Dive team practice
Story and photo by Linda Matteson-Reynolds
Special to The NEWS
DIVE TEAM PRACTICE: The Canadian Naval Reserve Port Inspection Dive Team spent Saturday and Sunday doing exercises in North West Bay, Nanoose. Petty Officer Second Class Igor Sevik identified that there were two teams doing manoeuvres from the entire Canadian Western Region, Manitoba-west. "Recruits are required to dive a minimum of every 90 days to keep up their proficiency," said Sevik. Petty Officer Second Class Russ Parker explained that the mandate of the Dive Team is search and recovery and performing underwater inspection of ports and harbour facilities. Rigorous training as well as physical, medical and mental fitness are essential. "Diving, like any other activity is a perishable skill," added Parker. "A regular dive schedule and exercises such as these allows our divers to be relaxed and confident in their skills and familiar with the equipment."