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Three Days of Fun Diving!!

Uwe has been out helping Vista Sea Sport this week, with the many many divers that have been out enjoying the amazing diving here in the Sea of Cortez!  Day 1 – 3 had us out with 7 divers that joined us from Boulder Colorado.  The trip leader and Padi Course Director Sage was doing and AOW course with Kathy, and with them were 5 other divers were on the boat.

Day 1 had us head down to the Cerro Verde dive sites.  These were mainly check out dives used to get weighted off and accustomed to the waters here on the Baja.  We were treated to some stone fish, Moray Eels, and turtle sightings!!  What could be better.

Balloon FIsh
Balloon Fish from Vista Sea Sports

Day 2 had us heading down to Cabo Pulmo, where we conducted two dives one at Islote (meaning little rock) and dive two was at Los Morro del Norte.  The first dive good, but the current was playing and shifting around on the site and we ended up covering the same group in order to swim.  We sighted a Guitar ray which was very nice to see. On the second dive, which was all drift we were treated to an abundance of schooling fish, parrot fish and then the big guy himself, a giant sized Jew fish.  It was amazing.  We also had some ray and eel sightings.  Overall it was a good day of diving.

Day 3 had us heading down to dive in Punta Perico (The Bay of Dreams) we were treated to one of the longest boat rides I have had in a long time.  The wind was up as were the seas, and needless to say it certainly was not the driest ride I have ever had.  Once we arrived on site we headed in to the bay to find some shelter from the wind, and to warm up a little before hitting the water.  We took some time set up our equipment, and then headed out to the entry area.  Now I have been  told there are some awesome swim throughs, and I have not found then up until this fine day!  Ten minutes in the dive we found ourselves swimming though three or four various tunnels that lead from the deeper part of the wall, up to the shallower parts of the wall.  We were traversing from 30 foot down to 50 – 55 foot and vice versa, it was amazing…so much so everyone wanted to do dive two here as well!

Down in the Baja…want to get some diving in!!  Be sure to look up Vista Sea Sport!!

Another Busy Week

[singlepic id=268 w=220 h=140 mode=watermark float=left]UWE would like to congratulate the following students for their hard work, great sense of humor, and we have had so much fun diving with.

Cheyanne Z. just successfully completed for Advanced Open Water!  Chey, is an amazing little diver, who has improved so very much from the last time I dove with her.  She Did the usual, Nav and Deep dives, then wreck, PPB, and U/W photography!  While doing her deep dive we have the amazing opportunity to dive at 9 Mile Point, where we encountered 4 Giant Pacific Octopi!  So cool!

[singlepic id=269 w=220 h=140 mode=watermark float=right]Lena, and Venessa, just completed their SDI Open water divers course today. They are naturals, we made it through the pool sessions with flying colors.  So it was off to Tuwanek, to do their dives 1 and 2, and though visibility was short, they had no problems completing what was needed to be successful. Today we had them out on the the boat, where we dove on the Sail Boat at Tuwanek Point, and then the second dive over on [singlepic id=270 w=220 h=140 mode=watermark float=left]Pipers Point!  Visibility was marginally better there, but we had a great swim, and found ourselves an Octopus den, though no one was home.

Once we had it back to the shop, James Z.  Cheyanne’s father was there, and we were able to complete his TDI Nitrox knowledge reviews and complete his course and certify him as a Nitrox Diver!  Way to go James![singlepic id=267 w=220 h=140 mode=watermark float=right]

Once again, congratulations to everyone for all their great work!  I look forward to diving with you again soon!!

New Advanced Open Water Divers

UWE would like to congratulate Rod E., Connie E., and Bill M., for successfully completing their Padi Advanced Open Water course.  We kicked off their training Saturday morning, out in Tuwanek.  All three students indicated that they had not been scuba diving in at least a year, so the first couple of dives were used as check out dives.  The visibility on Saturday was pretty close, with large particals in the water making the check out dives more challenging.

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Connie E. Rod E. Bill M.

On Sunday we head of down the inlet to conduct the Deep dive of the Advanced Open Water which was done on the HMCS CHAUDIERE, which is always a good dive.  You could certainly see there was lots of excitement.  On the second dive, it was decided that we were heading to the Tzoonie Narrows for the drift dive, however we got skunked as there was little to no movement at all, but there was a very large number of Giant Nudi’s which are on of my favorites.

Tuesday night we decided we would try the Dirft option once again. so we packed up and headed off to the Tzoonie Narrows once again and sure enough we got ourselves a great drift dive.  The second dive was to be a night dive which was conducted off the boat on the left island in Tuwanek.  We rolled in right at the mooring line that drops us past the Octo den, so of course we had to check it out.  Once we had certainly freaked that octopus out with all the bright dive lights, it was off towards the shallows for my muck dive, where we saw a couple of small gunnels, a red octopus and many other cool little critters.

Today had us back at Tuwanek for the completion of the Nav portion of the Advanced Open Water.  Well done to all involved!!