Ice Diving Weekend Get Together ~ Day Two

24 01 2009

Sunday, January 18th, 2009 ~

We all got up early, put together our gear, loaded it up, and headed to Timmy’s. Timmy’s was a good option for breakfast, seeing as we didn’t really have time for a sit-down breakfast. We had to get to the water.. er… ice.

Our convoy was on its way, and we actually stayed together, on the ride up to the quarry. Once there, we saw that our hole from yesterday was still open, with exception to our little runway path. Steve recut it for us. It was much easier to exit that way, than to have us all get out like beached whales.

 

We decided to bring scooters today. One of our friends wanted to try one, so we brought them to play with.

 

Steve handed his “Oreo scooter” over to Richard, and I handed mine to Steve. I didn’t really have much need for it, while I was taking photos.

Frankie…

 

Steve…

 

Oren…

 

Richard…

 

Eric…

 

Jen…

 

Me…

 

We didn’t really do much on this dive, other than play around and get some pictures. Frankie also took some video.

Bottom Time ~ 56 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 41′
Water Temp. ~ 39
Vis. ~ Awesome

Here’s a picture of Oren, playing with the “wildlife…”

 

Francois…

 

Shot by the boat…

 

Cool shot, taken by Steve… Eric…

 

Coming back in…

 

Once we got our gear off, we were pretty much popsicles. I did get a few shots of us out of the water too…

Oren…

 

Frankie…

 

Richard…

 

Kevin, post popsicle…

 

Eric, with a snowflake, strategically placed over his nose… Lol…

 

Jen…

 

Me…

 

Steve was hiding from the camera at this time…

 

So it was yet another fantastic weekend of icicle diving goodness. We headed off to a restaurant to warm up and get some food in our bellies. Ice diving sure burns off alot of calories!

It was great to see friends that we don’t see as often in the winter, and good to get in the water! It was also great having Richard along, all the way from Seattle! You’re always welcome, Richard!





Ice Diving Weekend Get Together ~ Day One

23 01 2009

Saturday, January 17th, 2009 ~

Plans had been in the works, for some friends to come and stay for the weekend, for ice diving. The house started to fill up on Friday night, and one friend was picked up from the airport. It was turning into an event!

Saturday morning, another friend arrived, and we headed up to the quarry. We decided to cut a bit of a runway up to the beach, so that exiting the water wouldn’t be such a task for everyone.

We geared up and in we went. There were eight of us, and I tried to get shots of everyone (ones that turned out).

Steve…

 

Richard…

 

Eric…

 

Frankie…

 

Oren…

 

Kevin…

 

Jen, playing with the wild life…

 

Me…

 

Silhouettes from the Sub…

 

We had alot of fun swimming around, and placing “sea creatures” in each others’ manifolds… read… I had alot of creatures in my manifold.

Here’s a group shot, with Kevin caught in the act… taken by Steve…

 

Bottom Time ~ 61 minutes
Max. Depth ~ 56′
Water Temp. ~ 39
Vis. ~ Wicked!

When we got out, our gear and drysuits quickly turned to popsicles, so we quickly put everything away, then jumped back in the water, to defrost the zippers on our drysuits.

It was then off to Jean Burger for Poutine!

We all came back to our place, brought the gear in, and later had a nice turkey dinner!





“Day-After-Birthday” Dive

13 01 2009

Sunday, January 4th, 2009 ~

W00 h00! Birthday dive! At least, the day after! We weren’t able to get out on the 3rd, so we headed up to the quarry on Sunday. We had to take the back road in, as the front gate was still locked. When we arrived, we saw a couple of friends also going for a dip!

The three of us dropped down, and of course, I had the camera with me again. Between Steve and I, we passed it back and forth.

Me in front, Kevin in behind…

 

Steve, with the reel…

 

We made our way to the plane, and Steve tied off the reel. Our other friends were already there…

 

We swam around, took some shots, and watched Kevin play with his yellow line and rock again…

 

Steve, over the plane…

 

Steve S on the left, Kevin below…

 

Kevin…

 

Steve took this wicked shot…

Going clockwise…Me – with the white tanks, Kevin, Steve S., Rob W….

 

Steve…

 

Me, on the left… Kevin on the right…

 

Me…

 

Coming back in… Steve and Kevin…

 

I’m really liking these reflective shots too…

Kevin…

 

Steve and Kevin…

 

Me…

Bottom Time ~ 43 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 38′
Water Temp. ~ 39
Vis. ~ Pretty darn nice…

Steve…

 

My face loves to pudge up from the cold water… Lol…

 

We had yet another amazing day in the water, and I got to play with my camera again. I’d say it was a pretty good way to spend the “Day-After-Birthday!”





2009 ~ First Dive Of The Year!

8 01 2009

Thursday, January 1st, 2009 ~

Happy New Year!!

The sun was shining, and we were eager, so we packed up and headed to the quarry. When venturing outside, we were faced with the bitter -27 with wind chill temperatures, but we still weren’t discouraged!

We arrived at the quarry, where Steve used our trusty chainsaw, and cut us a nice pentagon.

This would be the second time using my new camera in the water, and I was hoping to get some similar results from the first dive. Steve and I both took turns shooting.

