May 18, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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We will likely be diving the Material Service, a powered barge that sank in 1936 with 15 lives lost. It is in about 35 feet of water. There is a lot of things to see on this boat, and it is one of our most popular dives. Although shallow, there are sometimes currents, and depending on recent weather, low visibility. For our second dive, we could do the Tacoma, a tug that sank in 1929, or the Louisville, a propeller boat that sank in 1857, one of the oldest wrecks in the Chicago area. Both are great dives.
This charter will open for sign ups on March 13. See below for the procedure. You must read and agree to the CSM liability waiver. Indicating your consent is required when you sign up.
- $100 per diver
- A fuel surcharge may apply
- You have 10 days to pay by check, cash, or PayPal (member pays PayPal fees). I'll will contact RSVPs with payment information
- Please remember to tip the captain or crew. $10-20 total is reasonable.
- Arrive at the dock at 7:30
- Boat departs at 8:00
- Return to dock at approximately 12:30
Morning two tank charter with N'Pursuit: http://www.npursuitcharters.com/scuba_adven.html
- Minimum certification level: Open water or equivalent. Cold water diving experience recommend. Do not forget your certification card.
- Two recreational dives to 80 feet or less.
- Divers are responsible for providing their own equipment, including tanks and weights. No rentals are available.
- Parking: Free at the marina. Just tell the guard you are there for the N'Pursuit charter and ask for directions.
- If you are prone to sea sickness, take your medication before boarding.
- You may want to read some general information on Great Lakes boat diving
- The boat includes a head and a hot hose shower for your enjoyment. Water entry is done from the back of the deck. You will be fully suited up minus your fins. Before you enter the water, Capt. Mike will put your fins on for you, then you giant stride in. There will be a swim line on the side of the boat that you will follow to head out to the bow and the mooring line. You simply follow the mooring line down to the wreck with your buddy. Capt. Mike doesn’t like bottom times to exceed 45 minutes. If you exceed that, he will worry and will probably tell you so when you get back on board! By the way, there will be a dive master with N’Pursuit. His is not paid and tipping is customary.
- Drinking water, soda, and snacks supplied on board
- DAN O2 and first aid kits on-board
Wrecks we will dive and expected conditions
We will dive two of: Material Service Barge, Tacoma (tug boat), or Louisville (early propeller boat). Louisville is about 60', the others about 40'. This is the marine weather forecast for the area we will likely be diving.
How to confirm and pay for your spot
- Sign up by placing your name on the waiting list
- CSM Sustaining members will be confirmed from March 19 to April 2 up to the maximum number of divers
- CSM regular members will be confirmed beginning April 3
- Your non-refundable payment in full must be received by the organizer within 10 days of confirmation. The organizer will contact you to confirm your RSVP and arrange payment. Payment by check is preferred. Paypal may be an option, but you must pay any PayPal fees
- If you do not pay by the deadline, your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list
- Charters are only available to (registered) CSM users. You cannot RSVP for a guest, but if you and your buddy register separately, let the organizer know
What if you have to cancel?
Once you have paid, if you cannot attend, it is up to you to find a replacement. You can use the waiting list or any other method you prefer. You'll have to collect the fee from your replacement. Just let the organizer know who will be taking your slot.
This page will have the latest information on the status of the charter.