GUE Meet ‘N’ Greet!

29 04 2011

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 ~

We had a few people asking questions about GUE, so we decided to put together a Meet ‘N’ Greet at Morrison’s Quarry. It was Good Friday, so there were quite a few people at the quarry, but it wasn’t difficult to find a little spot to chat.

Eric came out (nice drysuit, Eric.. *giggle*) …

As did Jen (Mike was there too, but managed to mostly avoid the camera)… 🙂

…and Hugh…

…and Serge, who had brought out his vintage gear for the day…

There were alot of questions about GUE training, as well as how it would help each individual’s diving, and enhance the training they already had. There was Kool-Aid aplenty, and even some Easter eggs. 🙂

After helping Steve out, Eric and I went in for a dip with Serge, swimming out to the plane, then the boat, and back in. Since we weren’t actually using our scooters, I brought the camera along to take a few pictures.

Serge…

Eric…

Alot of fun in the water. 🙂

Bottom Time ~ 48 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 45′
Water Temp. ~ 41
Vis. ~ A bit hazy (although, the camera doesn’t show that)

Honourable mention goes to Lucy, for toughing it out in a wetsuit… :O

…and had a great get-up to keep warm with…

It was a great day, meeting some  new friends, and sharing information to some great people. We will definitely be organizing another one, in the future! Thanks for coming!





April Showers…and Snow?

22 04 2011

Saturday, April 16th, 2011 ~

A very grey morning, and we packed and readied ourselves for some quarry diving. When we arrived, we were not surprised to see the quarry completely free of ice. There was still some ice coverage last weekend, but with some wonderful spring temperatures, we had expected a full melt!

It had started to rain on our drive up, but it could have been much worse. 🙂

Today was going to be a skills day. Steve and I paired up, as did Frankie and Eric V. We did our gear checks, ducked down, bubble check, stretch out, then off to the plane.

Steve and I each did our Valve Drills, then S Drills, then the four of us headed down to the sub, where we had planned on doing a timed ascent. Steve blew the bag, and up we went. Well.. let’s just say it’s been a little while since we’ve done ascent drills, and I know what I need to work on! We surfaced, debriefed, then down we went, to the plane.

We goofed around a little, then made our way back in. It wasn’t a long dive, but it was good to get back at the skills.

Bottom Time ~ 29 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 55′
Water Temp. ~ 41
Vis. ~ Starting to turn a little hazy

Of course, we had to make our traditional trip to Jean Burger! 

 (Picture taken with my phone)

While sitting in Jean Burger, we noticed that the rain had turned to snow, and the size of the snowdrops increased from little bitty snowflakes, to giant Kleenex-sized ones! It’s April, for crying out loud!!!

 More Diving Goodness to follow!!





Jacob Came To Town!

18 04 2011

Friday, April 8th, 2011 ~

Well.. I have to say that I had an interesting evening, while waiting for Jacob’s late flight to arrive. I was already at the airport when I got the news, so I decided to run a couple of errands, then come back. I went to pick up Jacob’s Suex, then set the GPS on “Find Food.” It said that there was some “fast food,” about 3.8 km from where I was. Yeah… that was also a wild goose chase!

I finally made my way back to the airport, about 2 1/2 hours later than I originally arrived, and was happy to get a call from Jacob, saying that he was in the building! W00t! Out he came, and we set sail for our place! The adventure begins!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 ~

We set Jacob up with some tanks, and we headed out to the quarry, where we hoped there would still be some ice left for his first ice dive. When we arrived, we saw that there was still quite a bit of ice coverage, but the beach area had a nice, open entry point.

We decided to bring the scooters out to play, as we hadn’t used them all winter, and wanted to give them a go!

Jen, getting her gear together…

There was definitely a bit of “Tom-Foolery” going on, as we broke up some of the slushy stuff.

Diving is serious stuff, you know… 🙂

Jen, bringing her gear to the water…

We even had a supervisor…

We finally got geared up and into the water. Steve and I were taking Jacob on a tour of the quarry, showing him the sub, the car, some rocks, and even the shark. I was able to get some video, with my little Go Pro camera.

*Warning: F-Bomb in the video!*

Bottom Time ~ 42 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 104′ (Avg. 41′)
Water Temp. ~ 39F
Visibility ~ Really nice

Jacob seemed to really enjoy his dive, and we definitely did have alot of fun.

We even fed him some Kool Aid Jammers…

…and we made Jacob an honourary Canadian, by giving him a  Timmy’s Rrrrrrrrrrrrroll Up The Rim To Win coffee!

