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ANNUAL TRIP UPDATE!!!!!!! Only 4 rooms left everyone!! This trip is booking quickly! So if you are riding the fence...think no longer!! The CSM family wants YOU to join us in one of the most pristine dive locations on the planet!!! We have a fantastic group of people and whether you are a newbie or a techie, we have something for everyone! This is a well know dive destination that you will NOT want to miss!! Let us forward you a brochure and check out the details! The all inclusive costs for divers is under $2400 (flights not included) and that is 17 dives for the week in paradise!!! You can't beat it! Lots of extras and an adventure you will not soon forget!! VIP diving at it's finest- set your gear once and forget it!! You never have to worry about it again!!!!!!!!!! Looking forward to our 5th fantastic year in the sea!!! Julie xoxoxo THIS PACKAGE WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: • 7 nights accommodations • Roundtrip Airport Ground Transfers • Resort Fees, Taxes and gratuities (Dive staff gratuity is NOT included) • Full Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily (Dinner arrival day through breakfast departure day) • Limited beverages (3 drinks/night) • 6 days of diving- 3 single tank boat dives- 17 total • T-shirt • 1 night dive • Complimentary use of dive computer • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Welcome Rum Punch • Manager’s cocktail reception (Monday evening) • Still trying to include a midweek dinner transport • Includes a Special Friday afternoon group outing-event THE SCUBA SHOW- SEASON V WELL EVERYONE…IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!!!!!!!! I KNOW YOU HAVE ALL BEEN ANXIOUSLY WAITING TO FIND OUT WHERE THIS YEAR’S VENUE IS GOING TO TAKE US………………WAIT FOR IT……………. CLOSER TO HOME AND VIP DIVING AT IT’S FINEST!!! SOME OF THE FINEST DIVING IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF JAQUES COUSTEAU’S FAVORITES!! HAVE YOU GUESSED IT???? IT’S…….. LITTLE CAYMAN!!! The FIFTH Adventure in the continuing saga of Scuba Diving the CSM way!!! Not sure we are going to be able to top this one!! I think this trip is going to be AMAZING! Wonderful people and another outstanding venue! This is one not to be missed!! Lots of incredible diving and the world famous Bloody Bay Wall! This year the lucky resort hosting this wonderful group will be: LITTLE CAYMAN BEACH RESORT!! Little Cayman Beach Resort is situated on a private beach on the south shore of Little Cayman, bordered by the South Hole Sound, a turquoise lagoon protected by the reef. The island is very small with a length of 10 miles and a width of just 1 mile. Again, we have found a resort that has a little something for everyone! The Cayman Islands are located 150 miles south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, 170 miles northeast of Jamaica and 480 miles south of Miami. All three islands are low lying and are composed of limestone and consolidated coral, and are an outcropping of the Cayman Ridge, a submerged mountain range that extends west from the Sierra Maestra in Cuba. The Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean at a depth of over four miles, separates the three small islands from Jamaica. The ‘Sister Islands’ are comprised of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac and are located about 90 miles northeast of Grand Cayman. Air transportation to Little Cayman is provided by Cayman Airways from both Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. There is a pool, a hot tub, a nature spa or just relax and restore from the white sand beach, a hammock or a beach chair! The staff here are second to none and want to make sure our group experience is FABULOUS!! • VIP diving at it’s finest. Set up your gear once and you never have to touch it again. Costs are reasonable and the package is all inclusive except for airfare and incidentals. As there is not enough room for the brochure on Meet up... please contact me for a copy. I will be happy to forward on all of the details! [masked][masked]
Due to venue availability, this month's meetup will start a little later in the month than usual. Our special guest this month is CSM member Chris Jacobsen. In 2018, he and several other CSM members took a trip to dive the WWII Japanese wrecks of Truk Lagoon. They took some great photos and videos to share with us. This will be a great way to start the New Year! Getting wrecked in Truk! Truk Lagoon in Micronesia has a fringing coral reef to protect it, with several large islands inside. During WWII, Japan used it as a forward naval base for ship repair and provisioning, with heavily fortified land installations and airports. In February 1944, the US Navy achieved tactical surprise in Operation Hailstone and sunk about 50 Japanese vessels including those carrying tanks, periscopes and torpedos, and other munitions and supplies. Today Truk (or Chuuk, as locals call it) is the premier destination worldwide for diving on shipwrecks with great historical significance, an abundance of artifacts, and vibrant tropical Pacific sea life. In November 2018, a group including Team Midwestern USA, Team Croatia, and Team Rebreather (strangers beforehand, friends afterwards) spent a fantastic week on the Truk Odyssey liveaboard (after a week in Palau). Our dives included “whoa, am I really doing this?” technical penetration dives through dark, narrow, twisty passageways into ship engine rooms. This presentation by CSM member Chris Jacobsen is likely to include contributions from several other CSM members including Jeff Karr, Bill King, Odile Barbazan, and Holly Jacobsen.
As has been usual over the last few years, our February meetup happens the Monday after the Our World Underwater dive show. This gives us a chance to bring in some of the best presenters at that event to speak to our group! This year we were able to bring in the photojournalist and videography team of Michel Lebrecque and Julie Ouimet. Their talk will feature places rarely visited by divers. We will be meeting this month at the Haymarket Pub and Brewery. DIVING OFF THE BEATEN PATH There still remain many areas of our blue planet that are not regularly visited by divers. Over the course of the last 3 years, we have explored some of these such places, hoping to become part of the few, and maybe the first, to discover what lies beneath places such as Clipperton, Oman and the Comoros. While our focus will be on sharing images and thoughts about Clipperton, we also want to offer a sneak peek of images captured in the Arabian Sea and Mozambique channel. About MICHEL LABRECQUE AND JULIE OUIMET Fellows of the Explorers Club (FI’16), Awardees of the Explorers Club 2018 Citation of Merit and Associate Members of the Boston Sea Rovers, Michel and Julie and are co-owners of N2Pix. They are expedition leaders and guest speakers in Canada and the US. Their underwater images and films have been presented in film festivals throughout the US, Canada and Europe and published in several international dive magazines and authors of a coffee table book. They are the co-founders of an international underwater film festival. Michel is a photojournalist, PADI Ambassador, PADI Master Instructor, DAN Examiner, PSI Instructor and Technical Diving Instructor. Julie is an expedition videographer, filmmaker, Instructor and a Trimix diver. She is a member of the Ocean Artists Society and a class of 2019 inductee of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. You can see an example of their work at https://vimeo.com/207464605 7:00- Meet and Greet- We will have a room with its own bar. You can order food there as well. 7:30- Meeting 8:00- Presentation.
This is not a CSM event, but an event CSM people may be interested in. Dr. Widder achieved international prominence with the first ever footage of a giant squid in its natural habitat. This will just be a small part of her scientific lecture at Fermilab. Tickets and more info are available here: http://events.fnal.gov/arts-lecture-series/events/event/deep-sea-bioluminescence-recent-explorations-and-discoveries-lecture-by-dr-edith-widder/ The deep-sea is the largest ecosystem on our planet and the least explored. It is a world without sunlight, but not without light. Dr. Widder will describe recent insights into the part living light plays in the deep sea and some of its applications and impacts in hunting cancer, pollution, giant squid and neutrinos. Dr. Edie Widder is a MacArthur fellow and a deep-sea explorer. Her research involving submersibles has been featured in BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic television productions. She is best known for capturing what has been called the holy grail of natural history cinematography, the first video of the giant squid filmed in the deep sea. She is a gifted speaker who has done 3 TED talks with more than 5 million views. She is also a committed ocean conservationist and the founder and CEO of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA).