Dive Season - 2018
Quick Info

Waome / Gravenhurst (C)

                                          Seguwan in the foreground. Sister ship of the Waome

Date: July 26  Change from the 25th

Number of Divers: 10

Number of dives: 2 charter dives on Sunday

Open spots as July 7th: 5

Emergency Assistance Plan: click here

Cost: Divemaster - $65; Divers $80.00

Dive Rating: C; Must have dove a night dive as the water is a dark tea color

Divemasters: Jack

Description

We will use Scuba Shack out of Gravenhurst as our charter. Departure time is 10am. Divemaster will set the meeting. Be prepared to arrive for 9am. Diving around the Waome is like dving at ight. The water is a dark "tea" colour due to the disintegration of the leaves falling in te lake. Night dive experience is recommended. Divers must have 2 dive lights.

Waome: “Ojibwa” Indian word meaning Water Lily. Originally named the Mink, the Waome now lies underneath the serene waters of Lake Muskoka. On the morning of October 6, 1934, en route from Port Carling to Beaumaris, a freak storm caught her broadside and left her on the bottom of the lake just west of Keewaydin Island. In about 70 feet of water, this 78’ steel hulled wooden steamer is sitting upright and is still almost fully intact”. Sitting upright and intact in dark, tea-colored water, the vessel's original white paint still clings to her wood in places. The subtle glow of the bit of light that makes it to this depth reflects eerily off the Waome's 78' hull. Penetration of this wreck is possible; from the upper deck past the wheelhouse, the diver can descend down the stairway to the lower deck or head towards the fantail. The cargo doors on the second deck are open on both sides allowing divers to swim through from one side to the other. There are many other areas to be explored on this vessel. Maximum depth of this dive is 70 ft. Visit YouTube for a 6 minute video.

The stack and most of the top railing no longer exist. Water temp will be in the mid 50’s F or 14C

This weekend consists of 2 Boat Dives (2 Tanks) on Sunday.  The water will be cold - a full 7mm wetsuit or a dry suit, with hood and gloves will be needed. As the water is dark on the Waome, a dive light is needed and a back up light is recommended. Overhead natural light is negligible. The optional second dive, Bala Falls will be the second part of this weekend and will be a scrounge dive for old bottles etc...

Waome 

Driving Directions:

Take the 400 North past Barrie. Continue on Hwy 11 past Gravenhurst toward Bracebridge. Take 118W and exit left at Church Dock Road. The right side is Emily's Lane. Park in "Public dock" paring lot.
Dive Shop: Scuba Shack - 141 Hotchkiss St. Gravenhurst, Ontario, Phone: 705-687-5879
http://www.scubashack.on.ca/index.php

Accommodations:
Hotels:
http://www.gravenhursthotels.worldweb.com/index.htm

Campgrounds:
- Hillbilly Campgrounds 

- KOA