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2017

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October 5-12 North Carolina (20)

Date: 2 dates are being considered JUne 23-30 and October 5 - 12. 
Cost: Approximately $1890Cdn includes Airfare, 7 days of Accommodations, meals, car rental and 10 dives
Number of divers: 20
Diver Rating: C
Available spots as of October 23rd: 20
Number of dives: 10 over 5 days
Emergency Assistance Plan:
I am in the preliminary stages of organizing a 7 day dive trip to North Carolina. Please let me know if you are interested. At the October GM, about 6-8 people were interested. There are 2 dates proposed. Please let me know your preference.
 
For those that attended the Shipwreck Symposium last April, we saw a great presentation by Scott Stitt
"In the early part of 1942, the outer banks of North Carolina were a battleground. German U-boats sank so many ships in these waters the area became known as “Torpedo Alley”."
    
Some highlights of the trip - Dan Hickey, from Innerspace, has dove here with Olympus Dive Center, http://www.olympusdiving.com/ - great referral .
 
PLEASE CLICK ON THE VIDEO ON THE LOWER RIGHT OF THEIR HOME PAGE --- BAIT BALL SANDTIGERS. Have you ever seen anything like it.... and you can be there :) :)
 
1- Destination Morehead City, North Carolina
 
2- Dates: Tentative;
    a- Saturday, June 23 - June 30 or
    b- Friday, Oct 5-12 Seafood festival from October 6-8. Kinda like Taste of the Danforth
 
3- 1 stop 4-5 hours return flight from Pearson, Toronto to New Bern, North Carolina. New Bern is about 38 miles from Morehead City. Todays pricing for the June dates vary from $410 -$550CDN + fees.  October not available. Prices can vary widely depending on day of departure. You will reserve your own flight.
 
4- 10 dives, 2 per day. Boarding by 6am, return by 4pm. 2 hour trips to outer bank. Group pricing of 8-16 divers, 2 tank dives are $107US. Weights are included.
 
5- Tank rentals - Air $7.00US; $16.00 for nitrox which is recommended. Olympus can do different blends.
 
6- Full size vehicle rental - $340. I suggest 1 vehicle per 4 -5 people
 
7- Vis can be 50+ feet. 90-120 foot dives. 1.5- 2 hour surface interval. Water temp 75-79F.
 
8- Accommodations: Olympus owns "The Dive Lodge", http://www.olympusdiving.com/dive-center/the-lodge/.  $20 per person per night + 12.75% tax for 8-16 divers
   "The lodge has 32 bunks in five separate rooms. Three of the rooms contain eight bunks with the other two rooms having 4 bunks.  Quiet Time starts at 9:00PM.

Each bunk has a storage area for your dry gear.  Each guest will need to bring his or her own linens, typically a sleeping bag, pillowcase, and towel."

Olympus Dive Center gets diver discounts at several motel/hotels, http://www.olympusdiving.com/local-info/accommodations/

9- Olympus operates 2 boats. A 25 and 18 diver boat

10- Plenty of restaurants. Morehead is a small city with no much else to do. Beaufort has an historic museum

**Estimated cost: Airfare, diving, Tank rentals, lodging, meals ($35US/day), vehicle rental (divided by 4) = $1890.00CDN (The Dive Lodge accommodations) - $2190.00CDN (hotel accommodations). 

Sept 15-16 Kingston (8)

Date: September 15-16

Cost: $230 for members; $130 DM

Total number of Dives: 4

Diver Rating: C

Number of divers: 8

Available spos as of April 30th: 4

Emergency Assistance Plan: click here

Scuba Divers are Different EAP: click here (English); (French)

Divemaster: Adrian

Description Kingston hosts one of North America’s largest concentrations of fresh water wrecks ranging from 18th century paddle wheelers to modern tugs, tankers and ferries. From the absolute novice to the most advanced and experienced technical diver there is a wreck in Kingston that matches your desire. The crew of ABUCS Dive Charters will get you there safely and comfortably aboard our meticulously maintained boats. We will charter the Jasmine and depart from Portsmouth Olympic Harbour in downtown Kingston. This is a “C” rated dive.

Tank fills are $10.60 for Air and $20 for Nitrox.

Some of the wrecks you may visit include the Wolfe Islander II (2 left pictures below), City of Sheboygan (center picture below) and Munson (right picture below).

