Port Washington Scuba Dive





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Uploaded on Jun 20, 2010

The city of Port Washington is north of Milwaukee and home of a nice marina where you can put-in. My Chicago scuba club went "in" with another club in West Bend, WI (http://www.urgetosubmerge.com/randomD...) and chartered a boat to see the wreck "Niagra" (http://www.diversdelightcharter.com/w...). We had a great dive.

Say CHEESE for the camera. Wisconsin loves their cheese. On the way up, I stopped at a grocery store to grap some supplies and was amazed at their selection of cheeses. Not one... but two full long aisles stocked on both sides with every imaginable cheese in every size and shape. It reminded me of the wine selection in grocery stores in California. I now appreciate why they wear cheese hats at Green Bay Packer games.

This was my first Lake Michigan dive. Having grown up near Lake Erie in the '70s boating with my dad, I was pleasantly surprised at the clarity of the water. At depth, it was easily 100ft viz, better than anything at Lake Travis I've ever seen. The particle-filtering zebra mussel is practically on every square inch, but its not as bad as hydrilla, and it is easy to remove. But don't worry Lake Travis, it is a cold water species. And speaking of cold water, at 50ft, the temperature is 54F, exactly the temperature of Travis in January. My dive was 46 minutes, and I didn't even shiver. And it was hot on the surface. The wreck had some nice schools of smaller fish around, with what I think were big walleyes lurking inside. They just floated there and stared at me.

On the way out, we saw a sailboat capsized. Turns out that the sailor was not very popular in the circles there at the marina. Seems that there was some disagreement about cushions in the past and karma was coming back to bite him. I was a little more sympathetic since I had capsized my sailboat on Lake Travis --- its more scary that it looks. Luckily he had the port rescue authorities there helping him right her.

The trip leader / club president clued me in on Bare semi-dry suits. He has four dry suits at home but he says he never uses them anymore. Plus he dives the ice in the winter with the same bare semi-dry. He just raved on and one about his semi-dry suit.

There was an earlier dive that morning that I missed on the Northern :
I'll definitely have to get up there again to see it.

Can't wait until next week! Wisconsin rules!

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