Tag Archives: PADI

Certificate of Excellence

I have to say I kind of lucked out this year.  I heard early on, that PADI was running a competition, the Instructor with the largest number

Certificate of Excellence for Continuing Education
Certificate of Excellence for Continuing Education

of Master Scuba Diver Certifications, and/or the largest number of Continuing Education certifications for their are would win $200.00 for use at PADI.  So, I went to it, teaching every course I could possibly get set up.  I taught Deep, Drysuit, Sidemount, EFR, and a large number of Instructor level courses.  My record for one course was Jan’s Rescue course, where I had 6 students, who had to take the EFR and I also taught them the Emergency Oxygen Provider course.  All in all, I earned 18 certifications for one course with 6 students.

Now I know what you are thinking….if I am doing this large number of courses I must be cutting corners, and if you know me, you will know that is not the case.  I will go that extra mile, for the student.  For example, when we do a Deep course, we do two classroom sessions, one with the presentation that covers Awareness, SAC rates, Failures, Positioning, Advanced Fining Techniques and many other skills.

During 2013 I was also selected to attend the PADI Course Director Course, I was selected of ne of the 42 people who could attend.  I went

Ken Dunlop is Awarded a Certificate of Excellence for Certifying the Most Master Scuba Divers in all of British Columbia
Ken Dunlop is Awarded a Certificate of Excellence for Certifying the Most Master Scuba Divers in all of British Columbia

through a competition against all of the other Master Instructors throughout the world who applied.  This course was taken in the Dominican Republic for 13 days.  Excellent training.

If you are interested in becoming a PADI Professional, let me know.  I currently have 4 IDC’s planned for 2014.  Remember we will go that extra distances to ensure you successfully complete your Instructor Examination.  Stop by GoPro-Uw Explorers and sign up now!!

New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors

Congrats to Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve
Congrats to Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to introduce our New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.  Jay, Karen, Lucy and Steve joined me a scant 3 weeks ago in order to have me teach them their PADI Instructor Development Course, (IDC).  This was  a long 6 day process, with classroom sessions, pool skills development sessions, pool teaching presentations, and of course the Ocean teaching presentations and my all time favourite a Rescue to be performed.

Everyone came pretty well prepared and this training for some came to the them naturally, while others work longer hours to achieve the level of proficiency that would be needed to be successful.  I have to say I was very proud today seeing the wonderful performances and hearing the praise that was said about our students.  Well done to everyone!! Thank you for working so hard and well done for completing their PADI Instructor Examination!  Way to go to all if our New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!!

New Sidemount Instructors

Tori & Alex
Tori & Alex

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.

Sidemount Class
Sidemount Class

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.

Course Director Training Course

CDTC Class Dominican Repbulic
CDTC Class Dominican Repbulic

Uwe is very excited to announce that we have successfully completed the Course Director Training Course that was conducted in the Dominican Republic in early July.  The course was very well run, and we learned so many new things.  It is refreshing to be able to train with so many very professional people, seeing different ways to do things, and learning from the Lead staff from PADI.  I personally met James Morgan, Alan Jan Johnney Wetzstein.

There was certainly a lot of work to be completed in a short amount of time, but we went prepared and things seemed to go without a hitch.  If I had to do it all over again, I would certainly walk down the same path in the same way.  We have been instructors for PADI, SDI, TDI and SSI. If we are honest with ourself, we can admit that truly the best training out there is PADI.  This can be said because with each training agency I crossed over to, in order to work at various dive centers, the recurring thing that was said to us was to teach the whatever course we were teaching like a PADI course and we would be ok.  So if that is the situation, why not simply teach the PADI Programs.

 


June’s Tec Sidemount Course

Sidemount Pool Training
Sidemount Pool Training

UWE and Ocean Quest and very pleased to announce that we have completed another Tec Sidemount Course.  In our course we had Mike, Tori, Bryan and Chris.  We started out in the classroom where we learned all the new things we needed to know in order to set up your sidemount rig.  We also covered the importance of Awareness as well as conducting the NOTOX switches in order to keep yourself safe in during the various bottle switches that occur during a Tec Dive.

The next time we met we were in the poo conducting all of the basic Sidemount skills, then we increased everyone’s knowledge as we introduced another two cylinders, specifically they were being used as simulated Deco and Stage bottles.  Everyone did a great job, so it was off to the ocean!!

Recreational Sidemount Training
Tec Sidemount Class

During day one of the Ocean dives we were operating out at Whytecliff Park, where the current was unbelievable and the visibility was next to nothing.  Everyone was up to the task though and successfully completed the dives that we were required.  The next day we decided to head over to Tuwanek in order to complete the training dives with a more user friendly dive site….current was nil and visibility was unbelievable!!

Well done to everyone!  Interested in learning to learn to dive sidemount, be sure to either contact Ocean Quest, or UwExplorers and allows to schedule a course.  Don’t miss out on all the fun!!

AOW

Advanced Open Water Ocean Quest
Advanced Open Water Ocean Quest

UWE and Ocean Quest are very excited to announce we have three new Advanced Open Water divers.  Lenka, Brian and Holland joined us to complete their AOW.  Our class started on the Monday night where we went to work on some classroom presentations covering the importance of proper fin kicks, awareness breathing gas management as well as buoyancy.

We then proceeded in the the pool at UBC, where we took the classroom information and put it to practice in the water, where we took the time to video tape everyone’s swimming and buoyancy.  This is such a valuable way to learn proper diving, as the student actually gets to see a video debrief of their trip, movements and hand signals as they use them.  We have been receiving very positive feed back with this method of training.

The weekend had the group out conducting the PPB, Deep, Navigation, Night and Wreck dives at the various locations around the Vancouver area.  Conditions where amazing with at least 80 foot visibility and the students had an amazing time.

Looking to take your AOW, looking for great instruction, well then look no further, contact Ocean Quest and lets get you diving!!