Fortune Pond Dive Report...
- Absolutely wonderful visibility last weekend at Fortune Pond... In excess of 80 ft in some places. Looking off the end of the pier, you could see the bottom at 75 ft... The mirror that leans against the big rock looked like a bright little square way down there. Similar sensations when diving. During one of our 3 minute safety stops I rode my scooter way over to the other side of the pier and could still see my buddy Rich waiting out his stop over on the other side. And on one of our magnificent scooter rides around the pond, we were gliding along the edge of a cliff about 60 ft down. Looking up you could see the ripples on the surface. Looking down we could see SwimJim just as clear as day, tooling along on his scooter about 60 ft below and in front of us. Amazing, wonderful visibility.
- Weather was supposed to be hazy both days with 40-60 degree temps. But instead, Friday afternoon cleared up to a bright sunshine and warmer temps. Saturday dawned absolutely clear skies and beautiful bright sun. You could see the surface ripples on the bottom at over 50 feet deep. And I will tell you personally, nice hot sun warms you up faster between dives than cold and hazy skies!
- Remembering that the ice just finally melted off Fortune (and all the other northern lakes) less than a week ago, it's not surprising that the water temperature was cold. It was 41 or 42 degrees at the surface but for most of our diving depths was 37-39 degrees. About 30 minutes at a sustained 37 degree temperature is about all I can stand with my wet suit... I did some serious shivering between dives. The dry suit divers didn't seem phased by the cold at all. And, the other wet suit divers seemed fine, too. Cold fingers and achy face/head until you got used to it.
- We had a good turnout with SwimJim, Eric, Cameron, and Brenda from the Deep Six Dive Club. Sheriffdiver, Drew, and Val came up from New Ulm. And me and Rich came over from Alexandria. That's 9 hearty souls. Diver Don was in town and stopped by to say hello. Thanks to Ron for bringing barbecue sandwiches and others for snacks. We all went out for a nice dinner at Alices Restaurant Friday night and enjoyed each others company.