Dive operators pulling boats from St. Lawrence as temperature falls.
It’s the end of September and we are coming to the end of the diving season here in Ontario, except for hardcore divers who still go out in the cold water to take advantage of the better visibility. The operators on the St Lawrence are starting to pull boats out of the water and get them ready for winter storage. If you are still looking to dive some of the operators will be keeping a boat in until the end of October and running on the weekends.
It has been a good season on the river. It was a bit slow at the start but picked up into the latter half of the summer. The extreme heat this summer meant that the water temperatures were higher than many have seen in several years. At Rockport the river is still above 70 degrees, however with the cool nights now settling in, that temperature will be dropping steadily.
Of course, if you are in the Thousand Islands region there are still plenty of great shore dives to be done, such as Centeen Park or the Conestoga if you are looking to get in the water while the temperatures are still good.
This will be the last of the weekend reports for the season. However, follow the Scuba News Canada through the winter for diving-related articles. We will keep our readers posted on dive shows and Canadian-related dive stories. Watch for a series on wreck dives in Canada. As well, you can expect to see some articles from some of our contributors about what they do in the diving world during the winter months.
Also stay tuned for gear reviews and information on the new season and what to expect in the Thousand Islands Region in the 2017 season.
The Scuba News Canada would like to thank Matthew Lerpiniere for his weekly column on events and diving conditions at Brockville, Ontario for the 2016 diving season. His column will return in the spring of 2017 with weekly updates when the diving season opens and the boats are on the St. Lawrence River.
This winter Matthew will be completing his Dive Master Certification and will be teaching dive students in 2017. Matthew is also headed to Florida this winter to do some cave diving. Watch for his articles coming in the future. We will sign off for this year with Matthew’s last words in all his reports.