28 January 2009

The snowy ice

Today we were greeted with a slurry of snowy ice, as was most of the area, if not all of the northeast. Even though we aren't expecting anyone today, and staff have shifted their days off, the clean-up will take the better part of today. It does however, before it's cleaned up, make DS look amazing especially with the steam/fog rising from the lake. We hope everyone finds a safe indoor activity- as I write this from home in my PJ's with no intention of going out of doors today.  Enjoy!


26 January 2009

New Brochures

People always ask us, in the winter are you closed? Well, yes and no. Although we don't have people coming in for diving, we still do for team building and for our very popular Dog Sledding Program. We had 31 ten and eleven year old on Sunday for the Dog Sledding Program. Otherwise, Dutch Springs is closed to the diving public, I can't fathom why anyone would even want to dive when the air temp is 15 and the water is more than twice as warm, but still a bone chilling 36 degrees. People always ask, so what do you do? I can tell you we don't go in the water. We are busy analyzing the previous year, sometimes years to see if we can make things better or easier for the next season. Everyday we clear the lake of the annoying seagulls and geese. We do all those little maintenance details that can't be done when we have divers here. Also, as the subject suggests, we edit the brochure and print them up. Just last week we got our 40K brochures and are starting to send them out to about 250 dive shops throughout the Northeast. Today is a balmy 15 degrees, sunny and as I wrap this up I hear the goose cannon going off and thousands of Canadian Geese taking flight elsewhere. Here's hoping for an unseasonably warm April and opening weekend. Don't forget our last instructor weekend: 21-22 February 2009, there will be details shortly. Enjoy the day!


21 January 2009

DS is connected

When you get a chance, check out the bottom of any DS web page; DS has caught up with the rest of the world and included our social sites including this blog, which will be sparse in the winter time, but weekly come April. 


19 January 2009

The New Year

2009 has started. No turning back now. We have decided to leave our admission prices and air fill prices the same as last year, only slightly increasing our season pass prices. As for changes in the new diving season, none have surfaced, except the arrival of another Scott. Kevin Andrew Scott arrived to the world on 17 January 2009 at around 8 in the morning, just over 6 pounds and a week early. I'm sure Andrea and Kevin didn't mind the early arrival. All are doing well and I'm sure Drew (as he will be going by) can't wait to get his first feel of the lake this summer. Our next and last instructor weekend will be 21 & 22 Feb 2009, please check back for the temperature (which will be cold) and the visibility (which will be amazing) the week prior to that weekend. We are starting to think about Beneath the Sea. Our brochure is off to the printer and we're awaiting its return. The Breakfast Cafe is getting a face-lift, new siding similar to the front office. Another "new" thing is next to air fill and the garage. It is a fenced in area able to be secured for those summer nights when there are a sea of tanks. I'm sure there will be more changes as the season draws closer and I will keep you posted. Have a great day and week (maybe month) until I write again.

Dutch Springs


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