Might Have Been The Jodrey…

14 09 2015

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 ~ 

Well, holy smokes… It’s boat diving day! Steve, Frankie, Eric B., and I joined in on Eric V., Dany D., Christian St-P., and Guy’s T2 course charter, to the Jodrey. Steve and Frankie were doing some cool penetration, and Eric and I had also planned to go inside.

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We dropped down the wall, landed on the wreck, and… well… we couldn’t see much of anything. We toured around the crane and conveyer belt for a bit, and looked for the door that we had planned on entering. Yeah… no such luck. We did see the winch, a port hole, and a hellovalotta nothing much. The currents were also all over the place, here. The down currents were stronger, the up currents weren’t there, and there were varying degrees of current, in other places. We have pretty much learned the lay of the currents here, but they did their best to fool us, today! Eric and I decided to end our dive a little earlier than planned, since we couldn’t really see anything, and Eric may have had an encounter with a rare “jumping zebra mussel.” Buggers… 😛

As we ascended, I caught sight of an eel, at 138′. It’s the first time that I’ve seen one just hanging out, under a rock, going up the wall. Kind of neat, since we have been seeing dead ones again, this year. We were able to catch the back eddy, on deco, which was really relaxing. It’s not always there, but when it is, it makes deco all the much “more gooder.”

We had found a sweet resting spot, at 20′, and were chilling there, for a while… until the three on course came up beside us. As they neared, the current changed again, and Eric and I decided to give them their space, instead of harassing them, and making them anxious. 😛

We drifted a bit more, finished most of our deco obligation, and scootered back around to the deco bowl, where we stayed for the last couple of minutes. Our 6-up was insane. Lots of weeds, and a lot of current (nothing unusual). It was nice to have the XK-1 scooters, to turn right down, and keep us in one spot, against the blistery water. 🙂

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 27 mins.
Max. Depth: 187′
Water Temp.: 69F
Vis.: What vis???

Eric and I, after our mostly non-existent visibility dive!

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Saaaaaave meeeeee!

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Also… a big congratulations to Eric V., Dany D., and Christian St-P., for becoming the newest GUE Tech 2 divers! Most of our GUE T2 community was on the boat, that day! w00t w00t!

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Steve and Frankie eventually surfaced (#TeamRB80), and we were able to make our way back to Canada-land!

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Thanks, to Captain Rick, for another amazing day of Diving Goodness!

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2015 Brockville Canadian Invasion

18 08 2015

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 ~

Woo Hoo! The time had finally arrived, for the 8th Annual Brockville Canadian Invasion! Steve and I had arrived at Caiger’s Resort, late Wednesday night. It was nice, not having to rush, to be there for the Thursday shore dives!

We loaded up the coolers of sandwiches, drinks, and various treats, and made our way to Centeen Park.

Invasion Goodness! Those benches sure are handy!

Various dives were done, between buddy teams; some went to the Gaskin, some to see the water park statues, and some did scooter dives!

Darth Nash, about to get in, with the Raph of Kahn...and a Phinney photobomb!

Going for a dive, at Centeen Park!Surface interval.

Our team was made up of myself, Steve, Mattias, and Frankie. The plan was to scooter upstream, for an hour, drop into the channel, and drift for about an hour (depending on the current). That is exactly what we did!

Bottom Time: 3 hours, 3 mins.
Max. Depth: 114′
Water Temp.: 71F
Vis.: Better in the channel, than in the shallows.

Gear, to go in!

This was an awesome discussion. :)

When we got back to Caiger’s, we had time to set up the next day’s gear and charge scooters, before dinner. Sleep came pretty easy.
Friday, August 14th, 2015 ~

Breakfast was around 7:00am. This is the first year that we didn’t have a buffet, so a few of us missed the serving. We were still treated to a nice, big breakfast!

There was a Rec charter (going to the Muskie and Lillie), a Tech charter (going to the Jodrey), and more shore diving, at Centeen.

Mattias – all the way from Sweden, hopping on a charter, to the Jodrey…

Mattias, getting ready for a dive on the Jodrey!

