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I am a long time Mariner with over 20 years experience of being on the water. I am a multi species angler, outdoors enthusiast who loves to share my stories and adventures with others.

Summer is flying by

Is summer flying by for you this year because it is for me.

We are already in the 3rd quarter of July and I feel that spring had just started yesterday. It is amazing how fast time goes by when your busy.

It seems like a few weeks ago I had just decided to purchase the old Salty Dog but in reality that was about 7 months ago this past January, I had worked on her over the winter, cleaning her up to get ready for spring. She has proven to be a project but one that I feel I must see through to the end and I am determined to get Old Salty Dog back in top working order and feel she will be a great family vessel when I am finished with her.

I just pulled her out of the water yesterday and she had gone to get re-fitted with a new (to her ) motor, (a 305 Merc Cruiser) This will essentially give her entirely new guts,

In addition I have outfitted her with new florescent green lights and a new deck around the wheelhouse as some of the decking was rotted out in one corner. No more ripped carpet for this old girl. Maybe next year I’ll redo the upholstery

Then I started working in Febuary at a new job for the MTO (ministry Of Transportation Of Ontario) on the Glenora Ferryboat, out of Picton, this job has been great so far, it is forcing me to get my excercise which I had been neglecting for, well, I’m too embarrassed to say lol. Also it has been a steady source of income and I have met some great people and made some awsome new friends.

With school ending back in June for my 2 boys one of whom just graduated highschool and will be going to college this fall, there has been a tonne of prep work and getting him ready to leave home in just a few weeks from now to go live at the schools campus. It is an exciting and exhausting time getting him ready to become an independent individual lol.

And through all this I have just taken on another (very part time) position on a dive boat out of Waupoose Ontario.

This is a very interesting position as a Captain of a dive boat, especially as I am not a diver myself. I felt I just wanted to be taking people on guided adventures again since I am no longer running a fishing charter and I miss taking clients out in this fashion. I still need to do a short course in order to take this position officially but I will make sure it is done shortly and will be taking clients out soon. The company (in case anyone is curious or wants to book an adventure ) is at the following website

They have multiple dive boats and run in lake Ontario and the St Lawrence seaway. Check them out.

So although my year seems to be flying by it has been yet another great year so far and cant wait to see what the rest of the season has in store. Lol

Let me know in the comment section below what has been your favorite part you your year so far?

Another day another dive, on old Lady, Lake Ontario

Today was my second trip with ABUSC Scuba Charters. On Lake Ontario.

Located out of Waupoose Ontario is where the newest vessel to the ABUSC Scuba Charters resides. 1 of 5 boats the company operates, it is currently the only dive boat on the eastern End of Lake Ontario that actually Opperates within the open waters of the Lake. Their other boats are located within the St Lawrence seaway and the cover areas from Kingston Ontario to Brockville Ontario.

I have taken on a part time gig to Captain this vessel out of Waupoose as a relief Captain to help out the Owner get a little down time on occasion throughout the summer.

Today we went to 2 dive locations. The Olive Branch, and the Katie Eccles

Now I’m new to this but I was very impressed by one of our Divers (first name Mark) as he was a blind diver. This was so interesting as he had 2 other divers to help him feel his way around the wreck here is a picture of Mark after getting into the water.

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Back in the CAPTAINS seat

So yesterday on the 13 of July I started a new part time job. Of course I am still working as a Mate (or 1st Officer) full time (ish) on the Glenora ferry however, yesterday I started as a P/T relief Captain for a dive boat out of Waupoose marina.

For the first day I found it a very interesting job indeed. For our first dive, the clients had requested a site that had not been dove this season, and probably not for years by the looks of things. The owner of the boat and Captain let her clients know that there was no tag line or Mooring at the site and that one of the divers would have to go down find the sunken mooring line and send it to the surface with a inflatable bag.

The passengers seemed happy with this plan and we set off for the Manola dive site.

The Manola

Once there and set up, the most experienced driver was sent down to find the site. It did take some time of course, but eventually a bag was sent to the surface and the rest of the divers were able to dive the site.

During the dive the winds picked up significantly and we still had no Mooring line to tie to, so I was forced to try and keep the boat as steady as possible while the divers finished out their dive.

Once everyone was back aboard safely and a head count was done, we set off for a second site.


So the second site was the Annie Falconer, a much easier site to dive as there was a Mooring line already attached to this site, and it was in much more sheltered waters, so less wavy lol. So all I had to do was approach the Mooring slowly as the owner and fist Mate tied off to it and then the divers did their thing lol.

Once the divers were back aboard it was time to head back to the marina, approx a 40 minute steam and I was able to dock the boat safely and the owner officially welcomed me to the team as her new relief Captain.

I’m not gonna lie, it was nice to sit in the Captains seat once again, it has been a couple years now since my boat took a fatal attack and I could call myself captain, and let me tell you, it feels goooooooood lol. Cheers all.

The Annie Falconer