Big Five Dive – Great Lakes Now – 1008 – Segment 1

Welcome to Great Lakes Now. PADI is the Professional
Association of
Diving Instructors. And in 2015, thousands of
divers around the world participated in the first
PADI Women’s Dive Day. The following year, a group
of women in our region decided to get involved. (upbeat music) – [Female Narrator]
Shortly before midnight, on July 15th, 2016, 15 divers gathered on the
Lake Superior shoreline and prepared to dive a
shipwreck just off shore. – Even though it’s
a shallow wreck, this is it still Lake Superior. This is serious,
serious business. As soon as you’re ready, as
soon as it’s midnight at least, as soon as you’re ready
to get in the water, stick with your buddy and
you can go ahead and get in. – [Female Narrator] Midnight
marked the beginning of PADI Women’s Dive Day 2016. – We learned about
PADI women’s dive day and we thought how
could we participate? What could we do? – It’s an international day to celebrate women diving. – I do believe like 65
countries are involved with different events And this is our event that
we’re doing for Michigan. – We’re inviting
everybody to come out, whether you’re a diver or not, whether you’re a snorkeler, whether you’re a man or woman, come out and celebrate
with us women in diving. – Women’s PADI Dive Day
and the big five dive will show other women that
are interested in diving that if these women did five
dives in twenty four hours, I can do one on a trip. – As part of the big five dive, we’re gonna scuba dive
all five Great Lakes in less than 24 hours. On four of the sites we will
be exploring shipwrecks. And in the fifth site,
we’ll also be exploring a sunken historic hotel dock. (whisle blows) – [Female Narrator] At
the stroke of midnight, the Lake Superior dive began, at Pendill’s Creek, in
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The site’s history
is mysterious. It’s known only as the
Pendill’s Creek shipwreck. The wooden wreck sits
upright in 12 feet of water, just a few hundred
feet off shore. All five of the day’s
dives would be kept short. There was no time to spare. – Six back. – [Diver] Six back,
appreciate it. – Yep. – [Female Narrator]
Leaving Pendill’s Creek, the team traveled
sixty-seven miles, crossed the Mackinac Bridge, and arrived at dive
site number two, Headlands International
Dark Sky Park, at the northern tip of
Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. – We kept our wet suits on. It wasn’t very comfortable
being wet and soggy but not as cold as I
thought it was going to be. – [Female Narrator] At 2:26 AM, the divers hit Lake Michigan. – The entry was tough to
walk through the rocks and then try to use some
light sticks and flashlights from shore to orient yourself on what direction you
should go to find the buoy. Can’t see anything so we just
headed out towards the moon, which is kind of nice. (gentle music) – [Female Narrator] The
“Heartache” shipwreck is also unidentified. The wreckage from a
small vessel or barge rests in shallow water
only a few hundred feet from the shore. – Go, the easiest way is
to the right and then up. There, are you good? – It’s about the stars,
seeing the moon set. – [Sarah] That was pretty– – [Meaghan] That
was pretty wicked. I’ve never seen
that happen before. – [Stephanie] I haven’t either
and to see it from the water? – [Sarah] Holy Cow. – [Stephanie] Yeah. – [Female Narrator]
With two dives finished, the team headed for
the third destination, 40 Mile Point, an
hour’s drive east, on the shores of Lake Huron. – [Hannah] The sun
started to rise and it was rising
over Lake Huron and we could see
it on our drive, just a little bit peeking out. – [Female Narrator]
The divers had spent the previous day preparing, and the entire night
diving and traveling. – Am I too tired? This is going to be the
longest swim, at 40 Mile Point. Am I going to be able to rally? – [Female Narrator] At 4:40 AM, the divers waded
into Lake Huron, toward the wreck of
the Joseph S. Fay, one of ninety-nine
known shipwrecks within the waters
of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. – [Hannah] That was I
think our best visibility of all of the dives. The wreck was large
and beautiful. – [Female Narrator]
The Joseph S. Fay was a 216 foot wooden freighter that grounded and broke
apart in high winds in 1905. The lower hull sits in
seventeen feet of water, not far from shore. (gentle music) – [Hannah] We went down and
the sun hadn’t come up yet, but the clouds were pink. And when we came up from
our ten minutes under water, the sun had been shining and it was just beautiful. And it felt like
I was in a dream. Probably the longest part
of our trip was ahead of us, but we had the intense
part behind us. – [Female Narrator] Three
dives and three legs of the trip were complete, but Lake Erie and Lake
Ontario still lay ahead. Next came the longest
drive of the day, 381 miles from 40 Mile Point to the town of Avon Lake, Ohio. The divers were running
an hour behind schedule, and Lake Erie was offering
up two-foot waves. – Two-footers doesn’t sound bad, but when you’re down at
the level of the water and you’ve got a
rocky breakwater there to crash your head against, I mean two feet can
be pretty intimidating and it can be unsafe. – [Female Narrator] At 3:51 PM, the divers went into Lake Erie, aiming for the wreck
of The Penelope, a 74-foot steam-powered tugboat that caught fire
and sank in 1909. – Once the divers were able
to get past the breaking waves and out into the
lake a little bit, it calmed down and it made it a little bit easier to navigate. The visibility,
though, was really poor because of the wave
action and the wind. It had really brought
up the sediment and so it was pretty
murky down there. I mean, you got to
see a little glimpse of a wooden shipwreck, but
certainly not the entire site. – [Female Narrator]
With Lake Erie down, the end was within reach. But the divers were running over two-hours behind schedule, and still faced a four-hour
drive to Olcott, New York. – I had slept, I think, maybe two and a half
hours at this point. Some people got lost, some
people ended up in Cleveland. Since we were
delayed, this dive, which was not supposed
to be a night dive, it was supposed to be
more of a twilight dive. It turned into a night dive. – [Female Narrator]
With less than two hours remaining in the day, the dive team arrived on
the shores of Lake Ontario for their final dive. – So, up here there used to be a historic hotel of
Olcott, New York. Since the hotel was razed
the docks have also, are no longer in use. – [Female Narrator]
The divers’ goal? The remains of a concrete
pier about 500 feet off shore. – [Meaghan] Our goal
tonight is to go all the way out there, possible. – [Female Narrator]
And at 10:27 PM, the team completed the fifth
and final dive of the day. (whistle blows) – Come on in ladies. – All right, swimming six. – The first ones
are out we did it! With time to spare, I’d say – Team two is accounted for. We did it! Whoo! – Last one, I can’t even
think, I’m so tired. – Yeah. – Even though it was
just a fast 24 hours, it really was a
life-changing experience. – To think about how
many sunsets, moonsets, and sunrises we saw in
the span of 24 hours. That’s kind of crazy. – With the hashtag
that was going around, you could click on it and see
all of the different events that women were doing
around the world that involved diving. And it was so cool to see that so many women were
getting together to do this. And I think that this
should definitely be a thing Thanks for watching. For more on these stories, and the Great Lakes in general, visit When you get there, please
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