We dropped down, did our valve checks, and ran a line out to the plane.

Steve and Kevin…

Kevin found some fancy yellow line that he played with for a while, and although we didn’t get a shot of him attaching it to rocks, we did catch him with the rope…

We mainly stuck by the plane, and just played around a bit, taking pictures.

Kevin and I…

Steve, bringing in the reel, with Kevin in front…

A look under the floating dock…

Steve…

Me…

Kevin…

Steve and Kevin…

..and… cold water, pudgey face syndrome…

Bottom Time ~ 44 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 61′
Water Temp. ~ 39
Vis. ~ Wicked

Upon getting out, the gear was pretty quick to freeze. Here’s my rig within a couple of minutes of taking it off…

Here are each of us as popsicles as well…

I actually had to sit in the van for a few minutes to defrost and open my zipper. It would have been much easier to just jump back into the water, but I had already taken off and packed my gloves!

Despite the frigid air temperatures, we could not pass up the first dive of the year! The water was actually much warmer than the air!

That’s Canada, eh?





2008 ~ The Year In Review

2 01 2009

It has been a most excellent year for diving and training. As usual, we started the year off with friends at the quarry, working on skills, skills, skills. In the winter, our usual place to eat is Jean Burger. Ok, it’s not going to win any awards as far as the Healthiest Food On Earth, but that poutine sure is yummy after a cold, wintery dive.

 

This year also brought me the She-P. Thanks to Heleen and Sander, in the Netherlands, myself and hundreds of others were now able to dive with a bit more comfort. With a bit of trial and error, and an “accident” or two, this device made my life a lot easier. Heleen and Sander… you are the best! Thank you!!!

 

In March, Steve and I made the trip down to New Jersey, for Beneath The Sea, with Northern Tech Diver. We were able to put a lot of faces to names, and build wonderful friendships. I have to say that the display kicked butt, and even won an award.

 

The river opened up in the second week in April, and we were happy for the change in scenery. We do love the quarry, but it’s nice to be back in the River!

 

There was also Leigh’s surprise birthday party, in which we had to get him to the restaurant without him being on to us. I think he had a slight idea, as our routine changed a bit. That was another pretty fun day.

Leigh… after his birthday party…

 

I spent a lot of time this year, working on skills and preparing for the courses I was taking. I also sat in on a few DIR~F classes, to reabsorb information. It’s a bit different when you’re not actually sitting in the class, like a deer in headlights… What a valuable thing to be able to do. We scheduled Thursday night skills dives at the Quarry as well.

I went to my high school reunion in May, and met up with so many friends that I hadn’t seen in a lifetime. That weekend turned out to be one of the best weekends ever, as it was also packed with diving goodness, aside from the reunion festivities. I did the Tiller with Jay, Humber with David B. and Chris M., and the Sligo with the DIS crew.

Pic by Warren Lo…

 

At the end of May, I was blessed with PVC goodness. Steve and I picked up a 35ah PVC Gavin for me. I learned some scooter skills and practiced, and was finally able to join in on some of the river scooter dives.

Pic taken by R. Levstein…

 

We spent some time in Kingston, playing around with skills at the quarry, looking for wrecks, scootering one from shore, as well as charters with the gang.

Steve and I, taken by Tom R…

 

August brought so many friends from Zen Diving, for a weekend of diving and socializing fun. It was really amazing to meet so many absolutely wonderful people. Every single one of them. We’ve made some really great friendships, and look forward to seeing them again next August!

 

We also had our friend Harvey come for a visit. We had been waiting to dive with him for a couple of years, and the time had finally come for him to come and stay with us. Our friend Francois was also a regular visitor at our house!

 

The time had finally come to do Tech 1. I had dived my fool butt off, put a lot of time into skills, and it seemed to pay off. My buddies Jacob and Dmitri were amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team.

 

This year also brought the Northeast Underwater Explorers, and my first Jodrey dive. We met even more amazing people, and look forward to many more dives and visits with them. They amazed us with that darn sunlight they brought with them.

 

Then there was October, when Steve and I were married, and we headed down to Mexico for Cave 1. The first few days were on our own, and our friends came down to join us later on, for the course. What an absolutely amazing experience. They say caves are addictive… that’s an understatement…

Picture taken by Oren… only one of me, and it’s my butt…

 

Pic by Carmen Cheung…

 

There were a couple more trips to the Jodrey, and we had fun everywhere we went.

Pic taken by Warren Lo…

 

Pics taken by me…

I think Steve took this one…

 

Then there was December… It seemed to come too quickly. The cold air was moving in, and our days in the river were getting fewer, until the spring. Our last river dive of the year was a scooter dive in Morrisburg…

 

Santa (read Steve) had also brought me a lens, so that I could start taking pictures with my “new to me” camera (thanks Tom and Vlada!!!) in the quarry.

 

What an absolutely fantastic year of diving with all of our regular dive buddies, and those that travelled so far to hang out with us. I really value the friendships that we were able to build throughout the year ~ New friends, and stronger relationships with friends we already had.

We even learned that bringing scooters up to a hotel room to charge was a pretty amusing ordeal as well, right Jay?

 
Thanks to all of our friends, for helping to make 2008 such a great year.

Cheers to 2009!! J