Vancouver Aquarium Divers Weekend - January 22 and 23, 2011

Aquarium_Divers_WeekendCome down and visit Ocean Quest at the Aquarium this weekend.  There will be many exhibiters and interesting guest speakers including Ocean Quest's own Greg McCracken who is discussing the exciting opportunities as a diving professional.  Sunday from 12:15 - 12:45 pm.

Visit the Vancouver Aquarium website for more details or check out other scheduled events and speakers here.



Phil Nuytten visits Ocean Quest!

So I'm working in the shop on Sunday and some guy comes in.  I try to start a conversation..."So are you a diver?"

He looks up and says "Yes". 

He does not seem like he is looking for a conversation, but I continue on.  "That's great" I say.  "Do you dive in warm water, cold water or both?"

"Both" he says.

After browsing for a few moments he picks up a copy of Diver Magazine and asks "Many people buy this magazine?".

I respond "It is a great magazine, the publication was bought by Phil Nuytten a few years ago.  He has really done a great job, in fact, I think it is one of the most progressive magazines on the market!"

The man reaches into his pocket and hands me a business is Phil Nuytten!!!  I babble like an idiot for 30 seconds then he leaves. 


Phil Nuytten is one of worlds last true pioneers and has made incredible contributions to the exploration of our oceans!

First DSAT TMX 50 in the World Taught in Vancouver, Canada - By Greg McCracken – DSAT IT and owner of Ocean Quest Dive Centre, Burnaby (Vancouver), BC.

The launch of the DSAT TMX 50 program on October 12, 2010 could not have had better timing as I was just about to start a DSAT Tec 50 course with students that I have been training with for almost a year.

We began the Tec 50 program in the shallows refining the basics and practicing additional skills working with 2 deco/stage bottles.  After 2 days of 2 hour plus practice dives at Whytecliff Park in 8 Degree C water, it was time to reward ourselves with some actual dives.  So the next day we planned our dives.  Luckily, logistics worked in our favor so we were able to conduct 2 dives each of the following days.   The first day we conducted our dives on one of the deep walls of Whytecliffe Park in West Vancouver.  Whytecliff has some unbelievable cloud sponge formations which are also great hiding places for a variety of fish, craps, etc.









The next day we planned a short road trip to British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast a short 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver.  We planned two dives at a site called Tuwanek.  Tuwanek is a local favorite due to its consistently good visibility and amazing topography.  Although I have been diving at Tuwanek many times, I have only completed a couple of technical dives there.  On one of them, we found these deep water Sea Whips at around 150 ft (45 m) so I was looking forward to visiting them again.  After checking out the Sea Whips, we prepared for our ascent to the surface.  At 150 ft. (45 m) we all looked up to discover that we could see the sun glistening at the surface.  During the entire ascent, it seemed like we were diving amongst the side of a mountain with drop offs and valleys.









For the second dive of the day we dove another at Tuwanek with large boulders, walls full of boot sponges and tones of fish.  It was like diving in an aquarium.

Two programs finished with a great day of diving.  The students were especially excited to have completed their DSAT Tec 50 program as well as being first DSAT TMX 50 certified divers ever.  Full Trimix is already scheduled for June 2011.

Evening With the Authors & Artists - Free Admission!!

Saturday, November 6th
At the West Vancouver Yacht Club
5854 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC
6:30 – 10:30pm

Join the DIABC for a fun filled evening of good company, great prizes and the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping or gift buying for the special divers on your holiday list.

  • Guest Presentation by Donnie Reid on the Pavilion Lake Project with NASA & the Canadian Space Agency
  • Silent Auction with dive gear, dive charters, resort stays, clothing, books and artwork!Authors selling and autographing books and DVD’s
  • Artists displaying and selling their marine-related crafts

Click here for more information.

Join Kirk Krack / Mandy Rae Cruikshank from Performance Freediving for a discussion on Freediving.  Check out Kirk and Mandy's bio @

Hosted by Ocean Quest Dive Centre - Wednesday, October 17@ 6:30 pm

Click here for more details!

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