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Morning and afternoon dives on the Prins Willem V and No. 6 Dredge

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We will have both a morning group (8 am) and an afternoon group (1 pm) each doing two dives out of Milwaukee. The first dive will be on the Prins Willem V (max depth 90 feet, though you can do most of the dive at 70 feet or shallower), and the second will be on the No. 6 Dredge (max depth 75 feet). This will be on the Molly V with Captain Jitka Hanáková.

These are popular dives that can serve as good first dives in Lake Michigan for those who have recent experience in diving in cold water, such as at Haigh Quarry. Here are descriptions of the Willy:
https://www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org/Vessel/Details/512
https://www.shipwreckexplorers.com/freighter-willie/
And here are descriptions of the Dredge:
https://www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org/Vessel/Details/144
https://www.shipwreckexplorers.com/dredge-no-6/

If you want to go, add yourself to the waitlist. On May 2, the organizer (Chris Jacobsen; [masked]) will contact those on the waitlist to make sure you have the qualifications and experience for the dive, and ask about availability for morning versus afternoon charter. Then the wait list will be cleared as follows: first CSM sustaining members in order of signup, and then all others in order of signup. You'll then have to pay (probably around $140) two weeks in advance. The Molly V holds 6 divers.

As always, these dives are weather-dependent.

Morning and afternoon dives on the Northerner and the Mahoning

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We will have both a morning group (7:30 am) and an afternoon group (1 pm) to do two dives out of Port Washington, Wisconsin. The first dive will be on the Northerner (132 feet max depth), and the second dive will be the Mahoning (64 feet max depth). This will be on the Molly V with Captain Jitka Hanáková.

If you have the required experience and training for this dive, this is a great one! The Northerner is a beautiful, very intact wooden schooner, and it's small enough that one can see it all even in a short dive.

Because this wreck is near the depth limit of no-decompression diving, all divers should have prior Lake Michigan experience, and Advanced Open Water certification or higher (as well as nitrox certification). You should also be aware of rock-bottom gas planning, described at many places including here:
https://www.thinkingdiver.com/rock-bottom-gas-planning-recreational-diving/

Here are two descriptions of the Northerner with more history
https://www.shipwreckexplorers.com/schooner-northerner/
https://www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org/Vessel/Details/466

The Mahoning is more broken up, but it has rope lines running off to the boiler which is neat to see on the lake bottom:
https://www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org/Vessel/Details/405

If you want to go, add yourself to the waitlist. On May 9, the organizer (Chris Jacobsen; [masked]) will contact those on the waitlist to make sure you have the qualifications and experience for the dive, and ask about availability for morning versus afternoon charter. Then the wait list will be cleared as follows: first CSM sustaining members in order of signup, and then all others in order of signup. You'll then have to pay (probably around $140) two weeks in advance.

As always, these dives are weather-dependent.

Morning and afternoon dives on the SS Wisconsin

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We will have both a morning group (7:30 am) and an afternoon group (1 pm) to do two dives out of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Each group will do two dives (separated by a surface interval of an hour or more) on the SS Wisconsin, where the bow is at about 100 feet and the lake bottom is at about 130 feet. The dives will be done from the Molly V with Captain Jitka Hanáková.

Because this wreck is near the depth limit of no-decompression diving, all divers should have prior Lake Michigan experience, and Advanced Open Water certification or higher (as well as nitrox certification). You should also be aware of rock-bottom gas planning, described at many places including here:
https://www.thinkingdiver.com/rock-bottom-gas-planning-recreational-diving/

Here are two descriptions of the SS Wisconsin with more history
https://www.shipwreckexplorers.com/steamer-s-s-wisconsin/
https://www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org/Vessel/Details/650

If you want to go, add yourself to the waitlist. On July 25, the organizer (Chris Jacobsen; [masked]) will contact those on the waitlist to make sure you have the qualifications and experience for the dive, and ask about availability for morning versus afternoon charter. Then the wait list will be cleared as follows: first CSM sustaining members in order of signup, and then all others in order of signup. You'll then have to pay (probably around $140) two weeks in advance.

As always, these dives are weather-dependent.

Tour of the Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois

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This is not a scuba event, but rather a great chance to get a private tour of a fantastic ship from Chicago's nautical history. We will follow the tour with a visit to a nearby restaurant.

The Viking, located in Geneva, Illinois, was built in 1893 as an exact but seaworthy copy of a 9th century Viking ship Gokstad found in a burial mound in Norway. After sailing from Norway to the Great Lakes via the Erie Canal, it was featured at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. After a brief interlude in New Orleans, the ship returned to Chicago but fell into disrepair and neglect for many years before preservation efforts began. The Friends of the Viking Ship now continues these efforts and hosts tours of the ship, where you learn of its construction methods, the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, and its restoration.

The Friends of the Viking Ship runs monthly tours of the ship during the summer. We have arranged for Chicago Scuba Meetup to get a private tour at noon on August 20, before general public tours start at 1 pm. This will give us a chance to ask our own questions as divers.

Please RSVP no later than August 8. The tour costs $7 per person. We will follow the event by meeting for a 1:30 pm lunch at one of the great restaurants along the Fox River (probably Alter Brewing in St. Charles, but this will be finalized closer to the event).

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