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…

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

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

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Andy…

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

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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…

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

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

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Poor thing is really falling apart…

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Matthieu, outside the stern, of the wreck…

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Nick, inside the wreck…

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Roger, inside the wreck…

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The stern is pretty badly broken up, too.

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

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Diving Goodness!

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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!

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

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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.

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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!

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Steve’s dive debriefing…

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Sylvain, putting his gear together…

 

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Mario and Lisa, before their second dive!

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Marianne, after her dives! Smiles are good!

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Marianne, Steve, Denis, and Sylvain…

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Denis even got to try out his scooter!

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A great day!

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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!

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They came in handy!

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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!

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

 

 

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