Cell Phone Useon or around the St Lawrence
Here's a helpful tip for Divers - - In the area near the US / Canada border, it is possible to place a call and be connected to a US cell provider. While annoying, this can be avoided by turning off your phone's "Roaming" option.
However when dialing 911 for emergency services, the roaming option is ignored and the strongest cell site is connected. This causes extreme confusion as the US 911 operator will likely not know where you are in Canada. Lives could be lost due to delays in reaching local EMS.
Make Note of these special cell numbers which can place you directly to your EMS service. (Not all cell providers may have these activated - check with yours first)
*OPP (*677) is direct to the OPP
*16 is direct to Canada Coast Guard
and just in case you need it while driving to the dive site . . .
*CAA (*222) for CAA Road Services
Please be sure to add these to your phone and to your Emergency Plans.
NOTICE TO DIVERS
Welland Scuba Park - 2013 Update
Divers and dive clubs should be aware that the ramp at the Welland Scuba Park is used occasionally as the emergency launch ramp for the rescue zodiac of the Welland Fire Department. Some form of diver recall should be considered as part of your dive plan.
The Welland Recreational Canal Corporation has posted a Warning Sign. Click on the sign to see a large version.
In May they will post another sign that will showcase the Scuba Park, include a map and give the general use guidelines and regulations.
These include a statement that ALL scuba divers must display a dive flag so that permitted users are aware of the scuba divers location. It will NOT be accepted to only have the flag displayed on shore as some have tried to do. Because of the increased interest and use of the scuba park, it will be mandated that ALL divers MUST display flags in water or they will not be permitted to continue using the scuba park for liability and safety reasons.
New Safety Product for Divers!
A new product - CO-PRO is now available to divers. CO-PRO is a personal multi-use Carbon-Monoxide detection device.
See the Safety Page for more details.
OUC Member Benefit
All OUC members and families may benefit from our CAA Corporate Membership Program.
There are updated benefits available to new members.
If you are not currently a CAA member but you are considering purchasing a CAA membership, you should review our Member Benefits Page (click here)
OUC Clubs can now share events
The new Club Combined Events Calendar has been implemented. To see how it works please click on the button to the right.
If your club would like to participate, please read the notes on the page.
OUC Club Presidents
The next meeting of OUC Club Presidents is scheduled for TBA at 7:30pm.
If your Club President has not received an invitation, please e-mail ouc.president<"@">underwatercouncil.com for details.
OUC welcomes Member Clubs to supply a liaison to attend our monthly board meetingsIf your club would like to have better insight into how we are working for you, we would be pleased to have your club appoint a person to act as a liaison and attend our monthly teleconference.
please e-mail ouc<"@">underwatercouncil.com and ouc.president<"@">underwatercouncil.com for details
NEW OUC Log Book and Refill Pages Now Available The newly re-designed OUC Log Books and refills are great for divers of all experience levels. Click on the E-Store button in the Navigation bar at the top of this page to order yours!
If you are an OUC Member Club and you have an event that you wish to post on this board, please email the OUC Director of Communications at ouc.communications<"@">underwatercouncil.com* with the details.
OUC would like to welcome to our newest Commercial Members:
Splash Dive Center
Placencia Village, Belize,
Tel: 011-501-523-3080 or 011-501-523-3058
Splash Dive Center is more than just a regular Belize dive shop, and scuba diving and snorkelling operator. In addition to providing our guests with the very highest standards of service, we aim to make our dive trips educational, informative and fun. That is why all our Divemasters and Instructors are registered guides with the Belize Tourism Board. Why not join us this season to have a great experience of your own.
When you choose to take your dive training, snorkelling trips, or scuba diving package of fun dives with Splash Dive Center, you won't just receive the highest standards of service, and taken to the best scuba dive and snorkeling sites on the Belize Barrier reef. You'll also be actively contributing back to the long term sustainability of tourism in Placencia and helping to support our local community and make us one of the most proactive and best dive shops in Belize.
*Please note: To help in the global fight against e-mail spamming, all e-mail addresses on OUC's website are displayed in a scrape-resistant format. Unfortunately this format creates extra effort for legitimate users, and for this OUC would like to apologize and ask for your understanding.
Last Website Update: May 23, 2013