- Dinner with Divers - Evanston
For the month of June, we will be meeting in Evanston, IL at That Little Mexican Cafe (https://www.littlemexcafe.com/). Our DiNemaster will be Abhishek. 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?
- January Meetup-Lynn Funkhouser and the Philippines!
Happy 2020 All! We are meeting a little later this month so as not to collide with our Scuba Show in Cozumel. We will be starting the year out right with one of our favorite presenters, Lynn Funkhouser. She is a wonderful underwater photographer who has been an advocate for the Philippines for many years. Lynn Funkhouser is an internationally published photographer, author, lecturer, environmentalist, adventuress, and leader in dive travel. She has been diving/photographing in the Philippines since 1975, diving over 264 islands. Lynn was inducted into the inaugural Women Divers Hall of Fame, 2000, & Diver of the Year for Arts, BTS 2014. THE PHILIPPNIES - The Most Fun and DIVErse Underwater and Above. The Philippines has been scientifically proven to be the most bioDIVEerse in the world, underwater and above. She will be showing 8 fun & fabulous diving areas of the Philippine - Anilao, Puerto Galera, Tubbataha, Dumaguete, Apo Island, Oslob, Malapascua, and Ticao. Filipinos are known for their smiles and hospitality. Adding that to the spectacular diving and amazing critters makes this Lynn's favorite dive destination. 7:00- Meet and greet-order food an drink! 7:30- Meeting 8:00- Presentation Hope to see you all there!
- Season 6- The Scuba Show - COZUMEL MEXICO Jan 18- Jan 25, 2020
THE SCUBA SHOW- SEASON VI 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 DIVING AT IT’S FINEST!!! THIS LOCALE IS ON 2ND LARGEST REEF SYSTEM ON THE PLANET , SOME OF THE CLEAREST WATER AND FINEST DIVING IN THE WORLD, AS WELL AS A DRIFT DIVING LOCATION EXTRODINAIRE!! HAVE YOU GUESSED IT???? IT’S…….. COZUMEL MEXICO!! The SIXTH Adventure in the continuing saga of Scuba Diving the CSM way!!! Not sure we are going to be able to top our last one but 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 drift diving! This year the lucky resort hosting this wonderful group will be: HOTEL COZUMEL!! Hotel Cozumel is situated on a private beach on the west shore of Cozumel Mexico, bordered to the North by the town of Cozumel and to the West by a turquoise lagoon protected by the reef. The island is moderate size with a length of 28 miles and a width of just 9 miles. All rooms are Pool View Rooms! SO GET THOSE DEPOSITS IN EARLY!!!!! (Our contract at the resort holds a maximum total of 30 persons only) ROOM AMENITIES INCLUDE: ◾1 KING SIZE BED OR TWO DOUBLE BEDS ◾A/C ◾DIRECT DIALING TELEPHONE ◾TUB/SHOWER ◾CABLE TV ◾COMPLEMENTARY WI-FI ◾ROOM SERVICE ◾SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES • Private bathroom with shower • Housekeeping service is provided daily. • Private balcony or patio with sun loungers • Seating area All rooms and buildings within Hotel Cozumel are smoke-free AND NOW FOR SOMETHING REALLY AMAZING!!!! THE COSTS!!! THIS PACKAGE WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: • 7 Nights standard pool view room • 5 Days of 2 tank morning standard trips 8:30 AM • 4 Days of 1 tank afternoon trips 3PM (same day as 2 tank morning std trip) • Welcome Tank for buoyancy/equipment check shore dive on arrival date • Roundtrip Airport Ground Transfers • • Resort Fees, Taxes and gratuities (Dive staff gratuity is NOT included) • • Full Meal Plan: 3 meals a day, (buffet style) snacks and domestic drinks. Includes meal gratuities • All drinks- alcohol included • T-shirt • 1 night dive • Marine Park Fees and Eco Tax • 1-hour welcome cocktail hour at beach club • Special Table set for farewell dinner • 1 group photo per person • Complimentary Wi-Fi • $20 Chicago Scuba Meetup annual sustaining membership fee • Still trying to include a Friday afternoon group event *****Snorkelers can also join us on the boats for an additional cost**** ****Please note there IS Nitrox available at Dive Paradise**** It is your only additional option at $10 per tank- 80 cc or $16 per 100 cc Pool View Rooms Diver Non Diver $[masked] $[masked] Single Supplement $278.00 additional $500.00 Non- Refundable Deposit due by June 1, 2018. Balance of Trip due by October 1, 2019 or reservations will be released. Roommates will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. All packages based on double occupancy. Single Supplements available . Package does NOT include: • Flights to Cancun or Cozumel (Presently running $500-$620) • Baggage Costs • Trip Insurance Fee - (Can be waived) • Dan Insurance fee- Mandatory • Passport fees • Equipment rentals • Scooter or watercraft rental OPTIONS: • Wednesday night dinner- off of resort- $40-60 pp estimated (to be collected on site) • Nitrox $10 per tank- 80cc or $16 per tank for 100 cc If you would like a full brochure or more information about this trip, please contact myself or Robert Hughes. I can be reached at[masked] or [masked]. Rob is reachable at[masked] or at [masked].
