Sturgeon Island

31 05 2015

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 ~

w00t! There shall be diving, today!

We had an Oren sneak into our house, late Saturday night, so we figured that we would take him for a scooter run, in the River. There have been occasional Oren sightings, over the last year, and this time, we took him for a nice swim. 😛

Our plan was to go to a little underwater island, that we had found last year. It is entirely possible that it may have been found  before, but it was pretty new to us. Last year, Steve had seen a giant sturgeon there, on more than one occasion.

As we dropped into the channel, we came upon remnants of a wreck, that we had also found recently. The current was absolutely ripping here, so it was hard to get any good shots. I did get a few, but they were a little blurry… thanks to the blustery current!

dsc_1885Another current blurry shot…




Other bits, laying near the wreckage…



We stayed at the wreck for a few minutes, then back towards the middle of the channel. As we got to about 94′, we saw a baby sturgeon. This was so nice to see! I had never seen a little one, and that means that there is something good going on, in the water. He was just over 1′ long, and didn’t seem too afraid of us. I did have my camera, but it was clipped off, behind my leg, and I just wasn’t quick enough.

We arrived at the island, and since we have seen sturgeon here, every single time, we decided to call it, “Sturgeon Island.” It may have another name, if it’s been found before, but to us… Sturgeon Island. We drifted along, and enjoyed looking at the different levels of rock, and the different formations, which were really amazing. 🙂

As we made our way back up, we passed through the Gaskin, and then into the shallows, for a little bit of deco.

Steve and Oren, as we swam up to our 20′ spot…








Me, with a nice green slime, in front of my face!



All three’s a charm!



Nice bottle!



Steve’s new-found snorkel…



Bottom Time: 1 hour, 25 mins.
Max. Depth: 109′
Water Temp.: 55F
Vis.: 20′ to 50′

Steve and Oren dumped their tanks, while I guarded the gear, in the water, so the choppy waves wouldn’t whisk it away. Then, it was my turn… so… I just had to take a picture…




We had yet another grand day of Diving Goodness, in the St. Lawrence River!

GUE Day – Centeen Park

24 05 2015

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 ~

Today, we met up with a whole bunch of GUE friends, and a few GUE-interested friends, for a day of training, skills, and fun!

Steve and I were packed and almost ready to go, the night before, as we had planned on leaving our place at 6:30am. Ok, we were a few minutes late, leaving, but we still got to the park with time to spare.

We set up the big tent, brought out the chairs and coolers, and got our gear ready. It was pretty chilly out (around 4C), and the wind was blustery!

Steve started his Training Day, and I briefed my dive buddies on our dive.

My dive buddies: Nick, Roger, and Matthieu…



Here is my fabulous drawing, of the Gaskin (yeah, I know – I’m not going to win any awards, here)…



Andy also came to play, but would dive with Mario, Lisa, and Jen B.!






Steve, getting started with his Training Day, with Marianne, Denis, and Sylvain!



Nick, Matthieu, Roger, and I went out to the Gaskin, to do an impromptu Project Baseline dive! I had my camera with me, so figured that it would be a good time to do it!

Nick and Roger, as we made our way to the line…



Matthieu, to my right. Oops… I caught some of his bubbles!



We had a nice, relaxing swim out, with hardly any current. As we got to the bow, I took a photo, for PB.



Poor thing is really falling apart…


Matthieu, outside the stern, of the wreck…



Nick, inside the wreck…



Roger, inside the wreck…



The stern is pretty badly broken up, too.



It has deteriorated quite a bit, over the winter. View from the stern…



Diving Goodness!



We headed back to the basin, and it occurred to me, that I didn’t see the statues, on the way out. There was the little one, but not the standing ones. Hmmm… Our plan was to check them out, on the way back in.

We surfaced, and Jen, Andy, Lisa, and Mario were doing their gear checks, to do their dive. Apparently, the statues were moved, two days prior! That explains things, and confirms that I’m not completely devoid of my marbles (I know, it’s close, but I do still have a few)!

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 6 minutes
Max. Depth: 70′
Avg. Depth: 40′
Water Temp.: 51F (53F, in shallows)

We regrouped, then went back down, to find the new resting spot, for the statues! Lo and behold, there’s the fella, at the desk!



…and… of course, a selfie, with my statue buddy…



It was a short one, but it was another fun dive!

