Buzzin’ Around!

1 06 2008

Saturday, May 31st, 2008 ~Steve and I packed up early and headed off to Kingston. Steve was interning on the second weekend of a split weekend fundies course, and we had to be there bright and early! We cruised in at about 8:15am, to find Dan very sick. He was headed home and cancelled the course for the day. Doh! Dan never ever cancels a course, so this was a bit of a shock to everyone… Poor guy must have been dog sick. We milled around the store for a bit, until Warren, Kelly R., and Dave S. came in, and Steve did some suit measuring for Kelly. We then headed out to the Brule Road Quarry, to work on some scooter skillz! The gang had all headed out there, as the weather was crappy. I learned how to switch hands while driving, switch the light over to dump your wing, stop on a dime, turn on a dime, stowing the tow rope and towing the scooter, untwisting the tow rope… it was an absolute blast! Vis was stinky, but what fun!


Bottom Time ~ 58 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 26′
Water Temp. ~ 62/64
Vis. ~ 15′ Milky

When we got back in, we grabbed a quick Timmy’s sammy, then jumped on the boat, and headed out to the Munson! Steve, myself, Tom and Harold teamed up, while Nancy and Jenn paired up for the dive. Steve brought the video camera, and Tom had his giant stills camera. We descended on to the wreck, into darkness! The vis was nice and clear, but the wreck was dark dark dark. We did a few turns of the wreck, got some footage and pics, and Harold was putting some of the wreck back together… There were pieces of boards that had been removed/fallen off/not in the right place, so Harold put the puzzle back together. I’m still surprised he knew exactly where each piece went too… We had a most excellent dive! We hit a nice current at about 30′, on the ascent, that was pretty funny. In unison, we were turned around in a half circle… We should have captured that on video!

Here are a couple of Tom’s pics of Harold fixing the wreck…

Steve and our camera…

Me above the crane…

Myself and Steve… me… dropping my knees.. pft…

Bottom Time ~ 42 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 109′
Water Temp. ~ 52
Vis. ~ Wicked but dark!

We all headed out to the Loyal Oarsmen for some dinner!

Sunday, June 1st, 2008 ~

Steve and I headed over to the shop, to find that the course was cancelled again. Poor Dan…very sick fella. We hung around for a bit, then decided to head to Brockville, to get the scooters in the water again! We went for a tour out in the channel where we found so many things! We found bottles, coal, pieces of wreck remains, and even an Evanrude motor! The current was absolutely ripping in some places, and non-existant in others.. it was quite an odd day in the river! The vis was absolutely horrible too.. so milky. When we got into the channel, and a bit deeper, the vis opened up quite a bit. On our way in, we stopped at the Gaskin, where we “said” hello to Steve S., Carmen, Mat B., Rob W., and Rick. That poor wreck is really beaten up. It appears that more of the bow has fallen in. Poor thing…

We came in, and I think I had a grin as big as Texas on my face. My first river scooter dive was a success! w00000000000t!

I had practiced all of the skills from the day before, and loved every minute of it!

Bottom Time ~ 82 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 98′
Vis. ~ From stinky to a little less than stinky
Water Temp. ~ 54

Here are some fuzzy friends that stopped by to say hello!

We then chatted with the rest of the gang as they got out, then went to Swiss Chalet for dinner, then home!

Another stellar diving weekend with friends!!