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Gananoque Houseboats

Date: September 3-6

Number of Divers: 12 on two houseboats, "Big Blue", "Blue". Houseboats sleep 8 and 4 respectively. 

Number of Dives: Minimum 6

Open spots as of September 11th: 12. 

Emergency Assistance Plan: click here

Diver Rating:  C
Cost: DM - $375; Divers - $550.00

Tanks needed: 4
Divemaster: TBA

Boat Captains: TBA



This is a very different and exciting dive trip from all others you will encounter. There are a few major benefits. The first is; we will control the pace at which we dive, the numbers of dives, the dive sites that we seldom visit, and get to sight see and snorkel, as there are some beautiful homes and landscapes in the 1000 islands. We will relax, have fun, enjoy each others company and set our own meal plan. Each boat will be responsible for their own Breakast and lunches. As a group we may arrange 2-3 community dinners. More will be discussed at a group pre-dive meeting in mid July. 

We take possession of the 2 houseboats at Houseboat Holidays in Gananoque at 12 PM on Friday and return them by 4 PM on Monday. The incredibly low price includes the boats, food from Friday supper to Monday lunch, gas and insurance on the boats. These house boats have 135HP motors and large gas tanks. This will enable us to dive on certain wrecks more than once. We will drive down river toward Brockville making a few dives on the way. It is 8 hours to Brockville but the trip will be broken up with diving, lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay in which we will anchor in a bay.

Meals: Each boat will prepare their own meals for Friday Supper, Saturday, Sunday and Monday breakfast and lunch. We will all join together for dinners plus fixins' on Saturday and Sunday.

Tank fills yet to be confirmed;

1- By ABUCS at Gilbert Marine, on Saturday. Fills are $15 Cdn including tip for the driver. 

2- By Hunts Dive Shop, New York, on Saturday. Fills are $8 US. We meet at Fisher Landing. If we go to the US

3- By ABUCS, at Andress Boat Works, on Sunday. The cost is $15.00 CDN for air and $25 for Nitrox. There is a $25 docking fee/boat. Due to the high water levels this year, we will only dock one boat opposite the Emily C.

Diving at the Rockport Wall:

We will enter up river from the wharf of the Boathouse Inn along the shore wall. A schooner, Sophia and old wharf can be found at a depth of 65’ about 20 minutes into the dive. The walls depth can reach 100’. One of the houseboats will drift along with the divers and pick up the divers before the Boathouse Inn wharf.

Daily schedule to be finalized. Below is a plan from 3 years ago and to be discussed for this year. Weather can change this plan.         

   Friday, Sept 3rd - Start with 4 tanks. Bring your own lunch

* 10 - 11am - divers to arrive and load items on the houseboats (distance measured is "as the crow flies")

* 11 -11:15 - Travel to the Robert Gaskin - 1km

* 11:15 - 12:30 - Dive on the Gaskin (3 tanks left)

* 12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch which you would have brought

* 1:30 - 3:00 - Travel and dive on the Lillie Parsons (2 tanks Left) - 5km

* 3:00 - 6:00 - Tank fills by ABUCS and Supper (2 tanks filled, 4 full tanks after fill). Return to Gilbert Marine for tank fills and pick up the fills - 5.5km

* 6:00 - 8:00 - Travel and dive on the Daryaw (3 tanks left) (sunset at 8:32pm) - 10.5km

* 8:00pm - 8:00am - Socialize and sleep around Green or Savage Island. Time of day permitting, Singer Island

      Saturday, August 5th

* 8:00am - 9:00 - Breakfast

* 9:00am - 12:00pm - Travel to Boldt Castle -25km from Daryaw

* 12:00 - 12:30 - Check in with US Customs

* 12:30 - 1:30 - Travel  and dive on the A.E. Vickery (2 tanks left) -  Specialt dive deep course - 11Km

