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 !