Monday, February 11, 2019

Clayton Dive club plans 3D Photogrammetry survey of “Maggie L” shipwreck located off village of Clayton.

As an extension of the club "Wreck Buoy Program", the club is going start a program to do wreck site survey of local shipwrecks. Starting with the "Maggie L" off Clayton, the club is planning a series of dives this summer. Then utilizing new open source software, underwater cameras and traditional non-contact survey techniques we plan to produce a site map of the wreck site.  The goal of the summer project is to produce a detailed site plan to be hosted on the club web site for divers interested in visiting the site. It will also provide divers an opportunity to develop their shipwreck diving and survey skills.

In the planning stage are a pre-dive seminar, 2 to 3 survey dives and after-summer project of producing a site plan.

Keep posted more information to come.   Please post on the "Clayton Diving Club" Facebook page or email Dive Clayton <> if you have any questions.

Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs. Photographs are inputted to photogrammetry and the output is typically a map, a drawing, a measurement, or a 3D model of some real-world object or scene.


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Clayton Dive Club activity for February 2019

History of the Clayton Dive Club
Wednesday February 6th at the Thousand Island Museum, 312 James Street Clayton
On Feb. 6, Dennis McCarthy, president of the Clayton Diving Club, along with Skip Couch, one of the founding members, will discuss the history of the Clayton Diving Club. From its origins in 1967 through today, the club continues to organize group dives, holds meetings, and participates in community efforts. Underwater enthusiasts continue to dive into the St. Lawrence River to explore the many wrecks.
This is a free program that starts promptly at 10am. Come early to find a seat
Divers Meet and Greet 2019
February 10th at O'Brien's on 226 Webb St, Clayton, NY at 1pm.  Just a get together of diver in the area.  See who is hear and what's going on.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

FW: Clayton Diving Club - January meeting minutes

Subject: Clayton Diving Club - January meeting minutes

The meeting was opened by club president Dennis McCarthy at 5:30 pm on January 10.  In attendance were Diane Hammond, Joe Dudiak, Ken Kozin, Carol Kozin, Kathi McCarthy, Dennis McCarthy, John Krake and Skip Couch.  

Secretary report:  Joe Dudiak read the minutes from the December meeting.  The minutes were then accepted as written.   

Treasurer report:  Ken Kozin reported that the current club balance is $521.21, including $131.05 in the mooring fund.   The treasury report was then accepted.   

Old Business:   

Dive Site Project 
Joe Dudiak reported that no further information was provided by the Clayton Village Board of Trustees.  The Village Planning Board has contacted the NY Office of General Services to discuss the project.  The Village will not submit the Joint Application until after the Planning Board provides their findings.   

Ken Kozin reported on the metal buoy light cages that need to be upgraded.  Wayne Green might assist in welding the new heavy duty cages.  Ken plans to purchase the material that will be needed for the effort.  Ken also reported that the chains may need to be replaced on some of the buoys due to normal wear.  The club had purchased additional chain for the Divers Access Dock but could be used for the buoys if needed. 

Divers Access Dock
No additional information was available regarding the condition of the Divers Access Dock.   There was discussion regarding a past request by the Village to assist in blocking the sewer outflow at the Frink Park dock so that swimmers cannot enter.  It was reported that the Village had purchased a metal grate to be placed over the opening.  Divers from the club are willing to assist in placement of the barrier.  

New club Website
Dennis McCarthy reported that the new website is now functional.   Official club documents, such as the By-laws as well as other documents, need to be resurrected and then placed on the website for safe storage.  There was also discussion regarding the technical connectivity of the new website to the existing website name versus purchasing a new club website URL.  Dennis will discuss the options with Lisa Goodlin.  Lisa has offered to fund and maintain the existing URLs (, and then to link them to the new website.   

2019 International Boating Safety event
The club has been invited by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary to participate in this event held at Bonnie Castle on June 1 from 10-5 pm.  The club has agreed to provide a booth to promote dive flag awareness and how it pertains to boating safety, to promote the local shipwrecks of the St. Lawrence River and to help promote our Clayton Diving Club.     

New Business

Clayton Chamber of Commerce: Dennis McCarthy reported that the Clayton Chamber of Commerce website has included some old pictures of the Clayton Diving Club and they would like to promote the club and its activities.  Ideally they could link to the new club website for current information.  Additional discussion with the Chamber needs to take place and Dennis will pursue it. 

The 2019 meeting/activity schedule was discussed with the following ideas drafted:

February – Area dive dinner Sunday, Feb. 10th.  More correspondence will be provided for this event.  The history of the Clayton Diving Club will be presented by Skip Couch at the Thousand Island museum Feb 6th at 10am.

March – club activities; Boston Sea Rovers March 8;  Beneath the Sea March 29-31

April – club business meeting TBD; CNY Dive Show April 28; Clayton Boat Show

May – club activities; install shipwreck buoys for the dive season May 16-18

June – club activities; club booth at the 2019 International Boaters Safety Event at
Bonnie Castle.  Club dive to begin the project survey the shipwreck the Maggie L.

July – club activities; Possible club dive as an extension of the Maggie L survey

August – Club picnic

September – club business meeting TBD; Annual Clean-up dive of the Clayton waterfront

October – club activities; Remove club buoys for the season;  U/W Pumpkin Carving.

November – club business meeting TBD;

December – Participate in the Clayton Christmas Parade; annual club Christmas party.  

The February scuba diver lunch  will be at a local restaurant on Sunday, February 10 at 1 PM and will include club members as well as other local divers.  More detailed information will be sent in an additional email.   

The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 by president Dennis McCarthy.

Reminder:  The membership dues for the 2019 dive season is now due.  A release form needs to be submitted each year.  The form and mailing address can be found on the website at Join

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Fwd: Clayton Diving Club - January meeting reminder

Subject:     Clayton Diving Club - January meeting reminder

From:             Joe dudiak <>

The January meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 PM and will be held at the Hawn Memorial Library in Clayton.  The library is located at 220 John St, Clayton and we will be using the downstairs conference room