UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Center are excited to announce we have completed another Recreation Sidemount Course – June 2014. We started with our first classroom session on the evening of the 26th of Sept. We learned all the things needed to be a Sidemount Diver, as well why one would want to dive Sidemount. Once we completed the presentation we started to do dry land practice so the student would know what to expect in the pool, which was completed for the 28th.
During the pool session, we practiced all the various skills the diver will need to successfully dive sidemount. We also worked on fine tuning the gear as the 29th was our Ocean day where with would be doing 3 dives. During the ocean session, all of the students did an excellent job completing what was asked of them. One of the big things that was stressed as well, is to make your own decision on gear selection based on first hand knowledge not what someone tells them it should be. All the loud voices for this kind of training are basing gear need on Cave, fresh warm water diving and have zero experience in what is is like in the cold waters off of British Columbia, in a dry suit with big dry gloves on.
If you are interested in taking a sidemount course, be sure to let me know, I will help get one organized for you.
Once again well done to all on the Recreational Sidemount Course – June 2014!!!
UWE went with Ocean Quest Dive Center to God’s Pocket Resort in Port Hardy BC. Wednesday had us travelling to Port Hardy which had us leaving at 7:30 on the Nanaimo ferry, and a quick 5 hours later we were in Port Hardy. The drive was amazing, I had forgotten how beautiful the drive is on the island. Once in Port Hardy, Lyal picked us up with the boat and we were off to God’s Pocket Resort. This was my first trip to God’s Pocket Resort and I have to say I was very impressed. The Pocket was beautiful, it was not till I realized how organized and beautiful everything was at the resort.
We headed out the next morning to do our first dive of the week, which was a checkout Dive.
I decided to bring my Hollis Explorer Rebreather as my choice of diving method, and I was very impressed on what an awesome time I had diving this rebreather. During my first dive of the dive i had the luck opportunity to enjoy time with 50 to 100 Hooded Nudibranchs, these are so cool to sit and watch as they remind me of the venus flytrap. Our next dive had me enjoy an encounter with a free swimming Giant Pacific Octopus.
The next day, I was treated to the beauty of diving Browning Pass, and once again I was treated to a free swimming Octopus, on a wall with such beauty. There are finger sponges, Basket Stars and Red Irish Lords to name a few. The water was amazing with easily 30 – 40 foot visibility. Browning Wall has easily been the highlight of BC Diving for me.
God’s Pocket Resort, is a classy place where you get royal treatment, awesome food, well organized dive boat with an elevator for getting the divers out of the water. I am already planning my next trip to God’s Pocket Resort and beautiful waters of the Pacific Northern waters.
UWE and Ocean Quest were out this weekend working hard with our Dive Masters in Training, assisting with the Advanced Open Water course, as well as diving off Sea Dragon in Howe Sound where we conducted a Sidemount Charter. Overall things went very well. Our Dive Masters in Training split up on Saturday in two groups one with three and the other with four. We did Discover Scuba Diving training in the Ocean, SMB Deployments and then my favourite slow ascent practice which was in preparation for the Sidemount Charter the next day, as well for this upcoming weekend when we do our Deep Dive Scenario.
Our Dive Masters in Training did a fantastic job, assisting in the Advanced Open Water course, where I gather there was a good learning curve in what it means to to assist in training, and being ready for anything arising that must be dealt with. There were currents and strong winds to deal with as well, a pair of divers needing assistance on the surface which had no ties to our training.
On Sunday, the Dive Masters in Training lead the dives off the Sea Dragon charter where there was a huge learning curve having to deal buddy separation, bad visibility while also assisting on the ship preparing the the customers entry into the water. Overall our Dive Masters in Training did a great job!! Well Done!!
UWE has completed the Hollis Explorer Course that was taught by Bill Coltart from Pacific Pro Divers out of Courtenay. The course was very well run and we were able to put some of the video’s together, we hope you enjoy. I am hoping to be up and teaching the Hollis Explorer Course by late summer. I am currently spending my days diving this amazing machine that is easy to set up and predive.
Looking forward to seeing you out there diving the Hollis Explorer!!
UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Center are excited to announce that Michal, Lou and Ron for completing the Enriched Air Course this evening at Ocean Quest.
The evening was spent learning how to crunch number and analyze gas, and mark cylinders. Great work from everyone!! I was very impressed with how well every knew and understood all the finer points about Enriched air and the various ways we can work out the depths and mixes for Enriched Air.
If you are interested in taking the PADI Enriched Air course, be sure to let us know so we can get your training arranged!
UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Center are excited to announce we have 4 new PADI Equipment Specialists!! Mark, Young, Peter and Holland worked throughout the day on the Sunday, learning about Masks, BCD’s, Tanks, Regs, Computers, and Dry suits. We covered Reg service, with what a technician needs to do, and what the diver can do, we tuned in second stages, and fixed high pressure spools. We did neck pair seal replacements, as well how to go about replacing a wrist seal at the dive site. We also discussed leak checks and how they are to be conducted.
We went through Visual tank inspection procedures and how we detect cracks in the neck of your cylinders, and what it means to fail a cylinder due to stress cracks. Overall everyone had a great time! We also discussed taking the full Apex/Aqualung Reg service class which we would like to schedule in early spring.
If you are interested in learning how to do regulator services, be sure to let us know so we can include you in our email sign up list.