Author Matthew Lerpiniere

Matthew lives in Kingston Ontario at the gateway of the Thousand Islands. He is fortunate to have the St Lawrence River and Lake Ontario in his backyard. He can be found most of the time in these waters. Matthew began diving in  2011, and completed his open water training in Loreto MX Diving in the Sea of Cortez. Matthew has since completed his Dive Master, Cavern Course, Intro to Cave Diving and has logged over 300 dives. Matthew has also completed Advanced Nitrox, Deco Procedures, and Helitrox Training

Brockville Dive Report: 11 August – 13 August 2017

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After a dive in the St. Lawrence, treat yourself to ribs! This weekend is Ribfest in Brockville. The smell of ribs will be everywhere in town. With many vendors in town and events taking place close to Centeen Park, you can enjoy a dive and some ribs. Boat operators have spaces available this weekend so if you would like to dive some wrecks get in touch with your favourite operator and see what’s available. Maybe you would enjoy a dive on the Gaskin or Lilly and then stop into the blockhouse to get some ribs. Weather for Friday is looking…

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Brockville Dive Report: 4 August – 6 August 2017

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Divers urged to be careful as long weekend boosts river traffic. It is the August long weekend and it seems the summer has gone quickly. However, there are still lots of diving opportunities to enjoy. The boats are busy on the St. Lawrence River, but there are still spaces available on some boats. Call around to the operators if you are looking to get some diving in this weekend. As for the weather, it is looking like a mixed bag with a potential for rain and even thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday. Fortunately, Sunday and Monday are shaping up to…

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Brockville Dive Report: 28 July – 30 July 2017

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More divers exploring river despite high water levels This weekend is looking sunny with temperatures in the low-to-mid 20’s in the Brockville and Kingston area. It is getting busier on the river after a bit of a slower start than usual, but as we head towards August boats are filling up fast. If you are looking for some diving call the charters to see who has spaces. There are still spots for one or two last-minute divers on a lot of the boats. The river is still high, and heavy rain the past couple of days in the area has…

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Brockville Dive Report: 21 July – 23 July 2017

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This weekend it is looking like we will have sun on Saturday and Sunday, but there is a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. Water levels are still high, but there have been some small drops in the water levels. Access to the Conestoga shore dive has been re-opened as the road is no longer covered in water. The Rothsay is also accessible for shore diving. All charters are operating and most still have spaces available if you call and check. As we move toward August it seems that the diving scene is getting a little busier. If you are looking…

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Hollis M1 Mask Review

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A few months back I purchased a Hollis M1 mask,  and since then I have admired it daily, sitting in its container amongst my dive gear. I have been itching to get in the water again, so I could give it a try. Well finally my dive season got rolling a few weeks ago, and since my first splash of the season I have been wearing the M1. My dives have a whole new vision now, literally. This masks frameless design provides a very large viewing area. I was worried at first, compared to my other frameless masks that the Hollis looked really big,…

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Brockville Dive Report: 14 July – 16 July

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This weekend in Brockville is not looking the greatest for weather. Rain is forecast for Friday and Sunday, but Saturday is supposed to be cloudy with sun. Still, that is not too bad if you are under water. River water levels still continue to be high and with the rain we have been getting there is no sign of that changing soon. This weekend there are spaces available on boats for dives. Thousand Island Pleasure Diving has spaces available through the weekend so give Wayne a call at 1 (613) 530-0632 if you would like to get on a boat…

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Brockville Dive Report 7 July – July 9, 2017

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This weekend the weather is calling for rain on Friday and Saturday but sunny on Sunday. The water temperatures are coming up, with upper 60’s at the surface and on shallower dives. Most of the operators have some spaces available on boats this weekend so call around to the operators if you are interested in going diving. Water levels are still quite high on the river and the dams are open to try and bring levels down. This is causing currents in the river to still be stronger than normal for this time of year. Centeen Park has had some…

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Brockville Dive Report: 30 June – 2 July 2017

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It is the Canada Day long weekend, so Happy 150th Canada. So far it is looking like rain for Friday and Saturday in Brockville and the 1000 Islands region. However, Sunday and Holiday Monday are looking sunny with temperatures in the mid-twenties. If you are in Brockville this weekend be aware that diving at Centeen Park will be restricted Friday and Saturday due to the fire works display set up and fireworks on Saturday night. Signs are posted informing divers of the restrictions. If you are looking for diving this weekend there are several spots available on dive charters over…

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Brockville Diving Report: 23 June – 25 June 2017

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The Scuba News Canada is pleased that Matt Lerpiniere, a contributor for the The Scuba News Canada, is returning to report weekly on Brockville’s dive, weather and social activities for the 2017 diving season. Matt has been busy this past winter. He was in Florida in November where he completed his Full Cave and Stage Cave training. He was in Newfoundland in May, diving the famous wrecks there and also an iron ore mine. Matt has also completed his Instructor exam. When not writing for Scuba News Canada, he is busy at work on his Captains Licence, working with Thousand Island…

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Video Review – 47 Meters Down

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Well fantastic. Another ridiculous movie that will only perpetuate an unfounded fear of sharks, and give fuel to those that see no problem with the killing of millions of sharks on a regular basis. Sharks are not dangerous and very, very few people are injured or killed by sharks in the water. I personally have been in the water with reef sharks, lemons, and even a bull shark with no concern for my well being. If you treat them with respect and do not harass or chum, your likelihood of having an negative encounter is minuscule. Please do not let…

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