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Deep Extended Range

Everything ready to go
Enough Bottles

UWE and Ocean Quest are excited to announce we have three new Deep Extended Range Divers.  Roland, Mike and Travis completed an intensive three days of training.  First was the new dive theory that you learn in the classroom.  This is the PADI Deep course on steroids.  We cover the normal deep knowledge development but then we go in depth in your SAC rate calculation, Deep Stops, as well as the importance of Awareness and advanced Propulsion techniques such as the modified Frog kick, helicopter turns and then of course the reverse fining.

We completed this section with video’s and of course some white board work.  From there we went into Stage Bottle Set up, NOTX switches and then we took our time and calculated and Extended Range dive using Enriched air and doing exact gas calculations to ensure we had the proper amount of gas with us, we calculated our turn pressure, rock bottom and then our advanced safety stop techniques.  During this course it is important that we utilize Deep stops, and then we do a minimum 6 – 8 safety stop in order to make sure we have off gassed enough Nitrogen in order to exit the water safely.

Multiple Cylinders in Sidemount
Sidemount configuration

Saturday was the first day in the water, and the first occasion that the students had the opportunity to dive with stage bottles.  In the Deep Extended Range course it’s important to know proper configuration in order to ensure we have enough safety gas available just in case there is failure.  Once under the water we worked on fining techniques, and then we did a SAC swim so everyone could get enough data to calculate their gas requirements.  We did bag drills where the diver needs to successfully launch their SMB, but also maintain their current depth and position, once again Awareness is front and center in this kind of training.  Once the Bags were deployed we did our first stops at 30 feet, where the students needed to do the correct NOTOX Switch to their safety cylinder and ensure that a proper switch was completed.

Dive two on the Saturday we did our descent to 100 feet, and did the skills needed in dive two of the PADI Deep course, and then with the ascent we did deep stops, and out of air and share air drills in the 20 foot level, once again ensuring our Awareness was not affected.  Well done for Day one of the Deep Extended Course!

Gas Mixture analysis
Roland confirming his Gas Mixture

Day two, we all met at Ocean Quest in order to analysis our gases, on this day we would be diving on 30% Enriched Air for the bottom gas, and our stage bottles would have 40 Enriched Air for our second level and gas switch.  Everyone did an awesome job confirming their gas and then planning the dive.  The plan was to descend down to 120 feet, and spend approximately 11 minutes at depth then ascent to 60 ft and do a gas switch to the 40% cylinder.  This effectively gave us about 60 minutes of allowable No Decompression Limit

Congratulations to Everyone
Congratulations to Everyone

once to conducted our gas switch.  Our plan was to be at the safety stop with 2000 psi left in the stage bottle and then do our extended safety stop on the back gas.

The dive plan though what seemed complicated was executed perfectly.  We conducted one more dive at Tuwanek, and on completion Ocean Quest had 3 new Deep Extended Range divers!! Well done guys!!

PADI Deep Diver

Vincent W. NITROX Deep diver

UWE and Ocean Quest dive centre is very excited to announce the completion of the PADI Deep Diver course for Vincent.  Vincent came all the way from Kamloops to train with us. Overall Vincent did a great job with his PADI Deep Diver training.

At the start he had some problems with his buoyancy, but with continued hard work, he was able to over come his difficulties. Vincent also completed his PDAI NITROX course while he was here, once again Vincent did an amazing job. Well done big guy!!

PADI Deep Diver


Brian F. PADI Deep Diver
Brian F. PADI Deep Diver

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to say that Brian, has completed his PADI Deep Divers course.   Brian completed his Advanced Open Water course he went right into the his Deep Divers.

Dive One was all about skills, hovers, and bag deployemnt.  Brian, did a great job, with all of his skills!  After the skills dive we went and did a 100 foot dive, as we decended down the wall and out in the cloud sponges, Brian did some skills drills with colours, and speed drills.

Dive three, the 130ft dive Brian found challenging as he was not prepared for the increased resistance in breathing, so we slowed the dive down and started our ascent to ensure there were no problems.  After the dive it was decided that we take it easy for a couple of days and complete the last dive later in the week.

On Dive four, everything went as planned and Brian did a fantastic job.  Well done!!


Getting Decompression Sickness

Dive 4 PADI Deep Diver Course
Dive 4 PADI Deep Diver Course Max Depth 104ft

Here it is almost a week later, and I am still shaking my head.  Sunday morning, I was running dive three of the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course, and as always very much looking forward to the next set of dives.  Deep is what I do, what I love, but things will not be so routine over the next couple of hours.

As we were headed out to the decent point, I was reviewing the procedures for the dive with my two students. What the rock bottom pressure was, when we had to be off the bottom, where our first deep stops would begin, so on and so on.  The decent was picture perfect, checks at 10, more checks at 20, and then the last set of checks at 30 as we decided the dive was a go.  The depths were ticking off on my computer, 80, 90, 100 I could see the beautiful cloud sponges come into view, one at first then more and more and bigger and bigger, 115, 120, 130 we reach the target depth by minute 3.  Beautiful, dark breath taking is the best way to describe it.  The only sound I can here is my breathing.  The wall to my right is gorgeous teaming with life.

