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First Open Water of 2012

Jan 2012 PADI Open Water Course

UWE and Ocean Quest are back at it, and we have just started our first open water of 2012.  Today was day one of the course and we had all six students in the pool first thing this morning so we could work on Confined Water 1 – 3.   The 6 students were divided into two groups with 3 for me and 3 for Mike T.

Everyone did an amazing job, they quickly got use to the equipment and started showing how comfortable they were in the water.  On completion of the the pool sessions, we headed back to the class, and started to complete the knowledge reviews for chapters 1 – 3.  So far everyone is doing a fabulous job, keep up the great work!!!

PADI Drysuit Diver

PADI Drysuit Diver

UWE and Ocean Quest are excited to announce we have two new PADI Drysuit Divers.  Roger and Mark showed up on Wednesday morning got all fitted up and out we went to the ocean.  Conditions were excellent, the sun was out, and the water clear.  Our first dive was spent in the shallows, practicing skills, to ensure everyone was safe in their suits.

On dive two we headed out to the Channel Marker where we had an excellent dive exploring the area, checking out the fabulous critters one can see at Whytecliff park.  Well done to both students on their PADI Drysuit Diver course!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

UWE and Ocean Quest are excited to announce we have three new PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.  Joel, Mark and Matt joined UWE an OQ on the 19th of Dec to work on their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver training.  We met early at the shop where we covered the knowledge reviews for the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy and the PADI Wreck Adventure Dives.

We headed down to Porteau Cove where we went out to the tired reef and worked on Buoyancy, efficient fin kicks, and diver awareness.  All of the students did an excellent job.  There was some small problems getting the hover completed but with hard work all of the students were able to work things out with little trouble.  When we were working on the frog kick, helicopter turns, and back finning it was obvious everyone had no problems with the most of the kicks but the back finning was certainly a challenge.

We proceeded to doing the Wreck, Deep, Night and Navigation dives.  All of the dives went very well, and I think everyone was most impressed with the night dive.  We all agreed there is something peaceful with night diving.  Well done to everyone!!!


New PADI Drysuit Diver

Shawn A. Drysuit Course Jul 11

UWE would like to say congratulations to Shawn for his successful completion of his PADI Drysuit Diver Course.  He like I is a fello warm water diver, one who has found the charms of Southeast Asia.  A place where the diving and people are equally exciting.

Shawn’s course was a little rushed as the dive centre which hired me to complete the training, did not afford the classroom time that is needed to make this a truly rewarding course, but we did our best to make it the most informative one as possible.  Shawn did a stupendance job with the skills, and hopefully he will become a cold water diver as I have.

Well done Shawn!!!

PADI Drysuit Diver

Tara A, PADI Drysuit

Big changes for UWE this year.  We have returned to Canada and I am working in Vancouver mainland, diving at the world famous Whytecliff park.  The visibility to marginal at best, and the water temperatures are cold for sure.  Well cold for this guy, having just returned from the fabulous Southeast Asia. 

Tara, my Drysuit student on the other hand, did a bang up job diving the area.  These were her first ocean dives in the Pacific Northwest but she certainly did a bang up job.  She made little work of her skills and quickly learned to master the drysuit.  Well done to you Tara!!

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