Class Reports

Taught my first all ladies Global Underwater Explorers Fundamentals class this weekend through 5th Dimension – Scuba Diving Center! These ladies never stopped smiling from start to finish. A big congratulations to Heidi and Anna on their recreational GUE Fundamentals passes. “Team Back Kick” backkicked their way through bad visibility to victory! A big thank you to 5th Dimension – Scuba Diving Center for hosting the class and all the support from GUE Seattle members Andrea, Carmyn, Kees, Zachary, Bert and Emily that kept everyone happy, smiling and full of fundies bars.

Anna & Heidi GUE Seattle

Anna & Heidi GUE Seattle

Please welcome Ben Killion to the wonderful world of scuba diving and bubble blowing! Wishing you and Grayson Russell many great underwater adventures.
Ben & Grayson

Ben & Grayson

Ben & Grayson

Ben & Grayson

Congratulations to Carly, Leonardo and Seth, who completed their Dry Suit Diver Specialty and Enriched Air Courses this weekend! We had a great weekend of diving at Tyee Cove and China Creek. The weather even cooperated for a couple of PDB’s (Post Dive BBQ’s)!

Carly and Leo at Tyee

Carly and Leo at Tyee

Seth and a Puget Sound King Crab

Seth and a Puget Sound King Crab

Please help me congratulate Sam Claveau and Rylee Knodel on their GUE Fundamentals passes today! The team really pulled it together and made each and every dive count towards reaching their goals. Big thank you to Intern Dany Dulac for all his help and congratulations also on completing the audit step of his internship.

GUE Fundamentals

GUE Fundamentals


GUE Fundamentals

GUE Fundamentals

Congratulations to Clancy and Dan on their Open Water Scuba diver certification today! Welcome to the wonderful world of bubble blowing!

New Open Water Divers

New Open Water Divers


S-Drill Practice

S-Drill Practice


Equipment Assembly

Equipment Assembly

Please congratulate Emily and Sam on completion of their wreck diver certification this past weekend. They lit up the Annapolis with great teamwork, displayed excellent propulsion and dominated their reel work. Thank you Sam and Emily for a great class, Drew for his DM skills and Sea Dragon Dive Charters for their, always wonderful, hospitality!

Ready for some wreck diving!

Ready for some wreck diving!


Sam and Emily practicing reel work on the Annapolis

Sam and Emily practicing reel work on the Annapolis


Reel Practice

Reel Practice

Please help me congratulate Francois Keen and Josh Gardner on their GUE Fundamentals Technical upgrades! Have a great time on Tech 1!
Please help me congratulate Francois Keen and Josh Gardner on their GUE Fundamentals Technical upgrades! Have a great time on Tech 1!

Please help me congratulate Francois Keen and Josh Gardner on their GUE Fundamentals Technical upgrades! Have a great time on Tech 1!

So… About this… Congratulations Dave and Josh on completion of your Rescue Diver certification. It’s not a GUE class but useful for anyone who may be acting in a dive leader capacity
So... About this... Congratulations Dave and Josh on completion of your Rescue Diver certification. It's not a GUE class but useful for anyone who may be acting in a dive leader capacity

So… About this… Congratulations Dave and Josh on completion of your Rescue Diver certification. It’s not a GUE class but useful for anyone who may be acting in a dive leader capacity

I am pleased to welcome 2 new divers to the LTD and GUE community. Please help me congratulate and welcome Preston and Lee who both passed their GUE Fundamentals classes this weekend. Thank you both for your hard work over the past two weekends. It was great working with you both.

Also, a big congratulations to one of GUE’s newest Instructor Interns, Nick Bowman, who completed the required “audit” for his internship this weekend. Once GUE accepts and registers a candidate with “intern status” the first step of the internship is to “audit” a fundamentals class from start to finish. It was pretty close to this exact same spot at Maple Bay that I completed this first step of my internship 2 and a half years ago. Congratulations Nick! Now the fun really begins!

Fundamentals

Congratulations to Rylee, Dylan & Lee, our 3 newest wreck divers who tackled the Cape Breton and Saskatchewan this weekend! Thank you all for your hard work over the past 3 days!
Wreck Diver Specialty
Wahoo!!!! Brad Harris has a GUE Fundamentals Tech Pass! Congratulations Brad, your hard work and dedication shone through Maple Bay’s snotty visibility. Note, no snow this time. Thanks to Jim Dixon for stepping in as Brad’s teammate.
Brad Tech Pass
Congratulations to Brooke Davis who wrapped up her Advanced Open Water and Nitrox certifications today. Excellent work Brooke, it was a pleasure diving with you!
Please help me congratulate Jeffrey Cholak on achieving his recreational Fundamentals pass and Grayson Russell on upgrading to a technical Fundamentals pass today. With today’s conditions, these two had their work cut out for them but this only reaffirms that they have both earned their certifications. Excellent work!
Grayson and Jeff Fundamentals
Congratulations to Roger and Jamie on your GUE Fundamentals Rec and Tech passes, respectively! I know Bill will be back in no time once he kicks that cold. Thank you all for a great class and I look forward to diving with you soon. Big thanks to cameraman Brad for capturing the moments of brilliance!

