UWE and Ocean Quest are back at it, and we have just started our first open water of 2012. Today was day one of the course and we had all six students in the pool first thing this morning so we could work on Confined Water 1 – 3. The 6 students were divided into two groups with 3 for me and 3 for Mike T.
Everyone did an amazing job, they quickly got use to the equipment and started showing how comfortable they were in the water. On completion of the the pool sessions, we headed back to the class, and started to complete the knowledge reviews for chapters 1 – 3. So far everyone is doing a fabulous job, keep up the great work!!!
This weekend was spent training, and boy did we do a lot of that!! Saturday had us conducting a Drysuit course, with three students. We did the skills dive out in Coopers Green. The students did a great job getting through the skills, and staying together in the not so stellar visibility. Once completed, we all headed back tot he shop where, we completed the knowledge reviews, and then prepared for the next days training in NITROX.
Sunday had a full boat headed out to 9 mile point and the HMCS Chaudiere. We were doing a Nitrox, Advanced Nitrox and Decompressions procedures course. So, the Nitrox group teamed up with the Tec guys doing there training. Nine mile point was a good dive, visibility was much better but still at depth. Dive two on Sunday had us on the wreck, and on this occasion we did the dive towards the stern. I was amazed on how much more life there was on the wreck this year. We stayed up the wreck as we headed aft, and then along the keel until about mid ships where we brought one of the NITROX Divers up to the 70 foot ascent line and headed back down to the bridge, and a nice swim through through the bridge, ops room and then through the sonar control room.