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New Open Water Diver

Duncan F.

UWE is happy to announce that Duncan F. from the UK has successfully completed his PADI Openwater course.  Duncan joined us for three days and spent a night out on the island.  He certainly did a fantastic job with his training.  I completed dive 2 – 4 with him and then was able to certify him.

We dived on Back Door and Corner Bar, his training went in conjunction with Louise while we did some of her Rescue Course.  Duncan did an awesome job with his training.  I hope he comes back and dives with us again soon!

Interested in taking a course, be sure to email and save your spot.

New Drysuit Divers

[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.

9 mile Tec Dive

[singlepic=137,320,240,watermark,right]Uwe and Suncoast Diving was up to 9 mile point doing another Tec dive.  Neil and Mike were up from Vancouver to do another of their Technical dives.  Though we had a later start then normal overall it was well worth the wait.

Upon arriving at 9 mile we could quickly tell how good the visibility was going to be.  Tide was high, but in 30 feet of water we could clear see the bottom while we were still sitting in the boat.  Due to the cold surface temperatures we decided to cut back the lenght of the bottom time so we would not have to pay for it back at 20 feet, in the middle of the cold surface layer.  Sam was the dive leader for todays dive, and she did a wonderful job getting the group to the bottom and headed down the crack to the deep wall.  Once [singlepic=135,320,240,watermark,left]down, we settled into a nice easy swim so we could enjoy the sites, the topography at 9 mile is a amazing.  The wall is covered with tube worms, sea cucumbers and other marine life.

Overall the dive was good, good visibility!!  Uwe and Suncoast Diving is going to be up the inlet on Saturday to do a wreck course and Drysuit course.  If your interested be sure to stop by the shop and sign up!!

Busy Weekend of Training

What a great weekend.  Victoria and Brett came up from Vancouver to take their Drysuit course and to do some fun diving!!  Things started off really well, we got the video done and out of the way, and then got to the fitting part of the course. 

[singlepic=205,320,240,watermark,right]Brett had no problems with a suit fit, however, the suit we got for Victoria though in great shape, it was a little short, and the neck and wrist seals were a little on the large size!  We did our best to tape the seals, but as Victoria can atest to, it LEAKED!! and leaked big time!!  I was very very impressed with the strength Victoria showed…soaking wet she still finished the skilles from dive one…and though not able to make back in for dive two….she actually showed up for day two, and completed her course!! So, my hats off to her!! Great Job!!

Gear Review: Galileo Sol

Wrist Mount Computer, Transmitter, Heart Monitor

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Pros:
Easy to code, easy to read, easy to navigate.
Simple to set the transmitter, and found even if you’re a bit longer getting into the water and don’t get a chance to purge lines to change air pressure and the default surface mode time (3mins) has passed and the computer turns off, once you get in the water the computer pops on and picks up your air pressure a few seconds later. Large screen with legible display big enough for your buddy beside you to read without eye strain. When in surface mode, travelling through the various menu options is intuitive, with the only procedure of “exit” from a general screen option needing to be looked up in the manuel.  The logbook feature is my favourite, with your dive profiles in graph form being displayed right on the computer (no PC upload needed!). The graph profiles also have concurrent temperature readings, as well as your heart rate.

Cons:
If on an angle, the digital screen started to become illegible/blur together, so looking almost directly ontop of the screen is needed. Has a setting “remaining bottom time” RBT, seperate from your remaining No-deco time, that takes into account how much time you have remaining, using your current SAC rate, at that depth before you reach your pre-set reserve gas. It has an audible alarm at 3mins RBT, 2mins RBT, 1min RBT,0mins and pretty much all the time after. It also set an alarm off when your heart rate (if it was even being picked up) was increasing, indicating a higher work load. That would be fine if the fact that your computer sounding an alarm while your 70+feet under water didn’t set your heart a-pumping even faster, keeping the cycle going. The heart rate monitor itself seemed a bit more effort than it was worth. Being female, it must be donned in private, then getting confirmation from the Sol that it’s receiving a BPM transmission is difficult. Then when looking at the readings received afterwards in the logbook, the information seemed all over the place. These difficulties could be due to insufficent contact between monitor and skin (moisture is needed, and unless your in a wetsuit, your drysuit leaked, you’re particularly sweaty or really wet down the sensors before hand and hope you don’t dry it out before you dive, keeping it moist is hard), distance between monitor and computer is more sensitive, or my heart really was all over the place and the computer was reading it just fine.

[singlepic=204,320,240,watermark,right]Overall, I’m happy with the inwater and surface functions of the Sol that we’ve used so far. I’d be interested in doing more with it for nitrox, possible tech diving, as well as it’s PC interface. A transmitter is a nice change, and especially one that isn’t particularly fussy over my time to get into the water (particularly good if you’re an instructor with students, a gear intensive person, a distance from your dive site, or a bit more detail oriented than time oriented when getting geared up). But I’m not quite sold on the heart rate monitor, though I like the idea of the information it can give you. The problems that I had with it could possibly be solved with more familiarity with it, further reading of the manual, and some persistance, but so far I’m not convinced. Plus it pinched a bit:P

SCDC Drop in Night Dive

[singlepic=212,320,240,watermark,left]SCDC and Uw Explorers went out on their first weekly drop in night dive.  Sam, Bob, Bruno, Jeremy and I met at Suncoast Diving for 4 in the afternoon, gathered together our gear and headed off to Tuwanek for our first club night dive.

Once in Tuwanek, it was quite evident that the tide was up, so we could pretty much dress and splash we were in the water. Bruno, Bob and Jeremy buddied up and headed out for a tour around the left island.  As always they were n search for that ever illusive Giant Pacific Octopus.  They zeroed in on two den’s but sadly no one was home.  Sam and I were going on a photography dive so we teamed up with the plan to head down as far as far as the first Octopus den, and after a quick check, we new either he was not using it any longer, or he was out hunting.

We spent a large majority of our dive in the 60 – 80 foot range, searching through the mud in order to find [singlepic=206,320,240,watermark,right]what little critter was out and enjoying the evening.  We ran across a Black Eyed Hermit crab, red rock crab, Plainfin Midshipman, a little red octopus, and many many of little guys.

The visiiblity though a night dive was huge, clear and the water was in the 52 degree range at depth…but it was certainly far cooler on the surface to about 15 feet or so, where there was lots of fresh water run off from the mountains.  Interested in joing the dive club?? Be sure to stop by Sunshine Coast Dive Club!!