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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!!

 

Drift Dive Specialty

Uwe and Suncoast Diving went out today on the Inlet to complete the PADI Drift Specialty Course.  Kim, came up to Sechelt from Vancouver so she could take this course, and boy what an amazing day we had.  On dive one, we stopped by at the Power Lines, this is an amazing wall dive, with a slight drift to it.  The depth on the wall is around 900ft though as you can image we remained in the top 100ft of the wall.

The wall was really beautiful as it was all covered with Feather Stars, chimney sponges, Ling cod…and sure enough, there we were on our safety stop, and there sat a Giant Pacific Octopus.  It was a young one, maybe two hands large, and it just sat on this rock on the wall, checking us out.  So, you know me…had had to get him on video, I have a couple of minutes of decent video of him.

Dive two had us out to the Tzoonie Narrows, and were we ever surprised when we saw slush/ice flows going through the narrows.  Can anyone say fresh mountain run off!!  Cold, yes it was, and before we got our nerve up to jump, Bruno had brought all the fixings for an amazing fire se we could warm ourselves, and get some things dried so we could get in and enjoy dive two.

Once everyone had warmed up it was off to the narrows for what would be another fantastic dive.  The surface temp was in the 37 – 38 f range, and below the layer was still a bone chilling 43 – 44.  The visibility was good, and we were treated to some giant barnacles, anemones, and our ever popular Moon jellies.

Overall another fantastic dive…..!