Saturday, May 19 – 2007
12:30 – 14:00
Roads: Dry / Clear
Surface Visibility: 24km
Visibility at depth: 10m
Temp (air): +22C
Temp (at depth): +5C
Location: Ryerson park, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Weather: Bright and Sunny
Water Conditions: Light Chop
Divers: Tori & Wolf
Plan: Do a test dive for sorting out any equipment issues.
This is logged dive number 99 (actual dive 400+), First dive of 2007. Last dive was August of 2006.We arrived at Ryerson Park around 12:00 and got all kitted up with our wet suits, hoods, gloves, boots, BCD’s Tank, Mask, Fins, etc. With Tori having a damaged ankle, I carried all her equipment down to the waters edge on some rocks, then when she arrived I got her all ready for the dive, then got myself ready. To help prevent any issues with Tori’s mask improperly sealing – we put some vasoline on the rim so it would seal to her face a little better.
We went in to about chest-deep water and we went under and sat down for a while to get used to the conditions. Our masks sealed perfectly. The lack of weight on Tori’s body made it good for her ankle. After about 10 mins of sitting in the frigid water, no real faults were found with our gear and we decided we should head Westbound along the sandbar and at least get a dive in. We found lots of rocks – visibility was good at 10m We broke a few beer bottles and found a couple of small dead minnows.
Eventually after about 70 mins we found that the water was just too cold to continue and we headed back towards shore from our maximum depth of 3 metres. We got back to land to find the park had filled up with people. We struggled to get us and our gear back to the truck then sat and relaxed for a bit. It was a boring dive, but important that we found the vasoline helped Tori’s mask. We will have to get the proper silicone sealer for her mask so it doesn’t damage it. Boring – but any dive is a great dive.