- Underwater Pumpkin Carving-Haigh QuarryHaigh Quarry, Kankakee, IL
All of you are invited to take part in an annual fall classic at Haigh Quarry: The 2023 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Dive in sponsorship with the Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers. Come out and enjoy a day of diving, one of which will be with a pumpkin for you to carve while underwater. Show off your great diving skills and artistic talents during this fun event. The day will include: - Diving - Enjoying good food - Carving pumpkins while underwater. Also, join us as we hope to see if the winners from the past years' competition will repeat their award winning efforts! People should finish carving their pumpkins and have them on the presentation table by 1:00.
Pumpkins are provided. Make sure to bring extra weights. We usually clean our pumpkin above water. There will be prizes for pumpkin carving skills in several categories. The Council will provide grilled item and condiments, but please feel free to bring a dish to share if you want.
This is a free event, but as always, there is a $25 entrance fee for the Quarry.
Always a fun event. The fish are very friendly!
- October Meetup-Dr. Steven Kessel and SHARKS!Atlantic Bar & Grill, Chicago, IL
We are meeting a little later in the month to bring in our featured speaker. We are pleased to have Dr. Steven Kessel of the Shedd Aquarium as our presenter this month!
Join Dr. Steven Kessel, Shedd Aquarium’s Director of Marine Research, for a talk about his career in shark research and conservation. Steve will discuss his career journey, research highlights from his 19 years working with sharks, and his current research program at the Shedd Aquarium. He will also share how he got into SCUBA diving, learning to dive in the frigid waters of the UK, and the critical role it plays in his research. Have your shark questions at the ready to be fielded after the talk, and to get this out the way now, no, megalodons do not still exist!
Steven Kessel has worked extensively with a wide variety of marine species and has a well-established reputation as a conservation scientist. He joined Shedd Aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research in 2017 to oversee a suite of marine conservation research projects aimed at protecting important species in the Bahamas, including the endangered Nassau grouper and threatened queen conch.
Kessel also leads his own original research project to better understand Caribbean shark species in an effort to protect them. He has led and assisted with studies of lemon sharks, Red Sea sharks and manta rays and helped develop conservation management programs for several species.
Kessel has a Ph.D. in marine ecology and biology from Cardiff University, UK. Following the completion of his degree in 2009, he spent two years at Cardiff as a postdoctoral fellow, acting as the principal investigator for the Jupiter Large Coastal Shark Species Study, which investigated the biology and ecology of large coastal shark species residing off the eastern seaboard of the United States. Since then, Kessel has worked for the University of Windsor Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research as the principal investigator of the Lancaster Sound Arctic component of the Ocean Tracking Network. Taking a freshwater tack, at his last position, Kessel studied the movements and migrations of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes with Michigan State University.
7:00-Meet & Greet (Food and drink available!)
- GUANAJA HONDURAS- THE CSM 10TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE!!Needs location
Hello Everyone!!! Well...time is closing in!! We only have 3 more spots open and 1 last bure!! This is going to be an AMAZING adventure on a 4 acre, private island with pristine diving just off of the Guanaja coast! The people are wonderful and its a once in a lifetime experience to dive some of the most pristine dive sites in the world! Anyone that has wanted to go to Dunbar Rock or to this venue (they are owned by the same entity) will LOVE this trip! We have been wanting to go for such a long time and finally have the opportunity!! Its a dream come true for this, our 10th International Trip for CSM.
We are is dire need of a solo traveling male as a roommate for another male diver joining us. If somone who is considering going could join us to make the rate more reasonable for 2...that would be fintastic! We also have room for two others as a couple or a diving pair or two men/two women. (We will find a roommate if needed). Please join us on this... the Celebration of a Decade of Adventure!!
The price is right for all inclusive and the airfare is going down!! We look forward to many more divers with us on this bucket list trip in some of the easiest diving in the world!! Let me know if you can join the CSM dive family this coming February? We would LOVE ❤️ to make new family members with memories to last a lifetime!
You can reach me at 847-409-4816 or Julienne.Scheibe@Sedgwick.com
7 days and 17 dives from a Private Island in the pristine waters and reefs of Guanaja Honduras!!
All inclusive except for airfare and short ferry ride from Roatan to this outlying island! Easy transportation and many, many extras!!
A CSM experience with only 4 more spots!
Please contact me for a complete brochure. The price is amazing and the food/beverage and concierge diving services are second to none!!
****Clarks Cay the Recipient of the 2022 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award!!! ****
From $3080 for Divers but Non Divers welcome as well! 3 easy payments!
Easy, warm water diving with something for everyone! The list of all inclusive items is endless including laundry for the return home!! It's amazing!!
Dive the days away or lounge in the lazy river, the infinity pool or watch the amazing sunsets from the hot tub!
Take advantage of this once in a lifetime adventure! We will be diving volcanic swim throughs, wrecks, never ending walls and sites that only Clark's divers get to
Hope to see you for this incredible journey!!
For a full brochure and all of the details.... Call me at 847-409-4816 or email me at Julienne.Scheibe@Sedgwick.com or Msputer1@ameritech.net
Come dive with the CSM dive family!! We can't wait to have you join us!!
- Diving into Darkness - 2024 editionNeeds location
This is a book-on-your-own trip! This trip is to dive the underground lake at Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri on the weekend of April 6-7, 2024, and then to stay around for the total solar eclipse at about 2 pm local time on Monday, April 8.
The dives at Bonne Terre Mine are guided, and if you haven't been there within the past year or so you have to do the beginner trails. You can do this with a basic Open Water certification, as in nearly all cases you are able to pop back up to the surface with no overhead environment. It's a neat dive, with lots of artifacts from when it was an active mine, but it's also a bit dark. The guides carry bright lights (one leads the group, and another follows behind). You have to walk down steps to reach the dive platform, and walk back up to the surface after every dive (plus carry your gear back up at the end of the weekend of diving). They provide tanks and fills in the mine; I'm bringing my own gear, drysuit, and weights. The water temperature is 52 F.
The center of the path of totality of the solar eclipse passes about 70 miles south of Bonne Terre on Monday at 2 pm, with about 4 minutes duration. If you haven't see a total solar eclipse before, it's pretty amazing when the corona of the sun pops out after the moon occludes our main view of the sun! No guarantees on weather (cloud cover), of course. When we did this in 2017, Waze was able to direct us on county roads to get north so we had only about 45 minutes extra on the drive back to Chicagoland.
Here's an interactive viewer of the path of the eclipse. 19:00 or 7 pm UTC is 2 pm in Missouri.
See also this web site, which includes (as Fig. 3) the average cloud cover by region based on 2000-2020 data:
This is a book-on-your-own trip. Call West End Scuba in St. Louis at 314-209-7200 to book (I think it's $85 per dive, with nitrox extra). See if you can join Chris Jacobsen's dives (I'm doing 6 dives on nitrox; my wife is coming but will skip the dives as she's done them before). I also booked lodging at the Super 8 in Bonne Terre: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/bonne-terre-missouri/super-8-bonne-terre/overview
One can also stay at the Mine, and there are additional hotels nearby.
This is the last total solar eclipse the midwestern USA will experience until 2045!