It’s June… Let’s Go Diving…

28 06 2010

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 ~

Today, Steve, Chris, and Francois were going for another dip on the Jodrey. We were hoping that the pouring rain we had on the way down, would taper off as well. We were on an afternoon charter.

We packed up the trailer for two days of diving, and headed down to the Brockville area.

Andy was up for some Diving Goodness too, so he and I were going to do some exploring upstream, and perhaps visit the other fellas on deco. As we piled the gear up at the dock, we wondered if it would all fit on the boat.

Apparently so. We loaded everything, with skepticism, but it all fit… Comfortably too, I might add.

I’m wondering if Andy was checking us in on Twitter…

Captain Chantal was at the helm.

We made our way to customs, where we actually had quite a friendly Officer greet us. It was nice to see a smile. She waived us through, and we were on our way. We had mostly geared up before we left the dock, as there was a bit of a chill to the air.

Me…

Chris – All ghetto, all the time…

Frankie…

So… how you doin’? 😀

Once we anchored and tied up to the mooring tree, we loaded up the gear lines with bottles and scooters, and kicked the three boys off of the boat.

Predive checks…

Andy and I took our time gearing up, and hung out in the water for a bit, giving the guys a good head start. Their run time was going to be alot longer than ours, so we were not in much of a hurry.

We finally got in, did our checks, and dropped down the wall. I figured I’d give Andy a teaser of part of the descent onto the Jodrey. We saw a bunch of bubbles, and saw the boys on one of their deco stops. We stopped by to say hello, then went on our merry way, up the wall a bit, then for a ride upstream. I showed Andy some of our deco route, and where the deco chair sits. The vacuum cleaner seems to be missing, but we did see a new table. We then decided to go upstream to see what we could find.

The visibility was absolutely horrible. No doubt due to all of the rain we’ve had this week. We could barely see 10′ in front of us, and although we were following a wall, in one direction, there wasn’t much point in doing too much investigating here. We just couldn’t see. I tried dropping our depth a little, to try to get out of some of the crud, but to no avail. I also knew that we had many back eddies in our path, so I did not want to venture too far away, seeing I only had a short body scooter with me. Andy had his Mini G.

We still did have fun, venturing along the wall, and saw some very interesting rock formations, but made our way back to the “Deco Bowl,” where I showed Andy the spot where we ditch some of our gear on deco, and stay out of the current. Although, there was a bit of current there today. We hung about for a bit, relaxed in the water, and played with the fish. We then went to see the others on their 20′ stop, then back to the boat.

Quite a relaxing and fun way to spend an afternoon. There was quite an aggressive bass, just under the boat. We tried to leave him alone, but he kept coming to see us. Perhaps he was just checking us out.

Bottom Time ~ 44 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 80′
Water Temp. ~ 64
Visibility ~ Varied, but not more than 20′ in the best spots

Chris and Andy, in their matching shirts…

We packed up, then headed over to Gill and Vian’s place for some homemade pizza… Yummmmm….

Sunday, June 27th, 2010 ~

Today was scooter day! Chris decided to hit the road early, so myself, Steve, Francois, Andy, and Eric B. went over to Island 99/Teapot Island for some investigation.

This is a pretty cool dive, once you get past the giant hill to get in, the silty entry, and weeds. You surface scooter out for a small jaunt, then drop down into the bowl, where the visibility usually improves.

As we were bringing our gear down to the water, there was an older gentleman with his dog, playing in the water. He said that she was 18 years old, and he brings her here twice a day. She’s deaf and blind, and her hips are starting to go, but she just loves the water. He carries her up and down the hill, as she cannot do it on her own anymore. She did seem happy though.

Time to gear up!

Andy, and his “new to him” magnum…

Eric, and his new magnum…

Frankie…

I think Eric was thinking that his mat was better than Steve’s mat…

We finally got in, did our checks, then made our way through the weeds.

Again, visibility wasn’t that great, but there are alot of pretty cool things to see on this dive. Visibility was about 15′ at best, and more murky, the closer you were to shore.

We found Santa’s sleigh on the way out again, which is always a treat. I’m not sure what he did with all of the pressies though. 😉

We followed the wall at varying depths, seeing some cool bottles, interesting rock formations, and a whole lot of really big fish. There were carp, bass, sunfish, catfish, sheepshead carp, as well as a bunch of mud puppies. There were some pretty big giants on this dive.

We tooled around near the island for a bit, then made our way back to the dock. As we came close, we heard Sea Doos and boats zinging by, so Steve launched a bag, and we made it back in safely. There is always alot of boat traffic this time of year, which is why we usually reserve this dive for early spring or late fall. It is such a nice dive though, so sometimes it is hard to resist.

Bottom Time ~ 90 minutes
Max. Depth ~ 99′
Water Temp. ~ 64
Visibility ~ 15′ at best

Another fantastic weekend of Diving Goodness!