Rec charter, heading to the Muskie/Lillie…

Loading the boats! Osprey

Piotr and Ania…

Anna and Piotr

Mark and Steve, getting ready for their dive…

 

Today, I was diving with Eric B. and Eric V. The Erics. 🙂

Our plan was to scooter 40 minutes upstream, drop into the channel, and drift. We would then come back up to the Gaskin, and take a shot, for Project Baseline. As we dropped into the channel, we saw a bunch of different fish, which was really nice to see. We saw sheepshead carp, sturgeon, pike, bass, and walleye. Very nice to see them, after not seeing very many, in the last year. We have seen more sturgeon, than pike, and they were baby sturgeon, to boot!

As we drifted along, in the channel, we came to a structure, that we had never seen before. It was approximately 12′ high, by about 8′ wide, on four sides. Half was rounded, half was square, and it was hollow. There was a fish having a wee snooze, that didn’t seem phased by my camera. I did take a photo, but the ambient light was pretty low, at 100′.

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We came back up, after our planned drift time. There were spots where the current was absolutely ripping, and we couldn’t swim against it, if we tried. There were also places where we had to swim and scooter a bit, because the current was non-existent.

At the Gaskin, I took a pic of the bow, we played around for a bit, then made our way back to the shallows.

The bow of the Gaskin. It was tough to get a decent shot, thanks to the visibility.

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As part of our plan, we tied off our scooters, did our required deco, then Eric V. practiced his bottle rotations, for his upcoming T2 course. Of course… We had to load him with all of the bottles… and I just happened to bring my camera!

Scooters, tied off, and doing deco…

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Yes, we just had to load Eric V. up, with bottles…

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Bottom Time: 2 hours, 37 mins.
Max. depth: 115′
Water Temp.: 71F
Vis.: Same as yesterday

More happy divers…

Going for a dive, at Centeen Park!

We headed back to Caiger’s, prepped gear for the next day, and… Dinner!

Again, sleep was not difficult. 🙂
Saturday, August 15th, 2015 ~

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Boat departures were at 8am. Yes… 8am. That required us to actually be at breakfast for 7am, load the boats, and get out of dodge. Life is hard. 😛

The boats met at customs, which wasn’t too surprising, since they opened a bit early, for us.

I don’t recall going to the back side, before.

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Two Tech boats (to the Jodrey), and a Rec boat (to the Keystorm and America)! I’m sure everyone can hear me saying, “Don’t forget your passports!” How ironic would it have been, if I had forgotten mine? Good thing that I didn’t. *Phew*

Eric and I had a plan for 30 minutes, with a max depth of 200′, and our deco was based on a 200′ average, even though we planned on a 170′ average. We were extra conservative.

We had a nice, easy descent, and putzed around the bow, for a bit. We went to the spot that Steve and Frankie had gone inside, had a look, and continued on. After switching to back gas, we swam and scootered a bit, and were in a different spot than we normally would start our ascent. We were a little ahead of schedule, but since we had to come up a bit anyway, we started our ascent. We did see a pretty cool beach area, at 140′! As we came up, we found a pretty neat spot to do our deco, since we hit a back eddy, and were able to do a nice, easy drift back. At 20′, we came to another relaxing spot, where we were hardly moving, and being sheltered by a large piece of wall. Excellence. Just before we had finished our 20′ stop, we scootered back around to the bowl, under the boat, hung about, and did our 6-up. A very fun adventure!

Total Dive Time: 1 hour, 22 mins. (a bit shorter than originally planned, but not far off)
Max. Depth: 185′
Vis.: Not as good as we were told that it had been the day before!

 

We boarded the boat, waited for those RB80 fellas to get back, and we headed back to Canada!

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Mattias and Dan, after their dive…

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Eric and I… It appears that I have something in my teeth. D’oh!

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A nice little boat passed us, as we were still tied up to the mooring tree. You can’t help but wish it to sink… without any catastrophic loss of life, of course. 🙂

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We made it back to Canada (thank goodness), and as usual, we had “Picture Time!” We always have a nice photo, followed by absolute silliness.

Here we are, appearing to be functioning members of various societies…

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…and then… the truth comes out. Apparently, Pierli can fly…

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We had a delicious supper, followed by a whole bunch of prizes! Thanks to Dive Right In Scuba, 1000 Islands Pleasure Diving, Caiger’s, Exploration Diving Services, Exploration Promotions, Undirworld Diving, DUI, GUE Ontario, Ursuit (and Mattias)

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Christian was happy with his pink t-shirt!

