UWE was out on Saturday night diving the Hillis Explorer Rebreather at Porteau Cove. We followed an easy compass bearing out to the the fire hose and then turned right and followed it to the Jungle Gym, and then we stayed at about 50 feet heading out past the Granthhall. The dive went very well. We had one diver in Sidemount, then and another in doubles and me, well you guessed it, I was on the Hollis Explorer. The rebreather performed very well, though I think battery cell number three is having problems. I have been dealing with Gus at Hollis trying to figure out what the issues are.
Porteau Cove is an awesome dive site with so much marine life and artificial reefs that it is so much fun to check everything out, especially on a night dive. I am off to Ontario for the week, so I will land locked for a little, but I will be back at it next week!
UWE was out diving at Porteau Cove, enjoying their Hollis Explorer Weekend. We set the Hollis Explorer up on the day before, ensuring that all appropriate check lists were followed. We did a quick negative pressure test, just to ensure the final checks the next day would go off without a hitch. I noticed after trying to take the Hollis Firmware update the HUD was not working 100 percent. So, the big questions was weather to cancel the dive on Closed Circuit and dive regular Open Circuit.
I got out to the Porteau Cove, and completed the Pre dive series prior to donning my gear and I notice the HUD still no acting properly, though it was running. Deciding to ensure I paid close attention to the handset I decided to try the descent. Rene and I decided to enter the water at Porteau Cove by going down the stairs since the tide was way out. Once entering the water we descended right at the beach level and started out in the main area of the dive site here at Porteau Cove.
The HUD flashed up right on descent and started to work properly for me so it was off to the dive. The
conditions were fantastic, with visibility ranging between 10 and 40 feet at depth. We spent about 2 hours underwater, and with me diving the Hollis Explorer, I was able to get very close to the marine life without disturbing them. The Explorer worked flawlessly, and I am very happy with the purchase. I have been having some minor problems with the unit, but Hollis, Gus specifically has been awesome ensuring that Hollis stands behind their unit totally.
I will be leaving for a trip to Port Hardy to stay at God’s Pocket resort to get a weeks worth of diving in, and I am planning on bringing my camera and my new Hollis Explorer Rebreather!!
Interested in diving Porteau Cove, need information on the Hollis Explorer, let me know and I am more than happy to give my advice, and dive briefing. Either email me here, or stop by Ocean Quest and we can have a chat about your diving needs