Update: I would like to welcome GUE’s newest recreational fundamentals diver, Bill Golley, who came back from a cold with a vengeance to complete the final day of his Fundamentals class at Tyee! Thank you Bill for your commitment and hard work to get this completed. Your enthusiasm and motivation will be welcomed by the GUE community.

Fundamentals at Tyee

GUE Fundamentals Part 1 students Michelle and Dave polishing off their exams. Congratulations on a great class!
Fundamentals Part 1

LTD is proud to announce that we are now accepting bookings for GUE Fundamentals classes! We are also very excited to welcome Lee, Jason and Grayson to the GUE family! Thank you for your hard work and positive attitudes over the last 4 days. I couldn’t have asked for better students to be apart of my IE.

Lee, Jason & Grayson at Tyee Cove preparing for their GUE Fundamentals Class

Lee, Jason & Grayson at Tyee Cove preparing for their GUE Fundamentals Class

So this one time, I became a GUE Instructor. This was a 2 year process and it feels fantastic to have achieved this. Huge thank you to the fantastic dive community on Vancouver Island for all your support and encouragement. A special thank you to the students who participated on my ITC and IC class (Jeff, Henry, Rob, Lee, Jason and Grayson) as well as Guy Shockey who had to put up with me watching over all his Fundamentals classes for the past 2 years and Mark Messersmith who flew all the way up from Florida to conduct the IE.

Wanted

The beginning: June, 2013 audit with Jen and Meredith

The beginning: June, 2013 audit with Jen and Meredith

GUE CCR Class, March, 2015. Experience dives with Rockfish Divers.

GUE CCR Class, March, 2015. Experience dives with Rockfish Divers.

GUE CCR Class, March, 2015. Experience dives with Rockfish Divers.

GUE CCR Class, March, 2015. Experience dives with Rockfish Divers.

GUE CCR Class, March, 2015. Experience dives with Rockfish Divers.

GUE CCR Class, March, 2015. Experience dives with Rockfish Divers.

GUE CCR Class with Richard Lundgren. Critical skills dives at Maple Bay.

GUE CCR Class with Richard Lundgren. Critical skills dives at Maple Bay.

GUE CCR Class with Richard Lundgren. Critical skills dives at Maple Bay.

GUE CCR Class with Richard Lundgren. Critical skills dives at Maple Bay.

Over the past 4 days, Rob, Henry & Jeffrey were busily participating in their GUE Fundamentals class with Guy and I. We had challenging visibility at Maple Bay on the weekend but everyone really came together as a team and worked very hard to achieve their goals. Thank you everyone for all your hard work and dedication. I am looking forward to diving with all of you again in the near future! Now get out there for a fun dive!

Congratulations to Brad Harris and Francois Keen on completion of their wreck course! It was great working with you both. Thank you to Nick Bowman for his video services, all the divers who joined us on the boat and the Sea Dragon for their excellent charter services, as always!

Francois & Brad, new LTD Wreck Diver graduates. Hosted by Sea Dragon Dive Charters.

Francois & Brad, new LTD Wreck Diver graduates. Hosted by Sea Dragon Dive Charters.

Congratulations to Jason Brownlee on completion of his Wreck Diver Specialty certification. We brought all the pieces we have been working on together over the last two weekends and mastered the “slow is smooth, smooth is fast” concept. Excellent work Jason – way to knock it out of the park after last weekend! Big thanks to Drew Coutts for teaming up with Jason and being an excellent teammate.

LTD Wreck Diver graduate Jason. Hosted by Sea Dragon Dive Charters.

LTD Wreck Diver graduate Jason. Hosted by Sea Dragon Dive Charters.

Meet Victoria’s newest rescue divers, Jason Brownlee, Jeff Kosar and Karrie Hamilton! Despite the cold weather, these guys worked very hard and the ocean is a safer place with them diving in it. Congratulations everyone and thanks to Drew Coutts for his academy award winning performance as “The Victim”.
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Congratulations to Hank Miller and Shellayne Shel Layne on completion of your Open Water class! Welcome to the wonderful world of bubble blowing! Big thanks to Dive Master extraordinaire Guy Shockey!
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Congratulations to Victoria’s newest Navigation Specialists, Jeff Kosar, Karrie Hamilton and Jason Brownlee. We had two great days of diving at Saxe Point and Henderson.
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Congratulations to Jeff Kosar on completion of your Wreck Diver specialty! We had tough surface conditions yesterday but your had work and practice made for two excellently executed dives today. Big thanks to Christine and the Seadragon for two great days of boat diving, everyone who joined us on the boat and to Denis who stepped in to be Jeff’s teammate.

