Sunday, February 25, 2007

Warm water ice diving...?



Five of us made our way to Brule Road today to put into practice what we learned last week on the ice diving course. Dianne graciously acted as senior tender and - crucially - brought along the chainsaw. Jim, Rob, Matt and myself did the heavy lifting and ventured into the not so icy depths.

By now, reading the title and reaching the last phrase, you're asking yourself - 'What.. ?' Well the answer is that we discovered the water temperature, for whatever reason, to be a balmy 40F (4C). Little enough you might think. But all the divers regarded the water as distinctly warmer than we've been diving recently in the Lake or the Seaway.

For the record - we all got in at least one dive of 30 minutes or more. All ice diving precautions were fully observed and the experience was highly enjoyable. It helps a lot when it's sunny topsides and the air temperature's just below freezing at -3C (28F). Visibility was in the order of 60 feet or more. This helped us take a good look at a new arrival in the lake - a rather new looking Hyundai Santa Fe (now upside down, with licence plates still attached). The things you see diving !

7 comments:

yooperprof said...

Ice diving doesn't get much better than that! Sounds like a great dive!

SteveC said...

Glad that you are using the new training. Any idea when the car got there and if the police know about it?

Jim Dunfield said...

Matt was going to report the car to the police after the dive. It would seem that it only went in a few weeks ago.

dlg said...

"Jim, Rob, Matt and myself did the heavy lifting" ? (!!!!!!)

Dianne

MikeH said...

For the record - a number of us made our last dive before the big freeze on January 10th. The Hyundai was not present on that occasion. It was a night dive.

We can only suspect an act of vandalism after a car theft or the results of an incautious expedition onto the ice after the freeze began.

MikeH said...

Last word on the Hyundai..?

The vehicle's disposition was brought to the attention of the Ontario Provincial Police on Sunday evening (Feb 25th). They were alerting Kingston Police..

Pat H said...

Dumping stolen cars in the quarry is a routine past time for the low lifes of the community. When you find one, get the plate numbers and call the cops. Well done guys!