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Freediving the Spiegel Grove

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9-time Freediving World Champion, Yasemin Dalkilic, explores the Spiegel Grove, a 510 ft long wreck off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. An amazing ecosystem home to many species like the giant Goliath Grouper, this wreck is also a dangerous dive, with stiff currents threatening to blow the diver away. Yasemin challenges herself by attempting to dive to the bottom of the wreck on one breath of air!

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Parry Sound Wreck Diving

On the last day of my vacation I was able to join the Parry Sound dive operator: Diver’s Nook. Tony was taking 5 Scuba divers out for a day of two wreck dives and he was more than happy to bring a freediver (me) along.

We all met 8:30 at the Diver’s Nook and the Scuba guys rented their tanks and gear. After a short drive to the Marina we loaded our gear in the 22 foot aluminum dive boat.

The sail to the boat was a beautiful, but cold 30 minutes. We anchored at a small rock sticking up in the middle of the bay and started to suit up to dive on the S. S. Atlantic.

Entering the water there was only 3 meters to the memorial plate mounted at the front end of the ship. Diving to the stern sitting on the bottom at 12 meters and gong a bit further past the end I saw the snow mobile placed closed to the wreck by Tony and some other divers in the 80’s. The wreck is a nice and easy dive with a boiler there can be penetrated at about 6-7 meters of water. After a little over an hour of great diving we sailed on to a nearby docking site for some lunch on the rocks.

The Jane McLeod was only 5 minutes sail from lunch closed to a cottage on a rocky windy shore. The dive was fairly easy at only 7 meters depth and almost no current. The visibility was better, most likely because of it being shallower, so I shot more video and enjoyed watching the curious bass swimming very close to my mask when I was still on the bottom.

On the way back we took the scenic route and I enjoyed talking to my fellow divers.

I would like to thank Diver’s Nook, and my fellow divers for a great day on these wrecks.

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Toronto Wreck Diving

Three of us went for a very nice dive on a wreck just outside Toronto Harbour. Information about the wreck can be found here: http://www.scubatoronto.com/divesites.asp?siteID=9
The top of The Southern Trail is in 6 meters of water and the bottom is at 10 meters, so this is a great dive for everyone. The wreck is sitting just like the dive site pictures and it is possible to swim under the overhang shown on the drawing and penetrate the ship.

We had a great night with no waves, no wind and fairly warm water for Lake Ontario.