UWE and EcoSea Dive are very excited to announce, Chris from Canada, has successfully completed his PADI Rescue course!! Well done Chris. The funny part is Chris is a natural. He had little problems with his training. I was working on a students Open Water classroom session when in walks Chris. I knew him to be a fellow Canadian right off the bat. He said “out” funny…who knew us Canadians had an ascent.
After talking over the course requirements, I discovered we had something else in common, he was a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and I being a retired one, we kind of hit it off right away.
While out on the island, Chris completed the confined water, and open water skills as well as all of the academics. Being that he is a member of the Military, the rescue skills came easy. So really other then making sure all the requirements were met, we simply enjoyed some good diving!
Well done Chris, hope you get to use the rescue skills and be safe my friend!!
Uwe has been out diving with EcoSea Diving here in Cambodia, and would like to say that they are a very professional Dive Center. Everyone of their staff try very hard to ensure you have a rewarding experience diving in Cambodia.
EcoSea have plenty of great dive sites up their sleeves to help their customers have a great dive. Visibility right now has been amazing and in the 15 – 18 meter range…lots of fish, and many many coral heads. if you find your self in Cambodia be sure to look up EcoSea, you will not be disappointed I am sure!!
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.
UWE has returned to Canada, and where was our first cold water dive…you have it Tuwanek! I had to wear this strange suit called a drysuit…not a 3mm short like I had been wearing not all that long ago while working on the Baja…but a drysuit. Needless to say, it took a minute or two in order to remember what went where and why….but we figured it out pretty quickly.
As we entered the water, we ran into at least 10 divers up to the coast from Vancouver…welcome guys! After a few questions we had it confirmed to us that vis was pretty good. Actually it was very good…I would say at least 50 foot anyways. As on all the other dives we slide down the hill and hit the wall at the 70 foot mark, and yes I was hunting for my favorite Octopus den, and sadly no one was home…and this seemed to be the same story for the other two dens we went to check out. I think we are still a little early for the big boys to return.
I can not believe, back to cold water…dam I have missed it!! Interested in doing some training with us…be sure to let us know!!