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Thanks for everything, Wayne and the 1000 Islands Pleasure Diving crew!!

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We then got ready for Daniel’s presentation on the Mars! Notice Chris’ display of head dress!

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The littlest Invasion-goers!

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Sunday, August 16th, 2015 ~

Last day of Invasion Goodness!

The Rec boat was headed to the Vickery and Kinghorn, and the Tech boats were headed to the Jodrey. Imagine that!

 

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Photobomb!

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We had another fabulous, yet less-than-stellar-visibility dive. As Eric and I went over the ledge, and descended, we ended up right beside the wreck. We waved at some of out other diving friends, as we passed them, on the bow. Our plan was for 30 minutes at 200′, and we ended up having a 180′ average, by the end of our 30 minutes. w00t!

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 26 mins.
Max. Depth: 194′
Water Temp.: 71F
Visibility: Less than stellar

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Loading up gear, after our dives…

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I swear, it wasn’t me…

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Raph of Khan, and Darth Nash…

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I must thank Jen and Mike, at Undirworld, for the millions of cubic feet of gas, that they must have used, and for the delivery guys! 😛

Thanks to Steve, for filling all of my cubic footage, and for hauling it (yes, I did help to load – I think I loaded about 14 sets of doubles).

I did unload all of these sets of 130s, the day after!

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It was an absolutely fantabulous 4-day weekend of friends, fun, laughter, and a ton of Diving Goodness!! I can’t even begin to share how amazing this group of friends are, and I look forward to seeing everyone, August 2016! w00t w00t!





Back To The Mother Ship

27 09 2014

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 ~

w00t! Today, we were going back to the Jodrey!

Some of our Québec buddies were joining us, for a splash, too!

Steve, Frankie, Dany, and Larry…

We did our mandatory customs stop, at Boldt Castle, and we were on our way!

Steve and I had planned on scootering to the stern, and possibly going inside.

On the descent, I had some really strange sinus thing going on, that was not normal, for me. I was able to clear without issue, so I kept on.

We noticed that the current was down at the bow section, but as we neared the stern, it was absolutely screaming. Thank goodness, for our most excellent scooters! The visibility was also pretty horrible, which was a little surprising, seeing as the water temperature had dropped, just a little bit, since our last dive here. The vis usually improves, as the water temperature drops.

Steve and I made our way to where we were going to go inside. The current was absolutely ridiculous, and I just wasn’t feeling 100% (sinus thing was messing with me, a bit), so I motioned a “no,” to Steve, to going in. As much as I wanted to, I figured that we could go in another day. The wreck wasn’t going anywhere. Ah, well…

We continued around the stern for a bit, checking out other extremely cool bits of Jodrey (I never get sick of this wreck), then made our way back to the bow, where we started up the wall, for deco.

We did most of our 20′ stop at the deco stool, then made our way over to the bowl, and did our 6-up!

Another amazing Jodrey day!

Ahhh… such goodness, and smiles all around!

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 51 mins.
Max. Depth: 204′
Water Temp.: 64F





2014 Brockville Canadian Invasion

18 08 2014

August 13th, 2014 ~

I made my way down to Brockville, a little early, so that I could get things organized, and ready for everyone’s arrival. This year’s Invasion has 37 friends attending (with a few extras, joining in for the odd parts), plus some amazing speakers! I had not planned on diving today, but dropped by Centeen Park, where Steve, John, Casey, John, and Mark were diving. I didn’t see any action, even though they were there, but how could I? RB80s don’t make many bubbles, so I would be hard pressed to see, even if they were close. 🙂

I went and ran an errand, then came back. David J. was there, waiting for his buddy, who was not able to make it. I could not leave him high and dry, so we went for a dive! We did our gear checks, then dropped into the shallows, where David showed me the skills that he had been working on. Great stuff, David! I then saw a light, coming. Yep… that had to be Steve et al, so I shone my light towards them. Steve came over, and was surprised to see me in the water. *Giggle* See ya soon!

