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Discussion in 'Where CHUM Dives' started by DivingDoug, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Sushi Boy

    Sushi Boy DAM CHUMmer

    April logged at 288 Lake, 64 degrees at depth. Viz was pretty good, maybe 7-8 feet except on the windy south side of the lake where it dropped to about a foot.
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  2. Hawkeye Mark

    Hawkeye Mark Iowa Hawkeye Fan

    I did this dive also(although I am not participating in the DAM program). Was pretty chilly
  3. JSWeather4d

    JSWeather4d Tiger Shark

    April done with a handful of dives at Blue Lagoon this last weekend. The water temp (69) was higher than the air temp.
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  4. watermonkee

    watermonkee CHUM Secretary Staff Member

    ReefHound and watermonkee dived Spring Lake's Archaeology site and Deep Hole last Saturday, 4/21/18, in a single dive. There was a LOT of work to do. We accepted and accomplished our mission!
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  5. wanderwoman

    wanderwoman Tiger Shark

    May's done. Sinko de Mayo at 288 with Sushi Boy. 2 chilly dives. Murky in the middle, but the perimeter had about 10 foot viz.
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  6. Sushi Boy

    Sushi Boy DAM CHUMmer

    Yep, me too. Temp fluctuated but I showed an avg of 72 at 15 ffw.
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  7. LegoBloxs

    LegoBloxs Tiger Shark

    It's looking like a busy month for Birddog and myself so we decided to get our May dive in early with a couple of dives at Blue Lagoon on Cinco de Mayo. Viz was, well, bad and a sharp thermocline at 20ft.
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  8. Seaagg05

    Seaagg05 Vice President Staff Member

    Pegleg and I got our May dives in at Lake Travis, with a very chilly 53 degree bottom temp.
  9. JSWeather4d

    JSWeather4d Tiger Shark

    May dives done at Blue Lagoon. It's almost warm enough to start thinking about skipping the wetsuit (79 degrees).
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  10. PegLeg

    PegLeg Tiger Shark

    Viz dropped to -0 ft @ 100 ft, kept running into trees and something Seaag05 said was a boat.
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  11. Siren

    Siren Tiger Shark

    May dive DONE for me and 24%.

    Today, we dove at Gilboa Quarry in north-western Ohio. It's an interesting place. Not many signs indicating where it is or where to go once you get there. I called this morning and asked the young girl what the current visibility was. I swear, she looked out the window, and said "I don't know, but it looks clear out there." I asked what the water temps were, and she said "oh, we don't monitor that." When we arrived, we filled out waivers to which Douglas said "I am pretty sure I bought houses with less paperwork." We looked at the map of the quarry, and the young girl behind the desk didn't know which way was north. So we paid our $28 a person fee, and then she asked if we wanted to drive our truck to where the docks were. We said "well, sure," to which she replied "that will be an additional $12." So $68 later, we jumped in the water.

    BRRRRRRR.....water temps were between painfully cold (44 degrees) and numb (38 degrees). Imagine a dive site that is about twice the size of the training area at Spring Lake - now dump a school bus, a plane, a helicopter, a few boats, a Dr. Pepper machine, a motorcycle, and the biggest platform we've ever seen into that small area. I kid you not, you descend onto the platform at 22', and once your eyes adjust through the MILLIONS of fish swarming around you, you see every single thing listed above all at the same time. You literally could spin 360 degrees around, and see it all. Visibility was quite good - probably 50' or more. But once you got to the wall, which drops down to 120'+ (not allowed to dive it without filing a deep dive plan in the office prior to diving), visibility turned to gray. Douglas thinks the quarry was turning over; warm water sinking, cold water rising and mixing into murky.

    Lets talk about the fish. You can buy baggies of fish food at the front desk for $2 a bag.....and apparently EVERY DIVER feeds the fish. They were worse than mosquitoes. God forbid you reach for your pocket, because they literally started pecking at my dry suit. Douglas and I stopped counting how many times we accidentally KICKED a fish. KICKED. As in, they ran into our fins all the time!!!! SO. MANY. DANG. FISH. Not in a good way. TOO MANY aggressive fish.

    And it was cold. Very cold.

    50' for 37 minutes.
  12. Ms KJenn Dives

    Ms KJenn Dives Tiger Shark

    Love your five reports!!!
    And Siren, your pics of this dive on FaceBook were great and if you haven’t already done so, please post them to CHUM. When I was looking at your pics, I was thinking that as a quarry it would be cold, but had no idea it would be that cold. You’re definitely a DAM CHUMmer.
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  13. watermonkee

    watermonkee CHUM Secretary Staff Member

    ReefHound and I got 'er done at Blue Lagoon today. They were very crowded! Water temp was a comfortable 86 degrees. Nice viz, 20+'. Now, if only there was something to see, haha. Doesn't matter, it's so pretty there, and it's a great place to go to test new gear, practice skills, and get that DAM dive booked!
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  14. watermonkee

    watermonkee CHUM Secretary Staff Member

    Thanks to Heidi Ho planning a great outing on a beautiful day, ReefHound, I, and a few other DAM CHUMmers did a couple of dives at Blue Lagoon today. Now, we don't have to depend on the odds of our June Flower Gardens/Stetson trip making it out to get our DAM dive done!
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  15. Seaagg05

    Seaagg05 Vice President Staff Member

    June done for me at Blue Lagoon too
  16. wanderwoman

    wanderwoman Tiger Shark

    My June dives are in as well. Had a fantastic day at Blue Lagoon with my scuba chums. And later, I tagged the Potato Shack. Seaagg05 has evidence.
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  17. wanderwoman

    wanderwoman Tiger Shark

    Still had that sharp thermocline at 20 ft on our dives yesterday!
  18. Hawkeye Mark

    Hawkeye Mark Iowa Hawkeye Fan

    The thermocline was surprising. As hot as it has been I thought it would be the same temperature all the way to the bottom.
  19. Sushi Boy

    Sushi Boy DAM CHUMmer

    I needed to stay closer to town, so I sandbagged a June dive at 288 Lake on Saturday. The 86 degree temps above the thermocline were probably a bit warmer than my next dive will be.
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  20. 24%

    24% Tiger Shark

    I completed my June DAM CHUM dive yesterday in beautiful Lake Charlevoix, Michigan. I breathed compressed air at a depth of 3 - 4 feet for approximately 6 - 7 minutes in what started as perfect visibility, but quickly became negative visibility. I ended the dive as soon as I located @Siren's car keys underneath our boat dock.


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    I will likely do a more appropriate June dive later this month. Just wanted to get this one logged. :p

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