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Notice: Due to the current situation with fuel prices, the cost of this charter may increase. The actual cost will be determined closer to the date of the charter.
The first dive will be on the Northerner (135 feet max depth), and the second dive will be on the Niagara (55 feet max depth). We will be diving with Captain Jitka Hanáková on the Molly V.
The schooner Northerner lies upright and reasonably intact. The windlass, anchor chain, center board winch along with the bow sprit and figure head are still in place.
The Niagra was a mid-nineteenth century side-wheeled steamboat. The vessel's paddlewheels are extant but largely broken up: hub and inner spokes remain attached, the portside wheel is better preserved and still has portions of the buckets (or floats) articulated.
Because the Northerner 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 a link for more information on the Northerner
Here a link for more information on the Niagara
As always, these dives are weather-dependent.
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:
Here are two descriptions of the SS Wisconsin with more history
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.
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).
Hi Everyone!! It's that time again!! An amazing deal and exciting adventure to Bonaire!!! 1 week in the shore diving capital of the world!!
7 nights featuring a plethora of trip inclusions for this salt laden area! Something for everyone including non divers!!
Jr. Suite Lagoon accommodations
12 boat tank dives- 2 each morning
6 days of unlimited air fills
(Also a fantastic house reef!)
1 night dive
Marine park fee ($45)
Nitrox for certified divers
Tanks, weights and weight belts
All inclusive breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks!
All drinks non alcohol and premium grade upgrade for alcohol!
Annual T shirt
CSM sustaining annual membership ($20)
Mid week- off site resort meal
Safety Deposit Box
Airport transfers- Round trip
All resort taxes and fees (Dive staff and tips NOT included)
5 star PADI dive center on premises
Pick up trucks and full coverage insurance
And so much more!!!
Airfare is NOT INCLUDED but running $[masked] at this time.
DAN is NOT included but mandatory. (Or equivalent)
Valid passport needed with 6 months still remaining.
COVID tests NOT INCLUDED though at this time...no Covid test needed to enter the country.
Roommates will be first come first serve.
Diver package $2485
Non Diver package $2185
Single Supplement $1023
Payments broken down into 3 making this such an easy trip to attend!
$1000 non refundable deposit to book your room! Payments due in June, August and Oct.
Not enuf room to share all of the details for you! If interested, I will be happy to send a brochure! Contact me at[masked] with any questions. Or...u can email me at [masked]
PLEASE don't wait to book!! With the extremely reduced price and the interest of our members to date, this trip will fill up fast!!