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Busy Training Week

[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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Wreck Trianing

[singlepic=108,320,240,watermark,left]Another outstanding weekend full of diver training!  I would like to congratulate Nancy on completing the PADI Wreck Divers course.  She was able to meet and surpass all challenges that were presented her on this course.

The course started off on Sunday the 24th of Aug, with the normal paper work and video’s that need to be completed.  Afterwords it was analyzing all the NITROX tanks we were going to use and then it was off to the water.  After the 25 minute trip up the inlet on the Suncoast Diving Zodiac, we briefed, dressed and rolled into the water.  Visibility was certainly murky to say the least after the day or so of rain, and temperature changes.

After dive one, it was off to the beach to enjoy some down time while we prepared for dive two.  Once we finished the brief it was back on the wreck for dive two.  Points of entry were explored, and planes were being prepared for the next day.[singlepic=120,320,240,watermark,right]
Day Two, had us back up on the Chaudiere, just in time for Nancy to do the reel work on the outside of the wreck, and as everyone knows who have tried to use a reel, it is no easy task!  Nancy, had little problems and was able to make short work of this skill, so it was off to investigating more penetration points!

Dive 4, was spent with Nancy doing a nice swim through, and then exploring the wreck some more.  Once again congratulations Nancy…well done!!

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Wreck Course Complete

[singlepic=107,320,240,watermark,left]There is a big congratulations to passed along to Peter and Jeremy as they sucessfully completed the PADI Wreck course that was held on the weekend, thanks to Suncoast Diving.

Friday was the first day of the Wreck course. The two students conducted a complete survey and image re creation of the sail boat which is resting in 30 feet of water at Tuwanek Point. Everything went well, both students demonstrated excellent buoyancy and diving skills.

On with Day Two, the HMCS CHAUDIERE, where the first dive on Saturday had us navigating and mapping the wreck in order to find a good penetration point for the last dive of the specialty. Both students were up for a[singlepic=106,320,240,watermark,right] couple easy swim throughs on the wreck. The next dive had both students working on running the penetrations reels on the out side of the wreck which can be tricky…though both students did an excellent job!

Sunday was the big day for the penetration, Jeremy and Peter decided to penetrate on the forward gun bay door, through the bride, and down the Ops Room ladder, and through the Operations Room and exiting through the cut out on the Starboard side. Both did an excellent job!

Well done to all!!