David and I went over to see the underwater statues, then for a bit of a tour around the wall, saw a bike that didn’t seem to have been there very long, some pylons, rocks, gobies, and we had a nice, relaxing dive. I had found a BB rifle gun, that I had carried back into the shallows. I showed Steve, when we surfaced, but he chucked it. Pfftt… 😛

Bottom Time: 54 mins.
Max. Depth: 34′
Water Temp.: 69F

John R., Steve B., Casey M., John K., and Mark R., after their scooter dive…

Steve and John…

After our dive, we chatted with Steve and the gang for a bit, then I headed over to Caiger’s! There were a few early arrivals, so we sat on the patio, for more chatting! The evening also brought some footage-viewing, on the TV.

How many divers does it take, to get the TV working?

August 14th, 2014 ~

The Invasion officially kicks off! Today, we were having shore dives, from Centeen Park. Some were swimming, some were scootering, a handful were on a charter, and all were having fun! At least, that was the word at the water cooler. 🙂

Island Diver, taking a bunch out to the Jodrey!

We had a few groups leaving, from Centeen Park: Darth Nash, Raph of Kahn; Frankie, Eric V., Karim, Heather; Becki, Dan; myself, Eric B., Andy, Chris P., Johannes; Daniel, Jeff, Stephen.

Our team went upstream, then dropped into the channel. There were bottles everywhere! We saw an odd little fish, with a pointed nose – Chris P. was going to try to look it up (*waiting to hear if he was successful, in identifying it*). The little guy almost swam right into my hand.

We drifted for about 25 minutes, then started to make our way back up. One of our team had a bit of a slowing scooter, so Eric donated his scooter, and I towed Eric back in. When we surfaced, Steve, John, John, Casey, and Mark were there, waiting for us, and even helped us carry our gear up. I kind of liked this royal treatment!

Bottom Time: 2 hours
Max. Depth: 106′
Water Temp.: 68F

The last team were a little bit overdue, so we waited for them. When we finally saw them, Casey grabbed the life saver, and was ready to rescue!

*NOTE* They didn’t really need rescuing. 😉

L to R, back to front: Heather, Eric V., Frankie, Karim…

Back to Caiger’s, where we found more friends arriving, and dinner! We watched Casey’s GoPro footage, from the boys’ Jodrey dive, which was much fun. Charged scooters, then sleep!

Friday, August 15th, 2014 ~ 

Breakfast buffet, got gear ready, made sure all of the sandwiches were ready for the boats and shore dives, then back to Centeen. The Rec boat went to the Muskie and Lillie, and the Tech boat went to the Jodrey.

We set up our canopy, and Casey brought a whole bunch of Suex scooters, for our Suex Demo Day!

Casey, going through the Suex line of scooters!

After the demo, everyone that wanted to, took the scooters for a test drive! A lot of fun was had!

Eric B., Chris P., and I went for a channel dive. As we moved toward the channel, it took us a while to get past the 40′ mark (as usual, in that spot), but we did finally get down there. There were some absolutely ripping currents for us to play in, too… at least, for a while. The current went from ripping, to non-existent for a while, then picked up, again. Due to the current, we figured that we had gone past our entry point, so when we came back up, we actually went the wrong way, but only for about a minute, when we recognized our surroundings. We came back to the shallows, hung around for a few minutes, then out.

Bottom Time: 2 hours, 41 mins.
Max. Depth: 109′
Water Temp.: 69F

We put our gear away, packed up, then back to Caiger’s, for dinner. We had some amazing presentations, after dinner, too!

Casey McKinlay: Scooters and the WKPP

John Kendall: Diving the wrecks of Malta
Since John’s picture was too dark, here is a nice photo of John…

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 ~

Today, everyone was on a boat! The Rec boat was going to the Keystorm and America, and Tech boats were going to the Jodrey.

Jazz Hands, for Diving Goodness! Johannes, Becki, Andy, Jenni M.

Getting ready for take-off!

One of the Tech boats. Damian, Heather, Daniel, Joanna, Karim…

Another Tech boat. Heison, Kneel, Johannes, Kevin, Daniel, Hong, Eric V.

