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Manta Divers June 2009

Greetings Divers!

It is finally June, although it may not feel like it.  Mike and his assistant Gary were just in Lake Andrea this week prepping for our dives out there, and reported that the water was fine and the fish are just waiting for visitors.  It is certainly time to get your regs serviced and wetsuits out of storage for the dive season ahead.

2002-01-01-030_400_01Our “kick off” dive is this Saturday at one of our favorite spots, Pearl Lake in South Beloit, IL.  Entries into the lake are easy and dive attractions are marked by buoys making them easy to find.  Among the “sunken treasures” are a bus, a submarine, an airplane, a fishing boat and an alien.  They also have a buoyancy course to help you hone your skills.   We will be leaving the shop at 6:30am. Divers wishing to join our group may caravan down with us or just meet us there.  Remember to tell them you are with the Manta group when you register.

Later this month we are heading for an over night trip to Haigh Quarry in Kankakee, IL.  This would be a great trip to come on if you are doing your advanced open water training.  Adventure dive possibilities include, Deep, Wreck, Buoyancy, Night, and Under Water Navigation, to name a few.  Be sure to reserve your time with the instructor and/or your gear if you will be joining us.

If you want to try something really fun, come on one of our Lake Michigan dive charters.  July 18 we are heading out to the Dredge 906 and the Lumberman.  You may recall the little bio for these wrecks in last month’s newsletter.  August 9 we are heading south to explore the “Titanic of the Great Lakes”, the Lady Elgin.  Space is very limited on theses dives, so come in and sign up if you want a spot. Check the calendar on the web site for our full summer schedule.


Announcing Team Manta’s trips for 2010!


Starting our dive

WARNING: The following trip descriptions and their accompanying links will cause uncontrollable sighing and the urge to don scuba gear and plop into the nearest body of water!


January 9-16, 2010

Roatan, Honduras, Cocoview Resort 

Cost: $2025 -- 3%discount for cash or check payment, subtract $100 for non diver, add $232 for single occupancy.

Includes: Round trip air from Chicago, double occupancy oceanfront room, 3 meals daily, use of kayaks, 6 days of diving, One barbeque on Private Cay, one picnic on Private Cay and unlimited shore diving. (I personally can vouch for the beauty of Cocoview’s house reef.)

Must be signed up by Sept 1, and paid in full November 10, 2009


April 17-24, 2010

Grenada, True Blue Bay Resort

Cost: (ballpark until airfare is locked at the end of June) $2057

Includes: Round trip air from Chicago, 7 nights in room overlooking bay, (Room is equipped with kitchenette) continental breakfast daily, 5 days of two tank boat dives.

Grenada, nicknamed the “Spice Island,” is a great place with many attractions to please diver and non-diver alike

Must be signed up by Jan. 7, 2010 and paid in full by Feb. 18.

Those of you who have gone on our adventures in the past know what a great experience it is to live the dive lifestyle for a full week.  What are the rest of you waiting for?


In Other news...

Good luck to Team Manta Divemasters, Tina Niemi Johnson and Frank Martinelli, who are starting instructor training this month.  Ahhh, the ducklings have left the nest.

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