This past weekend (9-10 June 2012) Deep Blue Quest went on a dive tour to Mun Am Dive Resort on the East Coast. We left the dive centre in Paju bright and early on Saturday morning to pick up our 7 Open Water and one Advanced Open Water students. The highlight of the drive was seeing Sorak mountain covered in a heavy cloud of mist, truly spectacular.
Upon arrival at Mun Am the students were given a quick briefing after which they donned their wetsuits for a quick snorkel around the dive site to get a feel for the diving conditions and also to familiarize themselves with the dive location.
Shortly after the snorkel dive the students donned their scuba gear to go for their first of four open water dives. The conditions were less than ideal with choppy waters (making for a very interesting surface swim) and low visibility but all of the students managed to grin and bear it and completed their first qualification dive. Well done guys!
The students completed 2 more dives on Saturday in which the students knocked out the bulk of the required skills. After a long day of diving we returned to our minbok to fire up the barbeque (a Deep Blue Quest tradition) and have a few laughs. Good times!
We kicked off Sunday’s diving with a deep dive. The dive team (Pia, Russ and Paul) along with a couple of students went out on the resort’s dive boat to complete the required dive for Pia’s Advanced Open Water qualification. The boat ride out to the dive site turned out to be really enjoyable as it allowed us a different view of what really is a beautiful little bay at Mun Am.
The dive itself went down well, we were blessed with 10 metre visibility up to about 15 metres deep where we hit a vicious thermocline and the visibility dropped down to about a metre and the temperature to 6 degrees Celsius! We did however see some really cool marine life on the artificial reef at 29 metres. Overall it was a really pleasant dive despite the conditions.
The students final dive was really enjoyable as everyone completed the last of their required skills and then went off for a bit of fun diving where they were swimming around and exploring the underwater world, which is what diving is all about.
Congratulations to all the Open Water students for completing your qualifications. We at Deep Blue Quest had loads of fun diving with you guys and we truly hope that you keep on diving and enjoying it as much as we do. Well done!
Congratulations to Pia on completing her Advanced Open Water qualification. She completed the required deep dive with style under what were truly difficult conditions. She was also amazing in the way she helped out the DBQ staff with transport, cooking, cleaning, packing of gear, setting up of gear and being an extra set of eyes underwater. Thank you Pia, its great having you on the team!
We have a couple of new Open Water Students coming in this weekend (16-17 June) for their classroom and pool sessions so this means another ocean tour coming up soon! Remember to check in every Tuesday for the latest news, updates and upcoming events.