Kneel, Kev, Raph of Kahn, and Darth Nash have their passports!!
Pic by Heison Chak…

Yet another Tech boat! Casey and John K. …

Steve and John R. …

Eric B., Frankie, Johannes…

Fabulousness…

Today, I was diving with Eric B. and Frankie. Frankie led today’s dive, and we hung out around the bow section. There were a few people on the wreck, so as we went towards the door and stairway, there was another team in there. Frankie poked his head in, and Eric and I waited behind the first stairway (yes, we were always in sight of each other, and only about 10′ away). We made our way around the bow section, and when we started our ascent, our average depth was more shallow than we had planned on, so our deco was very conservative. The current was pretty strong on the way back, so we were quite thankful for our scooters. 😀 This was the first time that I had taken the XK1 on a Jodrey dive. I wondered if it was going to be too big, for what we needed, but it was just perfect. 🙂

Casey, splashing in…

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 29 mins.
Max. Depth: 201′
Water Temp.: 68F

My dive buddy, Eric B. …

Back on board, then to the dock, where we didn’t have to wait long, to be cleared from customs. We got the next day’s gear ready, relaxed for a bit, then…  a most amazing dinner, and PRIZES!

Our presentations for this evening were:

Heather Hamza – Ghost Fishing (Thanks to Karim, for translating, to the French folks)

Pic was dark, so here is a pic of Heather, getting bunny ears, from Andy…

Karim…

Blake also gave us a presentation on the exploration in Chip’s Hole! Blake completely eluded the camera, so here is a nice picture of John Rose…

Wayne Green also came in, and presented me with a book, “Shipwrecks of the 1000 Islands,” which was signed by everybody. This was such an awesome gift, and I completely LOVE it! Thank you, everyone!!! xoxo
Pic by Heison Chak…

Karim also showed some secret footage of things that I am not permitted to speak of… So… you will have to wait until next year, for his official presentation!

Watching footage. Daniel, Jeff, Johannes, Darth Nash…

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 ~

Today was the last day of this year’s Invasion. To say that I was pooped, would be an understatement, and I wasn’t even sure if I felt like diving (whaaaa????). I decided to suck it up, buttercup, and decided to load the boat. Instead of doing a T2 dive, I decided to do a T1 dive, instead. So, Frankie, Joanna, and I teamed up.

Waiting for the boats…

Dany, Naomi, Stacey, Dan, Becki, Forest…

Stacey and Becki. Pic taken by Heison Chak…

Today, the Rec boat was heading to the Vickery and Kinghorn, while the Tech boat went to…. the Jodrey!

As we got to Boldt Castle (customs), we had a really great customs officer. He caught John K. out, a little, and had a great sense of humour.

Officer, to John: When were you last in the US?
John, to officer: A few weeks ago (referring to Florida)
Me, whispering to John: Psstt… John… You were here, yesterday!
John: Oops… Um… yesterday!

Officer to Damian: Did you go to the bathroom, today?
Everyone: Giggles

As we parked at the Jodrey, we ran into Bob, who had a few students, that were just finishing up their Tech 1. w00t! Way to go, folks!

Steve and John plopped in, first. Then, Heather and Karim, and myself, Frankie, and Joanna!

We had a nice, relaxing dive, and I was happy that I decided to dive. We swam around the bow, checked out the pilot house, and made the rounds a couple of times, before heading back up. We did most of our 20′ deco at the “deco stool,” then hit the triggers around to the bowl, to finish up. As we did our 6 minutes up, from 20′, the current really picked up. It wasn’t as strong as the previous day, but the surface current was especially strong. We had a fun time, handing up our scooters, but we did manage.

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 13 mins.
Max. Depth: 180′
Water Temp.: 68F

We had such a blast on the boat, that I cannot even put into words. I think that Damian had the quote of the Invasion, though. 😀

Yes, the picture is blurry, because I was laughing way too much…

Frankie and Scott…

A Heather photobomb, with Steve, Heather, and John K.!

Casey, receiving his Empress of Ireland coin, and Invasion jacket.
Pic by Heison Chak

Heather and Karim, receiving their goodies. I wonder if that is the stare-down, to see who gets the coin?
Pic by Heison Chak…

Blakey Blake, getting his goodies. Pic by Heison Chak…

Empress coins…

I would like to thank all of our prize donors, for sending us some really awesome prizes!!

