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Scuba Diving in a Hydro Dam Tail Race - Coteau Creek, Saskatchewan

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Uploaded on Oct 2, 2011

Diving below the Coteau Creek hydroelectric generating station on the South Saskatchewan River (September 2011). The participants in this video have specialized equipment, training and experience... if you are lacking either, please do not attempt this dive!!

The dive plan is simple: In the raging water downstream from the dam, pull yourself as far across the river as possible. Once in the center (or when the current rips you from the riverbed), let go. Like an aqueous skydive, the current will send you flying downstream at a tremendous rate of speed. Several hundred yards downstream, the river bed opens into a 30 foot deep pit. Strong and erratic currents buffet the bottom of the pit, scouring the clay and pebble structure. Large lake trout, steel head, walleye and burbot are frequently seen at all stages of this dive. To end the dive, swim from the pit towards shore... and hope the current does not sweep you into the vast lake beyond...Not a dive for the faint of heart!

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