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Chicago Scuba Meetup will join the Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers to sponsor our International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 18th 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 will depend on conditions (the picture above is a non-dive) and whether the George F. Morley shipwreck has been buoyed. It is off shore. It is a bit of a swim but worth it in good conditions. 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. You will be given a sheet to keep track of what you find.
This event is part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup program and is sponsored locally by the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
We will provide lunch
This is a great late season event that is fun, and also contributes to a better environment. Hope to see you there!
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
Topic: CSM September meeting
Time: Sep 27,[masked]:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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* * * 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:
VIRTUAL TICKETS (6:30pm CT)
ONSITE TICKETS (5:30pm CT)
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.
THE SCUBA SHOW-SEASON VIII
WELL EVERYONE…IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!!!!!!!! I KNOW YOU HAVE ALL BEEN ANXIOUSLY WAITING TO FIND OUT WHERE NEXT YEAR’S VENUE IS GOING TO TAKE US………………WAIT FOR IT…………….
THIS ONE IS A LITTLE CLOSER TO HOME!!! AN ISLAND COUNTRY IN THE WEST INDIES IN THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA ON THE BORDER WITH THE ATLANTIC OCEAN!! IT IS THE ONLY SOVEREIGN NATION IN THE WORLD NAMED AFTER A HISTORICAL WOMAN.
IT IS A VOLCANIC ISLAND WITH THE ONLY DRIVE IN VOLCANO IN THE WORLD AND WRAPPED IN TROPICAL RAINFOREST! IT HAS SOME OF THE CLEAREST WATER IN THE CARIBBEAN AND IS HOST TO OVER 150 DIFFERENT SPECIES OF UNDERWATER MARINE LIFE! THE ENTIRE REGION IS VESTED INTO AN AWARD WINNING MARINE RESERVE (SMMA). IT IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE TOP DIVING DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD. PART OF THE LESSER ANTILLES, IT IS LOCATED NORTH/NORTHEAST OF THE ISLAND OF ST. VINCENT, NORTHWEST OF BARBADOS AND SOUTH OF MARTINIQUE. IT HAS A LAND AREA OF 238 SQUARE MILES. ITS CAPITAL IS THE CASTRIES AND IT IS BORDERED ON THE SOUTHWEST BY THE INCREDIBLE PITON MOUNTAINS.
HAVE YOU GUESSED IT???? IT’S……..
The EIGHTH Adventure in the continuing saga of Scuba Diving the CSM way!!! Not sure we are going to be able to top The Maldives and our Season VII liveaboard Coronacation adventure, but I think this trip is going to be AMAZING! Wonderful people and another outstanding venue! This is one not to be missed!!
Our gorgeous host resort will be the spectacular-
It is an amazing venue whose reputation for phenomenal scuba diving and world class food and service precedes it!!!
The estate encompasses 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches. Not only do you get a World Heritage Site anchored by the twin peaks on land, the resort’s two crystal-clear bays are part of a designated marine reserve protecting miles of colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.
This is a one of a kind resort and was inspired long before being “green” became fashionable!
The rooms tiptoe up a flower decked hillside. To make the most of the panoramic views and the refreshing trade winds octagonal whitewashed cottages come with wraparound flower draped balconies and louvered windows.
THIS PACKAGE WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
• 7 Nights Superior room
• 12 Boat Dives
• 2 Night Dives
• Extra Scheduled Shore Diving
• Roundtrip Airport Ground Transfers
• Resort Fees, Taxes and gratuities (Dive staff gratuity is NOT included)
• Full Meal Plan: 3 meals a day and afternoon tea/snacks. Includes meal gratuities
• All non alcoholic drinks are included
• Marine Park Fees and Eco Tax
• Welcome cocktail
• Manager’s Cocktail Party
• Use of beach chairs and towels
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• $20 Chicago Scuba Meetup annual sustaining membership fee
• Friday afternoon Group Excursion
• Mini sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, use of tennis court and equipment
• Mid Week Specialty Meal
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING REALLY AMAZING!!!! THE COSTS!!!
***The costs of this trip are the best package rates available since 2018!! Due to Covid we have received an unbelievable opportunity for our group at this location! This is over ½ off regular rates for this stellar venue. These rates may never be available again! This is why CSM is taking advantage of this incredible deal for 2022!
Superior Hillside/Ocean View Rooms
Diver Non Diver
Single Supplement $[masked] additional
3 Easy Payments:
$[masked] Non-Refundable Deposit due by April 16, 2021
Second $1000 Non-Refundable Deposit will be due by July 16, 2021!
Balance of Trip due by Oct 16, 2021
Roommates will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.
All packages based on double occupancy.
Please phone, text or email me for additional information/brochure
Hope you all can join us!! Look forward to diving with you all soon!
Julie Scheibe[masked] or [masked]