Niagara Divers 2021 Dive and Event Schedule



The following is the tentative schedule planned so far for this season. The Club will not be organizing any dives until we reach Step 2 in the Ontario Road Map to Reopening (https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario).

Welland Scuba Park

The estimated date for Step 2 is July 5th, but this date is based on reaching certain goals. The scheduled will be adjusted if Step 2 occurs at a different date.
Listed are 44 dives, with a mix of Charters and Shore dives to provide every level of diver with many options. Plus, there are 3 social events.
Since many members have not been diving for almost two years, please remember to carefully check your equipment and service as needed. Plus make sure to do some basic dives first and review your safety skills.
We also advise using a check list and doing extra careful buddy checks before getting into the water.
This year with COVID tracking rules, all members will need to pre-register to attend any of the events, including signing waivers in-advance on-line. This will also be followed up with COVID self screening and waivers in person at the event.
At each dive there will be a Dive Co-ordinator assigned who will collect the signed forms. Please note, It is understood by all divers that the Dive Co-ordinator is not performing the duties of a Divemaster, regardless of whether or not the Dive Co-ordinator is certified to do so. Complete details are available in the Club Policies online at http://www.niagaradivers.com/member/policies.pdf.


Friday and Saturday April 9th and 10th
On-Line – Shipwrecks 2021


7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday Evening
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Afternoon
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday Evening
Cost: Free
Number of Divers: Unlimited
Number of Dives: None, but it is the best and largest dive show in Canada
Notes: About 1,900 attended over the three sessions


Sunday July 11th
Welland Scuba Park – Season Kick Off Dive


Noon to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: 25 (per Ontario Step two rules)
Number of Dives: 1
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Notes: Please come and get back into the water for the season!
Time to test your gear and practice your skills. The dive will be followed with individually packaged lunches of Homemade Chicken Salad or Egg Salad Sandwiches and chips. Plus, some Home-Made Dive Cookies!


Saturday and Sunday July 17th and 18th
Tobermory – Various Wrecks


Please note that Saturday is the 2021 Woman’s Day of Diving!
Cost: $110 + HST for Charters. Shore Diving Free
Number of Divers: 25 (per Ontario Step two rules)
Number of Dives: Up to 8
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Charter run by: Walk on Charters with Divers Den – book directly at: http://www.diversden.ca/
Notes: Plan for the weekend will be:
Drive up on Friday afternoon, then do a evening dive on the Alice G
Charter
Saturday either walk on charters with Divers Den, or Shore dives at the Lighthouse and Alice G
Group dinner: Pickup Fish & Chips and have dinner overlooking the harbour.
Followed by a night dive on the Alice G
Saturday either walk on charters with Divers Den, or Shore dives at the Lighthouse and Alice G


Sunday July 25th
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
Number of Divers: 25 (per Ontario Step two rules)
Number of Dives: 1
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Notes: For those interested, we are going to also work on creating an updated dive map of the quarry.

Civic Weekend July 31st to August 2nd
Brockville – Various Wrecks


Cost: $125 + HST for Charters. Shore Diving Free
Number of Divers: 25 (per Ontario Step two rules)
Number of Dives: Up to 12
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Charter run by: Walk on Charters with Dive Brockville – book directly at: https://www.divebrockville.com/
Notes: Plan for the weekend will be:
Drive out on Friday afternoon or evening.
Saturday either walk on charters with Dive Brockville (morning or afternoon), or shore dives at the Rothsay and Centeen Memorial Dive Park.
Group dinner: Pickup Fish & Chips for dinner overlooking the river. Followed by a night dive on the Rothesay.
Sunday either walk on charters with Dive Brockville, or shore dives at the Conestoga and Wee Hawk.
Monday either walk on charters with Dive Brockville, or shore dives at the Prescott Scuba Park.

Sunday August 8th
Niagara River, Strawberry Short Cake River Drift


We hope to do this dive with our sister Club, the Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit, but final plans will need to be made closer to the date based on Ontario COVID status.
Meet at 11 a.m. at the Coal Docks
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: 25 (per Ontario Step two rules)
Number of Dives: 1
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Notes: Following the dive we will be having some Homemade Strawberry Shortcake.