Bottom Time: 14 minutes
Max. Depth:  29′
Avg. Depth: 23′
Water Temp.:  53F

Group shot! I was trying to smile, but my face wasn’t cooperating.



We got out, had a spot of lunch, and the guys went for fills. There were various teams in and out of the water, for the rest of the day, and we had an absolute blast! If only we had a little bit warmer surface temperature, all would have been perfect!

Lisa! Power Ranger!



Steve’s dive debriefing…



Sylvain, putting his gear together…



Mario and Lisa, before their second dive!



Marianne, after her dives! Smiles are good!



Marianne, Steve, Denis, and Sylvain…



Denis even got to try out his scooter!



A great day!



A big shout-out to SOS – 1000 Islands Chapter, for all of the work that they have done, at Centeen Park, including putting in these benches! They are fantastic!



They came in handy!



You can support these efforts, by getting these fancy Centeen Park Diver Tags! They are not mandatory, but very much appreciated, if you dive at Centeen Park (contact us, or a 1000 Islands Chapter member, for tags). $10, for the year!

Also, a Happy Birthday, to Pierli!



Despite the “wind chill,” it was still an extra fun day, and we plan on doing it again! Come on out, and join us!



Spring In The Park!

13 04 2015

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 ~

It was a gorgeous spring day, so Steve and I made our way down to the RIVER!!!

We knew that the water would be pretty chilly, but we just had to get back in.





The water looked so clear, from the surface, and it turned out not to be so bad, past the basin.

We figured that we could take a couple of Project Baseline pics/stats, while we were at it!

We got to the wreck, in no time, so we started to take some shots.

Bow of the Gaskin (it’s really falling apart)…



View, from the top deck, facing the bow…



Steve, by the starboard side of the bow…



Steve had a couple of leaks, so we weren’t able to stay too long. That water was chilly!

Bottom Time: 30 minutes
Max. Depth: 60′
Water Temp.: Debatable – I had 37F; Steve had 33F; A-Bay buoy says 35F – So… CHILLY!
Vis.: 55F

But, first…



Cold Water Pudgy Faces strike again!



Yipppieeeee! We’re back in the River, baby!!



I love how the trees in the background make it look like Steve has a bad hair cut! 😛




Pool Time At Ottawa U

22 02 2015

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 ~

w00 hoo! Warm water time!

Thanks to Bryan H., we were able to book some pool time, at Ottawa U!

There were only four of us, so we had a lot of space to ourselves. Steve and Denis were working on skills, and Bryan and I were working on skills!

Of course, there were scooters, for after skillzzz…



Ahh… Steve was enjoying the no hood/no gloves thing (we all were)!



Bryan and I – I seem to have “fire” hair!



Steve and Denis, working on skills…



…and… then, the scooters came out!






I have a feeling that Bryan may be hooked…



Bottom Time: 2 hours
Max. Depth: 20’ish
Water Temp.: 80’ish
Vis.: Lol…

We braved the snow and ice to get to the pool, but it was well worth it! It was a blast!

Video, by Bryan (mostly!)…

Shivery Return

18 01 2015

Sunday, January 18th, 2015 ~

One of the hardest things to do, is to go diving under the ice, right after a nice trip to the Mexico cavezzzzz… Alas, if we want to dive, we suck it up, and do it. 😛

Myself, Steve, Frankie, and Eric B. went for a spin, at the quarry. There was already a hole, which was good, since our chainsaw needs a little bit of TLC. I am also really happy to see that our “runway” tradition has caught on. It’s so much easier to get in and out of. 🙂



I didn’t bring the UW camera with me, so this post will seem a little less interesting, I’m sure. 🙂

We got changed in the cabin, with the wood stove going, which was really nice. Of course, all of our undergarments and drysuits shrink in the winter, so we had to deal with that, too (riiiiiiiiight… it couldn’t have a thing to do with too many cupcakes).

We got in, swam over to the plane, then past the habitat, to the boat, and then back to lingering around the plane, for a while.

There really wasn’t a whole lot of excitement, but we did get to go diving, so that is a good thing!

Here is an old picture of the plane… and, in open water…

Bottom Time: 45 mins.
Max. Depth: 47′
Water Temp.: 37F

After-dive hair!



Of course, there was the mandatory selfie, too…



…and… showing off my new Ladies First hoodie!



There was also some after-dive chatter…



…and… since we were dreaming of Mexico, we opted to go to Mucho Burrito, for dinner!