* 1:30 - 2:30 - Lunch

* 2:30 - 3:30 - Dive on the Vickery -  Specialty dive dive course - (1 tank left)

* 3:30 - 4:00 - Travel to Fishers Landing. Dock at docks east of Rte 195 - 1km

* 4:00 - 7:00 -3 tanks to be picked up and filled at Hunt's dive shop (4 full Tanks)

* 7:00 - 8:00 - Travel to Alexandria Bay - 10.5km

* 8:00 - 11:00pm - Drinks, Socialize and snacks in Alex Bay at 2 James Street. Saturday will be very crowed

* 11:00pm - 8:00am - Sleep around Alex Bay

    Sunday, August 6th

* 8:00 - 9:00am - Breakfast

* 9:00 - 10:00 - Travel to Keystorm - 12.6km from Alex Bay

* 10:00 - 11:30 - Dive on the Keystorm (3 tanks left) (Option; We could do 2 dives on the Keystorm and 1 dive on the America)

* 11:30 - 1:00pm - Travel to the America and eat lunch - 2.6km

* 1:00 - 2:00 - Dive #1 on the America (2 tanks left)

* 2:00 - 3:00 -  Surface interval

* 3:00 - 4:00 - Dive #2 on the America ( 1 Tank left)

* 4:00 - 7:00 - Travel to Andress Boat Works, Check in with Canadian Customs via phone, fill 3 tanks by ABUCS and eat supper. *VERY IMPORTANT: We will transfer all the empty tanks to one boat and dock opposite the Emily C. ONLY ONE BOAT DOCKS. Tanks are loaded from the boat to the truck. We can use the docks dollys. NO TANKS LEFT ON THE DOCKS ATANY TIME. Same procedure to load from the truck to the boats. There is a $25 docking fee per boat and a $25 service fee to ABUCS. The boats can stay moored while we wait for the return of the tanks - 11.5km from the America

* 7:00 - 8:00 - Dive on the Kinghorn (3 tanks left) ( sunset at 8:31pm) **Maybe 1 boat stays behind to pick up the tanks - 1.55km

* 8:30pm - 8:00am - Socialize and sleep. Anchor overnight east of Caiger's Resort

     Monday, August 7th

* 8:00am - 9:00 Breakfast

* 9:00am - 10:30am - Dive on the Rockport wall - Drift dive to be picked up near the dock of the Boathouse Inn

* 10:30am - 1:30pm - Travel to Daryaw and eat lunch - 22km from Kinghorn

* 1:30pm - 3:00pm - Dive on the Daryaw (2 tanks left)

*  3:00pm - 4:00pm - Return to Gilbert Marine

What you need to bring - A comprehensive list and who should bring the items will be sent to the divers:

  1. A-  Clothes for three days and as compact as possible. Pillows and bed sheets are NOT provided

  2. B-  Sweater and or Jacket as it is generally 4-8C cooler on the water compared to the shore

  3. C-  Rainwear

  4. D-  Binoculars and camera

  5. F-  Dive equipment, 4 tanks (yet to be determined), 2 dive lights, extra batteries, dive repair kit, personal

    grooming supplies, towel

  6. G-  Your favorite snacks

  7. H-  There is an AM/FM radio on board but bring your own music

  8. I-  Deck of cards and other board games

  9. J-  There is a picnic table on the top deck of each boat 

  10. K-  Bungee chords for your tanks 

  11. L-  Ice/beer/spirits and cooler

Directions: Take 401 east. Exit at #687. Follow "Gilbert Marine" signs on Hwy 2. Follow Hwy 2 to Brockville past St. Lawrence Park. Make a right on St. Paul Street then a right on Jessie Street. Gilbert Marine has limited parking, 4-5 spots. Unload all your equipment onto the boat. Park in the Leon's parking lot which is one block up and 1 block west on Clarissa Street. Gilbert Marine does have permission for parking. We should arrange to have 1-2 vehicles shuttle the drivers back to the Marina.