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Foundations of Diving

Foundations of Diving Class Jan 2014
Foundations of Diving Class Jan 2014

UWE and Ocean Quest are really excited to announce with for four new Foundations of Diving divers.  Mark, Young, Carter and Sean joined in on the Foundations of Diving Course on the 7th of Jan.  The class covers a lot of Product knowledge, with various gear and methods for using said gear.  There are so many things out on the market how are new divers to know what is a good configuration compared to a poor one.  We also introduced the importance or well the reason for diving with the Long Hose configuration, which is really more about safety.  With the 7 foot long hose configuration, if you have any out of air diver, you put them on the long hose and get the afflicted diver away from you, and moving to safety.

On day two of the Foundations of Diving course, we went into the pool and practiced advanced propulsion, buoyancy, trim, awareness, no mask skills, out of air practice on long hose, as well as the SMB deployment and safety stop procedures.  During the ocean phase, we practiced all of the pool skills in the Ocean, with team diving practice.  With four dives, each of the students of the Foundations of Diving course got a lot of practice with all skills.  Everyone though found the early dives very challenging, they were able to make the standard, and learned a lot of valuable skills.

Well done to everyone, if you are interested in taking the Foundations of Diving course, please let use know.

New Sidemount Instructors

Tori & Alex
Tori & Alex

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to congratulate Tori and Alex for becoming our New Sidemount Instructors.  Tori, a former Capilano University Professional Dive Instructor candidate who has returned to Ocean Quest to take her Sidemount Instructor program and Alex has come all the way from Germany!

Monday night was the Classroom session where we covered the PADI Standards for the Sidemount Instructor course, as well as practicing the dry skills that will be introduced to the students the pool night.  Everyone did a great job, and had the opportunity to present some of the skill sets that they will teach in their own Sidemount courses when they are instructing.

Wednesday night we went to SFU Pool where we spent 2 1/2 hours practising the skills for real, and each of the Instructor Candidates were tasked with teaching a couple of the various skills that they will be teaching in the ocean.  This is the time where we learn to perfect the skills so we have roll-model like skill levels.

Sidemount Class
Sidemount Class

Friday and Saturday were Ocean days where each candidate had to teach two of the three dives that the the users levels would be learning.  Each candidate was put to the test, fixing errors and making sure that the dives will run safely.  After being put to the test, everyone was able to make the cut!! Well done to everyone!!  Amy, Nathan, and Chantal need to complete their Ocean dives yet before certification.

Interested in taking the Sidemount Instructor course, contact Ocean Quest for more details.

June’s Tec Sidemount Course

Sidemount Pool Training
Sidemount Pool Training

UWE and Ocean Quest and very pleased to announce that we have completed another Tec Sidemount Course.  In our course we had Mike, Tori, Bryan and Chris.  We started out in the classroom where we learned all the new things we needed to know in order to set up your sidemount rig.  We also covered the importance of Awareness as well as conducting the NOTOX switches in order to keep yourself safe in during the various bottle switches that occur during a Tec Dive.

The next time we met we were in the poo conducting all of the basic Sidemount skills, then we increased everyone’s knowledge as we introduced another two cylinders, specifically they were being used as simulated Deco and Stage bottles.  Everyone did a great job, so it was off to the ocean!!

Recreational Sidemount Training
Tec Sidemount Class

During day one of the Ocean dives we were operating out at Whytecliff Park, where the current was unbelievable and the visibility was next to nothing.  Everyone was up to the task though and successfully completed the dives that we were required.  The next day we decided to head over to Tuwanek in order to complete the training dives with a more user friendly dive site….current was nil and visibility was unbelievable!!

Well done to everyone!  Interested in learning to learn to dive sidemount, be sure to either contact Ocean Quest, or UwExplorers and allows to schedule a course.  Don’t miss out on all the fun!!

AOW

Advanced Open Water Ocean Quest
Advanced Open Water Ocean Quest

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to announce we have three new Advanced Open Water divers.  Lenka, Brian and Holland joined us to complete their AOW.  Our class started on the Monday night where we went to work on some classroom presentations covering the importance of proper fin kicks, awareness breathing gas management as well as buoyancy.

We then proceeded in the the pool at UBC, where we took the classroom information and put it to practice in the water, where we took the time to video tape everyone’s swimming and buoyancy.  This is such a valuable way to learn proper diving, as the student actually gets to see a video debrief of their trip, movements and hand signals as they use them.  We have been receiving very positive feed back with this method of training.

The weekend had the group out conducting the PPB, Deep, Navigation, Night and Wreck dives at the various locations around the Vancouver area.  Conditions where amazing with at least 80 foot visibility and the students had an amazing time.

Looking to take your AOW, looking for great instruction, well then look no further, contact Ocean Quest and lets get you diving!!

Egmont

Egmont 2013
Egmont 2013

UWE and Ocean Quest headed off to Porpoise Bay Charters in Egmont and spent the weekend doing some of the best dives in all of British Columbia.  This is the first opportunity I have had to spend the weekend with Kal and Ann, and I have to say it was an amazing weekend!!  The diving was great as always, but I was very impressed with the with the amazing way in which Kal and Ann took care of us.  Kal certainly knows the dive sites, and conditions and I like the fact that he is conservative and I have to say I received some of the best dive site briefings every.  Current direction and which shoulder to keep the topography on, the rest was my diving experience.

Diver with Giant Pacific Octopus
Diver with Giant Pacific Octopus

I have dived in this area many times, though it’s been some time.  The sites that Kal brought us to were abundant with life.  We were treated to a free swimming Giant Pacific Octopus, which is easily one of my favourite marine life we can find in our area.  This little guy was out swimming in about 70 feet of water.  I ran into him at about 90 feet and he was thinking of heading deeper though he put on a little show for us.  Great stuff!!

Thank you to everyone for a great weekend, Stuart, Jim, Lisa, Mike, Travis and Amy, and of course Kal and Ann…great time, and great friends!  When is it time for our next trip!!

Enriched Air Divers

Steven, Travis, Mike New Enriched Air Divers
Steven, Travis, Mike New Enriched Air Divers

UWE and and Ocean Quest are very excited to announce that we have three new Enriched Air Divers.  Well done guys.  Even though the course is about 4 hours we sure do get to learn a lot about Enriched Air.  We cover all the different ways one plans their Enriched Air Dives.  We learn about Standard Mixes vs Best Mix, how to calculate your MODs and all the various safety rules we need to follow in ordered to be safe Enriched Air Divers!

We also would like to thank Mike, Travis, and Steven for donating to the Project Aware foundation, help fight to keep our oceans safe and clean.  Read more about the Project Aware mission statement at projectaware.org.

Travis and Mike, are going to put their new skills to work this weekend, diving with Ocean Quest out on the Egmont Charter weekend.  This is going to be a lot of fun! Check back for the weekends pictures!

Well done once again to our New Enriched Air Divers!