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We have over 3000 subscribers to MSD. I have firm belief that we have a responsibility not only to the Midwest diving community, but to the diving community worldwide. I felt it necessary to define our goals and standard...

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Capt. Darrick Lorenzen
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Jim Haigh Memorial Dive Sunday July 29th 2012
Capt. Darrick Lorenzen
7/26/2012
The Jim Haigh Memorial Dive is being held Sunday July 29th 2012 at Haigh Quarry 2738 E. 200 North Road Kankakee Illinois 60901 Ph. 815-939-7797. The Memorial Dive is a celebration of Jim’s contribution to the Midwest div...

MSD FORUMS - MIDWEST SCUBA DIVING
TOPIC: Indoor Reef Diving?
Larry

Joined on
1/19/2006

Anyone hear about the "Scubaquarium" in the planning stages for construction in Bolingbrook, IL?  It's supposed to be an indoor living reef designed for divers.  Check it out at http://www.scubaquarium.com

It's an interesting idea, though I'm uncertain how feasible it will be to nourish this large of a reef system indoors on the money it will make.  I'd think the various levels of lighting to truly replicate a natural environment would be enormous in physical size, wattage, and cost to sustain the livestock they're planning.  I think even Shedd uses artificial coral & rock in its large tanks.  There's also the issue of some divers damaging the living coral.  Not that this can't happen in the ocean, but maintanance and replacement costs just add to the questionmarks.

I'm also curious as to how many people would be willing to pay the monthly membership fees.  The individual membership rate is $88/mo (plus a onetime start-up fee of $149), which gives the person use of a fitness facility as well as three dives per month.  Additionally, there's a charge of $12 for weights and tanks (unsure if you can use your own).  I believe a family rate also exists.  While the costs aren't that far out of bounds when compared to gyms like Lifetime Fitness, I'd rather spend the money diving in open water.  Seems that this might be interesting a few times, and might work for winter training in the Midwest, but get mundane after a while from a membership perspective. 

What does anyone else think?

bpautsch

Joined on
1/5/2006

I agree...it's a bit pricey, but of course to stay in business they have to charge this much (or close to). I could not see myself ever having a membership (actually, that's all they offer!)...and I live only 30 min from there. I would definitely like to try it out, though. It sounds like it would be like diving in a tropical area...visibility as far as you can see, tropical reefs and fish, etc. But after a few times, it could become old. I'd rather spend a day at Haigh Quarry for $20 and $7 tank refills.
hammerhead

Joined on
3/13/2006

I wouldnt send any money in yet! I hear they have quite a way to go before opening.


It's okay, just show us on the doll where the P.A.D.I. instructor touched you.

aloysius

Joined on
10/23/2006

I just stumbled on the website for this facility and ran a forum search bringing me to this thread.  I live in St. Louis and had never heard of this plan.  Has anyone heard if there was ever any real progress or by chance representation at the show?


Makin' the most of life, one day at a time...

MgicTwnger

Joined on
6/1/2006

This thing has been kicking around for years. It's much to "Disney" for me.


I am not the one who needs mental help. I just need to vent.

Carmella Soprano

PDSLTD

Joined on
6/28/2006

That dream has been around ever since the "OLD CHICAGO" shoping center in Boilingbrook closed in the late 70's. I think the site is now Townhomes now. Every couple years it pop's up with new faces, new plans, new stories of it's future success and dream of how great it going to be. Unless Disney, Viacom, or Trump get involved do even give it a second thought.  They would be better off if they bought a Quarry and put a dome over it every Winter...... now that's more do able...  


To Error on the side of Safety,
is to Live and Dive Again.
hammerhead

Joined on
3/13/2006

I know one of the "shysters" involved with the project,keep your money in your pocket!


It's okay, just show us on the doll where the P.A.D.I. instructor touched you.

aloysius

Joined on
10/23/2006

Sadly, I knew the answer to my own question before I even asked.  Sounded a little too much like the UK divedome www.divedome.com pipe dream.


Makin' the most of life, one day at a time...

PDSLTD

Joined on
6/28/2006

 

All we can do is keep playing the powerball....

Maybe then it can happen...

How much is a golf dome ? 

Do they make them big enough to cover Haigh ?

Reef would be nice.... but diving is diving. : )


 


To Error on the side of Safety,
is to Live and Dive Again.