We provide adequate exposure protection for the underwater environment that you will train in. We will also educate you to select the appropriate exposure protection for different environments that you may travel to. As for being dark, there are times of the year that we experience visibility so clear that it rivals tropical dive destinations. We will teach you the proper techniques, equipment and preparations that you need to take to dive in limited visibility. Because of the cold and the dark, when you complete your dive training in the Pacific Northwest, you will be able to travel anywhere in the world and have the skillset to dive with confidence in the warmer, brighter conditions.
That’s good because you are diving, not swimming! On your dive class, you will learn to use a buoyancy compensating device, which will keep you afloat on the surface and neutrally buoyant under the water. Sometimes it is harder for strong, experienced swimmers to learn how to dive than it is someone with very little experience swimming in the water. Your hands are used for communicating, adjusting your buoyancy and operating underwater devices such as lights or cameras. Underwater propulsion is achieved by 3 different categories of kicks that you will learn more about in class: power, precision and positioning. We expect you to come into class without any experience with these propulsion techniques and it is often easier to learn if you come in with a clean slate.
We also have some tips and tricks to help you equalize. If you are able to equalize when you fly on an airplane or drive over a high mountain pass, you will very likely be able to equalize your ears underwater. It is typically much easier for people to equalize their ears when scuba diving than it is free diving or snorkeling.
Jacque Cousteau rated the Pacific North West the second best place in the world to dive, after the Red Sea. He fondly referred to it as his “Emerald Ocean”. Because of the high current flow caused by our broken Islands, the Pacific North West is home to some of the most diverse marine life in the world. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at some of the photos on this site! We are very fortunate to have 100’s of shore accessible dive sites on Vancouver Island. There is no shortage of unique places to explore!
That is why LTD is here today! Diving should be simple and stress free. We emphasize to work smarter not harder. The training we provide at LTD will teach you how to properly use your equipment so it works for you, rather than against you. We will also provide you with helpful pro tips to make things even easier. It all starts with proper training and learning how to dive properly right from the very beginning.
A majority of the marine life in the Pacific North West is quite benign. Because of the cold water, you are covered head to toe with exposure protection that protects you from cuts, stings or abrasions. A majority of the life you will see on your open water dives will be invertebrates such as anemones, sponges, sea cucumbers, starfish and nudibranchs (pronounced new-di-brank), which is a type of sea slug. These invertebrates are either very slow moving or affixed to the rocks. The faster moving life, fish, wolf eels, sea lions, habour seals and octopus, that you will encounter are not aggressive and more afraid of divers than we are of them. In class, you will learn the proper methods to interact with marine life.