Suncoast Diving and Uw Explorers headed out on our first Explorer Trip. Rob, Vas, Linda, Sam, Clayton and Myself all suited up and got 20 cylinders between the 6 of use and headed out for a 4 dive day. Our plan was to cut new trail and find some new sites to dive here on the Sunshine Coast.
Once we got the zodiac all loaded up, we headed off to Coopers Green to launch the boat and head out to Pirate Rock, and Mary Island. The trip was short and we arrived at Pirate Rock in about 10 minutes. Rob and Linda suited up and were the first group into the water. Clayton was driving, and Vas, Sam and I got suited up and headed in about 10 minutes after Rob and Linda.
Visibility was only about 5 feet, throughout the dive….but the dives were still very good. There is an excellent reef off the rock, and it heads down into deep water. We stopped our descent in the 80 level, but it was certainly dropping further down as it was evident of a few steps down. During our dives, we found ourselves a Pacific Octopus, many nudis, and I am pretty sure I happened across a Rat fish. Over all a great day…. be sure to stop back and see where Explorer 2 is headed off to!
Saturday had me finishing up some open water diver training. We met at the dive shop for around 9, and got the zodiac ready, did our briefings and out we headed from Porpoise Bay Marine in Sechelt. Our boat trip was around 15 minutes as we just headed to Tuwanek Point.
This little anchorage is an excellent spot for Open Water training, as there is a beautiful sandy flat area in some 25 – 30 feet of water. The few skills we had left to complete went off without a hitch, so we were free to head out on a southerly heading and hop on the wall for a nice little wall dive!
Both students did a great job and were successful in completing their Open Water training!! Well done….be sure to stop by Suncoast Diving and see what is the schedule for up coming training.
Thursday had us diving up in Howe Sound off the coast of Gambier Island. Visibility was easily 30 – 40 meters, though cold! Water temp was in and around 45 f, but it was great diving. Our first dive had us entering the water from the dock, and we headed down in the the depths. The bottom is sandy, with a lovely wall. Sure enough hiding in one of the numerous cracks was a wolf eel, in about 70 feet of water.
As we proceeded back along the wall, in the sand we spied a lovely little red octo scurrying to the wall, hoping to get to safety….this type of octo is the smaller ones we find here in the Pacific.
Dive two had us in the shallows off a small reef in the middle of the inlet. We were able to swim most of the reef, though not a large number of fish, there were lots of nudibranch to been seen, with a hug number of the Hooded variations.
Be sure to come on into to Suncoast Diving and book yourself a charter in order to get yourself out there and enjoy the diving!!
Dive one back in BC, and out on the zodiac, and off to the Tuwanek Abyss. We rolled into the beach at the Abyss, and I took my time making sure all the equipment was set correctly…and I was amazed how heavy and 20 lbs weight belt feels again. Bob, took the customers out on the dive while Sammy was stuck with me…making sure I was alright.
We got everything situated, and short surface swim later we were descending into the deep. The vis was mucky, and dark…but still 20 feet or so, and the bottom came into view at about 45 – 50 feet. We slide down the wall and settled into the 100ft mark and proceeded along, and though the number of fish are far less then what it is in the tropics, but the topography is amazing. With about 8 minutes bottom time remaining, we slowly slide up to the 40 foot mark as our turn around started us back towards the beach.
Overall it was not as dramatic as I first thought my first cold water dive would be in the last 6 months. I am certainly looking forward to getting back at it.
UWE just up loaded the latest video. This one was taken by Sean of Canada Dive College. It is a great video…so be sure to check out the White Sided Dolphins, and see what I am saying.