Sunday, August 16, 2009

When the going gets hot even the tough go wet

Ok so thats not how its supposed to read but throw me a bone here ...

Summer is really here now for at least another week. Seems like the rain is going to stay away for a little while. What a great reason to get in the water. 2 dives this weekend by members of the DSC. On Saturday we did a commemorative dive at the Alexander Henry to celebrate its 50th anniversary. I hear the Kingston Brew Pub is making a beer called Icebreaker to go along with the festivites. Mmmmmmm beer ... oh right blog here...I wonder if it helps folks get dates too? (Insert laugh track here) Mike, Dianne, Adam Kevin, Marg, and I did come community work for POW (Preserve Our Wrecks Kingston). Marg, Kevin, and myself did demo dives, albeit at 2 different times.

The ship is in perma dock now and is used as a bed and breakfast, however the water below goes to 19 feet. Not much to see but some weeds a few small perch and bass. Though there are some cool crates on the port side of the ship, and if you look right under the ship there was a very cool layered algae cloud that looked kind of creepy. I found out quickly I was diving with the curator of the museum, which added to the fun.

Adam had us try out the full face mask system with comms system and we got to play with a remote camera system as well. The masks are neat and take some time to get used to and are nothing like those full helmet systems that commercial divers use. I think I need more practice with the comms as i was pretty much completely un-intelligble (then normal) to everyone up top.

Now for title of the blog today:

I never knew Mike, Kevin, Jim, or Marg had a wet suit, nor for that matter half the other members of the club. You see ever since I started diving with this crew not a single person other then Kim in September ever wore one. The only ones with them were the "newer divers" and the students. I just always thought they were afraid of the water. I guess it takes a scorchingly hot and sunny 35 degree Celcius day and a small bucket of sweat from putting on the gear to make them break out the old school stuff. I even managed to catch one of them without a hood! imagine the shock I had.

I pick on them because it's fun. I often warn divers that its better to be slightly cold then over warm. Today's dive is a perfect example. In the 20 foot water column it was 78F and even I took my 7mm hood off. I needed it because at 90 feet we had passed 3 thermoclines and lemme tell you my 2 mm hands were a slight tinge short of blue. However in the warm water it was too much. I can not tell you the amount of divers who I have seen never dive again after a heat stroke like effect from over dressing.

10 of us took part in the Sunday Club (tm patent pending). We had a long leisurely drive down the winding shoreline road to Nicholsons Point (just outside of Bath) for a dip in the also warm waters. This dive is good for both Open water and Advanced divers. The dive features a line that goes straight south and leads down 90 feet deep at a 10-15 foot drop off or ledge. Not a whole heck of a lot to see today but folks did talk about a couple of carp in the shallows and a few large mouth bass. No long nose gar either...
Oh and a couple of very odd looking fish with no hood....
pics or it never happened:
The Alex Henry on top:

Ben the curator with cool full face mask riggins:

The spooky algea:

Ben with the Remote camera:

The Ledge at 90 feet:

The Elusive Mikeosaurus Rex with no hood:

As Allways keep blowing bubbles!


Anonymous said...

Hi Matt,

I love yesterdays blog. Sorry we couldn't make it.

Marc-Etienne said...

Good job Matt in taking a picture of the very rare Mikeosaurus Rex without it's hood. That type of specie is really rare to get picture of in wet environment. They usually do their best to stay dry!

I'd love to awesome wildlife photographer like you!