Tag Archives: TDI

Diving with the Crew

UWE has been back on the Sunshine Coast for the month of October, diving with the old crew.  Sarah, Rob, Nancy, Paul, Jeremy, Bruno and Sam.  We have been out at the all time favorite shore site, yes you got it Tuwanek.  We have been treated to the Giant Pacific Octopus, and Wolf Eel’s, all the fabulous marine life that Tuwanek has to offer, and as always the visibility was 100 ft plus!!  Temperatures are dropping that is for sure, but great diving never the less!

Hooded Nudibranch

We also made it out on the zodiac for a days worth of diving.  We picked two dive sites which we/I had never dived before.  The first site, is one I had wanted to try on a few occasions but never really made it in there.  I can not remember the name of the place, but it was the rocks just down from Pipers Point,  it had some very interesting areas, we even ran into two Giant Pacific Octopods, one that appeared to have died very recently, then the second in the same den which was still alive.  The topography was amazing.  Then the second dive site was 9 mile point, but we went in around the corner, where normally the divers are exiting at so it was a new area for us.  Once again the wall was amazing topography wise, and it had plenty of depth.  The one group of divers had indicated that they had seen an octopus, around 80 – 90 foot, but the group I was with did not.

Overall it was fabulous diving the inlet again, as well as diving with my old friends, and meeting some new people….thank you to all who made the dives so wonderful!

DiveSafe International

DiveSafe International

So, things have been pretty darn quiet on the blog…and needless to say, it has not been on purpose.  UWE has relocated at short notice to of all places Campbell River, so we could join up with DiveSafe International, which is a Commercial Dive Training College, who wants to expand into the Recreational market.

We are offering career training, Dive Master and Dive Instructor training and obviously Commercial Dive training…which is there main stay work.  We are also in the process of opening a retail store which is already partially stocked, and ready to go.

So if you are in Campbell River, or planning on coming here be sure to stop in..you never know there may be a career change in your future.

Course Training Page Updated

Last minute checks

UWE, is in the process of updating the Training Center here at Uw Explorers.  We have completed the Technical Diving section.  We have updated prices and number of dives.  Don’t miss out on some of the best training and diving you can imagine.

We offer Technical training through PADI/DSAT and TDI.  If there is a technical course you want to take and you do not see it on our website be sure to send us and email, so we can send you out some information of the course, and where you can take it.  In most cases we bring in guest instructors if we are not able to conduct the course.

Are you Prepared??

This is from a poster that was created by the famous Cave Explorer Sheck Exley;

Sheck Exley What If Chart....
Sheck Exley

Before the Dive, What if…;

  • The gas company put the wrong gas in the cylinders you fill from?
  • The wrong grade of helium is in them?
  • THere are impurities in the gas?
  • You miscalculate your mixtures and have too much oxygen?
  • Too little oxygen?
  • Too much Nitrogen?
  • Too much Helium?
  • The for mixing is wrong?
  • The filling temperatures are different?
  • The dive shop filling your tanks allows the gas to bleed back into their bank system?
  • Your cylinders contain flammable materials and you put in pure oxygen?
  • The dive shop tops your deep tanks with bad air?
  • A pinhole leak allows the helium to leak but other gases remain?
  • Your get the cylinders mixed up while filling?

One the Descent, What if…;

  • You do not have enough oxygen when you submerge?
  • Your depth gauge reads shallow?
  • A tank you thought had trimix was really nitrox, etc?
  • You over breath your regulator?
  • You have a delay before ascending?
  • You have a delay on the way down?
  • You have to exert a lot on the bottom?
  • You have a five minute line entanglement etc, on the bottom?
  • You lose your dive partner on the bottom?
  • You get blown from the dive site?
  • You lose your mask?

During Decompression, What if…;

  • The decompression tables you have don’t work?
  • You lose your decompression tables?
  • You lose your watch?
  • You lose your depth gauge?
  • You run out of decompression gas?
  • You drop one of your decompression cylinders?
  • Some steals on of your decompression cylinders?
  • Your decompression cylinders have leaked?
  • You are delayed at a decompression stop?
  • Danger from hazardous marine life keeps you from completing your decompression?
  • Your drysuit floods?
  • You get hypothermia?
  • You get the bends

These are all the situations one should think of when Technical Diving…and be sure you can accept the risks!! Otherwise do not do it!!

New Downloads

UWE has been work expand their downloads section and have just added two new down load files as well as a new category.  We have added the users manual for the Azimuth users manual.  Once again this is not a substitute for the proper training and training manual.

Azimuth SCR (602)

We have also added the download category for the footage that is shot by the divers from Uw Explorers.  Though all of our footage is HD, these downloads are down in the compressed MP4 formate which makes them smaller and easier to download.

Cabo Pulmo 2 (963)

New Decompressions Diver

[singlepic id=259 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE would like to congratulate Bruno P. for his successful completion of the TDI Decompressions Procedures course.   Last night Bruno and I headed out to the HMCS Chaudiere to complete his certifying dive.  Our dive plan was for 150 ft, for 25 minutes, which was a bit deeper then what we actually did for our dive.  In the end, the bottom time worked to 30 minutes with a max depth of 135ft.

As we left the bottom to our first decompression stop we had a short 14 minute obligation which was cut in half when we reached the 20 foot mark where we did our gas switch to 100 percent O2.  Over all the dive time was 57 minutes.  The visibility on the Chaudiere was about 50 foot once we hit the 90 ft mark.