27 08 2007

August 27th, 2007 ~

Well, I finally got around to putting the matting on my car tank racks. When I open the door to go to work in the morning, all I can smell now is Contact Cement. I wonder what an officer would say about that smell? I think I’m going to have to break down and put that cherry scented, foot shaped air freshener in my car! 

Anyway…. here are the pics!


A Day At The Park

25 08 2007

Saturday, August 25th, 2007 ~

Our good friend, Francois, came down for a visit again. He arrived at about 10:30 last night, and he and Steve spent the night in the garage….. They installed a permanent line between the booster and the compressor…

This morning, Steve, Francois, and Leigh were up and out early, to catch a ride to the Jodrey. They said there was ripping current, but they had a blast, and even took video.

A couple of friends of mine from NY state came up to Brockville for a visit as well, and we decided to have a splash in at Centeen Park, to work on their skills with their new doubles and to just tool around.

I met them and we went for a splash. Valve drills were done, air was shared, bags were blown, finning was practiced. What more could one ask for? We had a nice, relaxing dive (yep.. relaxing, even WITH the drills…) . It was a short one, but a nice one.

Dive Time ~ 45 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 31″
Water Temp. ~ 70

When we finished and getting ready to leave, we heard sirens. I saw an ambulance down by the water, at a building not too far away. Cruisers followed. My first thought was… diver…

The sirens stopped and started up again. Up pulls a cruiser, and an officer gets out, looking out at the water. I ask him if a diver has been hurt. He says there has, but they don’t know where the person is.

They had received a 911 call about a diver, and they didn’t know the location or whether it was from shore or a boat diver. They were cruising the sites, hunting for this person. We made a couple of suggestions as to other sites, but they were out of their jurisdiction, so it had to be nearby.

There was nothing we could do, so we left. I made a couple of calls to others that I knew were diving around the area, but to no avail. I really hope it wasn’t serious, and that the diver was found.

Upon returning home, the boys were back at the garage. We installed the kick ass power bar we got for the charging station and plugged in the loot…
(notice kick ass power bar on the right of the shelf ~ it’s a long one with yellow plugs)

We hung our gear on the gear rack…

..and even had room for Francois’ stuff…

Camera Station (not everything is up yet)…

Work Station…

The T’s…

…and Francois taking it for a run, boosting his tanks!

It was kind of funny… We had a friend drop by, that owns a dive shop, and upon entering the garage, asked if we were still open….

Until tomorrow’s adventure!!

Ktown In August!

20 08 2007

August 17th, 18th, & 19th, 2007 ~

I was looking forward to going to Ktown on Saturday morning, to do a nice, relaxing shore dive with some of the gang, and to fix some of the line that had been broken in a few places at the site. Steve was playing hockey on Friday night, and had decided that he didn’t want to make the early rise to drive to Ktown.

Ok.. let’s figure out what on earth we can do so that I can dive my doubles out of my little Honda Civic ~ 2 Door Coupe ~ Not the most desired Dive Gear Transportation Unit…

We started brainstorming, and came up with this…

…with tanks…

…with stages…

I also have two small Rubbermaid tubs placed on either side for removing wet gloves, hood, masks etc.

We finally got it done at about 1 am.

The alarm went off early (way earlier than it should have, so it seemed..) Lol.. and after pressing the snooze button a couple of times, I got up, loaded up the water and yes, Kool-Aid , and off I drove to Kingston, to meet up with James, Dan, and Igor.

Our mission was to fix up the lines at the Stacked Hulls and/or Nicholson’s Point. I arrived at about 12 minutes past the agreed time, to which I felt horrible about (not really), and greeted Captain Tom and Mistress Polly. They had informed me that James had just called, and wasn’t going to be there until 10am… DOHHH… Igor was there, and opted to leave and come back, so I just became a dive shop bum for a little while. (Yeah… like I’ve never done that before?).