Sunday August 15th
Lion’s Head Harbour – Wrecks of the Cyrenian and Gladstone


11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Number of Divers: 25 (per Ontario Step two rules)
Number of Dives: 2
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Notes: These are very shallow dives, Cyrenian 3 meters and Gladstone 7 meters. We will be trying out Photogrammetry on both wrecks for the first time.

Sunday August 22nd
Chippewa River – Running the Chip!


Meet at 11 a.m. by the mouth of the Niagara River
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: 25 (per Ontario Step two rules)
Number of Dives: 1
Dive Co-ordinator: TBA
Notes: Following the dive we will be having a Riverside BBQ.


Saturday & Sunday August 28th and 29th
Picton, ON – Various Wreck


Cost: $290 + PayPal Transaction Fees
Charter run by: Abucs scubA Diving
Number of Divers: 6-12 (Subject to COVID Rules)
Number of Dives: 4
Dive Co-ordinator: TBA
Notes: Helen still does not have her boat in the water yet, so this date is subject to change.
Plan 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 Waupoos Marina near Picton, so just a short boat ride to the wrecks
https://www.abucsscubadiving.com/waupoos-marina

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Monday September 6th
Windmill Point Park – Labour Day Club Promo Video Dive


11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: 25 (per Ontario Step two rules)
Number of Dives: 2
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Notes: We will be making a new Club Promo video as we have done for the past several years.
Two years ago, 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, film and star in the epic sequel to The Creature from beneath the Old Welland Canal. Hint: the name we are thinking about is: The Curse of Davey's Jones Locker!


Saturday & Sunday September 18th and 19th
Kingston – Various Wrecks


Cost: $270 + PayPal Transaction Fees
Charter run by: Pat’s Dive Charters
Number of Divers: 6 (Subject to COVID Rules)
Number of Dives: 4 (2 per day)
Dive Co-ordinator: TBA
Notes: The group can decide on the wrecks; The Marsh, The Cornwall, The Comet, The Munson, Aloha, The Wolfe Island. Note: Date is subject to change again current booking issues.
http://patsdivecharters.com/

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Monday October 11th
Welland Scuba Park – Turkey Dive


11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: Unlimited (We hope by this date)
Number of Dives: 1
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
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.


Saturday and Sunday October 16th and 17th
Brockville – Late Season Shore Dives - Various Wrecks


Cost: Free: Shore Diving Only
Number of Divers: Unlimited (We hope by this date)
Number of Dives: Up to 5
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Notes: Plan for the weekend will be: Drive out on Saturday morning and shore the Centeen Memorial Dive Park and Rothsay.
Group dinner: Pickup Fish & Chips for dinner overlooking the river. Followed by a night dive on the Rothesay.
Sunday: Shore dives at the Conestoga and Wee Hawk in the morning and then drive home in the afternoon.


Sunday October 31st
Welland Scuba Park – Pumpkin Dive


11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Lunch paid for by NDA)
Number of Divers: Unlimited (We hope by this date)
Number of Dives: 1
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Notes: Water temps are still good, so please come out and have some fun.

Saturday November 13th
Sandusky, Ohio - Shipwrecks and Scuba


9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: Day $40 / Night $40 - http://www.shipwrecksandscuba.com/
Number of Divers: Unlimited (We hope by this date)
Number if Dives: 0 – Just a Really Great Dive Show. NDA is a sponsor!
Notes: Great lineup with 7 daytime seminars and staring Ric Mixter for the evening dinner show. Show is at the Kalahari Water Park (World’s largest indoor water park). Hotel rate $129 which included 4 passes to the water park, so you can get wet!!


Sunday December 12th
St Catharines – Christmas Brunch


11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: TBA (About $25)
Number of Divers: Unlimited (We hope by this date)
Number if Dives: None – This is just a NDA Calorie Replacement Event!
Notes: Closer we will confirm date, price and location, but everyone loved the Beacon Harbourside Restaurant that we went to two years ago, so we most likely will return there.


Sunday December 19th
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 (We hope by this date)
Number of Dives: 1
Dive Co-ordinator: Durrell Martin
Notes: The past several 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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