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Dive to the SS Wisconsin with Bill Losch of Go Deep Charters. The Wisconsin is a 200 foot long ship that sank with the loss of lives in a storm on Oct. 29, 1929 (coincidentally the day of the stock market crash at the start of the Great Depression). The bow is at about 100 feet deep, and the hole in the side (where you can peek in and see a car) is at about 120 feet. The deck has collapsed a bit in the last 2 years... Since we're going to do two dives on the same deep wreck, you should have AOW and nitrox certification, and previous Lake Michigan dive experience. Here are photos from some previous dives: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2wnqmE, https://flic.kr/s/aHskZri8f7, https://flic.kr/s/aHskFE3U5S, and https://flic.kr/s/aHskhrcPc9. • Charters are only available to Chicago Scuba Meetup (CSM) members. You cannot respond for a guest, but if you and your CSM member friend register separately, let the organizer know by email ([masked]). • To sign up, put yourself on the waitlist. For the first week, sustaining members will be cleared onto the "going" list, and then it is open to everyone. • 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 Go Deep to which you must agree. • The price is $85 per person. Your non-refundable payment in full must be received by the organizer within 10 days of confirmation, along with your email address and cell phone number. The organizer will contact you to confirm your RSVP and arrange payment. If you do not pay by the deadline, your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list. • Once you have paid, if you cannot attend, it is up to you to find a replacement. The organizer for the trip can help you with managing the wait list and contacting those on it to see if they can take your spot, or you can find a qualified replacement by some other means. You'll have to collect the fee from your replacement. Just let the organizer know who will be taking your slot, and make sure the other person is qualified and signs the CSM waiver. • The trip can accommodate up to 6 divers, as they are cleared from the wait list. • Divers are responsible for providing their own equipment, including tanks and weights. Arrival time is 7:30 am, for an 8 am departure.
Dive the Northerner and Mahoning wrecks out of Port Washington, WI, with Shipwreck Explorers (Capt. Jitka Hanakova and her trusty dog, Deco) on the Molly V, on Saturday, June 1. ****This is not a CSM-sponsored event.**** Two divers cancelled due to work obligations, so two seats are open on this private charter. $120/diver. The Northerner (schooner that went down in 1868) is at[masked]ft so AOW is recommended by the captain. The Mahoning is at 60ft. If you are interested, please contact Michele Hagerman at [masked]. Payment is due in full to reserve your seat. https://www.shipwreckexplorers.com/dive-schedule/port-washington-2019-06-01/
For the month of June, we will be meeting in Evanston, IL at That Little Mexican Cafe (https://www.littlemexcafe.com/). We have a reservation for 15 people. We confirmed that each of us can order/pay separate checks. Is this a BYOB restaurant? No Parking info (if needed) Metered street parking is available. You may also take the UP-N Metra to the Davis Street stop in Evanston, or the Purple L train also to Davis Street stop. The nearest parking garage is at 1800 Maple Avenue. What's Dinner with Divers? No Agenda. No Presentation. Just Breathing with Buddies. We love our Monthly Chicago SCUBA Meetups listening to cool topics... but did you ever wish you could just spend some quality time with other SCUBA Divers living in Chicago? Maybe find out where they've been diving lately and where you might consider going next? See if you can find a compatible dive buddy? Connect with someone who may be organizing a trip soon?
Dive the Thomas Hume shipwreck with Double Action Charters on their new boat, the Seaquest II. This is a book-it-yourself trip, in that Chicago Scuba Meetup has not booked the whole boat or even any certain number of seats on the boat (there may be - gasp - non-CSM members on board!). Instead, you should visit https://www.doubleactiondivecharters.com to book your own seat. But by indicating your attendance here, you'll at least get to know what other Chicago Scuba Meetup members are going! The Thomas Hume is a three-masted schooner that went down in a gale in 1891. It is quite intact, with masts present and some rigging still there. There's a nice swim-through opportunity in the cargo hold. More info is here: http://www.greatlakesunderwater.com/ThomasHume.html http://michiganshipwrecks.org/shipwrecks-2/shipwreck-categories/shipwrecks-found/thomas-hume With a maximum depth of 150 feet, this is recommended for tec divers only. Since you are booking your seat directly with Double Action Charters, it is they (not Chicago Scuba Meetup) who will be asking about your qualifications to do this dive. They also provide info on how their charters operate, what to bring, how to reach their dock at Hammond Harbor, and so on: https://www.doubleactiondivecharters.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Sea-Quest-II-Checklist-Hammond2019.pdf