Jodrey Jodrey

21 06 2010

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 ~

Some of our US friends were visiting for the weekend, and we were slated to dive the Jodrey on both Saturday and Sunday. We loaded up the van, and met the gang at Jeff’s, for Diving Goodness!

Steve, Kevin, and Jay teamed up, as did Chris, Ed, and Piotr, then Sean and I.

Chris, Ed, and Piotr…

Sean, playing boat captain…

Me, being a completely silly git.. and with the “1” in the right place, added by Chris.

I’m lovin’ Ed’s shoes…

Sean and I dropped down to the bow, then went around to the starboard side. We saw alot of things that we had not seen before, and really enjoyed our dive. We stayed on the starboard side for the remainder of our dive, then made our way back home. A very nice and relaxing dive. Thanks, Sean!

Bottom Time ~ 62 minutes
Max. Depth ~ 166′
Water Temp. ~ 60

Our gear, under the boat…

Steve, Jay, and Kevin, after their dive to the engine room…

How many Gavins does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A short video, taken by Piotr, at our 20′ stop!

http://vimeo.com/13404956

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 ~

Well, today started out to be a great day. We loaded up the boat once again, and had another day of Jodrey Goodness planned. Jay and Kevin weren’t out today, so Steve was going to join Sean and I.

Piotr, posing with his fancy new badge…

Happy Father’s Day to Sean and Chris!

Once we got to the mooring tree, we tied in, put our bottles and scooters in, and in we went. We did our predive checks and headed down the wall. The current was a little bit stronger than the previous day, but it wasn’t unmanageable on the wreck.

We headed down to the bow, peeked through to the bathroom, near the crew’s quarters, swam down and around the crane, and saw some pretty cool stuff. What an awesome dive!

Bottom Time ~ 66 minutes
Max. Depth ~ 187′
Water Temp. ~ 60

Jeff lowered my camera down to me, during our 20′ stop, so I took a few shots.

I handed my camera over to Steve, and he took one of me too…

A fish that seemed pretty interested in what I was doing…

This turned out to be one of those days, where sometimes not everything goes as planned. It was a day where it was proven that team work is priceless, and buddy choices were golden.

Chris, Piotr, and Ed… I’d dive with you guys any day of the week. 🙂





Hangin’ At The Brule Road Quarry

1 06 2010

Saturday, May 29th, 2010 ~

Steve and Dan were on their second last day, teaching a fundies course, and Jen and I went for a tour of the quarry.

Fundies students discussing their dives…

I was planning on taking some shots of the course, which I did, but due to a little bit of crappy vis, we moved out further, and Jen played model for the day.

Some pics of the two teams…

Jen and I made our way back to the boats, where we messed around for a bit.

Jen even took a picture of me…

We went and checked out the car…

We even made a rest stop… *giggle*

Jen also pointed out small swimmy things, that I had not noticed before. This little guy had a white-ish casing, and you could see him squirming inside…

There were some pretty aggressive fish in the most odd places, and their eggs were all hatching. We could actually see all of the little fish hatching.

Jen had a stare-down with a sun fish, which was amusing to watch. I did get a few frames of it, but this is when the fishy finally gave up…

More pics of Jen…

Ohh.. and of course, my self portrait…

There was definite fun factor on the surface, as we basked in the sun and relaxed on the water.

This picture cracked me up…

Me, goofing around…

Max Depth ~ 25′
Bottom Time ~ 58 minutes
Water Temperature ~ 69 on surface; 64 below thermocline at 20′

We headed back to NTD, where they were having a BBQ for everyone. It was a nice touch to the end of the day. Thanks, NTD!!

Sunday, May 30th, 2010 ~

Sunday, and back to the quarry. Erin met Jen and I today, and we were heading out for more fun.

Jen, sporting her new DIR Ontario top!

Erin, gearing up…

We got in, did our pre-dive checks, and headed out for the tour again.

We got to the rest stop again, where Erin must have had a rough night…lol…

We also found an old mower… “Mow the lawn and slap it on…” 😉

I also did get a couple of shots of the fundies folks. Lookin’ good!

Frankie, who was filming…

New fundies rescue…

We ditched our tanks and played on the surface again.

Stick bug…

Quarry Shark…

We made our way to the edge, where Jen found a little painted turtle. We said hello to him for a while, then he went on his way. I actually held a turtle for the first time, after I took some pics of him with Jen.

Swimming back to his rock…

Bottom Time ~ 59 minutes
Max. Depth ~ 25′
Water Temp. ~ 69/64

When we finally got out, we saw friends who were sporting their new TLSs…

The course dives had finished, and all they had left to do was their exam.

Jen and I took our time gearing down and chatted with some people. Erin had left the building.

Apart from having to wait for a tow truck, we did have a most excellent day of relaxing Diving Goodness.

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the back of the tow truck…

Thanks to Harold and Anne for putting up with us, too!

The gratuating class. Congratulations, guys!! w00t