The basic concept in our Events Program is to offer at least one “organized dive” each month and the occasional “evening dive” at our favourite local dive site. Our more experienced divers are also involved in exploring lakes and river in the area in search of interesting sites. We are also active (in a gradual sense) in dive “projects” that intended to make a positive contribution to the environment and diving in general.
The organized dives typically involve logistical details (e.g., boat shuttling), so there’s a need for members to pre-register for the event by calling the contact person several days in advance. Pre-registering is important not only to confirm with the organizer that there is enough interest in running the event, but also to confirm that the date has not been shifted because of local conditions (high current, severe weather). In this regard, the dates for the events given on the Events Calendar are subject to change!!
While most of the organized dive events are at local sites (~within an hour driving time), we also include one or two regional dives each year, i.e., dive sites within several hours drive. These more-elaborate dive events involve full or extended weekends (e.g., St. Lawrence River). In 2008, we’ll be offering two St. Lawrence wreck dive weekends (late June and mid September) and we’ll be returning (after over a decade) to Tobermory (late August). The dives that are more local to Deep River that we’ll be offering from June through to October include;
This all lines up to be a healthy portion of fun and interesting diving.
The plan this year is to align the schedule for the organized dives with the schedule for training dives for NAUI Advanced certifications. This way, by participating in the events, you can at the same time collect dive-credits towards higher certification, if you chose. Although the schedule is still under development, the first organized dive events are listed below, and tentative dates for other events are also listed.
The evening dives are less organized – these are shore dives at local sites (e.g., within 30 minutes drive), held usually on Wednesday evenings, several times a month (depending on interest). This diving has a social spin to it, because we often find ourselves meeting at a nearby restaurant afterwards for a “snack”. The dive site will be announced (via e-mail) a few days in advance, and if you’re interested in participating, you simply let the organizer know that you’re interested (in case the site is changed at the last minute for safety or other reasons), then show up. If you need to rent gear, you’ll have to arrange for this ahead of time, but logistically-speaking, these weekly dives are intended to be quite informal. As such, suggestions for dive sites are welcome, and the selection of sites is drawn from the listing below (which can be expanded as new local sites are found).
“Projects” are organized activities that are intended to make a positive contribution to the environment and diving in general. The “Projects” that we should consider carrying out this summer include:
Project leaders are needed.
Exploring new waters (to find new dive sites for club events) is another type of project activity that uniquely combines first decent diving with bush road orienteering and “off roading”. The other challenge in this frontier activity is accommodating the millions of mosquiotos that have never seen the likes of us frog people. The waters in the area to explore include;