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New SSI AOW Diver here at EcoSea

Dale SSI AOW & 5 Specialties

UWE and EcoSea Dive are very excited to congratulate Dale on his successful completion of the SSI AOW program.  This program is a very intensive three days two nights of some of the most serious diving that can be found here in Cambodia.   Dale selected the 5 specialties, 8 dive training course.  He selected the Deep, Perfect Buoyancy, Navigation, Drift, Night & Limited Visibility courses.

Dale started off the day with his first taste of Advanced Navigation and buoyancy, and he meet the challenge head on and did a fabulous job at the dive.  We did low visibility navigation diving, and perfect buoyancy at the same time,  with his first two dives of day one.  That evening we headed out into the dark dark night and did a muck dive in the bay, where we were rewarded with a couple of octopus sightings, and some various night dwelling fish.

Day two had us out looking for a drift, and deep dive combination and much to our surprise we had no problems finding both.  Our first two dives where in 29  and 25 metres respectively, and Dale demonstrated excellent buoyancy as well as excellent air consumption which allowed us to exploit as much bottom time as possible.

Day 3 had us hitting the 40 metre patch just off the island of Koh Taz, this is one of the most inhospitable areas of Cambodia diving, visibility is zero and zero, high heavy currents, with zero things to see.  Not only was this the remaining deep test, but his low visibility test where Dale learned important skills that will allow him to be safe in these hostile conditions!!

Well Done DALE, excellent work mate!!!!!

Congratulations to our Newest SSI Advanced Open Water Diver

Jari K.

UWE and EcoSea Dive Cambodia are very excited to announce that we have a new SSI Advanced Open Water Diver.  If you are familiar with the SSI AOW course, you will know that Jari, had to complete a minimum of 4 Specialty courses, and in his case we did 5 Specialties.

Jari decided to tackle the Deep, Navigator, Perfect Buoyancy, Boat, and Wave Tides and Currents specialties.  Overall Jari had no problems with any of the course, though he did indicate that he found it challenging with the 40 metre dive.  Conditions were very extreme, no visibility and a piping current on the bottom.  Personally I was surprised how harsh it was.  We could not even read our Computers or SPG’s.  Jari was equal to the challenge and knocked the dive out of the ball park!! Well done!

During the Drift (Waves, Tides, and Currents) portion of the training, we treated to some of the best diving I have ever experienced here in Cambodia.  We had huge visibility, and great marine life!  I hope that conditions will remain the same for the next few weeks, so I have an opportunity to continue the great diving!!

Interested in training, be sure to stop by EcoSea Dive’s web site and check out the prices.