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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.

Upcoming events (4)

March Meetup-Nicole Alarid and Great Lakes Shipwrecks!

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Our March meeting will help prelude the local dive season by featuring Nicole Alarid, Captain with Double Action Dive Charters.

You might think all the shipwrecks in the Chicago area have been found, but you would be wrong! Last summer, Nicole Alarid found one! The wreck includes riggings, deadeyes, turnbuckles, anchor, windlass, and even the wheel! It was one of the most important area finds of the last few years. Nicole will talk about the story of the discovery, the methods and equipment that was used, as well as future projects. She will also talk about the other shipwrecks in the area which have made the Great Lakes a Mecca for scuba divers from around the world. Great Lakes diving season will be with us soon!

Nicole Alarid is the Captain of SeaQuest II with Double Action Dive Charters, who takes divers out to explore Lake Michigan shipwrecks near Chicago and Northwest Indiana. She is a technical diver, a dive pro, and most recently added Cave diver to her curriculum vitae!

In addition to being a Master 100-ton Captain, Nicole is also an FAA-certified Drone Pilot who does both commercial aerial drone and underwater ROV operations for infrastructure inspection. She is very interested in using technology to discover and find new things!

Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Online - day 1

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* This is not a CSM event *
* You are responsible for your own tickets *
* Due to COVID-19, the event will happen online *

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a two-day event presented annually by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the city of Evanston. Different movies are shown on the two separate days of the festival. This is the festival's 10th year in Evanston!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League), and was started in part to help environmental organizations like the EEA grow their membership.

The festival offers a line-up of the best in environmental and adventure short films covering a variety of topics relevant to those concerned about the future of our planet.

Individual tickets are $10
Family/group tickets are $18
EcoChampion (family/group + donation to EEA) are $25

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Tickets: https://qudio.com/event/EEA-March-19/

Film descriptions: https://evanstonenvironment.org/page-1820061

Main website: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/

EEA website: https://evanstonenvironment.org/filmfest

Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Online - day 2

Online event

* This is not a CSM event *
* You are responsible for your own tickets *
* Due to COVID-19, the event will happen online *

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a two-day event presented annually by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the city of Evanston. Different movies are shown on the two separate days of the festival. This is the festival's 10th year in Evanston!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League), and was started in part to help environmental organizations like the EEA grow their membership.

The festival offers a line-up of the best in environmental and adventure short films covering a variety of topics relevant to those concerned about the future of our planet.

Individual tickets are $10
Family/group tickets are $18
EcoChampion (family/group + donation to EEA) are $25

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Tickets: https://qudio.com/event/EEA-March-19/

Film descriptions: https://evanstonenvironment.org/page-1820061

Main website: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/

EEA website: https://evanstonenvironment.org/filmfest

CSM trip to Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Lembeh Island

Join CSM in 2022 for a trip to Indonesia
* 11 days, 10 nights, 26 dives of the finest muck diving in the world
* Staying at the highly regarded NAD Lembeh Resort. Diver to guide ratio of 2:1
* Lodging, diving with Nitrox, meals and transfers included for $2,120* per person sharing with a roommate, $330 single supplement (for $2,450 total)
* $400 deposit secures your spot
* March 7-17, 2022 at the resort

The resort has 10 beachfront rooms and 5 more upscale bungalows. Every room has A/C. The restaurant is buffet style and there is a full bar to relax in as well. There is a camera room with a spot for everyone including plenty of charging ports.

The diving in Lembeh Strait is world-famous for its critters: rare nudibranchs, hairy frogfish, rhinopias, blue ring octopuses, hairy shrimp, squat lobsters, orangutan crabs, etc. You’ll think you’ve entered a whole new macro universe! The diving here is muck diving, so excellent buoyancy and situational awareness are important.

There is generally little current, maximum depths are about 80 ft, and water temperatures are expected to be in the low 80s. The resort gives a guide/critter finder to every two divers, nearly unheard of in diving! Since
you only have one other person diving with you and your dive guide, your dives can last as long as you still have air and bottom time on your computer... some dives can last an hour and a half!

Your cost includes your room, lodging, 3 dives per day including nitrox, airport transfers, and your 2022 CSM Sustaining Membership (required of all participants). It doesn’t include airfare, visas, tips, or optional extras you may choose to add. If our group is large enough, we will get an additional discount from the resort. Your costs may end up being LOWER than what’s quoted.

For full details see https://drive.google.com/file/d/14uqSSVdVSCMTqWXg2W5QqKflRZeEQGef/view?usp=sharing

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