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Manta Divers April 2009

Greetings Divers!

Well, the days are getting longer and warmer, (and I think the snow is finished), so it won’t be too 010102010long before we will be diving here in our own backyards!  As has been mentioned often in this newsletter, the best way to improve your skills and keep yourself safe while diving, is to get out there and dive!   Luckily, it is not necessary to go far to find some great diving. We have planned many varied outings for the coming season and hope you will join our happy clan for some dive adventures and to get the next diver rating.   For your convenience, here is Manta Divers’ tentative schedule of events through September.  If you are interested in joining us, especially if you need equipment, please sign up ahead of time.  For the overnights at Wazee and Haigh, we plan to do a night dive, so remember you need a flashlight.  Dive flags are required at Lake Wazee and Red Granite.

DateDestinationDepartureReturn (approx.)Cost  
Sat., 6/6Pearl Lake, South Beloit, IL6:30am 3pm$20/diver  
Sat., 6/27Haigh Quarry Kankakee, IL6:30am Sunday$20/diver  
Sun 6/28Haigh Quarry Kanakakee, IL 3pm$20/diver per day  
Sun. 7/12Pearl Lake, South Beloit, IL6:30 am3pm$20/diver  
Sat. 7/18Lake Michigan: The Dredge 906, the Lumberman11:30 southshore Yacht club3:00 PM$95/diver *Only 4 spots 
Sat.& Sun7/25-26Lake Wazee Black River Falls, WI6:30am Sun. 6pm$20/diver per day  
Sat/Sun 8/1-2Red Granite OshkoshFriday at 6pmSun 6pm *May be changed, pending Mike’s and my inspection!  
Sun. 8/9Lake Michigan The Lady Elgin, two tanks.12:30 at marina6pm$100/diver*Only 5 spots. 
Sat./Sun 9/12-13Haigh Quarry Kankakee, ILFriday at 6pmSun. 6pm$20   

  the fish are lonely

*Note that the costs listed are for admission to the site only.  I have not included the cost of gear rental, tanks, air fills, weights, and accommodations.  Arrangements for gear must be made in advance. 

If you are planning on joining us on any of the overnights, here are some suggestions for rooms.  Be sure to always ask for the diver discount!


Country Inn Manteno:  (Near Haigh)  380 South Cypress St. Manteno, IL 60950 (815)468-2600


Falls Motel 512 E. 2nd St. Black River Falls, WI 54615  (715) 284-9919









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The Shop will be closed April 11-17 for our Cozumel trip.  Please plan ahead if you need anything for your travels.


Interested in Rescue Diver Class?  Classroom sessions are scheduled for June 9 & 10, June 14 for pool and June 27 &28 for open water exercises.  To become a rescue diver, you must at least be an Adventure Diver who has completed the underwater navigation dive, and have a current First aid and CPR certification.  If you don’t have the First Aid and CPR certifications, you can join our May 26-27 Emergency First Response class.


Don’t forget that both Atomic and Aqualung are running great regulator specials.  Don’t let these prices pass you by!

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