I earned my PADI Open Water Certification in April of 1995. I will always remember that it was April. I used to be doing the 4 dives which are required to obtain the certification. Within the spring, Midwest diving has a chill to it. I inform divers at the moment it is just ‘barely brisk’. I can admit, diving in forty-two diploma water was a little bit of a problem. A 7mm wetsuit is nearly not sufficient. It may be that ‘brisk’.
Now, happily this isn’t the norm for diving in Chicago and the Midwest. It’s unhappy to say most individuals suppose it’s, together with the low visibility underwater. I stands out as the first to inform you this… There have been instances that after I was scuba diving in Chicago the water temperatures have been within the higher seventies!! That’s virtually the identical water temperature within the Caribbean. I’ve additionally been scuba diving when visibility was exceeding 150 ft. I used to be on a shipwreck in Lake Michigan referred to as Straits of Mackinaw. It’s an previous automobile and passenger fairy that was purchased and offered many instances in her historical past. Native divers from Chicago had it sunk as a synthetic reef. I’ll discuss extra on that in one other subject. This ship is about 200′ lengthy. On this specific dive I used to be descending down on the bow of the ship. Whereas making my method, and inside a number of ft of the bow, I used to be capable of see the strict of the shipwreck. There was a haze from a thermocline and a fog of sand, grime, and so on., nevertheless I used to be nonetheless capable of make out the strict St Thomas boat rental.
Once more, this isn’t the norm for scuba diving in Chicago and the Midwest. There are exceptions to each rule identical to anything. Usually, within the coronary heart of ‘scuba diving season’, in Chicago and the Midwest, water temperatures are the least of a diver’s worries. With correct publicity and coaching you do it with out pondering. In my current dive in June 2010, I used to be truly actually heat diving. There was nothing chilly about it. So far as visibility goes, there are good days and dangerous days. More often than not it’s undoubtedly clear sufficient to see one thing superb. It’ll hold you coming again for extra.
Scuba diving in Chicago and the Midwest has a small number of diving. You might have native quarries and lakes. If they permit scuba divers to go scuba diving more often than not it’s handled with care to maintain the joy up. Here’s a small listing of Midwest scuba spots to call just a few (there are extra):
Illinois: Haigh Quarry, Mermet Springs and Pearl Lake.
Indiana: France Park and Blue Springs
Wisconsin: Racine Quarry, Devils Lake State Park and Lake Wazee Leisure Space.
Ohio: Gilboa Quarry and White Star Quarry
Iowa: Nice Creek Recreation and Large Blue.
Missouri: Bonne Terre Mine and Desk Rock.
Michigan: Higgins Lake and Mackinaw Island