Local Dive Trips

Local Dives (locations that we can drive to in 8 hours or less) 

 Want to get in some dives before it gets cold, one of our divemasters will dive you at Haigh on some Saturdays (this Saturday, 10/6).  Next weekend trip is 10/20-21 to Mermet.  See below.

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 now.  Check or cash deposit for dives needed to hold space.  We will be scheduling trips soon. Friday evening/Saturday or Saturday afternoon/Sunday morning. February 8-9 (Friday evening dive and 2 dives on Saturday).  Tentative 2019 date, February 23 weekend or March weekend.

Bull Shoals Lake  2019

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 2019. 

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.  As more sign up for the trip the price will decrease with the addition of a 2nd houseboat.

May 10 – 13 2019, trip.  Visibility is usually at its best early in the year.  bt-dive4

Memorial Day weekend trip, May 24- 27, 2019.

June or July 2019 Join our Treasure Hunt trip.       Top prize, Mares regulator, went to Isaac  Everyone won anywhere from shirt and hat to masks, fins, and dive bags.  Join us in 2019. Approximately $200 for 50 foot houseboat, $250 plus on the deluxe 60 foot houseboat.   Get your name on the list now for a date that works for you!

End of summer Bull Shoals trip.  August and/or Labor Day weekend.

Look for trips next spring and summer on Bull Shoals Lake. 


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.   Fun dive with new divemaster, Jim Cheney this Sunday, October 21.


Mermet Springs

 We had 2 great trips this past fall.  Lots of Spoonbill sighting on both trips.  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.  If there is interest could go down for one long day during the week sometime this Fall or winter.  Could get in three dives.  Drysuit certification, Deep, or some of your Open Water or Advanced dives.  Would want a sunny weekday! and hopefully some great visibility.

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


Lake Michigan, August or September, 2019 ?, 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.