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This trip is a great one for getting introduced to diving in Lake Michigan! We'll be doing our first dive on the Buccaneer, a purpose-sunk wreck in about 70 feet of water (https://tinyurl.com/y9ekbq5r). The second dive will be on the Material Services Barge, which sank in about 35 feet of water in a storm in 1936 (https://tinyurl.com/ydbknmvo). We will meet at 6:30 am to load our gear on the boat prior to a 7 am departure. We expect to be back at 12:00 or 12:30 pm. The cost for this two dive charter is $140, though if we get enough people we get a discount - in which case we'll all share equally, and you'll get some money back. You have to bring all of your own equipment, including tanks and weights (you can always rent a full kit from a local shop). You should have done a dive in cold water (such as at the 40 foot deep side of Haigh Quarry) to make sure you know what weights you need with a thick wetsuit, and to know that you are comfortable in the cold and with non-Caribbean visibility. Bottom temperatures might be in the 45-55 F range. Regarding COVID-19, risks are much higher indoors than outdoors but we will be wearing face masks as much as possible. YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO BOARD THE BOAT WITHOUT A MASK ON. You should wear your mask until the last few minutes of getting prepared for the dive, and put it on as soon as you can after you get back on the boat after the dive. Make it fun - show your personality via a mask with some sort of cool design! Double Action provides info on how their charters operate, what to bring, how to reach their dock at Hammond Harbor, and so on: https://www.doubleactiondivecharters.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Sea-Quest-II-Checklist-Hammond2019.pdf Our sign-up procedure is as follows: 1. Add yourself to the waitlist, and indicate your agreement with the CSM waiver. Our policy is to clear CSM Sustaining Members in the first week after announcing the charter, and then to clear regular members. (If you're interested in being a sustaining member, contact Chris Jacobsen). 2. As of July 24, we'll have a preliminary headcount that will let us know if we will book the whole boat just for CSM, or whether Double Action will also book additional divers on the trip. 3. We'll then want payment by July 31. Payments are non-refundable, but if you can't go on the trip we can always help you see if the next qualified person on the wait list can buy your spot from you. 4. If the charter is canceled (such as due to weather), you'll get a full refund of your payment. Hope you can join us! This is your chance to try out diving in Lake Michigan!
THIS IS CONFIRMED! The Northerner is such a beautiful wreck (for those who have Great Lakes experience, and Advanced Open Water certification). We are having one group of 6 dive in the morning (7:30 am meet time for 8 am departure), and a second group of 6 dive in the afternoon. --------- 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, the morning group would probably meet at 7:30 am for an 8 am departure, and the afternoon group at about noon for a 12:30 pm departure. The cost will likely be about $130. Each charter (morning and afternoon, if there's sufficient interest) 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, after which regular members will be cleared. Payment in full will be due by August 1. No refunds are then possible, but if one must cancel after August 1 we will try to arrange for the next person on the wait list to pay the person who had to cancel.
September'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?
Chicago Scuba Meetup will join the Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers to sponsor our International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 19th at Dempster/Greenwood Beach in Evanston, (1401 Sheridan Rd.) in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ event. We will start at 9:00. Although the beach will be officially closed, restrooms will be open. We will do shore cleanup. The chance that we will be able to do an underwater cleanup doesn't look too good this year. Water levels have been so high that nearly all the sand area is gone. Also, it doesn't look like the George F. Morley shipwreck has been buoyed. But we will keep an eye on it. Access to the sand is available at Dempster. If you dive off shore, you will need to bring a "C" card and a dive flag. Although this is a cleanup, what we really do is collect data on the changing conditions along this coastline in terms of trash pollution of all types. Data is collected on the type and quantity of trash collected and compared to data that is collected from previous years. This is important work. This event is part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup program and is sponsored locally by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. DUE TO COVID19, WE WILL BE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING. WE WILL ASK ALL PARTICIPANTS TO WEAR A MASK. HAND SANITIZER WILL BE AVAILABLE. WE SHOULD HAVE GLOVES AVAILABLE, BUT WE ALSO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BRING THEIR OWN. This is a great late season event that is fun, and also contributes to a better environment. Hope to see you there!