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 Driving Directions: Kingston Dive Charters is located in Collins Bay area, at the docks located directly behind the Royal Canadian Legion. The address is 4034 Bath Road, Kingston, right across the road from the gas station and Tim Horton's plaza. Google map directions: https://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=1967+Ellesmere+Road,+Toronto,+ON&daddr=Kingston+Dive+Charters,+Bath+Road,+Kingston,+ON+K7M+5C9&hl=en&ll=44.241264,-76.610413&spn=1.227828,2.947083&sll=44.244461,-76.594577&sspn=0.019184,0.046048&geocode=FQr2mwIdlfNG-ynrrsuuV9DUiTHto-Glz8Og1A%3BFSgSowIdMAlv-ylb4TbFc63STDHQ3r-jl1Bg_w&oq=collins+bay,+ON&mra=ls&t=m&z=9https://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=1967+Ellesmere+Road,+Toronto,+ON&daddr=Kingston+Dive+Charters,+Bath+Road,+Kingston,+ON+K7M+5C9&hl=en&ll=44.241264,-76.610413&spn=1.227828,2.947083&sll=44.244461,-76.594577&sspn=0.019184,0.046048&geocode=FQr2mwIdlfNG-ynrrsuuV9DUiTHto-Glz8Og1A%3BFSgSowIdMAlv-ylb4TbFc63STDHQ3r-jl1Bg_w&oq=collins+bay,+ON&mra=ls&t=m&z=9

Accommodations: The following accommodations are available near Kingston

- Rideau Acres Campground

http://www.rideauacres.com

Address and phone number: 1014 Cunningham Road, Kingston, K7L 4V3 613.546.2711

11-15 minutes from Treasure Island Marina 320 campsites, large level, treed & grassy with gravel pads. Tent campsites by the lake designated for our divers.

No service, $31.47 + HST/night, 4 persons.

Directions to campground: Hwy 401 East to County Road 15 – Exit 623 – toward Smith’s Falls/Ottawa – turn left Go 2.1 km and turn left onto Cunningham Road.

Directions from campground to marina: 1. Head east on Cunningham Rd toward County Road 15 South 2. Turn right onto County Road 15 South 3. Take 1st left onto John F. Scott Rd 4. Continue onto Abbey Dawn Road 5. Turn left onto County Road 2 6. Turn right onto St. Lawrence Avenue 7. Destination will be on right.

- Ivy Lea Campground - Nestled in the Thousand Islands under and to the west of the Hwy 81 Bridge about 30 minutes from Kingston. For reservations:  https://secure.parks.on.ca/Reservations/IvyLeaCampsite?List 

Reservations can be made starting on February 24th, 2015 at 8:15am. Call 1 800-437-2233 or 1 613-543-4328. Camp sites go very quickly and require a credit card. Sites 105-109 are excellent for regular camping. The park has designated "diving" sites. Sites 73-76 and 86-87 are on a small hill. Site 84 is at water level.

- KINGSTON MOTEL EAST; Hwy 15 (5-7 min from Downtown) Located on hwy 15 near the 623 exit from 401. Approx. $114 per room dbl occupancy (+tax) 25 units. They will not take bookings more than 3 months in advance. Contact Dale at 613-546-6674

- LORD NELSON HOTEL (ALSO KNOWN AS A1 ACCOMMODATIONS); Hwy 15 (5-7 min from Down Town) Located on hwy 15 near the 623 exit from 401. Approx. $79.99 per room dbl occupancy (+tax), 14 units will take bookings anytime. Recently renovated. Contact Jody at 613-542-2883

- HIGHLAND MOTEL 5; Hwy 15 (3 min from Downtown) Located on hwy 15 near CFB Kingston/ Fort Henry. $89 per room dbl occupancy (+tax), additional person in room $10 25-30 units, will take bookings anytime and have several kitchenettes available Contact Andy at 613-546-3121 or 1-800-267-1048 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Above Accommodations Have: CABLE/INTERNET/PHONE/FRIDGE/MICROWAVE/AMPLE PARKING/QUEEN SIZE BEDS (2/RM)

Aug 11-12 Brockville+Rib Fest (20)

Date: Aug 11-12

Cost: $255 Members; $155 DM

Number of divers: 20

Available spots as of April 30th: 6

Diver rating: C

Divemaster: LeeAnn and Mike D ; 2 needed if there are more than 12 divers

Emergency Assistance Plan: Click here

Scuba Divers are Different EAP: English; French

Number of dives: 5; 3 on the Cdn side and 2 on the US side. A 3rd US dive is possible for and additional $45. For divers arriving on Friday, you can do a shore dive at Canteen Park.

Departure: 1Pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday

Description

3 tanks required. The 5 dives will be the choice of the DM and boat captain. Wrecks to choose from can be the America, Keystorm (US side) (Vickery as an option), Robert Gaskin, Muskulonge, Lilly Parsons, Daryaw. Dives will be on the Canadian and US side of the St Lawrence River.

