5 07 2010

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 ~

Steve was teaching a Fundies course in Kingston, and since he didn’t need my help, I went for a dip with Chris P. and Steve R. Chris brought Oren’s oreo scooter to play with, and I had mine with me for the weekend, so I decided to let Steve R. play with it, and I would take some video, with my little Go Pro camera.

We got in, made our way around the students, and headed for the boat at the back, where I handed off my scooter. I had given Steve a briefing on it beforehand, so he knew what to expect. He and Chris were zipping around in circles, and I am pretty sure I saw grins that could have swallowed up the entire quarry.

Here is some of the footage…

We did have a ton of fun, and I think they were hooked…

Bottom Time ~ 74 minutes
Max. Depth ~ 26′
Water Temp. ~ 71
Visibility ~ 10′

It seems they are still smiling…

We also met up with John and Sergio in the water…

Sergio gave me a “swim under” in the quarry. :p

We then watched as the class did their rescues, and of course, I had to take some pics…

It was such a gorgeous day, and it was made even better by diving with friends.

Thanks, Chris and Stephen!

Sunday, July 4th, 2010 ~

Today, Steve needed me to play camera person for his course, so I was handed the nice, big video camera, and filmed Dive #5.. The “Meat and Potatoes Dive!”

When the dive was finished, Steve took the camera back, and Chris, Stephen, and I went back in for a tour. The visibility wasn’t that great, so we just swam around a bit, retrieved the golf club that we had been playing with the previous day, and returned it to the quarry owner.

Another excellent adventure!

Bottom Time ~38 minutes
Max. Depth ~ 26′
Water Temp. ~ 73

Hangin’ At The Brule Road Quarry

1 06 2010

Saturday, May 29th, 2010 ~

Steve and Dan were on their second last day, teaching a fundies course, and Jen and I went for a tour of the quarry.

Fundies students discussing their dives…

I was planning on taking some shots of the course, which I did, but due to a little bit of crappy vis, we moved out further, and Jen played model for the day.

Some pics of the two teams…

Jen and I made our way back to the boats, where we messed around for a bit.

Jen even took a picture of me…

We went and checked out the car…

We even made a rest stop… *giggle*

Jen also pointed out small swimmy things, that I had not noticed before. This little guy had a white-ish casing, and you could see him squirming inside…

There were some pretty aggressive fish in the most odd places, and their eggs were all hatching. We could actually see all of the little fish hatching.

Jen had a stare-down with a sun fish, which was amusing to watch. I did get a few frames of it, but this is when the fishy finally gave up…

More pics of Jen…

Ohh.. and of course, my self portrait…

There was definite fun factor on the surface, as we basked in the sun and relaxed on the water.

This picture cracked me up…

Me, goofing around…

Max Depth ~ 25′
Bottom Time ~ 58 minutes
Water Temperature ~ 69 on surface; 64 below thermocline at 20′

We headed back to NTD, where they were having a BBQ for everyone. It was a nice touch to the end of the day. Thanks, NTD!!

Sunday, May 30th, 2010 ~

Sunday, and back to the quarry. Erin met Jen and I today, and we were heading out for more fun.

Jen, sporting her new DIR Ontario top!

Erin, gearing up…

We got in, did our pre-dive checks, and headed out for the tour again.

We got to the rest stop again, where Erin must have had a rough night…lol…

We also found an old mower… “Mow the lawn and slap it on…” 😉

I also did get a couple of shots of the fundies folks. Lookin’ good!

Frankie, who was filming…

New fundies rescue…

We ditched our tanks and played on the surface again.

Stick bug…

Quarry Shark…

We made our way to the edge, where Jen found a little painted turtle. We said hello to him for a while, then he went on his way. I actually held a turtle for the first time, after I took some pics of him with Jen.

Swimming back to his rock…

Bottom Time ~ 59 minutes
Max. Depth ~ 25′
Water Temp. ~ 69/64

When we finally got out, we saw friends who were sporting their new TLSs…

The course dives had finished, and all they had left to do was their exam.