We continued on with the dive and at approximately minute 9  one of the students signals me, he is approaching rock bottom so I slowly begin the ascent back to the surface, reluctant but ascending never the less.  We reach 80 feet an begin our deep stops, 30 second holds every 10 feet until we reach the safety stop area and for todays dive the 20 foot mark is our agreed upon deep stop depth.  Once there we execute a min 8 minute simulated emergency decompression stop, where we hang at that depth for 8 minutes and then slowly ascend to the surface from there. The dive was picture perfect, text book if you will.

After a 1 hour 18 minute surface interval we descend down on the graduation dive of the PADI Deep Diver course, and do a total repeat of the the first dive though the maximum depth has been shallowed to 130 feet, and once again things were picture perfect.  Some 35 minutes later we are on the surface rinsing our gear, chatting and reviewing everything that had happened, as we loaded the gear and departed.  Routine it was, the same thing I do time and time again, though the day would not end as routinely as it had begun.

Comex 30 Re-Compression Chamber Dive
Comex 30

We departed Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, and headed back to the dive centre.  Just as I had exited the highway, I had a severe case of virtigo happen and I could barely keep the vehicle on the road, so I pulled off, and had Greg V drive so we could make it back to the shop. The symptoms seemed to pass within 5 – 6 minutes and life got back to normal for a few minutes, until the severe abdominal pain started with skin itchiness, shoulder pain and numbness radiating over the left side on my back to the shoulder and into the jaw.  I knew then something was not right, so I went on oxygen and called the Vancouver General Hospital Hyperbaric  Chamber where I was told to report to emergency right away.

Once I arrived at VGH, I was ushered in through the Emergency Department, Xrayed, CT Scanned, IV’d O2’d and into the chamber where I did an 8 hour long Comex 30 Re-compression profile.  Things are doing much better, though it appears I will be out of the water for 6 weeks,  I think that is the longest I have been out of the water in the past 6 years, but a little R&R never killed anyone…maybe some travel is in order?  Mmmmm could be fun!

PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course

Mark and Greg PADI Deep Specialty Course
Mark and Greg PADI Deep Specialty Course

UWE and Ocean Quest are excited to announce we have two new graduates from the PADI Diver Specialty Course.  Mark and Greg started the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course on the 2oth of Jan where we working on some of the academics.  We worked on the concepts of gas management, Surface Air Consumption Rates,gas matching, rock bottom.  It was a steep learning curve as we went further and more in depth then what is expected for the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course.

On the first ocean day, we work on finning and buoyancy skills, SAC rate calculations through a SAC swim, out of air drills and holding of on safety stops.  The second dive was had us heading down to 100 feet, and practiced and deep stop scheduling, and once again the safety stops.  One can not be to careful SAFETY STOPS!

The second ocean day we headed down to 130 feet, where we did some pressure related demonstrations, and then on our ascent we did deep stops every 10 feet starting at 70 feet.  Overall it was a great dive!  Both students were very surprised how my gas was needed for the rock bottom, we had to be off the bottom with 1800 psi.  The final dive we a fairly simple 100 ft dive which went off once again without a hitch.

Well done to both Mark and Greg for the great work they did on the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course.

New PADI Master Scuba Diver!

Nathan M. Drysuit, EFR/O2, Rescue, Deep, Equipment & Master Scuba Diver

Uwe is very excited to say Congratulations to Nathan for his hard work and great support to us.  He came in one day simply looking for a PADI Drysuit course, and about three weeks later he walked out with a new Drysuit, fins, thermals, and a few other items to numerous to list, that and he had completed the Drysuit Course, EFR, O2 Provider, Rescue, Deep, Gear Maintenance, and the sought after Master Scuba Diver rating that PADI offers only those special few!

Nathan, was working a busy schedule so much of our training was conducted in the early mornings, in and around 6am, where he would meet me at Whytecliff park so we could get the required dives completed.  He too a bit of a warm water diver, and yes you have it Southeast Asia, we hit it off right away.  Nathan quickly adapted to the colder waters and he should excellent diving skills in the way he adapted to the new environment and new equipment. 

With the Drysuit course under his belt we went into the classroom and was able to complete the EFR and O2 Provider course, in preparation to completing his Rescue course and the numerous knowledge reviews that are in this course.  Nathan was equal to the challenge and we quickly dispensed with the the paper work and it was off to two days in the ocean where we did the confined skills and then the open water scenarios that are required for this course.

Now one would think he would have had enough of me by this point, but nope he went and did the PADI Deep Diver course, were there are four dives that gives the diver experience to the 130ft mark.  Nathan and I started off slowly and made our way down to the 130ft mark where you could see how much he had learned over the weeks of diving together!

I had to find one more specialty course for Nathan so we could get PADI to award him the Master Scuba Diver rating, so of course it would be the Equipment course.  This course was done free of charge, I mean with all the gear and training he had done with me, it was only fair that I give something back, and this was the course we had decided on.  With this course being completed we were able to complete what was required to get him the rating he was looking for!  Great work Mate!!

I hear Nathan is currently in Dallas working on his DiveMaster Course, good luck buddy….I hope we get to dive together again!!