Shorty Skillz Dive

31 08 2014

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 ~

Jen B. came and met me at Centeen, for a skillz dive!

I stayed in my drysuit, from the previous dive, and we got our gear together. I had had a bit of a flood, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I was due to lube my TiZip!

We dropped into the basin, worked on finning techniques, valve drills, s-drills, smb drills, and played around the big log.

We took our time, coming up the wall, and back in.

Since we were doing skills, I left the camera behind. We did still have fun, and it was nice to enjoy the warm water!

Bottom Time: 47 mins.
Max. Depth: 26′
Water Temp.: 69F

Photo by Matt LJ Charlesworth…

Good To See You Back!

31 08 2014

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 ~

Since my awesome friend isn’t too fond of being in the spotlight, I will be completely evasive in this post.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

So… I have this friend, who has been out of the water for a while, thanks to higher education. Yes, she is a smarty pants, and she had to take some time off, in order to get through the torture that was schooling. Whatever the case, it was really great to have her back in the water, and I was honoured that she would choose me, to be her buddy.

We met at Centeen Park, since it is an easy place to ease back into things. We put gear together, and in we went! Once we got sorted out, and dropped into the basin, it was smooth sailing. I brought a stage along with me, since I was doing another dive, after this one.

Yeah… I think you’ve still got it, lady…

We took our time, swimming in the shallows, and checked out the sculptures.

Yep… You got this…

We then went for a tour, around the wall, looked at some rocks, swam back around, and came in.

We did a nice, slow ascent, up the rocks, and in.

Bottom Time: 50 mins.
Max. Depth: 33′
Water Temp.: 69F

My friend, it was really great to be in the water with you, again! w00t w00t!


Bryan and the Quarry Shark!

24 08 2014

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 ~

Bryan and I went up to the quarry, to work on valve drills! There were a lot of people there, so we didn’t have a lot of real estate, to practice in. I brought my camera, to take a few shots, too.

We geared up, and swam over to the plane. Bryan could hardly make it out, due to the foggy visibility, and people everywhere. Instead of taking pics there, we made our way over to Morrie The Shark, to get a bit of photographic evidence.

Bryan comes face to face, with Morrie, the Quarry Shark!

Morrie just wanted a little sniff…

…and now, they are friends…


From there, we moved to the shallows, to find a good place for valve drills. We did find a spot, in about 6′ of water, that would do just fine. I put my camera down, demonstrated first, and then Bryan got a turn. Well done, Bryan!

Bottom Time: 40 mins.
Max. Depth: 31′
Water Temp.: 66FVis.: Horrible

The camera does make the visibility appear to be much better than it was. It was pretty good in the 6′ area, that we were doing valve drills in, but otherwise, it was “pants.”
(Thanks to my British friends, for that term)

I handed my camera over to Bryan, who took a pic of me, too…

Thanks for the dive, Bryan! Let’s get back out there, soon!

Courses, Of Course

19 07 2014

July, 2014 ~

The next couple of weeks brought GUE courses, to the front line. Steve was teaching a Primer, a DPV-1, as well as some Fundies Goodness, and hours of in-water time.

Congratulations, to all of the students!


A small glimpse of the new under water statues, at Centeen Park…

Between all of this goodness, Eric B and I went out for a skillz dive, in preparation for our upcoming Tech 2 course. We each brought three bottles, so that we could practice our rotations, at the quarry. At 20′, we dropped our bottles, to do valve drills, s-drills, finning techniques, blowing smbs, and all of the usual skills. Then, it was rotation time. I seemed to be having quite an issue, getting my last bottle’s butt clipped to my hip D-ring. I was getting quite frustrated, and my silly, slightly injured wrist was really bothering me. Ok. Deep breath… Let’s try this again… I took off the bottles, laid them on the bottom, and tried again. Yes, the clip that I was using, was a little bit tough, but nothing that should be giving me such an issue. Here I go, again…

Same thing… just couldn’t reach that darn D-Ring… wtf??? I put the bottles down, again, and decided to switch them around, just to test the theory. That’s when I noticed that the bottom clip had been left, wrapped around the hose of the stage bottle. Well, duhhhhh… no wonder I couldn’t reach the inside, with that clip.

I unwrapped it, then had at it, again. This time, success. *Phew* Eric’s went a fair bit smoother than mine did.

*Notes to self*
1) Check to see if bottoms of stage bottle clips are wrapped behind the tubing, before doing bottle rotations.
2) Bottle rotations with full bottles of 32% suck. Yes, I was already aware of this, but now, I am extra aware.

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 6 mins.
Max. Depth: 19′
Water Temp.: 66F
Frustration Level: Varying, but at least I was persistent ๐Ÿ™‚


A Bit Of Fundies Fun-Days

8 06 2014

Over the last couple of weekends, I have been with Steve, during his Fundamentals courses.

One course was a four day straight course, where I tagged along, while Steve and an intern were hard at work. I did help out, taking video of the dives, as well as installing the smb in the water (I know… tough work!). ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday, May 31st & Sunday, June 1st, 2014 ~

Field drills…

Team debrief. Notice my handy SMB work, to the left…

Exiting the water…

Day 1

Bottom Time: 58 mins.
Max. Depth: 36′
Water Temp.: 47-50F (depending on where you were)
Vis.: Not terribly great, thanks to some of the divers that swam through our perimeter, silting it out. Milky.

Day 2

Bottom Time: 56 mins.
Max. Depth: 33′
Water Temp.: 47-50F (depending on where you were)
Vis.: Not exceptional, but manageable – milky.

Good lookin’ crew!

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 ~ Course #2!

Une course en Franรงais… mostly. ๐Ÿ™‚

This was the first weekend of a split weekend course. I wasn’t there for Day 1 of the course, but was ready, willing, and able, for Day 2!

Field drills

We went in for dives 2 and 3. I showed off my smb skills, once again.

Pic taken by Adam Kulczycki…

Frankie had the camera, so I hovered, reached my valves, practiced some finning techniques, as the students did, and enjoyed the water.

We surfaced, debriefed for a bit, then went down for dive 3. S-Drills aplenty, and more finning! After this debrief, Frankie and I descended to get the SMB, then swam to the shallows, while the team was practicing reaching their valves. A good day of learning and practice!

Bottom Time (Total): 1 hour, 4 mins.
Max. Depth: 34′
Water Temp.: 50-51F
Vis.: Better than last week

Another great team!

As we were packing up, I noticed a dragonfly on my chair. He did not want to get up, so I got a bit of a closer look. It seems that he was showing me his valve drill…