UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Center are excited to announce we have completed another Recreation Sidemount Course – June 2014. We started with our first classroom session on the evening of the 26th of Sept. We learned all the things needed to be a Sidemount Diver, as well why one would want to dive Sidemount. Once we completed the presentation we started to do dry land practice so the student would know what to expect in the pool, which was completed for the 28th.
During the pool session, we practiced all the various skills the diver will need to successfully dive sidemount. We also worked on fine tuning the gear as the 29th was our Ocean day where with would be doing 3 dives. During the ocean session, all of the students did an excellent job completing what was asked of them. One of the big things that was stressed as well, is to make your own decision on gear selection based on first hand knowledge not what someone tells them it should be. All the loud voices for this kind of training are basing gear need on Cave, fresh warm water diving and have zero experience in what is is like in the cold waters off of British Columbia, in a dry suit with big dry gloves on.
If you are interested in taking a sidemount course, be sure to let me know, I will help get one organized for you.
Once again well done to all on the Recreational Sidemount Course – June 2014!!!
Our Rec/Tec Sidemount Class is done over a 4 day period of time with one evening being a classroom session that not only discusses Sidemount, the benefits of diving sidemount. The many different configurations for Sidemount, and also we work on the skills we will be conducting in the pool and ocean in the classroom so we can practice good form. We also stress that we do things to make getting into Sidemount a little more user friendly, things such as longer chokers and tail clips so when you are learning it is less frustrating getting in and out of your set up. We also stress that as you become more comfortable with diving sidemount, you can tailor your set up, shorten chokers, everything to make it more streamlined. We also show you that we a training to dive open ocean sidemount, not Cave sidemount, so things will be a little different then what is read on all these forms that discuss how things must be, but do not address the issues with cold water, dry gloves and open ocean. Everything you learn with us, can be tailored for the environment you are diving in.
Our pool session covers advanced fining techniques, lost regulator procedures, S drills, Valve drills, as well as detaching and swimming with the cylinders in front of the diver. We also stress proper trim, which is so very important in your proper diving position. As the training progress, we will conduct video play back so you can see what you are actually doing during the skills practice and we find that people improve so much more quickly by seeing what they look like in the water.
Once the pool session is completed we head to the ocean. In order to be successful in the Recreational training you need to complete at least three dives and demonstrate proper and say skill execution. We continue to stress proper trim, which we see improvement from the pool, though not perfect, you can still be successful and complete the course and struggle with trim. Trim is mastered by diving, and though it is easy once you are able to do it, it does take practice. To complete the Tec Sidemount part of the training there are two additional dives that you must complete with wearing up to 4 cylinders, and complete the various skills that you need to demonstrate. We use the Tec Sidemount course as the stepping stone to the Tec 40 training as we need to have good bottle handling skills in order to be successful in the Tec 40 program so its a good idea to take this prep course.
Once again well done to everyone for their great work on the Rec/Tec Sidemount Class. Interested in taking the Sidemount course, feel free to email us or call Ocean Quest so we can make arrangements with your training.
UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to congratulate Tori and Alex for becoming our New Sidemount Instructors. Tori, a former Capilano University Professional Dive Instructor candidate who has returned to Ocean Quest to take her Sidemount Instructor program and Alex has come all the way from Germany!
Monday night was the Classroom session where we covered the PADI Standards for the Sidemount Instructor course, as well as practicing the dry skills that will be introduced to the students the pool night. Everyone did a great job, and had the opportunity to present some of the skill sets that they will teach in their own Sidemount courses when they are instructing.
Wednesday night we went to SFU Pool where we spent 2 1/2 hours practising the skills for real, and each of the Instructor Candidates were tasked with teaching a couple of the various skills that they will be teaching in the ocean. This is the time where we learn to perfect the skills so we have roll-model like skill levels.
Friday and Saturday were Ocean days where each candidate had to teach two of the three dives that the the users levels would be learning. Each candidate was put to the test, fixing errors and making sure that the dives will run safely. After being put to the test, everyone was able to make the cut!! Well done to everyone!! Amy, Nathan, and Chantal need to complete their Ocean dives yet before certification.
Interested in taking the Sidemount Instructor course, contact Ocean Quest for more details.