Volume 5 Number 2 June 2002 The older I get the faster time flies – I can’t believe we are already in June with some of the best diving of the year just around the corner. There is no shortage of opportunities get wet this summer – read about scheduled activities later in this newsletter. As well, check the message board for additional diving opportunities and locations. FACTORY-TO-YOU TENT SALE It’s back Family Picnic June 21,22,23 The 17th annual family picnic is July 19,20,21. Many thanks to Don Bryce for once again hosting our event on his farm. Free camping (bring your drinking water, no electricity) starting Friday night. This is a ALL THREE STORES family weekend for divers, spouses, children, friends & dogs. Please Kitchener, Orangeville pre-register at shops so we can ensure a sufficient number of prizes and & Port Elgin food for the BBQ. We will be setting up a box to collect non-perishable food items for the This is the sale everyone is local food bank. Please participate. waiting for and asking about 9-11:30 Underwater Treasure Hunt - Scuba encouraged but not necessary. Rocks from 2" TO 20 feet. Beautiful Don’t miss out sand beach to build sand castles or sunbathe. Best prices of the season @11:30 CAR RALLY – 3rd annual car rally ( a new course designed by Doug & Bruce, verified by Judy & Kristin Groundhog to be Groundhog useable) No time limit except you must arrive at campground by 5:00 p.m. to be eligible. 2002 Clothing Sale 4 p.m. Old Fashioned Games – the kids (young & old) SAVE 1/3 enjoyed these last year so we are doing them again. Light jackets 5 p.m. BBQ at campsite Golf shirts 6 p.m. Prizes Hooded sweatshirt (NEW) 7 p.m. Groundhog Court - reminder charges must be Ladies Long sleeve t-shirt (NEW) forwarded to Court clerk (Judy in Port Elgin) by July 8. Fold-up chair (NEW) Person laying charges will prosecute their case and subpoena witnesses for prosecution. Court clerk will Personalized embroidery advise defendant who acquires defence counsel and subpoena defence witnesses. Forms are available from Limited time only Judy. It is expected both Judge and Mrs. Hog will be Orders must be placed by June 23 present to preside over the proceedings. Evening Bonfire and jam session – bring your instruments! SCUBA Sunday 12 noon 7th annual 9 holes of golf – Southport Golf Club EXPERIENCES Bring item for prize table ($10 value) Owen Sound July 9 Water guns are optional, but fun Ability to golf useful but not necessary Kitchener by appointment Marine Archaeology RE-SCHEDULED!! Sept 20-22, 2002 What’s Who would have thought that the OPSEU strike would affect our diving. The NAS Level 1 workshop: Introduction to Marine Archaeology scheduled for May Happening 3-5 had to be cancelled because the instructor, Peter Kingston - July 6-7 Engelbert, staff archaeologist with the Provincial Diving for our advanced qualified divers. Kingston government was unavailable. provides some of the best wreck diving in the world. Reservations are required – no deposit, not reserved! The people registered for the original May 3-5 weekend The plan is to dive 2 days, 3 dives per day, will have first choice of the spots but must confirm by conditions permitting. Transportation to Kingston, July 1 if they wish to re-register for the Sept 20-22 accommodation, food, equipment and air are the session. After that your spot will be released. The responsibility of the diver. Filling fast!! course was not full so anyone else who would like to take this course should contact Bob Carey at (519) 633-3817 Cedarhill - July 7 or bearwithme @ sprint.ca ASAP to register. A fun day for all divers - bring the entire family. We will supply the BBQ’s - bring your hotdogs or hamburgers – make it a fun day. A perfect opportunity for new divers to enjoy some diving in Survey of Wabuno a relaxed atmosphere with experienced support Ian Morgan, naval architect, is hoping to assemble a available. Watch the message board for details. survey of the Wabuno, a sidewheeler lost in 1879 in Georgian Bay just south of Parry Sound. If anyone is Brockville - August 10,11 interested in working on this project give him a call The second of our shipwreck weekends. Brockville at (705) 549-3754. It may be a little late in the year has near 75+ visibility and 72o water. Two days of to plan for anything more than an initial site some of the best current boat diving in Ontario. assessment, but he’s looking at making it a multi-year Advanced certification required. Reservations and project. deposits required. Orienteering - Aug 11 The UNDERSEA & HYPERBARIC Another fun day for all divers and families– we are Medical Society planning on having an orienteering course set up for presents those divers who want to see how well they can WHERE DIVING AND MEDICINE MEET navigate under the water – instructions will be set on Saturday, Nov 2, 2002 up for both novice divers and advanced so everyone 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. can participate. BBQ’s will again be available for Canada Centre for Inland Waters use. 867 Lakeshore Road Burlington, Ontario Niagara II - August 25 Once again we will be heading to Tobermory to dive All recreation, tech and professional divers, Dive Masters the Niagara II. Advanced certification. Reservations & Instructors will enjoy the outstanding speakers and and deposits required. panel discussions. Lunch is provided, with wine and cheese after the meeting. November Travel For more information call Ron Nishi (416) 635-2140 or e-mail ron.nishi @ dciem.dnd.ca. WEB SITE www.groundhogdivers.com GROUNDHOG DIVERS I GROUNDHOG DIVERS II GROUNDHOG (ORANGEVILLE) 194 Victoria St. N 582 Gustavus Street 85 Broadway Kitchener, Ontario Port Elgin, Ontario Orangeville, Ontario (519) 742-5415 (519) 389-3629 (519) 941-6112 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com BONNE TERRE submitted by Claude Pageau Bonne Terre is rated as one of the top 10 dive the divemaster pointing out various features like experiences in the continental United States. You can equipment and calcite deposits. The overhead read about