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We are a dive club with an emphasis on diving! We take local and warm water trips, and participate in lots of social, educational, and conservation activities.

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September Meetup- Tim Sullivan-20 years with dolphins!

Chief O'Neill's Pub Restaurant Beer Garden

This month our speaker will be Tim Sullivan, Curator of Behavioral Husbandry for the Brookfield Zoo.

We will be having another in-person meeting with month, with a Zoom option. Please find the link below.

AGAIN, WE ARE ASKING THAT YOU BRING CASH RATHER THAN USING CREDIT CARDS FOR YOUR FOOD AND DRINK. It just helps the the short staffing. You might also want to consider ordering food at the bar downstairs, or even eating before the meeting. But whatever works for you, please come!

SCUBA diving is a skill that can facilitate a wide variety of underwater activities that range from recreational to commercial endeavors. Tim's presentation will explore and describe his 20 year career with dolphins both in and out of their watery home. Working and playing underwater with large marine mammals both challenge and hone your SCUBA and freediving skills. Tim will share many of the colorful stories of his underwater interactions over the years and will be happy to entertain questions during the presentation.

Tim has worked for the Chicago Zoological Society at Brookfield Zoo for the last 41 years. He spent the first half of his career as a keeper/trainer in the marine mammal department and later as a supervisor in the pachyderm department. It was here that he helped develop an elephant protected-contact behavior management program and began teaching training to zoo staff. This experience led to his current role as the Zoo's Curator of Behavioral Husbandry.

Tim's primary responsibilities are to manage the Zoo’s animal training and environmental enrichment programs developing the knowledge and skill of over 100 animal keepers. Tim also consults on behavioral husbandry at other zoological institutions and conducts international training workshops. Tim is currently on the instructor teams of the Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA) annual Animal Training Applications and Environmental Enrichment in Zoos and Aquariums courses.

He is active in international training organizations and has been an officer on the board of directors of both the International Marine Animal Trainers Association and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance; an organization he co-founded.

7:00- Meet and Greet
7:30- Meeting
8:00- Presentation

Zoom Link:
Topic: CSM September meeting
Time: Sep 27,[masked]:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81377999736?pwd=YXl3S25LekU4QXYrV0YwNDB4N3k5dz09

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Shedd Aquarium - Immersion - Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Shedd Aquarium

* * * THIS IS NOT A FORMAL CSM EVENT BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS * * *

Immersion is our new annual event that connects you with leading voices in the climate movement. Join us for an evening of stimulating ideas and living world connections. Leave ready to pursue a sustainable and equitable future together as a community.

LEARN MORE HERE INCLUDING BUYING TICKETS:
https://www.sheddaquarium.org/immersion-cocktail-reception

VIRTUAL TICKETS (6:30pm CT)
https://www.sheddaquarium.org/tickets?event_id=153

ONSITE TICKETS (5:30pm CT)
https://www.sheddaquarium.org/tickets?event_id=154

The inaugural event will feature a virtual, live-streamed conversation between Shedd President and CEO Dr. Bridget C. Coughlin and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab & co-founder of the All We Can Save Project. An accomplished marine biologist and science communicator, Dr. Johnson brings an upbeat, solutions-oriented approach to the challenges of our time, and Shedd is honored for this opportunity to dive deep into conversation with her.

Event Co-chairs: Kristin Longley and Brian Kenney, Gillian Flynn and Brett Nolan.

Underwater Pumpkin Carving-Haigh Quarry

Haigh Quarry

All of you are invited to take part in an annual fall classic at Haigh Quarry: The 2021 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Dive in sponsorship with the Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers. Come out and enjoy a day of diving, one of which will be with a pumpkin for you to carve while underwater. Show off your great diving skills and artistic talents during this fun event. The day will include: - Diving - Enjoying good food - Carving pumpkins while underwater. Also, join us as we hope to see if the winners from the past years' competition will repeat their award winning efforts! People should finish carving their pumpkins and have them on the presentation table by 1:00.

Pumpkins are provided. Make sure to bring extra weights. We usually clean our pumpkin above water. There will be prizes for pumpkin carving skills in several categories. The Council will provide grilled item and condiments, but please feel free to bring a dish to share if you want.

This is a free event, but as always, there is a $25 entrance fee for the Quarry.

Always a fun event. The fish are very friendly!

Dive the Dredge #6 and Gillen Tug Boat

Jerry's Dock

The Dredge #6 or Dredge #906 is another popular and one of the most unique shipwrecks in the Milwaukee area. This dredge barge is laying upside down on her structure and you can easily swim under the barge. The maximum depth is 70ft and the keel weight and the bottom of the barge is at 35 feet. The barge is 120 feet long and sank in 1956.

The Edward E Gillen Tug Boat is a great shipwreck for beginners. She is laying fully intact and upright at a depth of 65 feet. The Gillen Tug Boat is 57 feet long and she sank in 1981.

We will be diving with Capt. Andrew Grove of AJ Dive Charters

The cost is $130 per diver (four 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, 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.

Once cleared, you will be contacted with payment information.

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/dredge-6-shipwreck/

https://ajdivecharters.com/gillen-tug-boat-shipwreck/

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