New LTD Wreck Diver Graduate Jeff Kosar. Hosted by Sea Dragon Dive Charters.

New LTD Wreck Diver Graduate Jeff Kosar. Hosted by Sea Dragon Dive Charters.

Congratulations to Patrick and Jeff on completion of their PADI Search & Recovery specialty this weekend. If anyone ever loses anything underwater, you know who to send looking for it. Thanks Ron DeVries for capturing their graduation dive and final scenario on camera.

Search & Recovery at Esquimalt Lagoon

Search & Recovery at Esquimalt Lagoon

I would like to welcome Kim, Brooklyn & Jane to the wonderful world of scuba diving! I had a blast diving with all 3 of you over the weekend and look forward to diving with all of you again in the future! You were presented with cold water and bad vis and everyone worked incredibly hard to overcome these obstacles. It was great to see everyone improve so much over the 4 dives. Big thank you to Sean Mantta and Drew Coutts for providing DM support and to the girls’ personal cheerleader, Lee Critchley, for his support and encouragement along with Roger, Rolo and Bria!

Open Water at Maple Bay

Open Water at Maple Bay

Congratulations to David Welch on completion of his Wreck Diver Specialty! Despite blustery surface conditions, we enjoyed 4 dives on the RivTow, Saskatchewan and Cape Breton. Our focus was dive planning and gas management as it relates to safely diving these deeper wrecks within recreational limits. David is a natural with his reel work! Thank you David for a fun filled weekend under the water, away from the snow. Thanks also to our videographers Brad, who joined us from Calgary, and Drew, who also proved comedic relief while stress testing various components of his equipment. Big thank you also to Glen, Christine and Brent with Sea Dragon charters for hosting us!
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Congratulations to our almost newest Wreck Diver Specialists (sorry but Iza and Steven are technically the newest) Mike Combs and Rob Miller. We dove 3 different wrecks over the wkn, braved the subzero weather and rough surface conditions and got to enjoy awesome vis and dives! Big thanks to our videographer extraordinaire, Darren Combs and Christine Elizabeth with Sea Dragon Charters for hosting us.

LTD Wreck Diver graduates Mike and Rob. Hosted by Sea Dragon Dive Charters.

LTD Wreck Diver graduates Mike and Rob. Hosted by Sea Dragon Dive Charters.

Big congratulations to Iza Fontaine and Steven KuryƂo on completion of your Wreck Diver Specialty course this weekend. Once we got some logistical issues behind us, we had great vis and conditions on the wrecks. I look forward to wreck diving with you both in the near future!

Congratulations to Randall Town and Darren Combs on your Wreck Diver Specialty course this weekend! We had great vis on the Saskatchewan, Riv Tow and Cape Breton. Was a blast working with you both.

LTD Wreck Diver graduates Darren and Randall.

LTD Wreck Diver graduates Darren and Randall.

Congrats to Wilson Diving’s own Denis and Mike on completion of your PADI Wreck Specialty. You both worked your butts off and made it happen!

Wreck Diver Specialty graduates, Mike and Denis. Hosted by Wilson Diving.

Wreck Diver Specialty graduates, Mike and Denis. Hosted by Wilson Diving.

-5 and a wetsuit but you did it Kaija! Congrats on your open water certification! Wishing you and Talis many happy dives.

Open Water graduate (and trooper of the year), Kaija with her boyfriend Talis.

Open Water graduate (and trooper of the year), Kaija with her boyfriend Talis.

Congratulations to Rob and Danielle on completion of your Advanced Open Water and Enriched Air class. We had a couple of great boat dives last night and today we got to play with a Giant Pacific Octopus out in the open… after we sent the guy with the camera away of course . Also congrats to Jeremy and Vincent on completion of their Open Water class, they got to play with a stellar sea lion today… a good day for wildlife encounters. Huge thank you to Darren and Denis for filling tanks, keeping me cafinated and filming the fun and games!

Danielle and Rob, Advanced Open Water graduates. Hosted by Rockfish Divers.

Danielle and Rob, Advanced Open Water graduates. Hosted by Rockfish Divers.

Bryan, Talis and Richard prepare for Talis’ fourth and final Open Water dive at McKenzie Bight.

Open Water Graduates, Bryan & Talis. Hosted by Wilson Diving.

Open Water Graduates, Bryan & Talis. Hosted by Wilson Diving.