Niagara Divers 2018 Dive and Event Schedule


Hi Everyone


The following is the schedule planned so far for this season. Listed are 38 dives, with a mix of Charters and Shore dives to provide every level of diver with many options.

As always, we will add some Niagara River and Chippawa Creek drifts through the season.

While several members were very active last year (I think Kayla did 40 dives) some members did not get out at all. I encourage everyone to start getting their gear ready and have a great season of

diving in 2018.


For more information for any or all dives, please contact Durrell Martin.
 


Saturday & Sunday February 17 th & 18 th
Chicago - Our World Underwater 2018
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (Exhibit Hall and Seminars)
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (World Famous Evening Film Show)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday (Exhibit Hall and Seminars)
Cost: $75 USD for Weekend Pass
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: None, but you get to see some of the best images on the planet!
Notes: New location for 2018, The Chicago Marriott O’Hare Hotel and Convention Center.
Also, several of our Club Members are presenting this year.
http://ourworldunderwater.com/chicago/


 

Friday to Sunday February 23rd to 25th
Toronto – The Outdoor Adventure Show

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday (Exhibit Hall and Seminars)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (Exhibit Hall and Seminars)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday (Exhibit Hall and Seminars)
Cost: $18 for Weekend Pass ($14 for one day)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: None, but a great place to plan your next dive trip.
Notes: Cris Kohl and myself will be there each day to promote our Shipwreck show, so please come out and enjoy the seminars and great exhibits.

 


Saturday April 7 th
Welland – Shipwrecks 2018

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday (Show Setup)
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday (Seminars)
Cost: $54 (Free with NDA membership and Helping at the show)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: None, but a great & largest dive show in Canada
Notes: Free Parking
http://www.niagaradivers.com/shipwrecks/sw2018/sw2018index.html


 

Sunday April 22nd
Welland Scuba Park – Season Kick Off Dive

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: 1
Notes: Please come and get back into the water for the season!
Perfect time to test your gear and practice your skills. The dive will be followed with mugs of Hot Tomato Soup
and Biscuits. Plus, some Home-Made Desserts.



Saturday April 28th
Toronto – Scuba Swap

9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $5
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: 0 – Just great deals on used gear!
Notes: Make sure to get there early and line up for the best deals.
If you have equipment that you want to sell, then the drop off is on Friday evening. For more info please go to
http://www.scubaswap.org/



Sunday May 6th
Toronto, Humber Bay – The Wreck of the Sligo & Julia B. Merrill

Meet at 12:30 p.m.., Boat Departs at 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 (Plus $10 for the BBQ)
Charter run: Rick Lymer – River Diver
Number of Divers: 8
Number of Dives: 2
Notes: Following the dive, there will be a BBQ at my house just 15 minutes away.

 

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Saturday May 12th
OUC - Game of Thrones @ Underwater Edition

Event runs 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Toronto Pam Am Sports Centre (Has a 25m Dive Tank)
Cost: $30 (For OUC Members) or $20 if you join OUC at event (OUC Cost is $40 for membership & insurance)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: 2
Notes: Come join the Ontario Underwater Council (OUC) for a fun filled day of SCUBA challenges and a chance to
win door prizes and competition prizes valued at over $1700.00
* For all training and experience levels
* Divers will face off in teams
Note: Non-OUC members are required to complete medical forms, waiver and present C-card for verification.
More info at:https://goo.gl/SDB6ya

 


Monday May 21st

Welland Scuba Park – Victoria Day Dive
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: 1
Notes: The water is warming up now, but the vis is still great. This is a great time to get photos!



Sunday May 27th
Sherkston Quarry – Trains and Tracks

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 park fee to get into Sherkston Shores for the day (Plus $10 for the group lunch)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: 2
Notes: Vis is usually still good in early June, so come out and see the trains



Sunday June 3rd
Niagara River, Victoria Day’s River Drift

Meet at 11 a.m. at the coal docks in Fort Erie
Cost: Free (Dessert paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: 1
Notes: Following the dive we will be having some Homemade Strawberry Shortcake. Like last year we will team
up with our sister club, the Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit and start the drift from their buildingand return to their club house for desert.
 


Saturday & Sunday June 9th & 10th
Kingston – Various Wrecks

Cost: $255
Charter run: Abucs scubA Diving
Number of Divers: 8 – Our first time back to Kingston in years!
Number of Dives: 4 (2 per day)
Notes: The plan will be to dive; The Marsh, The Cornwall, The Comet and The Wolfe Islander
We have the Saturday afternoon 1 p.m. Charter and the Sunday morning 8 a.m. Charter. That way you just need
a hotel for one night.



