July 28 - 29 Tiller Wreck and Niagara River-Charter (8)
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Tiller Wreck, Port Dalhousie + Niagara River

                                                              The "Tiller" Wreck, Port Dalhousie

Date: July 28 - 29 Niagara River

Number of Divers: 8 for the Tiller on Saturday; 20 for Niagara River

Number of Dives: 2 on the Tiller 2-3 on the Niagara River

Open Spots as of March 27th: 8 on the Tiller and 20 for the Niagara River

Emergency Assistance Plan: click here

Scuba Divers Are Different EAP: English; French

Diver Rating:  "C" for the Tiller with Deep Dive certification; "A" for Niagara River

Cost: Tiller - Divemaster - $10.00; Divers - $110.00; Niagara River DM - $0.00; Divers $15.00.

Divemaster: Owen

Description: Tiller - This is a cold water, deep dive off Port Dalhousie. Temperature at the wreck can be 4C. Deep Water certification is required to dive this wreck. The Tiller rests at about 110 feet but with the temperature adjustment, you should calculate to dive for 120+ feet. The wreck sits upright and intact. It is a wood hull and is 94 feet in length.

Niagara River on Sunday:

The Niagara River is a great site for a drift dive, with many entry points (including one that allows you to view a barge if you can hit just right) and good visibility (depending on the weather). Also, there are a lot of large fish to see on this dive. A full 7mm wet suit and hood may not be required as the Niagara River is relatively warm, 21C or 70F, but bring them along just in case. Wearing a hood is suggested for bacteria reasons. You will need gloves and boots because there are plenty of zebra mussels, which will cut your hands and feet. Also, don’t forget to bring extra weights (depth is shallow at approximately 30 feet), a dive flag and line, and a dive light (for advanced divers considering a night dive). We plan to do two dives on Sunday and perhaps a night dive on Saturday after the Welland dives. One of the dives may be the “Washing Machine” with a new and perhaps easy entry point that should help with navigation.

Please call Riverside Park campground to reserve a campsite. After the second drift dive on Saturday and dropping off tanks for filling, we will proceed to the campsite. A night dive on the Saturday is a possibility – so plan your air tanks accordingly and brings lights if interested.

Directions:

To get to the Niagara Parks Commission Marina (Sunday’s 9:30 AM meeting place), at 2400 Niagara Parkway, Fort Erie, take the Queen Elizabeth Way West, continue past all of the Niagara Falls exits and take the Netherby Road East exit (exit 12). Follow Netherby Road East until it meets the Niagara Parkway and turn right (south). Continue 6-8km south on the Niagara Parkway until you see the Marina on the left. We will meet in the parking lot. Estimated travel time from Port Dalhousie is 30-45 minutes.

Map below is for the Riverside Park campground "A", http://www.riversidepark.net/directions.html  Dive meeting is to the south (right) of “A”.

 Niagara river Map

Dive Shops:

We will try to arrange tank fills with the Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit. They have a building right on the water’s edge along the Niagara Parkway, not far from Ft. Erie. It’s located at 560 Niagara Parkway, on the Fort Erie side of the railway bridge. Bring two tanks with you for Saturday’s diving and the tank fill arrangements will be communicated to you.

Accommodations: Possible best to stay around Fort Erie since this is the location of the second dive. You can also stay in Port Dalhousie or Ste Catharines. It is only a 30 minute drive to the meeting place on Sunday.

- Riverside Park, 13541 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls, 905 382-2204 Web site: http://www.riversidepark.net/ Email: Camp @ riversidepark.net

- Howard Johnson’s http://www.hojo.com/HowardJohnson/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=14643

- Comfort Inn http://maps.google.ca/maps/place?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7ADBR_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Fort+erie+accomodations&fb=1&gl=ca&hq=accomodations&hnear=Fort+Erie,+ON&cid=11563549144275648680http://maps.google.ca/maps/place?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7ADBR_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Fort+erie+accomodations&fb=1&gl=ca&hq=accomodations&hnear=Fort+Erie,+ON&cid=11563549144275648680

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