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This trip is to dive the Northerner and Mahoning wrecks out of Port Washington, WI, with on the Molly V, captained by Jiktka Hanakova with her dog Deco. The Northerner (a schooner that went down in 1868) sits on the bottom at 130 ft, so certifications for Advanced Open Water and Nitrox are required. The Mahoning sits at about 60 feet. While the details are not yet set, we will probably meet at the marina at 1 pm and the cost will likely be about $130. This charter is limited to 6 divers. The Chicago Scuba Meetup policy is for you to request to sign up by getting on the waiting list. Sustaining members will be cleared first, starting on March 7, after which regular members will be cleared. Payment in full will be due by May 15. No refunds are then possible, but if one must cancel after May 15 we will try to arrange for the next person on the wait list to pay the person who had to cancel.
Our June virtual meetup will feature Blackwater photographer Mike Bartick. We have been wanting Mike to give us a presentation for some time, but since he lives in the Philippines, that has been difficult. Since we can not yet meet in person, now is our chance with this virtual meeting. "The Night Sea" Diving in the open ocean at night is much different then an ordinary dive, the subjects found in this black, 360 degree environment are unique, extraordinary and fast. The “Night Sea” is an immersive talk with photo’s and video’s that illustrate the blackwater diving experience. We will discuss what a blackwater dive is, how the dives are conducted and what to expect as we submerge into the stories that surround these chance of a lifetime encounters. Mike Bartick- Mike is an avid diver and working underwater photographer that resides in Anilao, Philippines. His work has won multiple awards and is widely published across all media platforms. With nearly 6,000 dives under his belt, Mike’s enthusiasm for diving is infectious. Mike conducts workshops on creative photo techniques, lighting and also hosts blackwater diving safaris at Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao, Philippines For more information contact info: [masked] Please see Zoom link in this post Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked]
The wreck of the Milwaukee lies in 125 feet of water off of Whitefish Bay approximately six miles north of Milwaukee and three miles off shore. The wreck sits upright on a sand and muck bottom with the superstructure about 100 feet east of the hull. The cargo of tubs along with railroad cars (one has three cars in it) are still located on the wreck. Some of the stern box cars are missing and at least one is sideways on the deck. The wreck of the Prins Willem V is intact, resting on its side in 69' of water on a clay bottom; length is 258'. Ships machinery, cargo (printing presses, automobile parts, twine & band instruments) and equipment are intact; large open hatches may be found on deck. Large tanks used in a salvage effort may be found along side the wreck. We will be diving with Capt. Andrew Grove of AJ Dive Charters The cost is $110 per diver (five divers minimum), but if we fill the boat with six divers you'll get a $20 refund. Once paid, there will be no refunds made. If you can't make the charter, it will be up to each diver to find another qualified diver to take their spot, though the organizer can provide suggestions. To sign up, put yourself on the waitlist. For the first week, sustaining members will be cleared onto the "going" list, and then it is open to everyone. Once cleared, you will be contacted with payment information. You must read and agree to the CSM liability waiver (https://tinyurl.com/yb5nffvv), and indicate your cold water and deep diving experience, and certification. On the day of the dive, there is also a waiver provided by AJ Scuba to which you must agree. Divers are responsible for providing their own equipment, including tanks and weights. Please arrive by 7:30 am for an 8:00 am departure. You can learn more about the wrecks at the following links: https://ajdivecharters.com/milwaukee-car-ferry-shipwreck/ https://ajdivecharters.com/prins-willem-v-shipwreck/
July's Dinner with Divers will be at X in X. Our DiNemaster will be X. We have a reservation for 15 people. We confirmed that each of us can order/pay separate checks. What's Dinner with Divers? No Agenda. No Presentation. Just Breathing with Buddies. We love our Monthly Chicago SCUBA Meetups listening to cool topics... but did you ever wish you could just spend some quality time with other SCUBA Divers living in Chicago? Maybe find out where they've been diving lately and where you might consider going next? See if you can find a compatible dive buddy? Connect with someone who may be organizing a trip soon?