Jen and I took our time gearing down and chatted with some people. Erin had left the building.

Apart from having to wait for a tow truck, we did have a most excellent day of relaxing Diving Goodness.

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the back of the tow truck…

Thanks to Harold and Anne for putting up with us, too!

The gratuating class. Congratulations, guys!! w00t

Another Kingston Adventure

15 07 2009

Friday, June 26th, 2009 ~

I packed the DGTU #2 with two sets of doubles and a scooter, and made the journey to Kingston. Steve was already there, interning on a Fundies course, and I was going to meet Andy for some diving goodness.

I arrived at the shop early, and attempted to use my little old laptop. Booting it up was painfully slow, and I wasn’t having much success. I finally got frustrated, and James and I took off to the store, to purchase a netbook. I’ve been wanting one of those little guys for a while, and it was the insubordination of my laptop that finally pushed me over the edge.

In our quest for the netbook, James found a purchase for himself, which proved quite humourous, when we returned to the shop. Apparently, the super soaker is 20 years old now, and they’ve come out with an Anniversary Edition…

James caught a rabbit…

…and a Mike…

Since I received news that my dive buddy was running a bit late, I headed over to the quarry, with the class, for a few class pictures.

Steve, and our DGTU #1…


Steve, getting his students ready…

I like this one of Guy…

When the class had finished their day, and Andy made it to town, we all went out for some grub, and called it a night.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 ~

Saturday, we all met at the shop, and tried to get on a boat. The boats were fully booked, so we were contemplating which shore dive to do.

While the boats were loading, I also ran into David and Cynthia, from California, that I had chatted with earlier in the year.

Here’s David, with his left chest clip…

David and Cynthia…

Andy, Jenn E., and I decided to head over to Amherst Island. We packed up DGTU #2, and headed for the ferry.

We arrived at the public dock, and came upon some really nice people fishing, with a ton of questions about diving.

Andy and the entry point…


I had never been to this site before, and would really be putting my compass skills to the test. We were given a brief description of what we might find, and that there was a rock wall to follow.

We entered the water, did a briefing, and headed off to explore. The visibility wasn’t that great above 20′, but the water was pretty warm. We were swimming amongst the weeds for a bit, then decided to go down the sloping silt for a bit, to see if we could find the wall. When I say silt… holy smokes… That bottom layer had such loose silt on it, that you could probably put your arm right down through it, and still not feel the bottom. There was a definite thermocline at 21′, and you could actually see the haze of the warmer water above it. The visibility was much better at 21′.

We saw alot of dirt, weeds, the odd little fish, some pipe, and some rather large Sheepshead Carp. There were quite a few of them, although very elusive. We did find a few old pots and pans, as well as a couple of bowls, urns, and bottles. Other than that, not much else. We never did find that limestone wall. After deciding that we had seen enough dirt for one day, we turned the dive, and headed back in. I took a bearing on my compass, and we had a nice swim back.

When we surfaced, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that we were right at the dock, where we started. Wow… those compass things really DO work!

Bottom Time ~ 67 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 36′
Water Temp. ~ 68 above thermocline; 60 below
Visibility ~ 10′ – 40′

Andy and I…

Jenn, playing with my P Valve…lol…

We packed up, and headed back over to the ferry, where we took a ride back over to the main land.

It seems my iPod was following along the same path as my laptop, and would not work. Sorry… no Lady Gaga on the way back to the shop.

We felt like getting back into the water, so we headed over to the Brule Road Quarry, and Andy and I dipped in for some skills.

Bottom Time ~ 38 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 26′
Water Temp. ~ 66
Visibility ~ 5′ – 20′

A big group of us ended up going to Montana’s for some food, then to sleep!

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 ~

There was a charter available for us, so myself, Andy, Kevin, Dave H., Cynthia, Sean, and Claudia joined Anne on Sorobon for some diving goodness!

