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Wreck Diving Course: Laying Lines July 16, 2009

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Shipwrecks, Training.
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CCDWD.Jason 2Last night the 4 remaining students on our wreck diving course breezed through the classroom work and then headed out across the street to the public park to practice with their reels. It was raining lightly and a little cool so noone really wanted to stay out there for very long, and consequently we had as many as 3 people laying lines at the same time in the same place.

This has been a July tradition with the dive shop for many years, and as time has passed the trees have grown to the point where even those of us with long arms have difficulty reaching around to wrap the lines. Fortunately there were willing helpers to assist in that aspect of the procedure, so the students could concentrate on the parts that were nearer to the real thing.

Each student has to lay a line from one tree to the next while keeping the line taut, and then reel it back in without snagging the reel or letting the line go slack. One accomplished, they do it again but reeling back is done with a blacked-out mask, simulating a complete silt-out inside the wreck. All of our students did a great job, despite having multiple lines with which to contend.

The actual diving takes place this weekend in the St. Lawrence River near Brockville. We’ll be diving three wrecks – the Robert Gaskin, the Kinghorn and the Henry C. Daryaw.

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With several dives happening on the same day, we’re going to use optimum mixes of Nitrox, and as the dives are also deep, the prerequisite for this course is both Advanced Open Water and Enriched Air Diver. This time we have 2 Advanced Open Water divers, a Divemaster in Training, and a Divemaster. They’re all looking forward to diving, as are the instructors and safety divers.

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Next  stop, the Thousand Islands. We’re also trying to organize a dive of the Rothesay or Conestoga early Friday evening.

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