This past weekend Deep Blue Quest took our Open Water and Specialty Students to Aqua Gallery on the East Coast of Korea. We met our students Friday night at the dive centre in Paju where we packed gear and loaded up the DBQ van before we went out for an excellent supper of Korean style barbeque, or as our students referred to it; beef-and-leave.
Saturday morning we hit the road bright and early and after the 3 hour journey we arrived at the resort ready for a good days diving. Driving through the mountain passes on the way to Namae we were a bit concerned about the weather as it was misty all the way but once we arrived we were met with perfect conditions.
Upon arrival we set-out our gear before Russ gave us a briefing on the resort and its facilities. With the boat loaded up with divers and their gear we set out for our first dive of the day. The conditions were absolutely perfect; a gentle breeze, calm waters, sun shining brightly, it was bound to be a good dive.
On the first dive Russ conducted the Deep and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties while Patrick handled the Open Water. We were blessed with relatively decent visibility and minimal current so the dive went down really well. The second dive was slightly more challenging as the visibility deteriorated because of a strong current but the dive was completed without any issues. By the last dive of the day the current was slightly better and visibility improved so we managed to complete a nice easy long dive.
After a long day of diving and boat rides we washed the gear and fired up the grill for the traditional DBQ post-dive barbeque. It’s always nice to sit down around a fire after a day’s diving and talk about the dives, comparing war-stories and planning the next day’s dives.
Sunday morning we awoke to yet another beautiful day and after a hearty breakfast we boarded the boat again for the last of our dives. The first dive went well and the Open Water student completed his required skills. On the second dive of the day we completed the last of the Deep Diver Specialty skills with the highlight being the “egg trick” Russ cracked open an egg underwater (at around 23m below surface) and the yolk floated out like a ball. For a lot of the divers it was the first time experiencing that so we all enjoyed it tremendously.
The final dive was also the most successful of our cleanup dives. As part of the Project Aware Marine Debris month of Action every diver was issued with a bag for garbage collection underwater and the final dive on Sunday provided some gems, including a sneaker and a car tire. Thanks to everyone who helped make the ocean floor a bit cleaner and for supporting this noble cause. Let’s try and make this an ongoing effort and not just during September so that our next generation may enjoy the ocean as much as we do.
Congratulations to the students on your qualifications and thank you everyone for helping out with the Project Aware Debris Month of Action.
This weekend we will be conducting an Open Water course and pool training at the dive center in Paju.
Ocean Tour October 6-7 (Location to be confirmed)
Open Water Course October 13-14
Open Water Course October 20-21
Ocean Tour October 27-28
Okinawa Tour December 29 until January 03 2013
Wishing you all a safe and happy Chuseok!