UW Explorers were asked to give a video presentation of Diving in the Sea of Cortez. So, we got hard at it…and then decided to make a comparison in some of the declarations which were made by Jacque Cousteau. He had made reference to the Sea of Cortez and what a premier dive areas, as he had concerning Scuba Diving in the Pacific Northwest. So we not only did made a presentation for the Sea of Cortez, we put together one of my favourite dives I have in the Pacific Northwest. We hope you enjoy!!
[singlepic id=259 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE would like to congratulate Bruno P. for his successful completion of the TDI Decompressions Procedures course. Last night Bruno and I headed out to the HMCS Chaudiere to complete his certifying dive. Our dive plan was for 150 ft, for 25 minutes, which was a bit deeper then what we actually did for our dive. In the end, the bottom time worked to 30 minutes with a max depth of 135ft.
As we left the bottom to our first decompression stop we had a short 14 minute obligation which was cut in half when we reached the 20 foot mark where we did our gas switch to 100 percent O2. Over all the dive time was 57 minutes. The visibility on the Chaudiere was about 50 foot once we hit the 90 ft mark.
[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=235 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE and Suncoast Diving would like to congratulate Kyle H for completing his PADI Advanced Open Water Course. Kyle has been trying to get his dive numbers up as he is heading to Campbell River to take his Commercial Divers Course, so he signed up for his AOW, and the Night Divers Specialty courses.
Yesterday had us out on the Sechelt Inlet to complete Kyle’s last two dives for his AOW. We headed up to my all time favorite Wreck Dive on the HMCS CHAUDIERE. Kyle certainly showed that he is an Advanced Open water diver as he had no difficulties completing this dive in rather challenging conditions. The wind was up, and there was certainly a lot of wave action, but Kyle was quick to enter the water, and head down the descent line. We spent 30 some odd minutes exploring the wreck. [singlepic id=242 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]Always a fun dive!!
Dive two of the day had us heading back to Pipers Point, so Kyle could do his Underwater Photography dive. We were planning to get back on the octopus that we found a week earlier in 90 feet of water. There was certainly all the tell tail signs of an octopus being in the area, but he was not home when we arrived at his den. But not to be disappointed, about 20 feet away, in 87 – 91 feet we found a beautiful female Wolf Eel sitting in her den. A rare find in the inlet for me, I was really amazed how [singlepic id=241 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]beautiful she was. Kyle, snapped away on the camera recording so nice images of the Eel. To see more of Kyles Images, be sure to visit his Photo Gallery here on UWE.
Interested visiting these great dive sites? Want to do some dive training, stop by Suncoast Diving and sign up for a course or Charter!!
Uwe and Suncoast Diving had a busy week out on the inlet this past week. Wednesday had us out at Tuwanek for a SDI Drysuit Course with Christine, she had not been diving in cold water for some time, but she is very interested in seeing some of the treasures that are here on the coast….so off we went to do the course! The visibility was short as it is this time of year, the water cool…but certainly a 30 minute dive is not all that difficult. Christine was a natural in the water, and she did an excellent job on the course.
Friday had us up to the HMCS CHAUDIERE and then Pipers Point for a charter. The dive on the Chaudiere was as always excellent. The visibility remains pretty short in the first 30 feet or so, but under that it is open to about 30 foot. Byron and his buddy followed Bruno and I for a little while then went on their own tour. I was inside the wreck doing some filming when I was abl to obtain this awesome shot of a diver passing over one of the cut outs just as I settle the camera in the same position. It could not have been any better even if we planned it!!
The second dive of the day had us down to Pipers Point, where we did a quick 30 minute plunge while the other group of divers were out doing their dive. We were feverishly looking for the Wolfe Eel that was sighted there a couple of days prior to that day…though we were unsuccessful, we did get on a nice sight of a Ling Cod protecting her egg mass. That is the video footage that we have add to this post for everyone to see!!
Looks like UWE is going to be taking a weeks break on diving, in order to catch up on all of our videos, and to get caught up on our dive stories. If you are wanting to get out in the water….drop us an email…and lets get something arranged!!
[singlepic id=107 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]Yesterday certainly turned out to be an amazing day, I had the opportunity to dive with Tony Holmes, my mentor the guy who taught me everything I know about diving and what a pleasure it was!!
We originally had a charter booked headed out to the HMCS CHAUDIERE, and as always I was looking forward to diving it, plus I would have the chance to get more footage of the wreck, something I certainly would not turn down….but who to dive with. The charter was going to be a Tec Dive, with two on doubles and one on a rebreather….and I certainly was not in the frame of mind to do a long cold hang at 20 feet. Out of the blue, Tony called the shop and said he was hoping to get out for a dive or two for the weekend, talk about timing!!
Once everything was loaded on the boat, it was off to the boat launch and the trip up the inlet. With the sun being out, it made you think of the soon to be summer, though the air was still pretty crisp as we skimmed along the wave tops. Once on the dive site, we tied to the stern line on the wreck, and began getting the Tec guys read…first in was Owen on the rebreather, then Keith and Jessica. As they disappeared into what appeared pea soup, Tony and I prepared for our entry. Determined not to hang at the 20 foot mark on a long deco, away we went. Happily I slide into the follow position on Tony, and the tour began!
We swam the distance of the wreck and slide up through the hole at the 130ft mark, just back from the bow which leads into the forward crews heads and wash place, from there we went up through the door on Berma Road that takes you into One and Two Mess. Normally once in the Mess we would ascend through the exit point which is overhead, but on this dive Tony decided to head straight into an opening that leads into the forepeak which eventually lead to the outside of the wreck. This turned out to be an excellent penetration, and I was able to get some good footage, though I am pretty sure this is where my troubles began. Since we were in the higher profile 120 cuft steel tanks I got my valve caught on the hatch combing, and had to wiggle through the opening. Unbeknown to me, this must be the point where my 8 pound weight pouch got caught and dropped. As when I got through the opening I was very light all of a sudden and had to dump some air from the BCD. Though not a big problem at this point…that would not be the case when I had to maintain my depth on what was going to be a 16 minute decompression stop.
Once we came out of this penetration we headed up and over the bow of the CHAUDIERE, where we got our first glimpse of Owen on his Megladon Rebreather, it always amazes me how quiet they are. We headed off to the penetration at the bridge where we would go in the lower hole on the bridge roof, and ascend up through the brdige to the Ops Room ladder which leads into ops, and through the Sonar control room, our exitpoint is overhead that leads out through an opening on the stardboard side of the boat. As we proceeded aft and to our ascent line we did two more penetrations, one which was new for me, and then the final one on the stern, and out to the ascent line.
As we started up to our first decompression stop it was obvious this was not going to be a routine hold for me, as the I was about 8 pounds two light, and I had to wrap myself around the ascent line in order to maintain the 20 then 10 foot stops. Thankfully it was only 16 minutes of a hold.
As always another great dive, I certainly have missed diving with Tony, something I hope we will get the chance to do again in the near future. If you are interested in doing the Wreck Specialty or Advanced Nitrox/Decompressions Procedures go to the Courses page on this site, and see what it is all about!