UWE went and did some fun diving in Sechelt at one of our favourite dive sites. Yes, of course it was Tuwanek. Diving in Tuwanek has provided me with un countable hours of pleasure and happiness. The dive sit is easily one of the best sites around. The marine life is diverse and abundant ranging from schooling Pier Perch, plenty of rock fish, as well crab, flounder and in the summer I have found 4 octopuses within a 10 minute swim of one another.
On this days dives we split our dives between the left and right island and we were rewarded with a wolf eel encounter, huge balls of crul to swim through and last but certainly not least visibility in the 100 foot range!
UWE has been back on the Sunshine Coast for the month of October, diving with the old crew. Sarah, Rob, Nancy, Paul, Jeremy, Bruno and Sam. We have been out at the all time favorite shore site, yes you got it Tuwanek. We have been treated to the Giant Pacific Octopus, and Wolf Eel’s, all the fabulous marine life that Tuwanek has to offer, and as always the visibility was 100 ft plus!! Temperatures are dropping that is for sure, but great diving never the less!
We also made it out on the zodiac for a days worth of diving. We picked two dive sites which we/I had never dived before. The first site, is one I had wanted to try on a few occasions but never really made it in there. I can not remember the name of the place, but it was the rocks just down from Pipers Point, it had some very interesting areas, we even ran into two Giant Pacific Octopods, one that appeared to have died very recently, then the second in the same den which was still alive. The topography was amazing. Then the second dive site was 9 mile point, but we went in around the corner, where normally the divers are exiting at so it was a new area for us. Once again the wall was amazing topography wise, and it had plenty of depth. The one group of divers had indicated that they had seen an octopus, around 80 – 90 foot, but the group I was with did not.
Overall it was fabulous diving the inlet again, as well as diving with my old friends, and meeting some new people….thank you to all who made the dives so wonderful!
Last summer UWE made a post entitle “They’re Back….”, it was in reference to the Giant Pacific Octopods having returned to Tuwanek and the four dens on the left island. This yes we are writing another story entitled close to the same. This is a post that is once again discussing the return of the majestic Giant Pacific Octopus to the dens that so well known. However it is also about my return to the Sunshine Coast, and to one of my favorite dive sites, Tuwanek Beach.
Friday had Sarah P, and myself head down to the site for what would be my first real dives this summer here on the coast. Things had changed however, I no longer in the Suncoast Diving van, but my own private vehicle, no longer a crew member for the dive center. It was really a strange feeling seeing the dive van at the site, but having nothing to really do with the series of dives they were working on.
Sarah and I dressed, and entered the water with the intention of a nice easy dive on the left island. We teamed up very well, as she enjoys just entering from the beach
, descending and just swimming various paths to the wall. I have lost count the number of times I have made this journey from beach to wall, but I am never disappointed in the life that presents itself to the diver. It is all a matter of how careful you are as you make the swum. I happened upon a Crescent Gunnel coiled on the bottom hidden in some vegetation. As we headed towards the 70ft Octopus den, we were certainly not disappointed, as there was a very nice sized octopus inhabiting this easily found den. We left from here and slow made our way around the wall, and a nice easy swim on what is a sheer wall to about 150 ft.
Throughout the serials of dives we would happen upon no less then for Giant Pacific Octopi, a number of grunt sculpins and a large number of other fish and invertebrates and what was a one time my favorite jelly fish, these were only moon jellies, not the gooseberry jellyfish that had been so loved from someone I had at one time been very close to.
As I hung at my safe stop, my mind wandering back in time, remembering the first dives here at this home town dive site. Dinner at Rob and Jen’s place, then a late afternoon dive, me having not been in the water for some 8 years, wanted to dive with someone who knew what they were doing. Also, the number of recreational and technical dives training and otherwise that Tony Holmes had taken us here for…pushing us to our limits for some, and others simply another dive in a series to get to a destination. Remembered also were the first few dive course that a new inexperienced dive instructor would conduct there, trying to emulate the other instructors that he had wanted to model himself after.
This small little area, in Tuwanek, brought back a huge flood of emotions, and memories….so good, some not so good….but in the end, everything is absorbed into the dive, and the memories of the Giant Pacific Octopus.
[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 id=226 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]UWE and SCDC once again met at Suncoast Diving to head out for their weekly drop in night dive. It was a little hit and miss, as early in the day it was snowing rather heavy. Never being to cold to dive, the roads can be pretty rough down into Tuwanek so we were not to sure how the day would work out. Thankfully, the snow did not stick, nor did it snow for too long, so sure enough…off we went at 4, headed to the dive site.
Once again there was a pretty good turn out for the dive. The water temperature on the surface has certainly decreased a lot as [singlepic id=225 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]it is in the 39 degree range, though still fairly warm at depth, as it was still in the low 50’s. Sam had the shop camera with her, and I had switched from video back to my still camera, and we certainly were not disappointed. I found a Red Octopus once again, and then not to long afterwards, I found a Pip Fish sitting on the bottom in about 40 feet of water or so. We also had some Sculpins, Hair Crabs, and a Giant Nudi, which is always a favorite.
Once again, come on out and come night diving with us…we promise it will be a blast!!