At least there were people there that I knew, that were loading up for charters, so I had people to chat with, as well as helped out a bit in the shop, and did a muffin run.

James finally made it into town, and once all the camera stuff and line was ready, off we went to the Stacked Hulls entrance.

Doh.. bad move. There happened to be a sailing boat regatta going on, and half the place was cordoned off, so we headed to Nicholson’s Point.

We ended up doing quite a relaxed dive, fixed the line, and worked on some skills. Not a whole bunch to see, but there is a nice wall, once you get past the old river bed, that contains some pretty cool iron ore formations in about 80ish feet. There’s one that looks like a fire pit.

On the way back, we picked up the pieces of the old line, attached and ran new line in the broken areas.

Bottom Time ~ 54 mins.
Water Temp ~ 67 below thermocline at 49′, 69 above
Max Depth ~ 84′

Today is another garage fix day. It’s coming along quite nicely. I’ll post more pics later! The new trunk rack worked amazingly, I am very happy with it. I did purchase some rubber matting today though, to put on top of it. I bought enough to leave a flap over the lip of the trunk as well. I’ll post that when I’ve done it too!

Garage Developments ~ Sunday, August 19th, 2007 ~

Well, we finally got the walls insulated, primed, and painted. We picked up some shelves (I will take pics when we have stuff on them), and mounted the booster.

Here are pics of the latest developments!!

Steve built some small shelves below the booster for “bits ‘n’ bites.” He is putting in the chain around the T Cylinders as we speak.

Ok.. I caught a pic…

I guess now we’ll have to find a spot for all the actual “garage” stuff now. Tire lifts, garbage bins and recycling bins etc. just don’t have a place in the dive storage area!!

Another Day At The Gaskin

12 08 2007

Sunday, August 12th, 2007 ~

After a few more dry days than we would have liked, Steve, Wooferbitch (Leigh) and I decided to load up the Dive Gear Transportation Unit, and get our butts in the water. We didn’t really have a solid plan, just that we were headed to Brockville, and into the water.

When we got to Leigh’s place, he had mysteriously grown hair in one night…

We then went into his home studio, where there were mixes of three of the new videos to come ~ The Jodrey, The Sheboygan and The Davie, and The Daryaw… Very cool stuff!

We went to Mallorytown to drop off a copy of the almost-done new video to Curt, who was so gracious to allow us access to the Daryaw from his back yard. I should tell that story one day… it’s a fun one. I’ll wait until the video comes out, I think.

We still had no clue where we wanted to dive, but wanted something different than the Gaskin. We ventured off to St. Lawrence Park to see if there were any spots on a charter. We ran into a bunch of people we knew, and for some strange reason ~ not sure if it may have been the beautiful day and gorgeous sunshine ~ every boat was packed. Oh well, off to the Gaskin we go……

When we arrived, we noticed a couple of charters out on the wreck, and no divers from shore. There were quite a few swimmers though ~ as I said, it was such a gorgeous day!

We geared up, got in, and off to the wreck we scootered. When we got there, there were still a few divers on the wreck, who to their surprise, thought aliens had arrived on the wreck. I guess they had already done a pass of the wreck, and didn’t expect to find 3 crazy dry suit divers, armed with scooters and stages when they came around again. It was kinda funny to see their reactions.

We did a pass through the wreck, and decided to drift off. I really enjoy doing this, as there are many treasures to find ~ Bottles, pieces of racing boats, and even an eel. We drifted back near the shore, and worked on skills ~ some air shares, valve drills, reg switching etc.

It was an overall wonderful and relaxing dive. No cameras, just good relaxing fun!

Bottom Time ~ 93 minutes
Max. Depth ~ 65′
Water Temp. ~ 74

Still A Bit Dry ~ Part 2

7 08 2007

Monday, August 7th, 2007 ~

Seeing as Steve needed a day off after his river adventure last night, he took the day off and did some more work on our Dive Garage. Just thought I’d post a few before pics!