[singlepic id=247 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]A big thank you goes out to Andrew and Vince for coming over to the coast, so they could make sure we were able to get on the Wolf Eels on the right island. The short surface swim seems to pass rather quickly with the excitement of finally getting the footage we want of the wolf eels. As we arrived at the point of the island it was time to descend and get on our way. The first thing I realize on the descent, is that I really do not dive this side enough. Things that I remember are nothing like what I see, though I am more then happy to follow on this dive.
As we proceeded past the area where the row boat, we are greeted with 80 foot visibility, and a slight increase in water temperature, which is very welcomed after a long cold winter of diving. We continued our swim for about 18 minutes, and sure enough Andrew looks back and motions us to come forward, he has found the Wolf Eel den. Andrew and Vince, have marked [singlepic id=246 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]the den with a length of rope leading from a large rock over to the far side of a rock face pretty much right to where the wolf eel lives. Great idea guys!
After a few minutes of filming, it was time to start our return trip. Geoff, headed shallow as the group continued back along the 50 foot mark. If we had followed Geoff shallower, we would have had a run in with the second wolfe eel den and sure enough…we could have played with a small seal.
UWE and Suncoast Diving are happy to congratulate Kyle H. for his successful completion of the Drysuit course. Once the [singlepic id=235 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]knowledge reviews were completed, it was off to the training grounds of Tuwanek, and as many must know already the visibility is less then good…ok, way less then good! But, Kyle was certainly equal to the task.
Dive One, went well, with all skills being completed with little to no problems. We made our way out to the right mooring buoy, but even at 65 ft, we could only see about 10 feet, in large chunks. But when we shallowed to the safety stop then visibility droped to less then 5 feet.
Dive Two, was know porblems either, and Kyle looked like he had been diving in a drysuit all his life. Skills got completed pretty quick…but still the big talk about todays diving was how poor the visibilty was…but never worry we will always be out there, etting the dives completed!!
Interested in taking the drysuit course…well be sure to get signed up….you can even bok your course right here at UWE…so don’t miss out!!
[singlepic id=233 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE would like to extend a big congratulations to Jason and Jak for there successful completion of the PADI Drysuit course. Both students made their way to the Sunshine Coast wanting to do some diving, and decided due to the winter conditions that they would do their Drysuit course. We were a little concerned whether we would have a Drysuit in Jaks size as he is around 6’3″ tall, and though certainly not the tallest diver, but certainly he is up there.
Needless to say, we go the suit fitting completed, and got hard at it doing the videos, Knowledge reviews. It was finally time to [singlepic id=232 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]get in the water and get to the diving. On dive one, we discovered that visibility is about 5 foot, and it remains that short all the way down to around 35 – 40 foot where it finally opens up to about 20 -25 feet.
Both students had no problems completing their drysuit dive skills!! Well done!! Interested in Diving? Want to do some dive trianing, be sure to visit our course tabs, or go to Suncoast Diving for more information.
[singlepic=55,320,240,watermark,left]UWE, and Suncoast Diving were out in Tuwanek, three courses running. We had a Rescue Course with 4 students, Drysuit Course with 1, and then 2 on the PADI Advanced Course. It is easy to tell that we are into the fall diving season, as water temperatures are dropping, and visibility is opening way way up….with it being crystal clear from depth to the surface.
Sam had the Drysuit and Advanced course out, with her completing the first dive for the dry suit student, and then she worked on the Navigation Dive for the Advanced course. Its a good thing that everyone was in drysuits as the surface temperature is at 50 and dropping…though Sam reported she found a patch of 48 ou there!! Brrrr!!!
I had the 4 Rescue course on the go…where we were working on the top 10 confined skills….with being successful in completing them all with the exception of the response from shore…which we will be able to complete in tomorrows trianing session.
Well dune to all the students for their hard work and understanding that even though they are all excited about getting underwater…and exploring….in order to be successful the skills must be completed!!
[singlepic=147,320,240,watermark,right]Last week was an outstanding week of training. We did a double wreck/Nitrox and Drysuit courses, and what a blast it was!! Weather was a little wet, but the visibility was amazing!!
Day One: Of training was done in Tuwanek Beach, getting the students comfortable diving in drysuits, which as anyone who dives one…takes a bit of getting use to. On the first dive we simply slide down to the Slab of rock where our resident octopus lives. Once we got our chance to look at our friend, we did the various skills required to certify in the drysuit. Both students had no problems conducting the skills. Dive two had us heading out and around the left island. Overall the dives were amazing.
Day Two: Was spent out at 9 mile point enjoying some good old fun dives/Photo Dives, where Jeremy and I spent the day snapping pictures of all the amazing marine life in the area.
[singlepic=149,320,240,watermark,left]Day Three & Four: Wreck days….both students had very little problems with the first 3 of 4 dives on the wreck course…with dive 4 being the most challenging…with the big penetration they planned. Even though there was a dropped reel…both students recoverred with little troubles…and had a very successful finish to an amazing week of diving!!
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[singlepic=141,320,240,watermark,left]This evening was spent off the beach in Tuwanek working out some things with the new pieces for my camera. The dive plan was to head down to the octopus den to see if our big boy was still home, and then to slowly work our way up the slop to shallow water.
Sure enough as we arrived at the den area, our boy was home…so we took a couple of images, and then made the turn to head up the slop. Along the way we found some interesting fish and crabs to take pictures of as we passed along.
Visibility was easily 70 – 100 foot right from the shore down to depth. Overall a great dive!!