We are diving with “ABUCS Dive Center” accommodating up to 20 divers. They have 5 boats. We will charter the "Knot A River Queen" on Saturday and depart from Tall Ships Landing, 15 St. Andrews Street Brockville.

On Sunday we will charter the Emily C. Departure is Andress Boat Works in Rockport. We have chartered the boat for 3 dives on Saturday and 2 dives on Sunday with an option for a 3rd US dive for $45 additional dollars. A hot lunch is provided for both days.

Tank fills are $9.60 for air and $18 for Nitrx.

Brockville hosts a Rib Fest festival with great food and music. It starts on Thursday the 9th and ends on Sunday the 12th. See the website below for various shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence: http://www.diveseewayvision.com/Dive%20Sites.html

Driving directions:

All of your driving directions you will find here on Abuc’s Scuba’s website:

http://www.divebrockville.com/directions.html

Dive Shop:

Abuc’s Scuba, 12 Water Street East, Brockville (613) 345-2800

http://www.divebrockville.com/main.html

Accommodations:

SUCI St. Lawrence River Cottage Rentals for St. Lawrence

  • Howe Island, 6 bed, 1.5 bath sleeps 12 $664/night for 5 nights (Aug. 2nd – 7th) Total: $3320 or about $276 each
    6 bunkie style bedrooms, 4 attached side by side with a screened-in front area and 2 front to back. https://www.homeaway.ca/cottage-rental/p4261621
  • $350/night for a week, sleep 8, 3 bath, loft and cabin. Total $1750 or $220 each. Close to shore and Ivy Lea Need to book a week. Right on 1000 Islands National Park. Canada Stays

https://www.homeaway.ca/cottage-rental/p4660661

  • Rockport, $1900/wk, or about $173 each; 2 bath, 5 bedrooms sleeps 11

https://www.cottageportal.com/details/lazy-river-lodge-at-rideau-1000-islands-3278

            https://www.vrbo.com/893266    

  • The cottage: Aug.2-7th; 12 people, $188/night, total $940 about $80 ea. Johnston, ON
    5 bed, 2 bath; same location as above;

            https://www.vrbo.com/3984109ha 

  • Gallop Canal near Brockville 2400 sq. ft. owner Christine Joli-Coeur$351/night - Total $1750 or about $146 ea. Or $175 4 bed, 2 bath sleeps 10-12 but need 6 in one bedroom for 12, as there is a king bed and 2 murphy beds.https://www.vrbo.com/6255 *price varies depending on the site.


St. Lawrence Park Camping: (the boat leaves from there on Saturday and Sunday) http://www.city.brockville.on.ca/index.cfm?ID=193&FAQID=107&showtext=no 

St. Lawrence College Residence: This years prices were as follows: Double Room 
including taxes. Single Room $63.80 including taxes. In 2013 the prices are likely to increase just slightly. 613- 345-0452 – http://www.brockvilletourism.com/index.cfm?ID=79 &showtext=no&BusCard=467 .
60 Magedoma Boulevard, Brockville
See http://www.brockvilletourism.com/welcome.aspx  for a complete listing of area accommodations and items of interest. 

 

June 23-30 North Carolina (20)

                                                                Baitball Sandtiger sharks
 
Date: 2 dates are being considered JUne 23-30 and October 5 - 12. 
Cost: Approximately $1890Cdn includes Airfare, 7 days of Accommodations, meals, car rental and 10 dives
Number of divers: 20
Diver Rating: C
Available spots as of October 23rd: 20
Number of dives: 10 over 5 days
Emergency Assistance Plan:
 
I am in the preliminary stages of organizing a 7 day dive trip to North Carolina. Please let me know if you are interested. At the October GM, about 6-8 people were interested. There are 2 dates proposed. Please let me know your preference.
 
For those that attended the Shipwreck Symposium last April, we saw a great presentation by Scott Stitt
"In the early part of 1942, the outer banks of North Carolina were a battleground. German U-boats sank so many ships in these waters the area became known as “Torpedo Alley”."
    
Some highlights of the trip - Dan Hickey, from Innerspace, has dove here with Olympus Dive Center, http://www.olympusdiving.com/ - great referral .
 
