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New Night Divers

[singlepic id=236 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE and Suncoast Diving wants to congratulate Carl S for his successful completion of the PADI Night Diver Specialty and his Peak Performance Buoyancy courses.

Monday and Tuesday of this week has seen a flurry of diving.  Carl, signed up for the Night Divers course, but while here decided he had interest in the Peak Performance Buoyancy course, so we set that up and ran both courses concerrently.  Mondays dives had us out at Tuwanek.  Our first dive of the day had us working on the PPB course.  We did weight checks, and then it was under water we headed.  We practiced hovering, not only on our stomaches facing the ocean bottom, but head down, feet up…then head up feet down.  Carl was equal to the task for all skills that were covered.

On dive two, we headed out for our first night dive for Kyle, and second one for Carl.  The dive went off with out a hitch, and both students did and excellent job in what was a reduced visibility night dive.

On day two, we decided we would head out to Pipers Point for our night dive!  Yes you got it….Octopus Encounter!!  Our night dive was amazing!  We had an encounter at about 95 feet, and the little guy was hidden way back in a small crack.

Great diving and great training!  Want to get out and night dive….why not take the PADI or SDI Night Diver Specialty, interested just send me an email…and lets get out diving!!

Weekly Night Dive

[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!!

Weekly Night Dive

UWE and Sunshine Coast Dive Club were at it again.  Our weekly night dive had us down once again to the site in Tuwanek.  What Tuwanek again?!?  Yes Tuwanek, I mean really how can you not dive and dive that site, especially when you have Sam Octopus Woman Sugars with yuou.  Everytime I go in for a night dive with her…boom she finds an octopus out hunting in the gravel. 

So there we are, not even 10 minutes into the dive and sure enough, the light flash to the back of the head…yup its Octopus Woman…and sure enough there in the gravel is a young Giant Pacific Octopus…and you know me, I have the video camera.  So you got it…more octopus footage.  But really who gets tired of octopus encounters…certainly not I!!

The club dive was really a great success, we had Sam, Lindsy, Sean, Kyle, Carl and myself…so once again a good turn out.  Interested in night diving….be sure to stop by www.scdiveclub.net and sign up for the club!!

Tuwanek Night Dive

Uwe and the Sunshine Coast Dive Club went out for the first night dive of 2009.  Uwe and Red Hat Divers have been working together to create an Underwater Video of the various dive sites here in the Sechelt Inlet.

The dive went very well, we had an encounter with what I think was a Red Octopus, a Pipe Fish, as well we had a great run in with a Red Hairy Crab, and what looked like flatworms.

Overall it was a great dive!  Interested in diving or joining Sunshine Coast Dive Club, then be sure to contact UWE!!

SCDC Drop in Night Dive

[singlepic=212,320,240,watermark,left]SCDC and Uw Explorers went out on their first weekly drop in night dive.  Sam, Bob, Bruno, Jeremy and I met at Suncoast Diving for 4 in the afternoon, gathered together our gear and headed off to Tuwanek for our first club night dive.

Once in Tuwanek, it was quite evident that the tide was up, so we could pretty much dress and splash we were in the water. Bruno, Bob and Jeremy buddied up and headed out for a tour around the left island.  As always they were n search for that ever illusive Giant Pacific Octopus.  They zeroed in on two den’s but sadly no one was home.  Sam and I were going on a photography dive so we teamed up with the plan to head down as far as far as the first Octopus den, and after a quick check, we new either he was not using it any longer, or he was out hunting.

We spent a large majority of our dive in the 60 – 80 foot range, searching through the mud in order to find [singlepic=206,320,240,watermark,right]what little critter was out and enjoying the evening.  We ran across a Black Eyed Hermit crab, red rock crab, Plainfin Midshipman, a little red octopus, and many many of little guys.

The visiiblity though a night dive was huge, clear and the water was in the 52 degree range at depth…but it was certainly far cooler on the surface to about 15 feet or so, where there was lots of fresh water run off from the mountains.  Interested in joing the dive club?? Be sure to stop by Sunshine Coast Dive Club!!