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below sea level
07-12-2011, 16:39
So it looks like I'll be in the Thousand Islands area in a couple of weeks and the water temps look great. Can anybody recommend a good outfit to dive with while I'm there?

John Yaskowich
07-13-2011, 11:59
Some of the Ops I have used:
Rockport Dive Centre - St. Lawrence Wreck Diving (http://www.rockportdivecentre.com/)
Martin Dive Charters - Home (http://www.ottawadiving.com/index_e.html)
Abucs Scuba Dive Brockville.com St Lawrence River, Ontario Canada (http://www.divebrockville.com/main.html)
Thousand Islands Scuba Diving Tours Rockport Brockville Kingston (http://www.islanddiver.ca/index.cfm)

Ops I have not used yet:
Ducks Dive - Main (http://www.ducksdive.com/index.htm)
Welcome - Seeway Vision (http://www.diveseewayvision.com/)

Dive site info at:
Category:Ontario - DiveSpot (http://divespot.ca/index.php/Category:Ontario)

FoxHound
07-13-2011, 12:02
I second that list, have dove with most of those operators and they are top notch

below sea level
07-13-2011, 14:12
Thanks, friends! That's a good list to choose from.

John Yaskowich
07-13-2011, 18:17
Where are my manners? When you know your diving dates and Operator, please let us know and maybe some of us in the area can hook-up.

scubadiver888
07-13-2011, 20:01
John has given a great list of ops in the area. Ducks Dive is a good choice too but they are much further west. Additionally, it is a 30-45 minute drive from their location to civilization. When I've been there we rent their cottages and bring supplies. They have a fill station (with Nitrox) on site.

FoxHound
07-14-2011, 08:02
alll really depends on what dive sites you want to hit. Each dive op is close to certain wrecks haha.

below sea level
07-15-2011, 18:11
Thanks everybody for your help. I've decided to go with Abucs on the morning of the 30th.

I wish I could stay and do more but we're traveling with my parents who are only in this part of the world for a short time. I only live a few hours away so I'll go back for more later.

John Yaskowich
07-18-2011, 19:01
Thanks everybody for your help. I've decided to go with Abucs on the morning of the 30th.

I wish I could stay and do more but we're traveling with my parents who are only in this part of the world for a short time. I only live a few hours away so I'll go back for more later.

Do you know which boat you will be on? And did they say which dives you would be doing? I will try to book the same trip, if possible.

John Yaskowich
07-19-2011, 08:50
Do you know which boat you will be on? And did they say which dives you would be doing? I will try to book the same trip, if possible.
And maybe not! My wife informed me that the kids are looking at that weekend to have a fun-day at Calypso Water Park.

below sea level
07-19-2011, 09:18
And maybe not! My wife informed me that the kids are looking at that weekend to have a fun-day at Calypso Water Park.

That's disappointing. Maybe next time - we plan to spend some more time up there soon, and that will be devoted to diving.

If your plans change, we're on the Helen C diving the Gaskin and Lillie.

below sea level
08-02-2011, 17:32
Well, I'm back. It was a good morning about the Helen C. The boat was full with a bunch of friendly divers of varying experience that were a pleasure to talk to.

My wife and I were lucky enough to be sitting near a gentleman with a lot of experience on these wrecks who volunteered to be our insta-buddy as we were jumping in. He really made our day showing us around the wrecks and organizing a longer drift off the Lillie. The current was strong and that particular drift dive made Cozumel look like a still pool!

All things said and done, we'd like to go back again soon to explore some of the other wrecks.

scubadiver888
08-02-2011, 19:09
Sounds like you had a good time. The Lillie is one of my favourite dives. Did you drift onto the Lillie? Or did you pull yourself down the chain?

If you want to read up on more of the wrecks in the area go to ScubaQ (http://www.scubaq.ca/) and click on the link for the St. Lawrence River (down the left hand side).

If you like current, you should check out the Kinghorn as well. The current runs from bow to stern. I like to get over the wreck, let the current take me over the wreck, drop down out of the current at the stern, go in through a hole in the back of the wreck, swim up to the bow inside the wreck then pop up at the front and let the current take me over the wreck again. :)

TheBlue1
08-22-2011, 09:51
It's nice to see advice from people familiar with these areas! I'm looking forward to diving there in the near future as I live pretty close