Local Dive Trips

Local Dives

September 23-24.  18 of us travelled to Mermet Springs.  Visibility was only 15-30 feet because there were a lot of divers enjoying this warm weekend.  There is always plenty of space to complete the diving skills.  Six Open Water certifications were completed and a number of advanced dives.  Saw quite a few Spoonbills, one large Catfish, and numerous other fish.  See below for our next trip to Mermet.

Local dives are locations we can easily drive to within a day.  Some would require one or more overnight stays to make it worth the driving time.  John has been diving different locations throughout the Midwest over 40 years.

Mermet Springs

On  October 14-15 seven divers completed their open water certification and one diver completed his advanced certification.  There is interest from these new divers in a December /January trip.    Let us know if you are interested.  Located in Southern Illinois, between Vienna and Metropolis.  In the Fall this rock quarry has some of the clearest water in Illinois.  It is stocked with a large variety of fish; it is the home of U.S. Marshall’s 727, as well as many other wrecks. Entry fee is $20 per day. Approximately $100 includes two entry fees, two air fills, one night lodging, breakfast. Transportation is arranged. Can complete wreck diving and other specialty certifications at this quarry. Visibility is usually best in December and January.  Water temperature will be cooler and a Dry Suit is highly recommended.   Can complete Drysuit and Wreck  on this trip.       See numerous large fish including Spoonbills on almost every dive.   

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Bonne Terre Mine, 2018

Join us for some fabulous dives in Bonne Terre Mine this winter  in very clear water with awesome views of this huge flooded mine both under and above water Related image  Cost is $240 for three dives including tanks.  Additional costs are for transportation, lodging, equipment rental, and any certification dives.  We recommend diving it in a comfortable White’s Fusion Drysuit (we have 6 in rental).  Even if the outside temperature is freezing, the mine temperature is 65 degrees (water temperature 57).  Image result for bonne terre mine Can complete Open Water, Advanced dives, and drysuit certification.  Can also complete Cavern certification in the mine.  John has over 100 dives in the mine and it is still an awesome experience to dive it each time.  Sign up for the mine trip January – March.  We have a lot of people interested in a trip in 2018 so let us know if you want to join us.  Many times we have explored areas that are reserved for advanced trails.  Join us for some advanced dives and we will get you the best dives possible!

Bull Shoals Lake  2018

Located in the beautiful Ozark mountains on the northern border of Arkansas (440 miles from Peoria/Bloomington area). You will be lodging aboard luxury houseboats for three days and nights. Boats have TV, VHS/DVD, air-conditioning, refrigerator and one full bath. All meals and snacks are provided. Transportation is arranged. Dive an average of six dives right off the houseboat in the clear waters of Bull Shoals Lake. Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and many specialty certification dives can be completed on these trips. Available are swimming, water skiing, fishing, night dive, wreck dive, spear fishing, jet skis, barbecue dinner, and great fun. These are our most popular trips at a very reasonable prices. Great trip for non divers. Many customers do multiple trips each season. Scheduled from April through October. Now available 60 foot Super Deluxe Houseboats with private bedrooms, slide, fly deck, large television and DVD/VHS player, full kitchen with double refrigerators, two full bathrooms. Extra charge depending on the room and time of year as these boats have a rental fee double the regular deluxe houseboats.   To view: www.bullshoalslakeboatdock.com  Taking deposits now, $100 per person!  Join us in May of 2018. 

Want to rent boat for your own family trip?  Call us for special prices.  Let us know when you can join us.  Still the best trip for the money with unlimited diving, airfills, all meals, and lots of water activities including waterskiing with the convenience of houseboat living. Transportation not included. Price may fluctuate with price of gasoline.

Memorial Day weekend, May, 2018.     Great weekend to get away.   Water temperature is warming up and visibility is still good.     Early May 2018 trip as well.      bt-dive4

June or July, Our 2018 Treasure Hunt trip.   Despite the poor visibility everyone still had a great time.  Water temperature was 86.  Top prize, Aqualung regulator, went to Miranda.  Everyone won anywhere from shirt and hat to mask/snorkel combo, fins, and dive bags.  Join us next year

August and/or Labor Day trip on Bull Shoals Lake. 

 

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Haigh Quarry, Kankakee, IL   For a week day need four divers.

Only two and a half hours away.  Cost for one day at Haig including extra air fill and arranged transportation, $40. Visiblity is about 15 feet.   Let us know if you can go on a Thursday when vis is much better and there are fewer divers instead of  on the weekend.  2017 Season: Thursday, August 31.    Call for additional dates.   Tentative date: September 23 or at Chilli Pitts; possibly in October.

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Chilli Rec, Lakeland Park, private Quarries nearby used for some of our training dives depending on time of year.

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Lake Michigan, August or September, 2018 ?, Milwaukee

WisconsinIntro.jpgLet us know when you can join us for a wreck diving trip on Lake Michigan.  Dive the Milwaukee and Prins Wilhelm out of Milwaukee.  Great Lakes generally have 50 feet of visibility or better.   Can complete wreck certification.  Must be advanced certified. Drysuits recommended.  There is still space but need to decide soon!We dove both wrecks.  Got down to 41 degrees on the first dive at 118 feet on September 10, 2016.  Did some penetration on our September trip in the Prins Wilhelm as it is still intact laying on its side.

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Pensacola, Panama City or Palm Beach, FL

Good wreck diving and clear springs around Panama City.  Reef & drift diving off Palm Beach. Nearby Panama City are some crystal clear fresh water springs.  This is the nearest salt water diving. This trip is not scheduled every year. This is as close as we can get for ocean dives.  See Ocean trips.


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