Manta Divers June 2006 Newsletter
Happy Summer Everyone! I’m sorry I’m getting this newsletter out so late, but May sort of got away from me. My son (my baby) graduated from St. Joseph High School last week. Consequently, we have been enmeshed in the usual celebrations and partying. He had a great experience at St. Joe’s and is looking forward to making a splash at UW Oshkosh. We are very proud of him. I expect we will be back to normal soon. I am also proud to announce that Manta Divers is now a PADI dive center. Hoorah!
Well, Mother Nature seems to be treating us to some really great weather and that means it’s time to think about planning some local dives.
Perhaps the thing that inspired many of us to try scuba diving in the first place was shark week on the Discovery Channel, or some movie with bikinied cuties diving for treasure on some island. Maybe the last thing a Wisconsinite thinks of is diving in the cold (yikes!) and murky (ick!) waters around here, but to really be a safe and skilled diver, we have to dive! So with that in mind, Manta Divers is planning a few outings this month.
We will be diving the Prins Willem V on Wed., June 14. This is a wreck is a pleasant 45min. boat ride from Milwaukee in 48-90ft. in Lake Michigan. Mike and I dove this beauty last month and were both impressed with the visibility in the water and the ship itself. We were admittedly a bit intimidated by the tech gear all of the other divers were using and the fact that we were the only wet suit divers, but our gear was plenty adequate and the dive was great! I must admit that I was pretty cold, but I am trying this again with heavier gloves. My body was not very cold at all, but my hands were freezing. (I only had 3mm gloves on. Duh!) We really had fun and of course we enjoyed sharing dive stories with the other divers. The cost is $60 and you bring your own gear, tank and weights (you can rent them from us, of course). Spots are limited, so call the shop right away if you are interested.
We are heading to Pearl Lake for the day on June 24. We will be leaving the dive shop at 7am and will likely return 7 or 8pm. If you’ve never dove Pearl Lake, you are in for a treat. They have made this a really interesting freshwater dive by sinking several boats, a submarine, and airplane and a school bus for divers to explore. Bring a picnic lunch and lots of water to keep you hydrated. The cost is $20 for admission to beach and diving. You can rent tanks there or from us if you need to or bring your own. Air fills are $8. Keep an eye on the calendar for more local events, as they are planned. Anyone for a road trip to Bonne Terre MO?
· If you still feel too cold for local diving, consider trying a drysuit. I will be offering dry suit classes starting in August.
· I am in the planning phases for trips in 2007. We are heading to Bonaire January 20-27 for some of the world’s best shore diving and Roatan in the spring to a small exclusive resort that offers both boat and shore diving. The area also boasts some great land activities, including horse back riding, jungle canopy tours, zipline and ropes, bone fishing, dolphin experiences and more so the non-diver in your life will want to make the trip, too. Watch the calendar for details and prices.
· Summer is a great time to complete your Advanced open water certification. As you know, the Advanced Open Water course is a great way to expand your diving experiences, but it will also allow you to participate in some more challenging dives with confidence and safety.
Don't forget! I am available most week nights after 6pm for open water checkout dives and on some weekends. Call the shop (262)654-3483 for an appointment
Congratulations to Andrew Plebanek and Matt Carey on the completion of their Open Water certifications! Way to go!