The lake was pretty flat, so I was good to go.

We went out to the Marsh for our first dive. The Marsh is a three masted schooner, sitting upright, in about 80′ of water. The bow sprit is completely intact, and still has ropes and chains hanging from it. This is one of my favourite Kingston wrecks.

We descended down to the wreck, and made a couple of passes up and down, looking at the dead eyes, then heading to the bow, to get a good view of the front of the wreck. I always seem to do that on this wreck. It’s hard not to, when it is so stunning to look at.

Bottom Time ~ 35 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 79′
Water Temp. ~ 49
Visibility ~ 20′

Seeing as the lake was still flat when we surfaced, my stomach allowed me to do a second dive, which was on the Maple Glen.

I had never done this wreck before, and was pleasantly surprised by how much there was to see on it. We descended to the wreck, and came up to a set of very large boilers. There was wreckage spread out over quite a distance, and really kept my interest. We then came up to a very large prop, which was also pretty amazing to see.

Bottom Time ~ 38 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 69′
Water Temp. ~ 47
Visibility ~ 20′

What an awesome day on the lake, and I did not feed the fish!

We returned back to the shop, where we unloaded the boats, and missed the torrential downpour of rain.

It was another most excellent weekend of diving goodness, and hanging out with friends!

Guy, Dan, and Steve ~ The Dream Team!

Andy, looking sharp in his new “DIR Ontario” jacket!

Brule Road Quarry

19 06 2009

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 ~

It had been last August since I had last been in the water with my friend, Andy, and he was game for a dive in Kingston! Andy made the trip up from the US side, to meet me at Dive Tech, where we harassed the local Candy Man for a while, then headed to Kingston, to meet up with the folks at Northern Tech Diver.

The charters weren’t going out that afternoon, as the weather had turned quite a bit, and the lake was too choppy for the boats. A bunch of us decided to head up to the Brule Road Quarry for some skills and thrills. Dan had a fundies course going on there as well, so we made sure to stay out of his way. Most of the gang taking the course were friends of mine, and it was nice to say hello.

Two “Dive Gear Transportation Units…”

Andy, geared up…

We headed over to the wonderful beach entrance, did our predive checks, and dropped down.

The quarry has a maximum depth of about 28′, and has a couple of small boats in it, a car, some shopping carts, and many beer bottles, from the campers.

When we descended, we made our way over the rocks, and as we made our way out, we steered clear of the lift bag, being used to mark the square pattern, being used by the Fundies course.

We did a nice, leisurely tour of the quarry, stopping to put beer bottles in the shopping cart (picking them up off of the ground, and adding them to the others), took a tour of the boats, and even checked out the car.

I decided this would be a good time to demonstrate the valve drill, so signaled Andy to watch. We had discussed this on the surface, so it was not a surprise. Andy also demonstrated that he could reach his valves and will be practicing the valve drill as well.

We did see a fish or two… We weren’t sure if it was the same fish or not, but if it was in a different place, perhaps we can count it as two?

We did the entire circuit of the quarry, then made our way back in, and discussed the dive on the surface, before getting out.

Bottom Time ~ 44 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 28′
Water Temp. ~ 63
Visibility ~ 25′

Gearing down, Andy noticed that I had GI Joes in the van, and that, of course, triggered some silliness..

We headed back to NTD, and loitered a bit, while the fundies class finished their exam. We got a shot of Mike, with his fancy dive bag…

…and a hood…

Boats from Kingston Dive Charters, with James’ little boat…

Vicky Marie…

The class finally finished, and I got a pic of them smiling…

I even snagged a picture of Marc, who was up visiting, giving Dan a hand…

Myself, Andy, Dan, and Marc went out for a bite to eat, shared some great conversation and a bunch of laughs, then all went our separate ways back home.

Andy, it was great going for a splash with you, and I look forward to corrupting you… I mean.. diving with you some more!