UWE was out with Ocean Quest Dive Centre enjoyed a presentation from Glen Dennison about his work on Glass Sponge Bioherm and Gardens in Howe Sound. I personally have seen many many cloud sponges, and they are simply beautiful, however these Bioherms are breath taking. I found this video on YouTube. Take a few minutes and watch it, fabulous work. Keep an I out for Glenn’s book its going to be a great read, and most of the income generated will go into putting in mooring buoys for dive boats so we can dive these sites.
UWE and Ocean Quest and very excited to announce that we have a new PADI Drysuit Diver, Thomas M travelled all the way from Ontario to train with Ocean Quest. Thomas arrived the day before the dives and we worked together to view the video, and work on the knowledge reviews to get him in a good position to complete his dives on the second day.
On the second day I met Thomas at Whytecliff park, we completed the dive brief and then headed down to the waters edge for the two training dives need to complete the drysuit course. Thomas was a natural, he easily completed all the skills, so it was off to the fun diving part of the course.
Uwe is very excited to say Congratulations to Nathan for his hard work and great support to us. He came in one day simply looking for a PADI Drysuit course, and about three weeks later he walked out with a new Drysuit, fins, thermals, and a few other items to numerous to list, that and he had completed the Drysuit Course, EFR, O2 Provider, Rescue, Deep, Gear Maintenance, and the sought after Master Scuba Diver rating that PADI offers only those special few!
Nathan, was working a busy schedule so much of our training was conducted in the early mornings, in and around 6am, where he would meet me at Whytecliff park so we could get the required dives completed. He too a bit of a warm water diver, and yes you have it Southeast Asia, we hit it off right away. Nathan quickly adapted to the colder waters and he should excellent diving skills in the way he adapted to the new environment and new equipment.
With the Drysuit course under his belt we went into the classroom and was able to complete the EFR and O2 Provider course, in preparation to completing his Rescue course and the numerous knowledge reviews that are in this course. Nathan was equal to the challenge and we quickly dispensed with the the paper work and it was off to two days in the ocean where we did the confined skills and then the open water scenarios that are required for this course.
Now one would think he would have had enough of me by this point, but nope he went and did the PADI Deep Diver course, were there are four dives that gives the diver experience to the 130ft mark. Nathan and I started off slowly and made our way down to the 130ft mark where you could see how much he had learned over the weeks of diving together!
I had to find one more specialty course for Nathan so we could get PADI to award him the Master Scuba Diver rating, so of course it would be the Equipment course. This course was done free of charge, I mean with all the gear and training he had done with me, it was only fair that I give something back, and this was the course we had decided on. With this course being completed we were able to complete what was required to get him the rating he was looking for! Great work Mate!!
I hear Nathan is currently in Dallas working on his DiveMaster Course, good luck buddy….I hope we get to dive together again!!
[singlepic id=199 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE has been busy the past couple of weeks. We have been doing a large number of charters with the various people that have been here on the Sunshine coast and wishing to dive. We have had guests from Finland, Sweden, the US of A, and of course form various areas in Canada.
The conditions in the Sechelt Inlet have been good and bad so far this season. The visibility has finally settled down, and is murky to about 20 – 25 feet then pretty darn clear under the layer so to speak. Surface temperatures are between 63 – 69 F and the temperature at depth is 52 – 54 depending where you are diving.
9 Mile Point has approximately 5 octopi in the first 60 feet as you depart the cove, with plenty of Quil Back Rock fish, and various other marine life. Kunichin Point still has the male/female Wolf Eel in 40 – 47 feet of water. Tuwanek has three octopi, and 3 – 4 Wolf Eels. So, there is plenty of cool and exciting species to see in the inlet. Be sure you do not miss out.[singlepic id=86 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]
If you are interested in taking any training, be sure to stop by our Courses page, and sign up for which ever course you are interested in.
UWE and Suncoast Diving are happy to congratulate Kyle H. for his successful completion of the Drysuit course. Once the [singlepic id=235 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]knowledge reviews were completed, it was off to the training grounds of Tuwanek, and as many must know already the visibility is less then good…ok, way less then good! But, Kyle was certainly equal to the task.
Dive One, went well, with all skills being completed with little to no problems. We made our way out to the right mooring buoy, but even at 65 ft, we could only see about 10 feet, in large chunks. But when we shallowed to the safety stop then visibility droped to less then 5 feet.
Dive Two, was know porblems either, and Kyle looked like he had been diving in a drysuit all his life. Skills got completed pretty quick…but still the big talk about todays diving was how poor the visibilty was…but never worry we will always be out there, etting the dives completed!!
Interested in taking the drysuit course…well be sure to get signed up….you can even bok your course right here at UWE…so don’t miss out!!
Friday had our second Explorer trip head out the inlet towards Salmon inlet where we were hoping to dive Great Bear Bluff. So, the guys met at the dive shop for 08:30, set up and loaded the boat and we were headed out to the boat launch by a little after 9.
As we headed up the inlet, we came upon a boat that was in distress, with engineering problems, so we came along side and brought them under tow, and about 1 or so later we were back where we had started out, but the boat was back at the dock and everyone was in good condition though cold.
So, out we went again, but ended up having to drop our explorer dive and just do a dive on the Tuwanek Abyss. All and all it was a good day!!