It was an excellent day of Diving Goodness, and we topped the evening off with some Vietnamese Cuisine!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011 ~

Since Jacob had already met the quarry, we decided to take him down to the St. Lawrence River. We had more friends join us, too!

It wasn’t going to be a very long scooter dive, but at least we could have a little fun in the River.

We split up into teams of two, and poor Eric got stuck with me, again. 🙂 We scootered out along the wall, then dropped into the channel. We didn’t go as far as we normally do, as the water was still a bit chilly, and we only brought our short bodies with us.

Jacob and Steve were in the lead, and the visibility was absolutely crappy. There was a bit of a glove issue, so Oren and Claudia headed back to shore. Eric and I continued on into the channel, and decided to pick our spot to drift back onto the wreck of the Gaskin. We both seemed to have the exact same idea as to where we were, so away we drifted… er.. well.. Where’s the current? Hmm.. Ok.. trigger, it is! We ended up right at the stern of the wreck. *High five!* We played around on the wreck for a little while, and then saw two beams of light approaching. Team 1 had also reached the wreck. We zipped around a little more, then went back in, cleaning off the line, as we went back. Eric and I took our time, and chose to swim back part of the way. It was a nice, relaxing way to finish up our dive.

As we neared the “Stop” sign, Oren and Jacob were heading out. Apparently, Jacob didn’t mind this cold water thing, and joined Oren for some more Goodness!

Bottom Time ~ 51 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 70′ (Avg. 42′)
Water Temp. ~ 39F
Visibility ~ Really crappy, thanks to the rain and grey skies

The rain had held off for most of the day, but started to sprinkle a bit, as we brought our gear up.

Yes, there was definitely some more Tom-Foolery going on… One Milllllllion Kool Aids…

Claudia was all ready for the rain!

I even snagged a picture of John’s fancy cave tattoo…

From the park, we went to our new favourite Brockville dining location, “Santa Fe,” where they have All You Can Eat Fajitas, every Sunday!

We made the trip back to Ottawa, and on to our next adventure: WalMart. Well.. I think we lost Jacob a grand total of three times. There is quite alot to see in the superstore, when you’ve been hanging out in the Mexico cavez for months! 🙂 Thank you, Jacob, for the Hoisen sauce and the pink Duct Tape!

Packing the scooter…

Jacob, I am glad that you were able to fit us into your busy exploring schedule. It was great to see you, and alot of fun getting back in the water with you, again. I didn’t even mind that 4am trip back to the airport! I did, however, find some zip seals under your pillow, and wondered if they were in exchange for the cutting device. 😛

Come back soon, ya hear!?





Springtime Fun In The Quarry!

4 04 2011

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 ~

What a beautiful day! Time to go diving!

Eric met us at our place, and we headed out into the sunshine.

Eric, driving behind us, showing our slightly dirty side view mirror…

 

When we arrived, we entered a sopping wet and muddy parking lot. We should never complain about that, this time of year, as it is a sign of The Big Melt! The quarry is usually mostly thawed out around this time, but it was still pretty ice covered. Although the ice was still thick, it was also a bit slushy, and had some neat ice crystal formations…

We decided to bring out the scooters today, as we hadn’t played with them all winter! We didn’t need to break out the chainsaw either, as the beach has started to open up.

We did our predive checks, and away we went. We scootered the length of the “main line,” that we laid for the winter, then made our way back to the plane. Eric threw an out of gas at me, and was a little bit behind me, so I hit the trigger with reg in hand, and donated my primary. We went through the drill, I stowed my scooter, and off we went. Our drill went well, and we noticed a couple of places that could use improvement. That is why we practice, right? 🙂

We played around a little, and since both Steve and Eric had some glove leakage, we made our way back in. 

Bottom Time ~ 34 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 71′ (Avg. 39′)
Water Temp. ~ 39F
Visibility ~ Really nice!

I was using the DUI heated system again today, and I wasn’t sure that I was feeling much heat today. Once we were on the surface, I turned the dial on the battery pack, only to realize that I only had it on 50%. I turned it to 100%, and felt the instant heat. What a nice feeling! That “end of dive chill” was gone! Sweet! That’ll teach me!

Once we got rid of our gear, we hopped back in to break up the beach, and to do a little ice floe surfing! We had quite a few giggles.

Yippeee…

Wheeeeee….

Then Eric and Steve decided to go play over the plane. They had swimming competitions, through a thin part of the slushy ice…

A self portrait of my slight nerdiness…

It was a marvelous day, and we were extremely happy to be able to dive! wOOt! The quarry is opening up!

Ok.. well.. we helped the beach a little…