PLEASE CLICK ON THE VIDEO ON THE LOWER RIGHT OF THEIR HOME PAGE --- BAIT BALL SANDTIGERS. Have you ever seen anything like it.... and you can be there :) :)
 
1- Destination Morehead City, North Carolina
 
2- Dates: Tentative;
    a- Saturday, June 23 - June 30 or
    b- Friday, Oct 5-12 Seafood festival from October 6-8. Kinda like Taste of the Danforth
 
3- 1 stop 4-5 hours return flight from Pearson, Toronto to New Bern, North Carolina. New Bern is about 38 miles from Morehead City. Todays pricing for the June dates vary from $410 -$550CDN + fees.  October not available. Prices can vary widely depending on day of departure. You will reserve your own flight.
 
4- 10 dives, 2 per day. Boarding by 6am, return by 4pm. 2 hour trips to outer bank. Group pricing of 8-16 divers, 2 tank dives are $107US. Weights are included.
 
5- Tank rentals - Air $7.00US; $16.00 for nitrox which is recommended. Olympus can do different blends.
 
6- Full size vehicle rental - $340. I suggest 1 vehicle per 4 -5 people
 
7- Vis can be 50+ feet. 90-120 foot dives. 1.5- 2 hour surface interval. Water temp 75-79F.
 
8- Accommodations: Olympus owns "The Dive Lodge", http://www.olympusdiving.com/dive-center/the-lodge/.  $20 per person per night + 12.75% tax for 8-16 divers
   "The lodge has 32 bunks in five separate rooms. Three of the rooms contain eight bunks with the other two rooms having 4 bunks.  Quiet Time starts at 9:00PM.

Each bunk has a storage area for your dry gear.  Each guest will need to bring his or her own linens, typically a sleeping bag, pillowcase, and towel."

Olympus Dive Center gets diver discounts at several motel/hotels, http://www.olympusdiving.com/local-info/accommodations/

9- Olympus operates 2 boats. A 25 and 18 diver boat

10- Plenty of restaurants. Morehead is a small city with no much else to do. Beaufort has an historic museum

**Estimated cost: Airfare, diving, Tank rentals, lodging, meals ($35US/day), vehicle rental (divided by 4) = $1890.00CDN (The Dive Lodge accommodations) - $2190.00CDN (hotel accommodations). 

Buddy Line October 2017

Please click here for the October 2017 Buddy Line

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Below is a list of scheduled and pending events. Dates and pricing to be confirmed as we approach each event:

 

October 21st - Annual Awards Banquet and Dance

Rescheduled: Scarf Painting at Open Studio in Pickering (TBA in March) $45

January 27th; Pickering Axe Throwing (https://batlgrounds.com/axe-throwing-pickering/) . $50. Click here for details

February 10th; Curling at Tam Heather Curling and Tennis Club (http://www.tamheather.ca/TamHeather/TamHeather.php)

March 16th 8:00 pm; Scarborough Theatre presents Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike. We will be meeting at the Stone Cottage Pub at 5:30pm to gather for a bite prior to the performance.  $25.00 each

March 8th - Silk Scarf Painting 7:00 pm: Open Studio Art Cafe (http://openstudioartcafe.com/)

March 25th ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) - Vikings Exhibit

April 26th: Tentative: iFly - Whitby location (opening has been delayed) 

May 17th; Tour of Mill Street Brewery, taste testing, pub grub - $25

Golf Tournament at Lyndebrook

                                                                      Lyndebrook Golf Course

Location: Lyndebrook Golf Course, Baldwin Street, Whitby. 5 minutes north of Taunton Road

Date: Sunday, September 17th

Time: 8:45 am

Price: $35.00 per person

 

 

Lyndebrook golf course layout. 1568 yds from the white tees, 1688 from the blue tees and 1384 from the red tees.

 

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Grand Prix Go Karting

Date: Sunday, May 28th
Time: 2:00pm - 4ish
Price: $65.00 
Description: We will be having an action-packed, high speed, energetic, fun-filled afternoon of go-karting!! 
Grand Prix Go Karting is a 47,000 sq ft facility with the longest indoor high speed straightaway in Ontario (600 feet) Woo hoo!!
We will be racing in Italian electric karts - these are environmentally friendly go-karts that are the best in the industry in terms of performance and safety.  We will have 2 sessions each - a qualifying race (14 laps) and a championship race (16 laps). Our Grand Prix should take about 2 hours.
The cost includes a racing balaclava, use of racing suits, helmets and gear and trophies for the winners!
Please join us for this exhilarating, mind-blowing afternoon!!! 
Videos and photos available at:  http://www.grandprixkartways.com/
Please contact Jacqueline ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to sign up or if you have any further questions.
Location:  This will take place at Grand Prix Go-Karting at Downsview Park (75 Carl Hall Road). Take Keele Street North to Sheppard Avenue West. Turn Right on Sheppard and right on John Drury Road then left on Carl Hall Road.
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