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: 1 September – 3 September 2017

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It looks like a mainly sunny weekend in the Thousand Islands region. There is potential for a bit of rain on Sunday. It’s the last long weekend of the summer and the boats are pretty full for this weekend. But there is still lots of great shore diving to be had and if you check around there may be some spots available. There are no events this long weekend, but if you are in Kingston expect it to be busy as students return to school. Divers should be sure to check with their shop to make sure they are open…

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Brockville Dive Report: 25 August – 27 August 2017

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This is the last weekend in August and summer is coming to a close. Two more weekends until school returns, but there lots more dive weekends coming up this fall. Temperatures have cooled down, and we are looking at a beautiful weekend, this weekend, in the Thousand Islands Region. Sunny skies for the whole weekend with temperatures around 22C degrees. Lots of diving to be had this weekend, and there are stll some spots available on boats, although things have definitely been busier this month. Visibility is acceptable in the river right now, around 15-20 feet. That is pretty good for this time of the season.…

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Brockville Dive Report: 18 Aug – 20 August 2017

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Awareness of high-speed boats on St. Lawrence key to safety. This weekend we will be seeing sun and slightly cooler temperatures through the weekend. At least that’s according to the weather man. Water levels are slowly starting to go down so we may not be wading in water on the docks. There are some spots in boats doing Canadian wrecks so call around if you are looking for a last-minute dive. As well there is now some availability for walk-on divers in the evenings to dive the Wolfe Islander in Kingston. Contact Helen at ABUCS Scuba for details. This weekend…

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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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