First Dive Of 2011

8 01 2011

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 ~

Well, we had good intentions of diving on January 1st, but it just didn’t happen. We were way too lazy, and took the day off of everything. ­čÖé

Sunday, it was time to dive! We met Eric, Cory, and Raluca at the quarry, and were quite pleasantly surprised to see that it was still open. We have had some above normal temperatures, which seems to have kept things nice and unfrozen. I couldn’t believe that we hardly had any snow in our town.

The parking lot was still extremely icy, so I opted to wheel my doubles over to the beach area, instead of wearing them, as I figured I would probably wipe out. Well.. that proved to be the wrong decision.. I did wipe out, while wheeling them, giving me plenty of bruises, and an extremely black and swollen pinky finger. Murphy, murphy, murphy…

Oh well, time to dive…

Steve and I were going to run a permanent line from around 15′, past the plane, to the boat. That way, it will be easier under the ice, and we can also practice our cave diving skills. Cory and Raluca were working on skills, with Eric tagging along.

Steve had the reel as we dropped down, and away we went. We┬ámade our way to the plane…

 

Then towards the boat…

…to the wood stacks…

…and tied it off at about 70’…

I then handed Steve the camera, and he took a couple of pics of me…

As we made our way back to the plane, we met up with the rest of the gang, and swam back to the shallows. Steve also placed a line arrow at the beginning of the line.

We surfaced…

…and decided to back in for more.

Some shots of everyone…

Bottom Time ~ 57 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 75′ (Avg. 39′)
Water Temp. ~ 39
Visibility ~ Getting better

After our dive, we packed up, then headed to The Works, for some burgers. We were also celebrating Cory’s Birthday! Since mine was the following day, we both received coupons for a complimentary burger on our next visit. Sweet!

What a great way to spend the beginning of the year!





2010 In Review!

8 01 2011

This year was another great one, as far as Diving Goodness is concerned!

We started the year off at the quarry, and ended it somewhere nice and warm.

Shot from New Year’s dive 2010, of Steve and Jay…

In March, our Freediving friends were back, and we got more shots and video of them…

Stills Video…

Steve’s Video…

We still kept up our skills and drills at the quarry, and had many friends join us there…

There was even this one time.. at band camp…

…and even friends that couldn’t be there, but sent a little piece of them to be with us…

Our first river dive of the year was at Farran Park, on Easter Weekend. Water temps. were around 41 …

Our friend, Jeff, finished off his Commercial Diving course, and it was great to have him back around!

Dives in Rockport…

Exploring in the St. Lawrence…

..and we even made friends with some sea creatures…

We spent a bit of time in Kingston, as Steve was teaching some Fundies courses. I either helped out or found my own friends to dive with…

We also made a few trips to the Jodrey, where we also had many friends visit and join us…

We did some investigating at some other sites as well…

I also met two of the most fascinating ladies ever: Edith and Sandra. They gave me so many details and stories about their childhoods, and growing up along the St. Lawrence River, before it was flooded. I could have listened to them for days. It was amazing to learn from them.

Eric also proved that it is entirely possible to dive out of a Mini. Doubles, scooter, and stages…

Fred came up to visit us in Kingston, and DIR Ontario organized seminars over two days. Fred gave us updates from the MCEP, CINDAQ, a line survey workshop, and a presentation on the Bosnia cave systems. Steve joined in and gave a seminar on Gavin Scooter Maintenance as well. It was a fun weekend!

Fred also presented us with a CINDAQ sensor, in the name of DIR Ontario, that would be placed in one of the cave systems, and when any of us go down to visit, we can retrieve the sensor, download the data, then replace it back into the system. Very cool stuff!

Thank you, Fred!

Then came the Invasions…

This was the 3rd Annual Brockville Invasion, and had grown 30 people strong. We had an excellent weekend of amazing people, alot of laughs, and some great dives. We had friends from all over North America.

This was the second year for the┬áKingston Invasion, the following weekend. Another amazing group of people…

This year, we also found tiny jelly fish in the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario. This was a pretty neat thing to see!

When the Jodrey was closed down to diving, due to an oil leak, we found another Tech wreck to dive.. The Oconto. This was definitely rock and roll. I imagine we will do this one again next year. ­čÖé

We gathered a crew together, and repaired the vandalized line to the Gaskin.

Then there was Mexico. We went for two weeks of bliss, in the Mexican caves. Well.. one week of bliss and the GUE Conference, and a second week of tired, working bliss that Cave 2 brought on. :p

We got to retrieve our CINDAQ sensor from Xtabay and download the data, which was really fun to do. I really enjoy the GUE Conferences, as it is not only full of interesting information, but it is awesome to meet so many people from all over the world, and put faces to the names that we see on the internet. This is the best part.

Cheers to yet another wonderful year of Diving Goodness, and another cheers to 2011!





A Little Video From Mexico ~ 2010

8 01 2011

Just like the title says…