diving position.  As the training progress, we will conduct video play back so you can see what you are actually doing during the skills practice and we find that people improve so much more quickly by seeing what they look like in the water.

Once the pool session is completed we head to the ocean. In order to be successful in the Recreational training you need to complete at least three dives and demonstrate proper and say skill execution.  We continue to stress proper trim, which we see improvement from the pool, though not perfect, you can still be successful and complete the course and struggle with trim.  Trim is mastered by diving, and though it is easy once you are able to do it, it does take practice.  To complete the Tec Sidemount part of the training there are two additional dives that you must complete with wearing up to 4 cylinders, and complete the various skills that you need to demonstrate.    We use the Tec Sidemount course as the stepping stone to the Tec 40 training as we need to have good bottle handling skills in order to be successful in the Tec 40 program so its a good idea to take this prep course.

Once again well done to everyone for their great work on the Rec/Tec Sidemount Class.  Interested in taking the Sidemount course, feel free to email us or call Ocean Quest so we can make arrangements with your training.

 

Foundations of Diving

Foundations of Diving Class Jan 2014
Foundations of Diving Class Jan 2014

UWE and Ocean Quest are really excited to announce with for four new Foundations of Diving divers.  Mark, Young, Carter and Sean joined in on the Foundations of Diving Course on the 7th of Jan.  The class covers a lot of Product knowledge, with various gear and methods for using said gear.  There are so many things out on the market how are new divers to know what is a good configuration compared to a poor one.  We also introduced the importance or well the reason for diving with the Long Hose configuration, which is really more about safety.  With the 7 foot long hose configuration, if you have any out of air diver, you put them on the long hose and get the afflicted diver away from you, and moving to safety.

On day two of the Foundations of Diving course, we went into the pool and practiced advanced propulsion, buoyancy, trim, awareness, no mask skills, out of air practice on long hose, as well as the SMB deployment and safety stop procedures.  During the ocean phase, we practiced all of the pool skills in the Ocean, with team diving practice.  With four dives, each of the students of the Foundations of Diving course got a lot of practice with all skills.  Everyone though found the early dives very challenging, they were able to make the standard, and learned a lot of valuable skills.

Well done to everyone, if you are interested in taking the Foundations of Diving course, please let use know.

New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors

Congrats to Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve
Congrats to Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to introduce our New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.  Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve joined me a scant 3 weeks ago in order to have me teach them their PADI Instructor Development Course, (IDC).  This was  a long 6 day process, with classroom sessions, pool skills development sessions, pool teaching presentations, and of course the Ocean teaching presentations and my all time favourite a Rescue to be performed.

Everyone came pretty well prepared and this training for some came to the them naturally, while others work longer hours to achieve the level of proficiency that would be needed to be successful.  I have to say I was very proud today seeing the wonderful performances and hearing the praise that was said about our students.  Well done to everyone!! Thank you for working so hard and well done for completing their PADI Instructor Examination!  Way to go to all if our New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!!

Enriched Air Divers

Steven, Travis, Mike New Enriched Air Divers
Steven, Travis, Mike New Enriched Air Divers

UWE and and Ocean Quest are very excited to announce that we have three new Enriched Air Divers.  Well done guys.  Even though the course is about 4 hours we sure do get to learn a lot about Enriched Air.  We cover all the different ways one plans their Enriched Air Dives.  We learn about Standard Mixes vs Best Mix, how to calculate your MODs and all the various safety rules we need to follow in ordered to be safe Enriched Air Divers!

We also would like to thank Mike, Travis, and Steven for donating to the Project Aware foundation, help fight to keep our oceans safe and clean.  Read more about the Project Aware mission statement at projectaware.org.

Travis and Mike, are going to put their new skills to work this weekend, diving with Ocean Quest out on the Egmont Charter weekend.  This is going to be a lot of fun! Check back for the weekends pictures!

Well done once again to our New Enriched Air Divers!

New Rec Sidemount Instructor Rating

PADI Sidemount
PADI Sidemount

UWE is excited to announce that we have qualified and have been certified as the PADI Recreational Sidemount Instructor rating from PADI.  After completing the Tec Sidemount Diver level course that was taught by Jeff Loflin, back in Jul, we have been out getting our dive nmubers up inorder to reach the number needed to certify as an instructor.  We have had many shore dives as well as a set up boat dives on sidemount.

I have to admit Sidemount is living up to the expectations I have had for it.  Diving from a boat is a breeze, shore diving is simple.  There is less wear and tear on the body from lugging around heavy tanks on my back.  I simply bring the tanks into the water with me, and I strap them on and swim off like there is nothing on me.  I like the redunancy, and I have to say it is so very easy to stay in trim.

Greg and I headed out last Wednesday and conducted a Tec Decompression Sidemount dive.  I found it so comfortable in 4 bottles, and the dive went off without a hitch.  I enjoyed so much the easy of this formate of diving.  Ocean Quest has scheduled a course for mid August and the numbers are climbing for participants.  One thing Jeff siad when he started his presentation and it was keep an open mind.  I have, and I am glad I have.  Have an opion, provide yourself with and informed, come on out and give it a try on our course….after all what do you have to loose.

If you have any questions let me know. Cheers!