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Explorer Dive

[singlepic id=230 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]Uwe and SCDC went out on the first explorer dive of 2009, and boy what a great time we had! We drove the boat to the launch at Egmont, so we could cut down on the cold transit time from Sechelt. It was beautiful being able to be on the dive site in 10 minutes verse 60 minutes. We loaded up at the Back Eddy Pub and got headed up the Agamemnon to the second or third by on the left, and readied ourselves for the dive.

Once we were all suited up it was off the boat into the water, where we discovered that there was a slight surface current. That took us off the wreck site a little, as we discovered on our descent. We dropped and ended up in 100 ft of water. As the bottom came into site we were treated with a Cabezon siting, which is not an often seen fish in the Sechelt Inlet. Once settled in we started our search for the wreck, knowing we were a little deep for it we slowly swam to the left knowing the dive would shallow,[singlepic id=229 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right] and sure enough out of the haze we say a sizeable bow lumming out at us.  The boat was made of wood, and the conditions had been hard on it.  There are many items one needs to be sure about so as not to get under thing in the event they were to fall on you…all and all though it was a great dive!!  The other thing that was great was that there were four or so large lings hanging around because of the various egg masses that were there.

Want to dive this wreck….be sure to give Suncoast Diving a call, or stop by the SC Dive Club site and find out more information for our next dives there.

Weekly Night Dive

[singlepic id=226 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]UWE and SCDC once again met at Suncoast Diving to head out for their weekly drop in night dive.  It was a little hit and miss, as early in the day it was snowing rather heavy.  Never being to cold to dive, the roads can be pretty rough down into Tuwanek so we were not to sure how the day would work out.  Thankfully, the snow did not stick, nor did it snow for too long, so sure enough…off we went at 4, headed to the dive site.

Once again there was a pretty good turn out for the dive.  The water temperature on the surface has certainly decreased a lot as [singlepic id=225 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]it is in the 39 degree range, though still fairly warm at depth, as it was still in the low 50’s.  Sam had the shop camera with her, and I had switched from video back to my still camera, and we certainly were not disappointed.  I found a Red Octopus once again, and then not to long afterwards, I found a Pip Fish sitting on the bottom in about 40 feet of water or so.  We also had some Sculpins, Hair Crabs, and a Giant Nudi, which is always a favorite.

Once again, come on out and come night diving with us…we promise it will be a blast!!

SCDC Drop in Night Dive

[singlepic=212,320,240,watermark,left]SCDC and Uw Explorers went out on their first weekly drop in night dive.  Sam, Bob, Bruno, Jeremy and I met at Suncoast Diving for 4 in the afternoon, gathered together our gear and headed off to Tuwanek for our first club night dive.

Once in Tuwanek, it was quite evident that the tide was up, so we could pretty much dress and splash we were in the water. Bruno, Bob and Jeremy buddied up and headed out for a tour around the left island.  As always they were n search for that ever illusive Giant Pacific Octopus.  They zeroed in on two den’s but sadly no one was home.  Sam and I were going on a photography dive so we teamed up with the plan to head down as far as far as the first Octopus den, and after a quick check, we new either he was not using it any longer, or he was out hunting.

We spent a large majority of our dive in the 60 – 80 foot range, searching through the mud in order to find [singlepic=206,320,240,watermark,right]what little critter was out and enjoying the evening.  We ran across a Black Eyed Hermit crab, red rock crab, Plainfin Midshipman, a little red octopus, and many many of little guys.

The visiiblity though a night dive was huge, clear and the water was in the 52 degree range at depth…but it was certainly far cooler on the surface to about 15 feet or so, where there was lots of fresh water run off from the mountains.  Interested in joing the dive club?? Be sure to stop by Sunshine Coast Dive Club!!

Sechelt Inlet Diving

[singlepic=67,320,240,watermark,left]The past week has been a busy week in the Sechelt Inlet. UW Explorers spent Tuesday doing a deep decompression dive on the Power Lines at 150 feet. We made our way down into the Big Chimney Sponges. The visibility was not bad but still pretty murky in the 25 – surface water column.

Thursday had us out in Coopers Green, and completed Julie’s Open Water course through SDI. The day was good, and the weather certainly improving as the week went along. The water is about 2 degree’s cooler then[singlepic=69,320,240,watermark,right] the inlet, and the visibility is pretty murky to almost 40 feet, and very dark. Overall it was another good day of diving, and a big congratulations to Julie for completing her Openwater course!

Friday we were out on the boat conducting some fun diving with a couple of customers. The visibility was amazing with easily 100 foot. The first dive was at Half Island, and the marine life was in great abundance, and we lucked out with an encounter with a small octopus. Dive two was out at Tuwanek Point, and once again the visibility was amazing. From the surface, I was able to see the small sailing boat at 30 feet. As we descended I knew we were in for a great dive. The nudi’s were in great numbers, lots of crabs and various other fish.

[singlepic=68,320,240,watermark,left]Today was spent diving with the Sunshine Coast Dive Club, and once again we were out to the right island in Tuwanek. Overall the dive was great at 51 minutes. There was a good surface current to deal with, but the vis was amazing, and it was another great dive!!