Jo-Ann Wilkins Photography – Two prints
Healthy Seas/Ghost Fishing – Ghost Fishing socks for goodie bags
DUI – Goodie Bag caps + Suit inflation system
Dive Right In Scuba – Regulator bags
SANTI – MTM 400 gram undergarments
GUE Ontario – various goodies
Exploration Promotions – lanyards, carabiners, tote bags, speaker gifts (coins/jackets)
Save Ontario Shipwrecks – wreck maps
GUE – various goodies
Thousand Islands Pleasure Diving – T-Shirts, stickers
Kevin Abe – LED backup light inserts
(I hope I got everyone!) 🙂
*Note to self* Be careful of ceiling fans, when throwing blindly, into crowd… 😛

Thanks to Mike and Jen, for filling tanks, and making sure that everyone was ready for morning diving!

Thanks to Chris Phinney, for delivery tanks, in the mornings, from Jen and Mike’s! Pic by Heison Chak…

Thanks to Dive Tech, for also filling tanks!

Thanks to 1000 Islands Pleasure Diving, for taking care of us!

Thanks to River Diver Charters, for also taking care of us!

Thanks to Caiger’s, for everything!

Thanks to Heison, for taking some great photos! Heison and Heather…

Thank you, to Casey, and the other WKPP members that made the long drive up, and for giving to our community. We all really appreciated you being here, and even helping to carry our gear!

I have already started the planning for next year’s Invasion, and there are quite a number of people that have signed up! This year’s event was one of the most fun and enjoyable to be at (for me, anyway – I hope it was for everyone else, too), and I am not sure how we are going to top it, next year. Thanks to all of the wonderful people that come every year, and for coming back! You are the reason that I organize it, and you are all fabulous, covered in awesome sauce. I love that we have people attend, from all over the world!

Rachel and James…

Thank you, Forest, for taking the drone footage, helping out with the Brockville Tourism footage, and for doing a write-up on the GUE web site!

To read Forest’s very thoughtful write-up, click here, please…

>>CLICK HERE<<

Thank you, Steve, for your endless days and nights of pre-filling tanks, for the event! You. Are. The. Bee’s. Knees!

If I have forgotten anyone, please do not hesitate to contact me, and also give me a ribbing, and I will add on!

This year’s group shot, taken by Heison Chak. Jazz Handz!

See y’all, next year!!!
As Cas says, “A Chantellfie!”





Ahh… Jodrey Goodness!

13 10 2013

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 ~

We gathered a few of the troops, and headed down to Caiger’s. Our charter was in the afternoon, so we brought some gear down to the docks, to wait for the morning folks to return. Once River Diver came in, we gave the other divers some time to unload, then we climbed aboard!

We did our usual stop at Boldt Castle, for customs clearance, then made our way over to the mooring tree. The usual branch had been broken, so we settled on another one. We couldn’t figure out why Frankie wasn’t grabbing it, until we noticed that it was just hanging there. 😛

We went through the usual routine… gear checks, pre-dive briefing, etc… then, off we went. Eric V. and Frankie teamed up, and Sofie and Cas joined Steve and I!

Our plan was to stay on the bow, so we got down the wall, and did a bit of a tour. We decided not to go in anywhere, since 4 people would have been a little much for a lot of the spaces. Steve brought the Go Pro, and got a little bit of footage, too.

We had a little bit of bumper car action, on deco. It was nice and relaxing, but since there were four of us, we did catch a little bit of the current, which just made us have to use a fin, here and there. I seem to recall that someone’s bottom timer bungee may have come into contact with my spring strap. My spring strap won. 😛

We also noticed the vacuum cleaner, that we had not seen in a really long time. It used to be near the stool (at 20′), but is now sitting a little bit downstream.

Once most of our deco was up, we scootered around to the bowl – where the boat was anchored, finished up, then made our slow ascent to the surface, where we did our 1 ATA deco stop – Or, chilled at the surface. There were a few smiles. 😀

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 16 mins.
Max. Depth: 187′
Water Temp.: 62F

I think Cas is fitting right in, as he has learned the “Moose Ears” signal!

The one and only… Frankie Boy!

Eric V. …

Rick had a bunch of Deco Cookies for us, too! No, I didn’t eat all of those cookies!

Group shot 1…

Group shot 2…

Once we returned to Caiger’s, we had to stay on the boat, until we cleared customs. We had visions of the sun going down, and us shivering in the dark, but… that didn’t happen. We were cleared in no time, and the unloading began! We were at a pretty far dock, thanks to the very low water levels. Once we had all of our stuff put away, it was Swiss Chalet for dinner, where we met up with even more friends.

Ahhhh… It doesn’t get much better than this… :o)