Captain's Blog

SETTING MOORINGS WRITTEN BY CAPT. DALE BENNETT

Attached is the first installment in our new feature which will highlight guest bloggers under “Captain’s Blog”. Captain Dale Bennett has written an interesting piece on setting moorings at shipwreck sites and the importance of maintaining a good watch by both recreational and commercial marine vessels. Noted in the blog is the Fin Seeker, a fishing boat tha...

NEW FEATURE BEING ADDED TO CAPTAINS BLOG

I have decided to add a new feature to “Captains Blog”. Beginning immediately other colleagues of mine such as Captain Dale Bennett, Captain Tim Taylor, Dan Schmidt who is President and CEO of Channel 11WTTW Public Television and a NAUI Instructor and other professional divers will be making contributions in the “Captains Blog” section of the online magazine...

FEATURED ARTICLE ON ARCHEOLOGICAL PARK

Today we published our first article about the Haigh Quarry Archeological Park in Kankakee, Illinois. The well written piece can be found in the “Featured Articles” section of our online magazine. Just click “Featured Articles” on the navigation bar and then click to link and open the article. It is pretty simple! Every month we will have featured articles o...

HAIGH QUARRY ARCHEOLOGICAL PARK AND PROMOS

Haigh Quarry, Kankakee, Illinois is open on weekends in April. Tina used to open the facility in March, but didn’t this year and frankly I am glad! I personally dreaded doing open water training dives after cracking through the ice! Some of my students always had trips scheduled in March, April or May and we would have to accommodate their schedule so they c...

JUST RETURNED FROM BLACKBEARD"S CRUISE IN THE BAHAMAS

Just returned from a fabulous trip on Blackbeard's Cruises. Perfect weather, good crew, great food and fabulous diving in the Bimini Chain and Grand Bahamas Island. Will have a blog and photos prepared soon. Two dive clubs have responded to our offer of free advertising on the website, the Chicago Scuba Meet up group and Chicago Aquanauts. I will be contacti...

Andrea Doria Part II

By Joel Silverstein November 1999 North Atlantic divers are best known for their rugged activities of diving in cold water and their incredible desire to bring home an artifact - some remembrance of where they were or what they saw. For some a bottle, or a piece of brass fills the need. For others it’s china and...

TWO INQUIRIES ABOUT FREE ADVERTISING PROGRAM

We have already had two inquiries for FREE advertising on MSD’s website. This advertising will reach a broad audience of Midwest divers and hopefully generate interest in classes, travel and equipment for dive retailers. Revenue and traffic in the shops and on the shops websites will increase. Participation in the program will allow dive clubs to reach a lar...

INVITATION TO DIVE CLUBS

This is an open invitation to all dive clubs in the Midwest region to advertise there club functions on our website. We welcome your participation and will support your club with FREE advertising on our website. All we ask is that you participate monthly and keep your information current. A member of your club will need to participate in the forums weekly. D...

MSD OFFERS BAILOUT TO MIDWEST DIVE SHOPS

Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine is offering all dive shops in the Midwest “FREE” advertising of their trips, classes and equipment in our online forums. We will allow direct internet links to your websites. All that is required is that you contact us to discuss formatting and commit to updating your information on the site monthly for 12 months. You simply kee...

THE ANDREA DORIA "MOUNT EVEREST" OF SPORT DIVING

Diving the Andrea Doria, an Italian luxury liner, that sunk in 1956 after a collision at sea has always been one of my goals as a technical diver. The “Doria” is considered to be the “Mount Everest” of sport diving. This wreck and the people who dive it (including some of my close friends) have a storied history, which has been chronicled in such books as Sh...

MARCH 2009 BONNE TERRE PART II

There are two divers at the Mine who I consider to be ‘world class”, Mike Cody and Bear Fritz. These two guys are the gamekeepers of a maze that I am not so sure I could conquer. They spend most every weekend in winter ensuring the safety of recreational divers who are looking for an extraordinary one of a kind experience and their own staff of dive guides. ...

MARCH 2009 BONNE TERRE PART 1

Last week Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine sponsored a trip to Bonne Terre Mine. It was our third excursion to this facility since November. 12 individuals traveled to the Mine. I was training 3 open water students. 4 divers were doing the first set of trails, 2 divers were completing the second set and 2 divers were treated to a personal tour of a revised four...

This weekend is the annual Our World-Underwater Scuba Show!

Just a quick reminder for you to schedule at least a day this weekend for the annual Our World-Underwater Scuba Show.Click here to read the last newsletter sent out last weekDate: Date: February 20-22, 2009Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, ILWebsite: http://www.ourworldunderwater.com

PAT HAMMER PROMOTES DIVING AT OW-U SYMPOSIUM

Our World Underwater  scuba diving symposium is fast approaching! This year show promises to be the best ever! The show is being held at the Donald Stephens Convention center in Rosemont, Illinois, February 20-22 2009. You can get more information by going to www.ourworldunderwater.com Reservations can be made and you can contact Eileen who coordinates the s...

TRIP TO REMOTE LOCATION ON THE MEXICO-BELIZE BORDER

March 22 through March 29, 2009 Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine is hosting its first trip to the Maya Palms Resort in Mexico. For more information about the resort you can click on our banner ad or go to www.mayapalms.com The week long trip will include 1 two tank boat dive daily, unlimited shore diving, accommodations and 3 meals per day for approximately $12...

TRAVEL TO EXTREMELY EXOTIC DIVE SITES

I recently made some posts under Foreign Travel in the forums. I only received one reply. I need information about three exotic dive locations. I would like to start planning trips for 2010 an 2011 to Bikini Atoll, the Galapagos Islands and Cocos Island. I need input from the Midwest dive community on travel advice concerning these locations. I am interested...

DANGEROUS SITUATION WHILE DIVING IN CABO

Here is a correspondence forwarded to me by a student. In my experience the situation described is typical. You ultimately, alone , are responsible for your safety and the safety of your family while diving. You should be trained to be comfortable in marginal conditions should they occur. If you took the easiest, cheapest or quickest course of instruction yo...

PRINT PUBLICATIONS GOING BANKRUPT

We have received a positive response from both advertisers and subscribers concerning our recent shift to an all-digital format. We can reach a much broader audience much faster and more efficiently by restructuring the magazine in an online format. Over the next several months Brian and I will be completing subtle changes on the website, slowly and delibera...

PRESS RELEASE: NEW DIGITAL FORMAT FOR MIDWEST SCUBA DIVING MAGAZINE

After 6 months of market research Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine has decided to embrace an entirely digital format. We will no longer distribute the print version of our publication. We are going to systematically and methodically restructure some of the features on the website to facilitate this change.  The decision is one that neither Brian nor I have take...

PHONE NUMBERS FOR BONNE TERRE MINE

Bonne Terre Mine, Doug and Kathy Georgens Owners, Donna Jones Manager 88 N. Allen St. Bonne Terre, Missouri 63628 314-209-7200 573-358-2148   Hilton, St. Louis Downtown 400 Olive St. St. Louis, Mo. 63102 314-436-0002   Super 8, Bonne Terre, Missouri 573-358-5888