- Playa Del Carman-Cenotes and Bull Shark Diving! Jan. 11-Jan. 18
A week before the Scuba Show in Cozumel, we have the opportunity to dive the cenotes near Playa Del Carman, as well as Bull Shark diving off the coast. This can be an add on to your Cozumel adventure, or a stand alone trip. Schedule: Saturday, Jan. 11th - schedule and arrive Sunday, Jan 12th - Explore the area, probably no diving but can always reconsider this Monday-Tuesday, Jan 13-14th - Cenotes diving. Open to suggestions, lots of possibilities Wednesday - Thursday, Jan 15th-16th - Saltwater diving, bull sharks (see below) Friday, January 17th - VIsiting the ruins around Tulum and elsewhere Saturday - Ferry to Cozumel for week 2 Overland Stuff We would have all of Sunday, January 12th and Friday, January 17th to explore topside. We could see the ruins around Tulum, explore Playa del Carmen, among other things, but again, plenty of flexibility here. More details: Day 1: 2 tank dive in Playa del Carmen 10 pax 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - 1 deep dive + 1 shallow dive Day 2: 2 tank dive in Cenotes* 10 pax 8:30 am - 2:00 pm - 2 dives in one Cenote but different diving lines Day 3: 2 tank Bull Shark Discovery dive 10 pax 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - 1 dive close where the Sharks are just for observation + 1 reef dive 1 tank Bull Shark Encounter 10 pax 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm - 1 deep and static dive, the Sharks are attract with bait Day 4: 2 tank dive in Cenotes* 10 pax 8:30 am - 2:00 pm - 1 deep dive in a Cenote with a claud of halocline + 1 shallow dive in a cristal clear water Cenote PRICE: 550 USD or 660 USD with equipment rental. (Does not include airfare) *this tour includes transportation from the dive center, admission fees and lunchbox. RESERVATIONS: Reservations are made by e-mail: we need a deposit of 20 USD per person in order to proceed with the reservation. We can send you an e-mail with a link to PayPal, so that you can pay online with your credit card (you do not need a PayPal account). Important: The only method of payment here at the dive shop is cash (usd, pesos, euro) or PayPal (+ 5% commission). We DO NOT accept credit cards. CANCELLATION POLICY: THERE WILL BE A FULL REFUND ONLY IF THE HARBOR MASTER CLOSES THE PORT FOR BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS. ALL CANCELATIONS SHOULD BE NOTIFIED IN WRITING 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED TIME. (24 HOUR-NOTICE: 100% REFUND - LESS THAN 24 HOUR-NOTICE: NO REFUND) NO SHOWS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. The organizer will contact interested people with further details of the trip. Some people are renting an AirBnB which might still have openings
- Dinner with Divers
January's Dinner with Divers will be at X in X. Our DiNemaster will be Eric We have a reservation for 15 people. We confirmed that each of us can order/pay separate checks. 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? Website: www.yardhouse.com. As a bonus, wine bottles are 50% off on Wednesday.
- Dinner with Divers
December's Dinner with Divers will be at the Irish Times in Brookfield. http://irishtimespub.com Our DiNemaster will be Wendy Kerr. We have a reservation for 15 people. We confirmed that each of us can order/pay separate checks. 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?
- November Meetup-Eric's African Safari!
Once again, we will be meeting at Chief O'Neill's Pub. Although diving will not be far from our minds, we will be closing down the year by going off the beaten path. On Safari to be more precise. CSM member Eric Vaandering will tell us about another kind of adventure travel: selecting an African safari and what to expect. Eric will mix stories, practical tips on finding the right safari, and wildlife photos from four different safaris in sub-Saharan Africa. While we know Eric as one of our club's best underwater photographers, he has another side too. Eric is an accomplished world traveler having visited over 50 countries. He has a special love for Africa, having first visited in 2002. Don't worry, we will also talk diving since we have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. 7:00pm-Meet & Greet (Order food and drink!) 7:30pm- Meeting 8:00pm- Presentation
- Closing Day at Haigh Quarry
This will be our chance to say "Goodbye" to the quarry after another great year of diving. This will be a low key event, but we might have some brats and burgers to grill, depending on what people are interested in. The weather might be chilly, but the water is always warm! Regular quarry entrance fee of $25 will apply.
- October Meetup-Show and Tell Night!
Show and Tell Night! Our usual November Show and Tell Night has been changed to October this year to accommodate a special presentation in November. So October this year will be our famous Show and Tell Night! Everyone is invited to bring their photo's and videos of their best dive experiences of the year (or any year), or just bring something you think will entertain. Bring the presentation on some media we can project on the screen, or just bring yourself to explain. Let me know in advance if you will be participating so it will be easier to plan. Presentations should be kept to around 5-10 minutes if we have a large number of participants. Let me know how long the presentation needs to be and we will work something out. We will be back again at the Atlantic Bar & Grill for this meetup. Everybody should come! This is often one of our best meetings of the year. 7:00-7:30 Meet and Greet (you can order food and drink) 7:30 Meeting and News 8:00 Presentations
- Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers President's Night Banquet
This year's ICSSD (Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Diver's) President's Night Awards Banquet and raffle will be at Mack's Golden Pheasant, 668 W. North Ave. in Elmhurst. Chicago Scuba Meetup is a member of the council. This event features good food, a great raffle, and also features the awarding of Dive Club, Diver and Humanitarian of the year among member dive clubs. We won Dive Club of the Year two years in a row. Maybe we will repeat? Tickets are $35. A terrific raffle will be one of the highlights. The raffle features trips, charters, gear, and much more, and most people leave with something. We will also be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program at the dinner. Toys need to be of a non-violent nature, unwrapped, and if batteries are needed, please be sure batteries are included. This is always a fun event and we hope to see many CSM members this year! Please RSVP here. We will contact all those that plan to go on how to pay. members this year!