Some Fundies Goodness

29 07 2013

Saturday, July 27th & Sunday, July 28th, 2013 ~Β 

Another weekend of Fundies Goodness. Jen and I ran the grid line, blew a surface marker for the initial descent line, and took turns filming.

Total In-Water Time: 2 hours, 30 mins.
Max. Depth: 38′
Water Temp.: 71F

Total In-Water Time: 2 hours, 3 mins.
Max. Depth: 37′
Water Temp.: 71F



Heison was also visiting on Saturday, and had his fancy Diver Guy, with him!

Sasha, Steve, and Chris!

…and of course, diving is serious business, right??? πŸ˜›

Heison took some shots, too. I managed to save his scooter from a solo rock wall descent, even though he thought that I took it from him. πŸ˜€

Gorgeous day for Scuba School!

Got E.Motion-Al

22 07 2013

Sunday, July 21st. 2013 ~

Today was the day that I was trying out my new Santi E.Motion suit. I had it on deck to dive on Saturday, but our dive did not go ahead, as planned.

Since Steve was teaching, I made my way down to Brockville, and met Jen. We were going on a channel scooter/drift dive. Our plan was to scooter upstream from Centeen Park, then drop into the channel, and have some fun!

We hit the triggers, and away we went. Once we reached our planned channel drop, we started towards the channel. As we were making our way, we ran into some wreckage. A lot of wreckage. We sometimes see the odd plank of wood, but these piles were many, and strewn about for quite a distance. Of course, we had to have a look, so once we did reach the channel, we cut our planned drift time down by a few minutes.

While we were in the channel, there was a freighter that passed overhead. This is nothing new, and happens quite often. This one sounded like it was within spitting distance! There we were, drifting in the channel, in some pretty mild current, when the river bed started to shake, the current went from slow to “spit you out” kind of speed, and it was so loud, that every piece of our beings were pounding. I swear, we could feel our heart beats, in time with the freighter! We were just shy of 100′, so I knew we weren’t in any danger, but sheesh… talk about giving us some wide eyes!Β  After it passed, the current slowed down… *Sings Twilight Zone music*

We had reached our planned (make that, replanned) drifting time, so we started to make our way back up. Just as we got to 70′, we were staring into the stern of the Gaskin. How was that for planning? We went for a bit of a swim through it, then decided to swim off, a little. Jen found a couple of little treasures (no, they were not of the wreck-finding kind). πŸ˜›

As we came back up into the basin of the park, we came upon an extremely tangled Halcyon reel. Since we were going to do a few minutes of deco anyway, we decided to untangle it. Well, holy smokes… It was not an easy task, but we finally did it. It definitely took the both of us, to do it. We figured it belonged to the people running a course there, so we brought it in. As we surfaced, Jen asked if anyone was “missing” one. They were using it for a rescue scenario, and were just about to go back and pick it up! We saved them a bit of time and energy. πŸ˜›

Bottom TIme: 2 hours, 8 mins.
Max. Depth: 99′
Water Temp.: 73F
Vis.: 10′ to 40′

Mike met us over at Bud’s, for some dinner!

We caught three ducks on the back of a Sea Doo, but by the time I got my camera out, they were jumping ship. Go figure…

Oh, well! At least we had a really fun dive!

As far as my new Santi E.Motion suit goes, it fits absolutely perfectly, and was so comfortable to wear. I’m sure that if I had not had a P-Valve malfunction (duck bill valve), that I would have been a happier camper, but the suit was awesome. I can’t wait to get some more dives on it!!

We Are Water – Jill Heinerth

16 07 2013

Monday, July 15th, 2013 ~

Jill Heinerth and Robert McClellan have been cycling across Canada, presenting “We Are Water,” to many different venues, across Canada. Since they were going to be in Ottawa, we were able to schedule a presentation, with SOS (Save Ontario Shipwrecks).

We had approximately 30 people in attendance, at the Orleans Public Library.

