30 06 2011

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 ~

Four of us went up to the quarry for some skillz ‘n’ drillz. Steve and I partnered up, as did Mike and Michel. We stayed all together, but in two groups of two.

This was my first time back in the water, since my crappy dive, and I was looking forward to straightening myself out.

We did our checks, then swam out to the sub for an ascent. Ahh… that felt good. Back up for some valve drills, S drills, and even an inflator drill.

It felt really good to be back in form, and to have a great dive.¬†I needed that. ūüôā

Bottom Time ~ 63 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 50′
Water Temp. ~ 55F
Vis. ~ 35′

Zora, requesting that I please not stop giving her scratches…

M ‘n’ M, taken with my Intergalactic iPhone…

The US Comes North!

20 06 2011

Saturday, June 18th, 2011 ~

Mark Nash, Raphael Santore, Denis Finnegan, and Mick Cagney had come up to the 1000 Island for an extended weekend of Diving Goodness! On Saturday, Steve and I decided to join them for a dive to the Keystorm and then the America. It had been a while since we have done those wrecks, and we decided to bring the scooters along for a fun ride.

We arrived at Caiger’s, and were greeted by our friends.¬†Of course, I had to snap a pic before¬†loading the boat.


We loaded the boat, and we were off! Customs, here we come!

No matter how many times I see Boldt Castle, I never get tired of it.

We cleared customs, then geared up for some Diving Goodness!

Raphael, with a big smile!

Mick, splashing in…

Denis.. also with a big smile!

..and Mark, splashing in!

The first order of the day was a dive on the Keystorm. It had been a while since we had done this one. As Steve and I entered the water, I didn’t really feel 100%. There was a bit of wave action, and since I do get seasick, we didn’t waste alot of time on the surface. Usually, once I’m down, I’m fine. I don’t normally get sick on the River though, so this was a bit silly (that is what was going on in my head). Once we got down onto the wreck, we peeked into the bathroom, and then had planned on doing a little penetration. I really felt “off” at this point, and signalled to Steve that going inside wasn’t for me, today. We did a bit of a tour, and then decided to scooter around, looking for other interesting things, off of the wreck.

At this point, I started fighting my gear, was underweighted, and just felt like it was my first ever dive. Time to thumb it. This was the first time that I have ever felt so dumb in the water, and was a little surprised that I had a day like I did. I was wearing different gear as well, which is probably why I sucked so badly. Oh well.. chalk it up to a crappy day in the water, and try again next time.

Bottom Time ~ 46 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 105′
Water Temp. ~ 59F
Vis. ~ 20′¬†


On a nicer note, our friends did enjoy their dives, and it was a lot of fun being in the water with them. I am looking forward to seeing some of them at the Invasion! w00t!

Important things to keep in your Save-A-Dive kit…

On board, we watched as a freighter carrying windmill props went by…

It even had a launcher!

There were also some boat races going on, which got a little rocky at times. As we were heading back in, we were almost right in their line of fire, in their turning position. Thanks to Captain Steve for avoiding that craziness!

This boat has two jet engines, and was absolutely flying. I have no idea how I got lucky with this shot! 

So, even though my dive sucked, it was still great to be on the water, and with some really wonderful people. ūüôā

See y’all soon!

Hola Amigos!

7 06 2011

Monday, May 30th, 2011 ~

Yippee! Fred and Angelica were in town! We decided to head to a Vietnamese¬†restaurant for some delicious cuisine and some¬†great chats.¬†We ended up talking for quite a while,¬†and with the restaurant’s closing time at 9pm, we¬† realized we were a little over our time. Time to go back to our casa for a tour, a beverage,¬†and some more hang time. ūüôā¬†

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2011 ~

We were a little behind schedule, thanks to some gnarly construction on the 416, but we were on our way to Centeen, where we were meeting Mike, Michel, and our special guest star, Fred! When we finally got there, we put our gear together for some Diving Goodness!

Fred, in the background, putting his fins together…

It was nearing dusk as we got into the water, which we knew was going to turn into a night dive. Sweet!

Gear checks, dive plan, and away we went. We hit the trigger, heading upstream, then dropped into the channel at the park bench. The visibility was pretty stinky on the way out, but it did get better as we hit the channel, apart from the darkness. 

Our plan was to bring us back to the Gaskin, where we did a couple of passes over and through, before heading back in. It had been a while since Steve and I had done a night dive here, and everything did look so different. Especially not being able to see farther than your light would shine. It was alot of fun! Fred even stayed warm in our “frigid” waters! ūüėõ

 Bottom Time ~ 78 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 94′
Water Temp. ~ 55F
Vis. ~ Stinky, until we got a bit deeper into the channel

After the dive – Michel, Fred, Steve, Mike…

After we packed up, we had to do the Canadian thing, and hit Tim Horton’s. Fred went to pick up Angelica, and we met for something to eat. Before we knew it, it was 1 am on a “school night!” Time flies when you’re having fun. ūüôā

Fred and Angelica.. Now THAT’S Canadian!

Fred, Me, Steve…

Sunday, June 5th, 2011 ~

I¬†requested¬†the day off¬†of my Fundies Filming duties that I had been on on Saturday, and was able to join Fred and Jen for some more Goodness in the River, Sunday! We met at Jeff’s, and since there was a charter heading out to the Kinghorn, we were able to hop on it with our scooters, and scooter back in to shore. Angelica came with us on the boat too! We did our gear checks on the boat, as there is usually a nice surface current here. We jumped in, tied onto our “turbos,” and down we went. It has been a while since I have taken a boat here, but since it is high boating season, diving off of the dock is not permitted until the late fall. So, it was jump in off of the boat, and scooter back, getting back onto the boat as we get back in.

As we got to the wreck of the Kinghorn, we drifted along the top of the deck, to show Fred the wreck, then went for a tour inside, taking time to look at everything. We did another tour around the outside of the wreck, then came back around the starboard side, where we picked up the line, heading back.¬†Along the way, we saw a few¬†really large carp!¬†I came upon a rather large crayfish, and played with him a little. As he scurried backwards, Fred got behind him. As he was going to greet him, I signaled to Fred to look¬†behind him… An extremly large carp was sneaking around us. Jen also saw quite a few of her “little guys” along the way, and showed them¬†to Fred.

Bottom Time ~ 48 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 91′
Water Temp. ~ 55F
Vis. ~ Not bad at all!

Jen, Fred, and I, taken by Angelica!

After packing up, the four of us went for a nice lunch at the Boathouse Restaurant, overlooking the water. It was really great to see Angelica and Fred, and also getting in some fun dives. Thank you, Fred and Angelica! See you soon!

Me, Angelica, and Jen, taken by Fred!

After lunch, Jen and I lingered for a little while, then went to top the day off with some dessert!