Sunday marked the second Ocean Pro Divers BBQ of the year, I can’t believe it’s been a month already!! It was a great turn out lots of new divers finishing off the last of their certification dives for Open Water and/or Dry Suit. After listening in on the Dive briefing presented by Monti Richardson and Matt Mendes it was time for me to pull my gear and start building my kit. It was great to see some of the new DM’s there like Dave Stewart and Scott Denham along with lots of of familiar divers some I haven’t seen since the last BBQ and some not since Christmas!.
With my kit together it was time to see what mischief everyone else was up to. Wes was showing off his new dry-suit and everyone was oooh’ing and ah’ing over it. People were telling Wes how nice it must be to have a wife like Shannon who can buy him nice things like his new light…lol. Other recreational divers were slowing building kits and chatting among themselves while Ashley inflated one of the shops kayaks so she could take her nephew out.
With everyone well on their way to being geared, Scott Denham, a longtime dive buddy of mine and newly certified Dive Master, walked us through our dive briefing and prepped us for the day. With 7 divers going in, it was nice and easy to partner divers up in 2′s and a group of 3. Then with the plan of trying to stick together as a big group, we all set out for the water.
Once in and out to the first dive marker it was noticed that one of the divers had a leak in his BCD inflater so Scott swam him back to shore for repairs and I took half the group (me, my buddy and one of the other divers) and we went ahead to do our dive and Scott led the remaining 2 divers on their dive.
My group descended and despite some pretty bad visibility we stuck close together swam for the hose and swam our course towards the underwater sites. Visibility was a problem through the whole dive, clearing in around 30+ feet but only enough to see approx 10 feet around you which was generally only enough to see your dive buddies and make sure your group didn’t run into another one. Even though we stayed very close together the bottom disturbance was minimal and I managed to get several pictures that I was happy with before getting the signal that a diver had surpassed 1000PSI which was the signal for our return swim back so that we could reach shore and walk up the stairs with 500+ PSI left in all tanks.
Lunch was amazing as normal, lots of burgers and hot dogs and snacks to go around giving us lots of time to visit and listen to the newly certified divers excitedly share the details from their dives. It’s no wonder most instructors, including Ocean Pro Divers owner Shannon (Shaz) Kozak, view Open Water as their favourite course to teach! If you’re a diver, think back to your first open water dive and I’m sure you’ll agree… for anyone who has never tried it, check out Ocean Pro’s website and sign up for a class and join me and get in “Over Your Head!”