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Porteau Cove

Ken diving the Hollis Explorer
Ken diving the Hollis Explorer

UWE  was out diving at Porteau Cove, enjoying their Hollis Explorer Weekend.  We set the Hollis Explorer up on the day before, ensuring that all appropriate check lists were followed.  We did a quick negative pressure test, just to ensure the final checks the next day would go off without a hitch.  I noticed after trying to take the Hollis Firmware update the HUD was not working 100 percent.  So, the big questions was weather to cancel the dive on Closed Circuit and dive regular Open Circuit.

I got out to the Porteau Cove, and completed the Pre dive series prior to donning my gear and I notice the HUD still no acting properly, though it was running.  Deciding to ensure I paid close attention to the handset I decided to try the descent.  Rene and I decided to enter the water at Porteau Cove by going down the stairs since the tide was way out.  Once entering the water we descended right at the beach level and started out in the main area of the dive site here at Porteau Cove.

The HUD flashed up right on descent and started to work properly for me so it was off to the dive. The

Ken Diving at Porteau Cove
Ken Diving at Porteau Cove

conditions were fantastic, with visibility ranging between 10 and 40 feet at depth.  We spent about 2 hours underwater, and with me diving the Hollis Explorer, I was able to get very close to the marine life without disturbing them.  The Explorer worked flawlessly, and I am very happy with the purchase. I have been having some minor problems with the unit, but Hollis, Gus specifically has been awesome ensuring that Hollis stands behind their unit totally.

I will be leaving for a trip to Port Hardy to stay at God’s Pocket resort to get a weeks worth of diving in, and I am planning on bringing my camera and my new Hollis Explorer Rebreather!!

Interested in diving Porteau Cove, need information on the Hollis Explorer, let me know and I am more than happy to give my advice, and dive briefing.  Either email me here, or stop by Ocean Quest and we can have a chat about your diving needs


#hollisexplorer, #porteaucove

Update – Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest

Flabellina Verrucosa
Flabellina Verrucosa

UWE is excited to announce that we have updated some of the sections in the Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest.  We have added two new images of the Fabellina, Nudibranch.  The Nudibranch page have only the included Nudibranch in which I have been able to find and photograph, realizing there are

Saddleback Gunnel
Saddleback Gunnel

hundreds of different ones in the area these are simply the ones we have been able to find.

We also updated the Bony Fishes page by the addition of the Saddleback Gunnel.  I found this cool fish at Tuwanek in Sechelt BC.  This was in about 60 feet of water on the wall on the left island.  Be s

Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest

Northern Ronquil, Kelvins Grove
Northern Ronquil, Kelvins Grove

UWE is very excited to announce that the Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest section is once again in the process of being up dated with new images and information being added.   We have updated the Fish Section with the addition of some new Black Eyed Goby pictures, along with the Northern Ranquil and some updated images of the Rock fish (Copper to be more accurate).

We also added the Worm section as well as the Crab section, where we have added some pictures of the various images of the Northern Crab, Alaskan Hermit Crab, and we are in the process of adding some of the various worm pictures we have taken along with the information we have researched.

Be sure to stop in and check out the sections…let us know how we are making out!!


New PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

EcoSea Dive Center

UWE would like to send out a great big congratulations to Conner L.  for his successful completion of his AOW.  His training went fast a furious, as the weather was not agreeing to the schedule we had set out.  The wind was up and the seas were rough, and sadly we had to cancel the Night Dive scheduled the first night…but we have no control of the winds and waves.

Day two had us completing his night dive, Digital Photo dive as well as the UW Naturalist dives.  Needless to say, it was busy, but Conner was up to the task.  Well done!!  Hope to see you back for some more diving!!

Best of luck in your travels!  Standby I am still working on the video, so I will add this to your post when its done!

Cerro Verde

Stone Scorpion Fish
Stone Scorpion Fish (c) Uw Explorers

UWE was out diving once again at Cerro  Verde.  This site is looking more and more like the Tuwanek of the Baja.  Once again the weather was simply amazing.  We arrived at the dive site around 12 – 12:30 in the afternoon after what was a pretty slow start for us.  The wind was down, with little to no surf for entry….so we quickly dressed and headed in off the beach.

Today we were armed with just our point and shoot camera, but it does not seem to disappoint us.  Our mission today was to capture so fresh pictures of a Stone Scorpion fish if at all possible.  We descended in about 10 feet of water, and after we headed off on our swim to the slide area, Susanne found a beautiful stone fish sitting right out in the sand….this was like minute two of the dive.  Once we left him, we headed down the slop, and encountered a good current heading North…we managed to still make progress to the south south east.  We found two rather small eels which would not cooperate and stay out of their dens so we could get a nice picture of them.  There was plenty of tropical fish swimming all around.  Overall a great dive!  Visibility was easily 100 ft, and water temps were between 73 – 75f.

Great time…be sure to stop by and head out with us for some great shore diving!!

Diving in Sechelt

[singlepic id=251 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE and Red Hat Divers have released the Diving in Sechelt DVD.  This movie is featuring four of the many great dive sites found here on the Sunshine Coast.  The video was filmed over the last 6 months, with editing and sound track being completed in the last couple of weeks.

We have the DVD for sale at Suncoast Diving, as well there are internet sales which can be found here at UWE, Red Hat Divers, as well as Sunshine Coast Dive Club.  The cost of the video is $10.00, and $3.00 for shipping and handling.  We hope you enjoy the movie.