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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 PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors

Congrats to Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve
Congrats to Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to introduce our New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.  Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve joined me a scant 3 weeks ago in order to have me teach them their PADI Instructor Development Course, (IDC).  This was  a long 6 day process, with classroom sessions, pool skills development sessions, pool teaching presentations, and of course the Ocean teaching presentations and my all time favourite a Rescue to be performed.

Everyone came pretty well prepared and this training for some came to the them naturally, while others work longer hours to achieve the level of proficiency that would be needed to be successful.  I have to say I was very proud today seeing the wonderful performances and hearing the praise that was said about our students.  Well done to everyone!! Thank you for working so hard and well done for completing their PADI Instructor Examination!  Way to go to all if our New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!!

Tec 40 Training

Uwe and Ocean Quest went out on the last weekend of July and did Dive 1 and Dive 2 of the Tec 40 Training class.   The conditions were very good for the training, visibility good and little water movement.  Greg laid the bottom line and then the ascent line.  Once everything in place the skills circuit began with some bottle drills, hovering drills and then the valve drills.  The big skill being looked at throughout the dive was awareness and for the most part everyone did very well.

We are going to be back in the classroom this week and then the Ocean for dives 3 and 4, which of course will be more skills, and then the running of schedules with simulated decompression.  We are lucky that we have a talented set of divers whom are doing a great job and I know they will complete the training easily.  Well done to everyone and I am looking forward to diving with you all very soon!

If you are interested in taking your Tec 40 Training, be sure to contact us either Here or at Ocean Quest