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 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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War-time wrecks off Bell Island shore a fascinating dive

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“Ladies and gentlemen we are going to need to circle for a few minutes until we can get clearance to land.” For many, this announcement would be a frustration, a sign you would be late. For me it was a chance to get a bird’s-eye view of the waters I would be submerging in the next morning. Looking down, I saw Bell Island and Little Bell Island. In the waters that surround these islands lie four wrecks steeped in history. After landing, I find my way to the baggage carousel and see a man wearing an Ocean Quest shirt, and…

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Brockville End of Season Diving Report

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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…

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New divers urged to simplify by carrying only gear they will use

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My number one priority for new divers is to own a good, big Surface Marker Buoy (SMB), and know how to use it. Practice deploying on every dive so you are familiar and comfortable with using it. Buy one that is at least five-feet tall so you are visible to boaters. The biggest mistake people make with SMB’s is not keeping tension on the line. If there is not tension on the line the SMB will not stand up. It will just lie on the surface and cannot be seen. Another priority is a cutting tool, but not a great…

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Brockville, Ontario Diving Conditions – 16th September – 18th September 2016

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Matt’s weekly “Brockville’s Dive Conditions” report is back this week. Matt took a week off for a vacation. The Scuba News Canada will be featuring a weekly update from Matthew Lerpiniere on the diving conditions at Brockville, Ontario. Here is what is in store for September 16-18. It is looking like there is some rain in the forecast for the upcoming weekend. With the last long weekend of summer over, availability on boats has opened up. Call the operator of your choice if you are looking for some diving this weekend. Many of the operators will also continue to run walk-on dives during the…

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Brockville, Ontario Diving Conditions – 2nd September – 4th September

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The Scuba News Canada will be featuring a weekly update from Matthew Lerpiniere on the diving conditions at Brockville, Ontario. Here is what is in store for September 2 – 4. It is the last long weekend of the summer, and for many it is getting the kids ready to go back to school. There will be diving out on the river, although many of the boats are pretty full up for this weekend. The weather is looking nice and sunny, with temperatures being a bit cooler, which will be nice. The river temperature is still in the mid-to-upper 70’s,…

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Brockville, Ontario Diving Conditions – 26th Aug – 28th Aug 2016

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The Scuba News Canada will be featuring a weekly update from Matthew Lerpiniere on the diving conditions at Brockville, Ontario. Here is what is in store for August 26th – August 28th. The heat is back this weekend in the Thousand Islands region, with temperatures expected to be in the high twenties to low thirties. Saturday is looking to be clear, but Sunday there is the potential for thunderstorms. The water temperature in the river is low to mid seventies, making it still nice for diving. With the poker-run weekend over, Centeen park is back open to divers, and the river will…

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Brockville, Ontario Diving Conditions – 19th Aug – 21st Aug 2016

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The Scuba News Canada will be featuring a weekly update from Matthew Lerpiniere on the diving conditions at Brockville, Ontario. Here is what is in store for August 19th– August 21st. This weekend is looking not too bad for divers. There are chances of rain and thunderstorms through the weekend, but the weather looks mainly sunny at this point. The temperatures have come down a bit, making it a little nicer to be out in the sun. The water is warm and visibility is not bad, although typically for this time of year it has gone down a bit. All the…

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Brockville, Ontario Diving Conditions – 12th Aug – 14th Aug 2016

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The Scuba News Canada will be featuring a weekly update from Matthew Lerpiniere on the diving conditions at Brockville, Ontario. Here is what is in store for August 12– August 14. As has been the past several weeks, the Thousand Islands region is still dealing with heat advisories. High temperatures and humidity are making it feel like it is into the 40’s these days and this is supposed to continue on the weekend. There are thunderstorms predicted throughout the weekend. Although this is not great for diving, the locals really need the rain and hopefully a break in the heat. If you…

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