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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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- Diving the GUE way with John and Marcus!Atlantic Bar & Grill, Chicago, IL
Hello folks. Our meeting again is a little later this month to accommodate our speakers.
It's been awhile since we have had a presentation on the diving techniques practiced by Global Underwater Explorers. Their "Do It Right" team oriented system has been responsible some amazing technical cave and wreck diving expeditions, and their safety record has been unsurpassed.
Marcus Doshi and John Knoepfle of Midwest Underwater Explorers promote this style of diving. Though this system has been used for years in technical diving, it has many applications for recreational diving as well. If you have an interest in improving your diving technique, this presentation is well worth your attention.
Midwest Underwater Explorers works to be a positive and welcoming group focused on advancing education, exploration, and conservation initiatives within the region - while also having a lot of fun. Embracing Global Underwater Explorers standards and training enables MWUE members to work towards advancing MWUE's mission and achieving their own personal diving goals.
Their presentation will cover:
What is GUE & Why we Chose to Join/Train with GUE
Who is MWUE and what we seek to do:
- Our Mission
- Our Programming
- Our Projects
Marcus Doshi and John Knoepfle are part of the leadership team of Midwest Underwater Explorers, a non-profit Global Underwater Explorers regional community. Marcus and John are both Cave and Technical divers who are passionately pursuing their own dive training journeys while also building the MWUE community.
7:00pm- Meet and Greet (order food and drink)
- Ghost Ships 2024!The Inn on Maritime Bay, Ascend Hotel Collection, Manitowoc, WI
This is not a CSM event, but we feel it could be of interest to many of our members
After several years of absence, the Ghost Ships Festival is returning to the Midwest.
The Ghost Ships Festival is two-day public, community event held annually in Wisconsin to promote research, education and public awareness of Great Lakes maritime history through the stories, remains and underwater archeology of Great Lakes shipwrecks.
Founded in Milwaukee in 1999, the Ghost Ships Festival brings together scuba divers, underwater archeologists, maritime historians, state and federal agencies, community tourism resources, local educators, academic archeology programs, diving charter businesses, dive equipment manufacturers and lakeshore communities to celebrate, study, promote and experience our area’s rich maritime history through the vehicle of ships that were lost on the Great Lakes.
The Ghost Ships Festival is hosted by the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization that trains interested members of the public to assist professional underwater archeologists in researching, surveying and documenting historic shipwreck sites.
The Ghost Ships Festival is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Maritime Archeology program and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
The Ghost Ships Festival includes presentations and workshops by avocational shipwreck hunters, professional and avocational underwater archeologists, documentary producers and maritime historians as well as performances and displays by regional musicians and artists.
Register for this event at https://ghostshipsfestival.com
Admission is $20
- Diving into Darkness - 2024 editionNeeds location
This is a book-on-your-own trip! This trip is to dive the underground lake at Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri on the weekend of April 6-7, 2024, and then to stay around for the total solar eclipse at about 2 pm local time on Monday, April 8.
The dives at Bonne Terre Mine are guided, and if you haven't been there within the past year or so you have to do the beginner trails. You can do this with a basic Open Water certification, as in nearly all cases you are able to pop back up to the surface with no overhead environment. It's a neat dive, with lots of artifacts from when it was an active mine, but it's also a bit dark. The guides carry bright lights (one leads the group, and another follows behind). You have to walk down steps to reach the dive platform, and walk back up to the surface after every dive (plus carry your gear back up at the end of the weekend of diving). They provide tanks and fills in the mine; I'm bringing my own gear, drysuit, and weights. The water temperature is 52 F.
The center of the path of totality of the solar eclipse passes about 70 miles south of Bonne Terre on Monday at 2 pm, with about 4 minutes duration. If you haven't see a total solar eclipse before, it's pretty amazing when the corona of the sun pops out after the moon occludes our main view of the sun! No guarantees on weather (cloud cover), of course. When we did this in 2017, Waze was able to direct us on county roads to get north so we had only about 45 minutes extra on the drive back to Chicagoland.
Here's an interactive viewer of the path of the eclipse. 19:00 or 7 pm UTC is 2 pm in Missouri.
See also this web site, which includes (as Fig. 3) the average cloud cover by region based on 2000-2020 data:
This is a book-on-your-own trip. Call West End Scuba in St. Louis at 314-209-7200 to book (I think it's $85 per dive, with nitrox extra). See if you can join Chris Jacobsen's dives (I'm doing 6 dives on nitrox; my wife is coming but will skip the dives as she's done them before). I also booked lodging at the Super 8 in Bonne Terre: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/bonne-terre-missouri/super-8-bonne-terre/overview
One can also stay at the Mine, and there are additional hotels nearby.
This is the last total solar eclipse the midwestern USA will experience until 2045!