UWE went and did some fun diving in Sechelt at one of our favourite dive sites. Yes, of course it was Tuwanek. Diving in Tuwanek has provided me with un countable hours of pleasure and happiness. The dive sit is easily one of the best sites around. The marine life is diverse and abundant ranging from schooling Pier Perch, plenty of rock fish, as well crab, flounder and in the summer I have found 4 octopuses within a 10 minute swim of one another.
On this days dives we split our dives between the left and right island and we were rewarded with a wolf eel encounter, huge balls of crul to swim through and last but certainly not least visibility in the 100 foot range!
Last summer UWE made a post entitle “They’re Back….”, it was in reference to the Giant Pacific Octopods having returned to Tuwanek and the four dens on the left island. This yes we are writing another story entitled close to the same. This is a post that is once again discussing the return of the majestic Giant Pacific Octopus to the dens that so well known. However it is also about my return to the Sunshine Coast, and to one of my favorite dive sites, Tuwanek Beach.
Friday had Sarah P, and myself head down to the site for what would be my first real dives this summer here on the coast. Things had changed however, I no longer in the Suncoast Diving van, but my own private vehicle, no longer a crew member for the dive center. It was really a strange feeling seeing the dive van at the site, but having nothing to really do with the series of dives they were working on.
Sarah and I dressed, and entered the water with the intention of a nice easy dive on the left island. We teamed up very well, as she enjoys just entering from the beach
, descending and just swimming various paths to the wall. I have lost count the number of times I have made this journey from beach to wall, but I am never disappointed in the life that presents itself to the diver. It is all a matter of how careful you are as you make the swum. I happened upon a Crescent Gunnel coiled on the bottom hidden in some vegetation. As we headed towards the 70ft Octopus den, we were certainly not disappointed, as there was a very nice sized octopus inhabiting this easily found den. We left from here and slow made our way around the wall, and a nice easy swim on what is a sheer wall to about 150 ft.
Throughout the serials of dives we would happen upon no less then for Giant Pacific Octopi, a number of grunt sculpins and a large number of other fish and invertebrates and what was a one time my favorite jelly fish, these were only moon jellies, not the gooseberry jellyfish that had been so loved from someone I had at one time been very close to.
As I hung at my safe stop, my mind wandering back in time, remembering the first dives here at this home town dive site. Dinner at Rob and Jen’s place, then a late afternoon dive, me having not been in the water for some 8 years, wanted to dive with someone who knew what they were doing. Also, the number of recreational and technical dives training and otherwise that Tony Holmes had taken us here for…pushing us to our limits for some, and others simply another dive in a series to get to a destination. Remembered also were the first few dive course that a new inexperienced dive instructor would conduct there, trying to emulate the other instructors that he had wanted to model himself after.
This small little area, in Tuwanek, brought back a huge flood of emotions, and memories….so good, some not so good….but in the end, everything is absorbed into the dive, and the memories of the Giant Pacific Octopus.
UWE has returned to Canada, and where was our first cold water dive…you have it Tuwanek! I had to wear this strange suit called a drysuit…not a 3mm short like I had been wearing not all that long ago while working on the Baja…but a drysuit. Needless to say, it took a minute or two in order to remember what went where and why….but we figured it out pretty quickly.
As we entered the water, we ran into at least 10 divers up to the coast from Vancouver…welcome guys! After a few questions we had it confirmed to us that vis was pretty good. Actually it was very good…I would say at least 50 foot anyways. As on all the other dives we slide down the hill and hit the wall at the 70 foot mark, and yes I was hunting for my favorite Octopus den, and sadly no one was home…and this seemed to be the same story for the other two dens we went to check out. I think we are still a little early for the big boys to return.
I can not believe, back to cold water…dam I have missed it!! Interested in doing some training with us…be sure to let us know!!
UWE and Suncoast Diving is excited to announce that we have three new Rescue Divers. Bruno, Ken and Jeremy were hard at over the past two dives working on their Rescue skills. Monday had us down in Tuwanek working on the many many confined water skills. Though not to hard as we still had time to make it down to check out the resident Octopus which is easily found on the Left Island.
Today had us out on the boat, conducting our Rescue Scenarios out at the Tuwanek Abyss. Over all all dives went off without a hitch. Visibility is a little murky down to 60 feet where it opens up nicely.
Check back soon as we UWE is working to complete Bruno’s Decompression course, and both Jeremy and Bruno are now ready to start their Dive Master training!
UWE was out puttering in Tuwanek very shallow, and they got a few minutes of some nice footage of a Kelp Crab, playing around in the weeds. As well, we captured a some frames of all the Sea Perch schooling fish, and visibility has to be unlimited it is so great!
[singlepic id=185 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE was out diving at Tuwanek Beach again today, as it is a dive that never disappoints, and once again today we were rewarded with a beautiful encounter with two Giant Pacific Octopi. The sky was dark and threatening rain, but the water was calm, and visibility a little short, but still good enough to enjoy the trip out to the octo’s dens.
Susanne and I slowly proceeded down the sloping bottom until we ran into the wall, and then followed it out to the den in 70 feet of water. As we approached we saw one smaller Giant Jellies, and some crabs. As I headed into the den, I was at the lower portion of it, and there in the corner was a little octopus, who was very very curious, as they kept probing and playing with my [singlepic id=141 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]dive light. Susanne was a little shallower then I, and was checking out the other portion of the den where she saw a “HUGE” octopus. So, needless to say it was another successful dive!!