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.



Myself and Jay…


Steve and Jay…




I even caught Steve mid twirl…


I just like this shot that Steve took, coming toward 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.



 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…








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!



12 responses

6 02 2009

Hi Chan!
You have a really nice vis. I’m from Austria and we also dive under the ice but the vis is not as good. The idea with the GUE-Logo is really funny*lol*. Keep on diving!

Greets from Austria
sub Aqua (AT)

6 02 2009

Thank you, Chris! 🙂

8 02 2009

The pictures were superb. In some instances I thought we guys were flying rather than swimming underwater. Thanks for sharing.

8 02 2009

Thanks very much, Joy! 🙂

13 02 2009
Cor Kuyvenhoven

Great pictures!
If you use a flash it became more great 🙂

Regards ,


(a friend of Heleen and Sander)

13 02 2009

Thank you, Cor. I’m hoping to get strobes sometime in the near future. I have to debate… Strobes vs. Mexico Caves!! 😀

14 02 2009
Cor Kuyvenhoven

In the caves you need strobes 🙂

22 02 2009

Great pictures, great visibility! Looks like VERY much fun 😉

26 02 2009
Jay R

Quarry good! Nice shots and reporting!

9 03 2009

Thanks Jay,

I guess we’ll see you in a couple of weeks! The camera will be ready! 😛

9 03 2009
Tommi Pulkkinen

Wow guys, awesome pics indeed. Whereabout’s such place? Globally.
Cheers from Finland!


9 03 2009

Thank you, Tommi!

The site is called Morrison’s Quarry, and is just on the other side of the Quebec border, from Ontario, Canada. We are lucky to have such a great training ground so close to us. 🙂

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