some of the history and background at the sodium vapor lights shining through the rippling www. 2dive.com web site. surface water gives the dive a surrealistic feeling. At the end of the dive we did a 3-minute safety stop on It is approximately 13 hours driving time from Port Elgin a horizontal bar at 15 feet. Total dive time was 52 to Bonne Terre. We had arranged to stay at the minutes with a maximum depth of 43 feet. Depot, which is a nicely renovated rail car with its own washroom and shower from one of the dive packages. The second dive on trail #2 was similar to the first There is also a bunk house dive package as well as in duration and depth. The main features were ore several motels in the area if you wish to arrange your carts, keyhole swim throughs and a long set of own accommodations. submerged wooden stairs. The keyhole joins two chambers and is just big enough for one diver at a Prior to diving we took a walking tour of the dry section time to comfortably pass through. of the mine and were amazed at how large and high the mine was. The flooded section is 163 feet below ground The third dive of the day was trail #4. This trail had and consists of 24 trails which get progressively more sections of overhead diving with rocks directly difficult, so you can only advance to higher trail overhead. This included several tunnels where numbers after you have completed diving the lower trail divers swam through single file. The highlight of the numbers and having your logbooks stamped and signed. dive is the elevator shaft which is the submerged Water temperature is approximately 58o and visibility is steelwork of the main mine elevator structure. 80+ feet. The next morning we dove trail #3 where a high- Our first dive on Saturday morning was a check-out and light was the “Chappel Room” in which the walls familiarization dive. The check-outs were conducted in have crosses marking where drill holes were to be a cavern room in a water depth of 25 feet. Al l the made. Upon exiting the Chappel Room you swim divers demonstrated buddy-breathing and mask clearing back over the ceiling rock through bubbles exiting and buoyancy check for the divemasters. We then from where you just came from a few minutes returned to the main cavern room where the water depth before. At the end of the dive you swim over a is over 100 feet but we kept to about the 40 ft depth, deep canyon where you feel like you are flying over swimming around columns and walls. First stop was a miniature grand canyon. Total dive time 47 the saddle, which is a shallow area between two huge minutes maximum depth 53 feet. columns where an ore car and small motor boat have been sunk. We then proceeded around the trail route Diving Bonne Terre Mine is a very unique and around columns and walls with rewarding experience. We recommend dive at least FOOD – To DIVE for! The cookbook mentioned last newsletter HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA being assembled by Long Point Divers has Heading to Halifax this summer for a visit? gone to the Printer and will be available mid- And hoping to get some diving as well? June. 325 recipes from divers, scuba clubs Eleanor Roppel is working in Halifax this and related diving businesses from around the summer and is looking forward to diving with world. Ordering information and a picture of folks from Ontario. Anyone travelling in the cover can be found at www. Nova Scotia is encouraged to give her a call Longpointdivers .com/cookbook.htm to dive or just visit. Price is $20. Cell: 1-519-386-0011 (local call from Port Elgin) or e-mail roppel.ge @ bmts.com. Congratulations It has been a busy spring already with certifications and courses. The first two openwater/advanced residential weekends were cool – thumbs-up to all the students who attended. Here’s to future dives under sunny skies and warm water. Openwater Dan Loder Gordon Vanderstelt Advanced Bart Bell Shelly-Ann Miller Margaret Wilson-Rabideau Shelley Brooks Tod Christensen Roi Moore Dan Chester Karen Fitzpatrick Adam Colville Don Mosher Cory McDonald Mark Gutscher Scott Darroch Greg Neeb Wesley Ploj Brad Nixon Dave Defoe Andy Pintar Gerald Holliday Gary Sanwald Brad Hewitt Garry Smith Jared Holliday Michael Hutchings Ken Van Dyken Norm Trudel Alicia Kingsbury Christina Starr Al Scott Michael Knoll Shelagh Haney Keara Jakic Jenny Krueger Kelly Vanderstelt Remember to pick up your certification cards at your home dive shop! DAN O2 GROUNDHOGS Two Dan O2 courses have been held this spring - One in Port Elgin and one in Cozumel. Congratulations to Scott Booth was our first cold water the following people who were interested enough to groundhog of the year on May 26 in learn how to help fellow divers! Tobermory. Give him credit – it was cold! Julie Russell Rod Gillis It has been 17 years since a Freiburger went David Rowe Shannon Sellers Groundhog, and on June 2 Doug was able to Dean Fopwler Chris Evans welcome both his brother, Larry Freiburger, Reno Rakutt Chris McGrath and his nephew Scott Freiburger into the Ruthanne Rakutt Mike Petrik Fraternity. It’s not often when little brother Jeff Tanner John Pentilchuk can pie big brother in the face and not have to Eleanor Roppel run for his life. A re-cert only is scheduled for June 15 at Presquille Shannon Gough almost missed her Rotary Camp – call Judy if you are interested. groundhogging (not a good thing) on June 2 when she remembered she had to change into Full certification dates will be set soon - a waiting list her bathing suit first. Keep your eyes peeled is being assembled on the NEW NX for Shannon in one of their intro spots -- she’s picture pie perfect. This box is for you the reader. Send in your articles of interest , upcoming events, travels, etc . This is your MILESTONES newsletter. 100 Joe Kerr (Tobermory) 150 Renee Pageau (Cozumel) 200 Claude Pageau (Gullivers Lake) 300 Rob Kobe (Arabia, Toby) Remember to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with milestone info to be put in the newsletter.
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