ZenDiving Invades Canada ~ 2008 ~ Part 3

12 08 2008

Sunday, August 10th, 2008 ~

The day had come… This was the last leg in the ZD Canadian Invasion tour. We got up early, loaded the van and trailer once again, and headed over to Caiger’s. Toast again for me.

We headed over to customs again, as our first dive was on the Vickery. I hadn’t done this dive before, and was looking forward to it.

Steve, Leigh, and I dropped down, and headed down the line. The current is absolutely ripping here, until you get over the wall, and get into the wreck. Luckily the line is there, so you can play flag pole.

We ventured over the wall, and let go of the line, heading over to the wreck. We went inside for a peek, and were sheltered from the current.

What a cool wreck… Even with the ripping current, this wreck was a fun one. As we swam across the deck, I peeked over the bow, and felt the current pushing my face back. We drifted back over to the line, then swam off of it a bit, checking out the periwinkle shells and seeing if there was anything interesting behind the rocks. We didn’t find much, so went back and did our ascent. I’ll definitely have to do this wreck again!

Bottom Time ~ 36 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 104′
Water Temp. ~ 73
Vis. ~ Much nicer here

We then headed over to Jeff’s dock, where there is a Canadian customs dock. We couldn’t touch land, and we were a bit warm, so Steve, myself, and Jen splashed in for a cool off. As long as we didn’t touch the dock or the bottom, we were good to go.

Thank goodness for my She-P!

They allowed us back in the country, and we headed over to the Kinghorn again. This time, Ken and Dave loaned us their X Scooters! Steve and Leigh had them first, and I tagged along beside them down the line. The current was a bit stronger than it had been on Friday, so it took me a bit longer than the scooter boyz to get to the descent line…

We descended, swam around, and the boys took turns buzzing me with the scooters. Finally it was my turn… The leash was a bit too long for my short arms, but what fun it was. They are a little more “squirrely” compared to a Gavin, but very quick to turn, and pretty easy to handle. If I had money to burn, I’m sure I’d get one of these for boat diving! Thanks to Dave and Ken for letting us try them! Pretty fun dive! We also noticed that Jamie and Andy had served up a plate of dead Gobie and Crayfish inside the wreck.

We waved to all of our Zen friends as we passed as well!

Bottom Time ~ 49 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 92′
Water Temp. ~ 73
Vis. ~ A bit hazy

We returned to Caiger’s, where some people had to get going on their long drives home, and a bunch of us gathered for another round of laughter and food. I don’t think any of us will look at wet naps the same again… thanks Leigh…Lol…

A great big thank you to everyone for travelling so far, to come diving with us. I had not planned a diving trip before, and you all made it so easy. Thanks to everyone for helping out, and to Pickeeeeeeeeennnnnnnssss for cooking our BBQ (It was all you!). I have learned a few things along the way, that will aid in planning next year’s trip as well.

I would also like to thank Dive Tech for donating T Shirts for the raffle, Jeff at Rockport Dive Centre, for the dive and for also donating T Shirts, Thousand Islands Pleasure Diving (Wayne, Chantal, Scott, and Jim) for accomodating us on the charters, and for keeping the speed boats at bay… Andy and Jamie for helping out with the raffle, Pickens again, for donating prizes for the raffle.

…and to absolutely everyone who joined us for diving goodness and laughter. Thank you so much for the gift as well. I can’t get over how amazing all of you were, and how thoughtful it was. You even put up with me during the raffle… ROFL…

I’m still in awe over how incredible this group of people was to be with… on land and in the water. Amazing people and solid divers.

Thanks for enjoying the weekend!

Come back soon eh?

Link to ZD photos/video made of all of our photos, by Dave Pickensssssss!
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