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Drifting Diving @ Punta Perico

Will, Barb, Fafe and Piper
Will, Barb, Lafe and Piper

UWE was out helping Vista Sea Sports yesterday.  We headed down to Punta Perico for two back to back drift dives.  Overall the dive site is very interesting.  We entered the water in a quiet little cove and made our way Northerly, at a depth of around 60ft.  There was an abundant amount of tropical fish, which as always is very beautiful, but I was rather taken by the topography.  At first there was towering boulders which soon turned into rock statue type formations…with plenty of cracks and crevasses you can swim through.

As the dive proceeded, we can along to an area that looked alot like a lava run off.  It was almost like looking at an ant farm.  It was a great day out diving with Vista, and it was great meeting up with Will, Barb, Lafe and Piper!  I hope we get a chance to dive together again!!  Great time!

Oops…correction, I misspelled Lafe’s name, and it has been repaired….oops 🙁


Drift Dive Specialty

Uwe and Suncoast Diving went out today on the Inlet to complete the PADI Drift Specialty Course.  Kim, came up to Sechelt from Vancouver so she could take this course, and boy what an amazing day we had.  On dive one, we stopped by at the Power Lines, this is an amazing wall dive, with a slight drift to it.  The depth on the wall is around 900ft though as you can image we remained in the top 100ft of the wall.

The wall was really beautiful as it was all covered with Feather Stars, chimney sponges, Ling cod…and sure enough, there we were on our safety stop, and there sat a Giant Pacific Octopus.  It was a young one, maybe two hands large, and it just sat on this rock on the wall, checking us out.  So, you know me…had had to get him on video, I have a couple of minutes of decent video of him.

Dive two had us out to the Tzoonie Narrows, and were we ever surprised when we saw slush/ice flows going through the narrows.  Can anyone say fresh mountain run off!!  Cold, yes it was, and before we got our nerve up to jump, Bruno had brought all the fixings for an amazing fire se we could warm ourselves, and get some things dried so we could get in and enjoy dive two.

Once everyone had warmed up it was off to the narrows for what would be another fantastic dive.  The surface temp was in the 37 – 38 f range, and below the layer was still a bone chilling 43 – 44.  The visibility was good, and we were treated to some giant barnacles, anemones, and our ever popular Moon jellies.

Overall another fantastic dive…..!

Weekend of Taining

[singlepic=66,320,240,watermark,left]This past weekend was spent training with Suncoast Diving. We were working on the PADI Advanced Diver’s course along with PADI Nitrox, and TDI Nitrox. We had three students, Rebbecca, Heather and Jeremy. Day one was spent in the classroom doing the knowledge reviews for both courses. Friday afternoon had the class out in Coopers Green working on their PPB and Nav dives. Both Friday and Saturday were late nights as we pushed to get all requirements done in such a short time.

Day two, had us headed out to the HMCS Chaudiere for the Deep and Wreck dive requirements. I am happy to[singlepic=62,320,240,watermark,right] report that the visibility is improving and currently it is in the 30 – 40 foot range. As always it is nice to visit the Chaudiere and see all the changes she is under going. There certainly is a lot of life on her this year, and that is very nice to see. Upon returning to the shop, we finished the PADI and TDI Nitrox training and all students were successful!! Congrates to all.

[singlepic=64,320,240,watermark,left]Day three, had us down one student as Rebbecca had to work, and was not able to dive that day, but Jeremy and Heather headed up the inlet with use to dive the Power Lines and Zoonie Narrows. The weather was great, the diving great….and the students were able to complete all training as planned!! All in all, another great weekend…..thanks to Suncoast Diving!