Sunny Day For A Dive!

16 02 2008

February 16th, 2008 ~

A couple of friends came down from Quebec for the weekend, and we were anxious for a dive! Steve, myself, Leigh (Woofybeotch), Francois, and Eric headed over to the Quarry for some fun. When we loaded the van, it was a balmy -17 degrees outside, but the sun was “shining brighter… oh yeah… that’s great!”

We stopped at the dive shop for some fills, and away we went! We went through the normal routine… shovelled, cleared, and made a hole in the ice.

Ta Daaaaaaaaa… they were done!
(Woofy and Steve)

Woofy and I…

Frankie and Eric getting ready…

We geared up and in we went. Steve, Leigh, and I were a team, and Francois and Eric were a team. We did our valve and S Drills, and headed for the plane. Leigh was¬†running the line. I was working more on my back finning, and played paddy cakes with Steve. Leigh and I made funny faces for the video camera, that Steve brought along. We tooled around for a bit, worked on some skills, and well… just like clockwork, I started to get cold after 30ish minutes, so we signalled to the other two, that we were going in, and headed back. I exited… and it was slightly more graceful than I’ve exited in the past, and I’m proud to say that I didn’t have any boy help getting out.

Frankie and Eric came back not far behind us, and were still under when Steve realized they didn’t bring the reel in, so back Steve and Leigh went to retrieve it… I went back to the van for the camera, and couldn’t help but take a self portrait…

Frankie coming in again…Yes.. the secondary tie off got knocked off when someone came in.. and nope.. it wasn’t me…

The boyz.. from left to right…

Eric, Francois, Leigh, Steve…Err.. and the reel kinda fell apart coming in, you’ll notice a couple of pieces beside it…

Woofy and I after the dive…

Steve…

Frankie and Eric…

I can’t resist posting this one… Just guess… Lmao

Bottom Time ~ 36 minutes
Water Temp. ~ 39
Max. Depth ~ 21′
Vis ~ Awesome!

We packed up and headed for Jean Burger.. The boyz had Club Poutine, and I had a Grilled Cheese with a Poutine… can’t resist that stuff after winter diving… Even though just looking at the stuff clogs my arteries, and causes my butt to grow…

We then headed to the studio, where Leigh showed us the progress in the two impending “We Go Down” videos. All I can say is… unfreakin’ real… He’s brilliant. The next two are going to be incredible. I am a human alarm clock in one of them…

Steve at the finger board…

Leigh showing us the footage…

It was another fun filled day with our friends, and I hope to have more of our adventures to write about tomorrow!





OO… Is That The Quarry, You Say?

3 02 2008

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008 ~Steve, Jeremy, Kevin, and I headed up to… where, you ask? Morrison’s Quarry!… to work on.. what??…SKILLS! w00t w00t!

 

We had some fun, as usual, shovelling the entire path to the entry point, cutting the hole, and getting our schtuff together. The boyz took turns shovelling. We got in, dropped down, and Steve and I did our valve drills, and Kevin and Jeremy headed to the plane, running the line. Steve and I did our thing, played around, and headed to the plane as well. I worked on my back fin, and tried to keep my trim in check, as I haven’t been as consistant in the water lately, so I have to work a bit harder these days. We hovered around the plane for a while, and Steve and I took turns handing a stage bottle back and forth, then played a bit of Paddy Cakes… Jeremy and Kevin were practicing handing bottles back and forth as well, but way more than just one. We loaded Kevin up with all of them, and I think he had about 7 bottles attached to him at one point. After a bit, I started to get a bit chilly, so Steve and I headed back in, to be greeted at the entry by some other friends, just arriving for a dive. Blake, Steve S., Rob W, Matt B., and Mike G. were gearing up!

Bottom Time ~ 40 mins.
Water Temp. ~ 39
Max. Depth ~ 27′
Vis. ~ Freakin’ awesome ~ 200’+ ~ When leaving the plane, we could see our friends’ stage bottles in the water, below the entry!

Mike G. did take some pictures, but I don’t have permission to post them.. yet! :p

OO.. and I had a dry dive!