Thanks to Robert and a few others, for building a fort in front of the windows, to block as much light as possible, for the video!

Jill started off the presentation by showing us a childhood picture, telling us how she loved the water from a young age, and then moved on to worldwide experiences, throughout some ofΒ  the world’s cave systems. Who knew that to go cave diving in certain places, that you would need to learn how to use a machine gun? πŸ˜›

We then watched a clip from the “We Are Water” video, that included so many little things that we can do, to help conserve our fresh water resources.

I think that this is such a worth cause, and can’t even imagine cycling across the country, like that! Robert even showed us a little bit of his “Cycler’s Tan!”

There were some items available to purchase, with all proceeds going towards the We Are Water project (including all admission fees – the room cost was donated by Steve and I).

We also presented Jill with a Lifetime Membership to SOS. I think we can forgive your membership lapse, Jill! πŸ˜›

Picture taken by Robert McClellan…

Picture taken by Robert McClellan…

Yes, there was even a little bit of time for some silliness…

Thank you so much, to Robert and Jill, for taking time out of their busy schedules, to share “We Are Water,” with us!

Thank you very much for the book, too!!!

You can follow their journey, here:

More info on the project, how to purchase the video, and make donations, here:

Also, Jill’s post about the evening:

In It For The Long Haul

15 07 2013

Sunday, July 14th, 2013 ~

The St. Lawrence River was good and warm, so we had planned on doing a longer dive. Steve, Eric, and I were starting from Centeen Park, heading upstream in the shallows, into the channel, then back up, for planned deco. It seems we do quite a few dives from this entry point, which is true, but it is a different dive, every time!

The sun was pretty hot, so we got our gear into the water, as soon as we could…

We made our way upstream, switched scooters and stages, and down we went, into the channel. The visibility was pretty horrible, until we got down into the channel, where there was a significant improvement. We drifted for a while, Then started our gradual ascent, with our planned stops.

Bottom Time: 3 hours, 48 mins.
Max. Depth: 112′
Avg. Depth: 58′
Water Temp.: 68F
Vis.: Not very good; better in channel

As we did our 1 ATA deco stop, we heard some familiar voices behind us. Mike, Jen, and Julie greeted us, and gave us a hand with our gear (we were very thankful, for that).

Le Princessi also came out to play, on deco! πŸ˜€

We then headed to Boston Pizza, for after Diving Goodness Eats… We ended up getting home pretty late, but when you’re with friends, it doesn’t really matter. πŸ™‚

Let’s Go Swimming… Through?

14 07 2013

Saturday, July 13th, 2013 ~

Steve and Dave were running through some skills, so I joined Christian for a dive! I brought my camera with me, too.

We had a nice, easy swim out to the plane, where we saw Steve and Dave. We hung out for a bit, waved, then carried on. Christian was going to show me a little swim-through… A swim-through?? In the quarry?? Whaaa???

Yes… Apparently, this does exist, and I had absolutely no idea. Ok, it’s not like swimming through a cave, or even part of a nice, tropical reef area, but… you can swim under a rock, in the quarry! This still fascinates me, that I had no idea it was there!

Thank you for showing it to me, Christian!

Not far from the swim-through..

A neat box, from when the quarry was in use. I wonder what it was for?

On our way back up to the boat…

Christian, swimming through the boat, and a random diver in the background…

Dave and Steve – Valve Drills!

Bottom Time: 54 mins.
Max. Depth: 100′
Water Temp.: 39F (at 100′, below a few thermoclines)

After our dive, Christian had a collection of goodies, for us! Some fresh bagels, vegan cream cheese, apples, and a collection of nuts and berries, and a taste of dark chocolate. What an awesome surprise! Thanks again, Christian!

What a fun day!

Steve, looking for the froggy, that was making a lot of noise…

Here… froggy, froggy!

Steve and Dave, after their dive!

Dave is such a happy fellow!

What a great day!