SWODA in conjunction with Dive with Mar are proud to present...
Diving in Brockville!
Diving in the Brockville area is always great fun. The water temp is great even into September and visibility, not withstanding a storm just before we go, is some of the best in the great lake diving opportunities.
We will be staying at KOA @ 1000 Islands, Mallory Town, just west of Brockville, close to Rockport. We have cabins, with fridge and pool on site. And about a 10 minute to drive to Rockport for Saturday or Sunday a 25 min drive to Brockville to catch our boat. Please bring bedding/sleeping bags. There is a small fridge, but no kitchenette, and a great area to BBQ & tell stories.
Our boat will be with "Seaway Charters"; Captain Kevin will take us to all our favourite spots to dive. And I must say, Brockville is full of favourites...Some wrecks that we have dove in the past are:
Kingshorn - April 27, 1897, the tug Hiram A Walker under Captain Boyd had seven barges undertow in the American channel near Thousand Island Park. She was caught in a storm losing barges on the south shore and 2 barges at Johnston's light opposite the park. With four barges left the Walker headed for Grenadier Island where the Captain of the Kingshorn reported his craft leaking badly. The Walker headed for Rockport with the injured barge however lost her 1/2-mile from Rockport in 90 ft. of water. Located directly in front of the Customs Office and Andres’s Marina/Rockport Dive Center at Rockport, this wooden vessel sits in 90 ft. of water and unfortunately in the middle of the small boat-shipping channel.
Henry C Daryaw – Another favorite with a good current at the surface. The Daryaw went down in 1941 with the lose of one life. Was built in England in 1919 and is 219 ft long, she lies upside down and has great swim throws/under and at the end of the dive you could drift back to the mooring.
Lillie Parsons – A 19th century Great Lakes centerboard schooner. Built of white oak and rigged fore and aft, she is 131 ft long with 500-ton capacity in her 10-ft hold. She had in her cargo hold: coal, lumber, wheat, barley, railway iron and salt, and was sailed by a crew of six men. She was launched in September from Tonawanda New York and on her last voyage, to Brockville; she hit a rock and took on water due to the shift of cargo during a squall just off Sparrow Island in August 1877. (She is a favorite dive site with our group)
The diving around Brockville can be challenging and fun. This area is mostly Advanced Open Water diving, but the visibility makes the dives seem like down south dives. The temperature is around 70° so this makes the diving outstanding every year. If you’re not sure if you’re ready for this type of diving, please contact Mar.
This is a great SWODA group weekend. Fun is always had.
Don’t wait and miss the boat. Book today.
When: Friday August 17 to Sunday August 19, 2012.
Cost: $310 CAD for SWODA Club Members
$125 CAD for Non-Divers (Please Note: Due to limited space, Non-Divers will not be allowed on the Charter Boat)
Diver Pre-Requisites: All divers must be in good standing with SWODA and have possess Advanced Open Water training with Cold Water certification.
What Gear to Bring: Full SCUBA gear, Wet or Drysuit for lake diving (5-7 mil minimum), Two tanks or one set of doubles and Lights.
Where to stay: Two nights accommodations at KOA Campgrounds, 1477 County Road 2, Mallorytown, Ontario K0E 1R0 (koa.com/campgrounds/mallorytown)
What to eat: Breakfast will be your responsibility. Lunch will be provided on board the Charter. We will also have a Potluck BBQ dinner on Saturday night. Bring your own beverages, meat to barbeque and something to share with the group (ie. Veggies, Salad, Dessert, etc).
What to Bring: All Gear listed above, sleeping bag/bedding, pillows, Food for Potluck BBQ Dinner, Snacks for boat and Lawn chairs.
What's Included: Two days of boat charters on shipwrecks with “Seaway Vision”, Accommodations at KOA Campgrounds, Lunches on board the Charter.
What's Not Included: Air/Nitrox Fills, breakfasts, tips for Captain Kevin and Transportation to & from Brockville.
Divemaster: Mar Smith 519-672-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: This trip is limited to a Maximum of 20 Divers.
For more information about this trip, check out the flyer below or contact us.
Registration & Deposit are required ASAP.
Full Payment is due by August 16, 2012.
Come join the fun in Brockville!
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