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Three New PADI Open Water Divers

Barbara B New PADI Open Water Diver
Barbara B New PADI Open Water Diver

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre are very excited to announce that we have Three New PADI Open Water Divers!  Jeremy, Ryan and Barbara decided to brave the cold January temperatures and get their PADI Open Water Diver certification.  We started in the pool and classroom on the 7 – 8 of January and everyone did a fantastic job.  All three worked hard in the pool and were very quick to master the skills that needed to get them to the ocean.

On the second weekend we were out to Whytecliff park to work on the Open Water skills and all three students held their own.  As always, there was some rough buoyancy skills but over the four dives all three students were able to work things our and showed that they had what it takes to be a diver!!

Well done to the Three New PADI Open Water Divers!!


First Open Water of 2012

Jan 2012 PADI Open Water Course

UWE and Ocean Quest are back at it, and we have just started our first open water of 2012.  Today was day one of the course and we had all six students in the pool first thing this morning so we could work on Confined Water 1 – 3.   The 6 students were divided into two groups with 3 for me and 3 for Mike T.

Everyone did an amazing job, they quickly got use to the equipment and started showing how comfortable they were in the water.  On completion of the the pool sessions, we headed back to the class, and started to complete the knowledge reviews for chapters 1 – 3.  So far everyone is doing a fabulous job, keep up the great work!!!


Two New PADI Open Water Divers

Mike and Alexis New PADI Open Water Divers

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre are very excited to announce we have two new PADI Open Water Divers. Alexis and Mike joined us a few weeks ago wanting to do a private course, as they worked crazy hours, and they had a trip planned to Cozumel, in 9 days now! So we got hard at it and worked on all of their academics and Confine Water skills over a two day period.   Both excelled with diving, though there were some concerns about the mask drills.  Mike and Alexis opted to do the Drysuit addon (smart move) as the water temperatures are cool right now.

The next two training days were spent in the ocean showing what all they had learned.  Both did an awesome job, we spent some time exploring and sometime doing those skills that none of us like to do, but must to prove we can do them.  Yesterday we were all rewarded with a Seal Pup encounter, and this little guy is so friendly, that he would come up and let us scratch his tummy!  Wow, where do we go from there for encounters?  Crazy fun!!

Well done guys, I hope we get a chance to dive together again very soon!  Want to dive…be sure to visit Dive Ocean Quest Dot Com 

November Open Water Course – 13 New Divers

Open Water Course Ocean Quest

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre, has been hard at work with our latest PADI Open Water Diver Course training! Our course kicked off with the Introduction night on the 16th of November where all 16 students gathered to learn about the Open Water training they were getting ready to take.

Our first weekend we headed right into the pool first thing Saturday morning, where we worked on completing the confined skills to dive 1, 2 and 3.  Then we headed back to the classroom to work on the corresponding knowledge reviews, and quizzes that need to be done.  The 20th had us meeting to complete Module 4 and 5, plus the test, and size everyone for their drysuits.  The afternoon had us at the SFU pool where we use the deep tank so we could complete all the skills and work

Group of Divers heading to the water

on perfecting the much needed skill “BUOYANCY”.

This weekend past had us heading to the Ocean to work on everyones Open Water dives, and talk about crazy but there was 22 of us, including instructors and Dive Masters.  There was plenty of rain falling and the water was a cold 46 degree.  But everyone in the class did a fabulous job, and worked hard even though they were cold and they were all able to complete their dives.

Only one day left, and sure enough Sunday had high winds and heavy rains.  It was so bad that we had to cancel the dive

at Whytecliff and change over to Cates park, where the water was flat calm, cold and visibility was measured in inches vice feet. But sure enough all of our students met the challenging conditions head on and completed their training like pros!

Well done to all, you should be very proud to have been able to complete their training, I know we are!!

PADI Open Water Diver

Amy M. PADI Open Water Diver

UWE is very excited to announce that Amy M. has successfully completed the PADI Open Water Divers course.  From all she has indicated this has been something she has wanted to do for many years!  Well Amy, you have done it!  She is a natural and most likely the easiest person I have ever trained.  I would show her a skill, and she would repeat it without a problem.  I know, there are many of my students that are like that, but Amy well she would actually re practice the skills, repeat it and repeat it until she had it perfect.

It was off to the Open Water, and due to how busy my schedule was, Amy’s Open Water dives where scattered a little, but she banged off all the skills she needed to do, with the required number of dives.  Since her certification she has not looked back, she is up to 11 dives now, and she has just recently completed the NITROX divers course and she is now starting to work on her Advanced Open Water.

Well done Amy, keep working hard, you are certainly a natural!!

Congrates to Our New PADI Open Water Diver

Mylene PADI Open Water

UWE and EcoSea Dive are very excited to announce that Mylene of Montreal Canada has successfully completed her Open Water training with PADI.

On Day 1, Mylene was hard at work in the classroom, learning all the does and don’ts about diving.  Judging by hear marks she had no problems with that area of the training.  We could tell she would be a natural.

Day 2, had her meeting me out on the island, and that is where we got started on doing all of her confined water skills.  Mylene was a little nervous at the start, and we had a couple of little hiccups, but with her determination and hard work we made short work of all of her confined water skills.  We went from there right into Ow dive 1, which turned out being the most unbelievable drift dive I have seem inside the bay.

Day 3 and we were back out doing the Open Water portion of her course.  Mylene, had no troubles and was treated to some of the nicest diving I have seen in Cambodia, seeing Blue spotted rays, Puffer Fish, Scorpion Fish, and many many other things!  Well done to you Mylene!!