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Saturday July 1st
Welland Scuba Park – Canada Day Club Promo Video Dive

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number if Dives: 2
Notes: We will be making a new Club Promo video as we have done for the past two years.
Last year this turned out to be one of the best events of the season. We need everyone out, both divers and
bubble watchers to help write, direct and film the epic sequel.

 


Saturday July 21st
Brockville – 2018 Woman’s Day of Diving – Event organized by Kayla Martin


This is the 4th year of PADI’s International Day of Women's Diving
Join us in Brockville, Ontario for a great day of bonding with
other women who share your love of the Underwater World!
Two Great Events, Join us for One or Both


Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Docks
Cost: $85
Charter run by: Abucs scubA Diving
Number of Divers: 12 (Women Only) Helen Cooper will be the Captain and Kayla Martin is the first Mate
Number of Dives: 2 Boat plus Shore Dive
Notes: Plan is to dive the wrecks of The Robert Gaskin & The Lillie Parsons which are both in Canada, so no
passport is needed.

In the afternoon there will be a Lunch & Shore Dive at the Brockville Scuba & Sculpture Park. This dive is open
to both Men & Women. The cost for the lunch is $10 and all proceeds go to Leeds & Grenville Interval House
(a Women’s shelter in Brockville)
.
For the charter there is just 12 spots available, so first come first serve!
Please book Directly with Helen Cooper of Dive Brockville Adventure Centre

helen@divebrockville.com
www.divebrockville.com

(613) 345-2800


For the Shore Dive and Lunch there is Un-Limited spots available
Please RSVP with Kayla Martin of the NDA (so that we can plan number of lunches)

kayla@loveofdiving.com
www.loveofdiving.com

(647) 546-0113




Sunday July 22nd
St Lawrence River – Various Wrecks
Meet at 9 a.m. at the Conestoga (Shore Dive)
Cost: Free (Plus $10 for Lunch)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number if Dives: 3
Notes: In the morning we will dive the Conestoga then shift over to the Wee Hawk for a second dive and river
side lunch. Then in the afternoon, a final dive on the Rothsay



Saturday to Monday August 4th to 6th
Tobermory – Various Wrecks, Plus the Wreck of Alice G & Hike to the Grotto
Cost: $85 + HST for Charters. Shore Diving Free
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number if Dives: 8
Notes:
Charter run: Walk on Charters with Divers Den – book directly at: http://www.diversden.ca/
Plan for the weekend will be:
Drive up on Saturday morning, then do an afternoon Charter
Group dinner at the Fish & Chip Store then a night dive on the Alice G
Sunday morning do a Charter then after lunch do a shore dive at the light house
Monday morning do a final Charter then after lunch at the fire hall drive home.


Date to be Announced
Grand Bend, ON – The Wexford

Cost: TBA but expect it to be about $100
Charter run: Either Fully Tek or Red Devil Scuba
Number of Divers: 8
Number of Dives: 2
Notes: Still working on booking this charter to a great wreck that we have not done in over 20 years.
Here is a link to Robert McGreevy’s painting on how she looks sitting upright in 80’ of water.
http://mcgreevy.com/product/wexford-underwater-wexford-found-bottom-lake-huron

 

 

Date to be Announced
Picton, ON – Various Wreck

Cost: TBA but expect it to be about $180
Charter run: Rick Lymer – River Diver
Number of Divers: 8
Number of Dives: 4
Notes: Based on the turn out for Kingston, we will add a weekend in Picton to dive the wrecks of the City of
Sheboygan, the Kattie Eccles, the Olive Branch and the R H Rae.
Would be launching from the Black River near Picton, so just a short boat ride to the wrecks
Here is a link to Northern Tech Diver’s list of wrecks in the Kingston Area. Lots of pictures and details.
http://www.northerntechdiver.com/index.php/news/wecks

 


Monday October 8th
Welland Scuba Park – Turkey Dive

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number if Dives: 2
Notes: I have no idea what a “Turkey Dive” is, but we will come up with something. But rest assured, I know
what a Turkey Dinner is, so I will guarantee that part at the least.

 


Sunday October 28th
Welland Scuba Park – Pumpkin Dive

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number if Dives: 1
Notes: Water temps are still good, so please come out and have some fun.



Saturday November 10th
Sandusky, Ohio - Shipwrecks and Scuba
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: Day $35 / Night $40
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number if Dives: 0 – Just a really Great Dive Show
Notes: New location at Kalahari Water Park (world’s largest indoor water park)
Last year the Hotel rate was $119 which included 4 passes to the water park, so you can get wet!!

http://www.shipwrecksandscuba.com/

 
Sunday December 23rd
Welland Scuba Park – Christmas Tree Dive

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number if Dives: 1
Notes: The last two years have seen a great turn out for this event.
It was a great day and fun was had by all. From tobogganing into the river, to my Special “Christmas in a Cup”
homemade stew, it is a not to be missed event!     


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