February Long Weekend Diving ~ Part 2: Family Day Dive

28 02 2009

Monday, February 16th, 2009 ~

Great day for a holiday. We headed back to the quarry, and Steve took the camera today, hooked up to the video lights. I didn’t mind being without it for a dive.

We got in, did our checks, and away we went.

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I ran the line out to the plane, and Steve snapped away.

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We swam around the plane a bit, then headed to the boat.

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On our way over, we saw a couple of other friends down at the sub…

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We made our way back over to the plane…

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Steve got a really nice shot of inside the plane…

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I poked my head inside, and started laughing…lol…

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Alas, it was time to come in. I picked up the reel and we headed back in…

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Bottom Time ~ 37 minutes (shorter dive today)
Max. Depth ~ 42′
Water Temp. ~ 40
Vis. ~ Great!

Another great dive in the quarry. Since getting used to having the camera, it was a bit different being the model for the whole dive! Thanks Steve!

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February Long Weekend Diving ~ Part 1

22 02 2009

Sunday, February 15th, 2008 ~

 

Woo Hoo! Sunday of a long weekend, and we had spring-like conditions. We made our way up to the quarry, and the place was packed. It was “everyone fend for yourself parking.” There were a few courses running, so it was quite busy.

 

Normally, we gear up at the van, then just walk to the hole. Since it was so busy, we unloaded near the entrance, then went and parked the van.

Some friends unloading…

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Steve ran our line past the plane, and tied in to the permanent line to the boat.

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We messed around a bit, and got some shots.

Taken by me…

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Taken by Steve…

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After milling about for 50 minutes, we decided to head in. Steve brought the reel in, and we headed back…

Bottom Time ~ 50 mins.

Max. Depth ~ 40′

Water Temp. ~ 40 (up a degree!)

Vis. ~ Still great!

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There was a bit of fun after the dive, where Mike was getting a diver’s eye view of the saw cutting the hole. Steve got a shot of it as well, and caught Mike in there too!

 

View from the surface…

 

I also caught Steve S. doing some leaps into the water. I give him a 10 for air time…

 

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s “Family Day” dive!





More Sub-Glacial Fun

15 02 2009

Sunday, February 8th, 2008 ~

What a gorgeous day for a dive! The sun was bright, the temperature was hovering around the freezing mark, but compared to the deep freeze we’ve had lately, it felt like spring!

Off to the quarry!

When we arrived, we saw some people we hadn’t seen in a while, who were also waiting for other friends to arrive. Once everyone had arrived, there was some tag team chainsaw action going on.

 

We chatted as we geared up. Even though it was a bit chilly up the mountain, we were all happy to be out on such a great day!

 

Steve and I were the first in. We ran our line to the plane, practiced a few skills, and took a bunch of shots.

 

Me, by the plane…

 

Steve…

 

We noticed that the others were starting to enter the water, so we headed back along the line to get some shots…

 

Lol.. you can even see the “GUE” in the ice, that we had shovelled the week before.

 

Steve and I headed back, leaving the others to finish their dive.

Bottom Time ~ 43 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 31′
Water Temp. ~ 39
Vis. ~ Great!

 

We even caught sight of the elusive Ice Shark..

 

We doffed our gear, then came back to give the others a hand getting out…

 

Another fantastic day of diving under the ice!





Another Ice Diving Adventure

4 02 2009

Friday, January 30th, 2009 ~

We had just had another round of crazy snowfall, and we had a weekend of diving planned, with our friend, Jay.

Jay left in the wee hours of the morning, to make the long drive up to see us. Once he arrived, we packed up the van, and away we went. In making the drive across the Quebec border, we encountered just about every type of crappy winter weather we could imagine, within a 45 minute time frame. It cleared up once we passed onto the highway that led to the quarry, and it was smooth sailing for the rest of the way.

We had to take the back way in, and the snow was very thick. Once we got a run at one of the hills, we couldn’t slow down in order to keep from getting stuck. Jay wasn’t so lucky. He was no longer behind us. I never realized how far a walk it was until we actually had to walk it…Lol…

We finally got him unstuck, parked his van, and headed back over to the dive area.

We noticed that time had passed quite quickly, and were not able to get a dive in. We decided to cut our losses and come back the next day.

 

Saturday, January 31st, 2009 ~

We packed all three of us into the van, so that we wouldn’t have to go throuh the same events as the previous day. We were able to squish Jay in there…

 

We brought the scooters along for fun, as well as the still camera. I’m still working out what function does what, but I’m enjoying playing with it.

The frozen outline of the hole we cut the previous day…

 

Steve had the camera for a bit, and got some cool shots.

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Myself and Jay…

 

Steve and Jay…

 

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I even caught Steve mid twirl…

 

I just like this shot that Steve took, coming toward me…

 

Jay…

 

Me…

 

Jay and Steve…

 

Jay, nearing the hole…

We had a good, fun dive, and even went over to visit the resident “shark.” His shot turned out a bit dark though.

Bottom Time ~ 47 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 73′
Water Temp. ~ 39
Vis. ~ Stellar

 

Sunday, February 1st, 2009 ~

Today, Kevin joined us for the fun as well. There had been a couple of divers before us, so we didn’t have to recut our fancy entry.

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 Getting ready to head out to the plane, Kevin in the back, Jay on the left, and myself on the right…

 

We did some more playing around, and headed down to see the sink and stove. We hadn’t seen them before. The stove looked like it was in good shape… hehe. There wasn’t much ambient light for any great pictures.

We made our way back up, found the end of Kevin’s “string,” that kept him occupied for a bit, then back up to the sub, then the plane.

Steve, Jay, and Kevin…

 

Awesome shot by Steve…

 

Some of the local wild life attacked Jay…

 

There were a couple of other divers that came over too…

 

Steve and Jay…

 

The three fellas…

 

SuperSteve…

 

Jay…

 

Kevin…

 

Bottom Time ~ 67 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 105′
Water Temp. ~ 39
Vis. ~ Fantastique!

Yet another great dive under the ice, and fun with friends. We played around a bit, before getting out…

 

Then came the inevitable “after-cold-water-dive pudgey face!”

 

I am looking forward to getting back in next week, as it is supposed to be above zero! w00t!