We continue to teach. All of our pool classes – Open Water Diver, Scuba Skills Update, Perfect Buoyancy, Try Scuba, and more – usually on the second weekend of the month. Saturday night and/or Sunday morning at the great Sun Prairie High School pool. It’s warm (81F in the water), it’s clear…, and a good time to: Get a Scuba Skills Update or work on your skills before that warm water vacation; take that Perfect Buoyancy class to learn and work on perhaps the most important skill in diving; bring you friends to the pool for Try Scuba, the no pressure, have fun tooling around the pool, introductory diving experience; just get back in the water because you love it!
Continuing all winter will be classroom courses taught at the shop on the first Monday of the month – React Right and on the third Monday of the month – Nitrox. Both of these courses are taught in the warm confines our training room at the shop. Relax, have a refreshment, and learn in a laid back atmosphere some new skills and knowledge to continue to make you a more confident and comfortable diver.
Yes, DIVE!!! We have several opportunities to dive this winter without breaking the bank to go to Fiji (although that would be nice). Another in the yearly efforts to get an Ice Dive in will take place on February 1. In the past several years Mother Nature has not been very cooperative with this planning. We need 1) Ice 2) cold weather 3) a lot of equipment and 4) Ice. We have been lacking in 1, 2, and 4 in the last few years. This year…… here’s to the early winter?!
Mall of America – Dive with the Sharks and Sturgeon of the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium on January 25-26. Sign up here. Two dives, one in the salt water tank and the other in the fresh water tank. Open Water Certified and at least 16 years old are the requirements. We’ll have a rental special as you need to bring all gear but tanks (hood and gloves too).
Bonne Terre Mine – We travel to Bonne Terre, MO once again to dive the former mine that is now a billion gallon lake. Stick leads us on another adventure on April 4-6. Sign up here.
Stop out to the shop to talk gear, diving, where to go, what to do or anything that else that you might like to jaw about. This is a time that we retool the shop and take time to recharge our batteries too. Part of that is hanging out with you, an integral part of the MadisonScuba Dive Team. If you were just certified this summer or have been diving with us for years, we love to hear of your adventures, stories, share your photos or just relax getting to know you better. Stop out, the fridge always has something in it for you.
‘Til next time – Let’s get wet.
We have many opportunities to dive locally this summer with MadisonScuba. Most are free, most have a special price for rental gear, most are nearby and all are FUN! Even if you are a warm water only diver, as we get into July, August and September, there are several warmer water opportunities for you!Haigh Quarry Day Trip – This Saturday, July 6, we are going to Haigh Quarry in Kankakee, Illinois. Even Stick hasn’t been there! Known as ‘The Caribbean of the Midwest’, Haigh is a great place for all levels of diver. Split into 3 sections (makes for a nice 3 tank day) – deep (to 75′), middle (40′-55′) and shallow (25′-30′) – the quarry has tons of fresh water fish including perch, bass, walleye, northern, musky and even 4 paddlefish! We’ll leave the Dutch Mill park-n-ride at 7 am and return around 10 pm. Sign up here. Our Tuesday Night Adventure Dive program – Every Tuesday night at a dive site around the Madison area, MadisonScuba hosts a fun dive for any certified diver. Come on out by yourself (you’ll get paired with a buddy) or bring your buddy (or five) to dive some interesting places in Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, or Devil’s Lake. There is always something new to see that you may not see again. Have you seen a sturgeon in Lake Monona? Georgie did on her first dive. Have you seen the Treasure Chest at Second Point? JoAnn and Brian did.
There are several night dives planned along with “The 115th Annual Golf Ball Hunt” in August at Shorewood. You can work on and finish several different specialties while participating in these dives. All of those can count toward your Advanced Open Water diver certification!Instant Dives on Facebook – Like our Facebook page here and get together with divers who want to dive. Post a dive you would like to do or keep in touch and join a dive that ‘just happens’. Got some extra time during the daytime and looking for a dive buddy? We have several avid divers who have night jobs and are open to diving during the daytime during the week. Want to dive Lake Michigan wrecks? Post that too. There are several divers who make trips to Milwaukee and Port Washington quite often.
The Dive Season Begins!
The dive season starts off on the right note with the Season Opener party at the shop on Tuesday night, May 14 from 6-8 PM.
Share your dive stories of those great warm water dives from your travel destinations of the past winter, check out the reconfigured shop and classroom set up and pick up the 2013 Summer Dive Schedule.
2013 Summer Dive ScheduleThis summer MadisonScuba has over 20 Tuesday Night Adventure Dives (shore dives) planned along with several boat dives, weekend trips and day trips to area dive locations. Our traditional Advanced Training weekends of June 28 – 30 and September 27 – 29 at Lake Wazee in Black River Falls will have some exciting new twists to them. Pick up the entire summer schedule at this event. sign up online now – The annual Monona Terrace Clean-up Dive, part of the “Take A Stake In The Lakes” project, takes place from 10am – 3 pm. We’ll be making 2 dives – 10am and 1pm – to clean up the garbage from the shore area of Lake Monona. Everything from cans and bottles to chairs and tables from the Monona Terrace are cleaned up each year. Yes, even tires are still found at the bottom of the lake where we bring them up and recycle or throw them away in a proper place. Free gear rental and free air are included for this event. Please reserve yours today by signing up on the website.
Tuesday Night Adventure Dive Rental SpecialWhile the rental rate for a complete set of gear for the Tuesday Night Adventure Dives remains at $35 (what a deal!) a special SEASON PASS is available for $279. This gets you rental equipment for as many of the Tuesday Night Adventure Dives as you want to dive. If you make all of the dives, it’s less than $14 per dive! That’s incredible. This offer is only available until June 1 and is only for the Tuesday Night Adventure Dives.
See you on Tuesday night at the Season Opener.
Let’s get wet!
New Look of the Shop
The shop at MadisonScuba has been in a transformation for the last couple of weeks. We have a new classroom, the pool is gone and the retail space has been enlarged (former classroom space). Bigger brighter displays of BCDs, masks, wet suits and accessories are in place with the finishing touches being completed. Overall, it will function better for all facets of the growing MadisonScuba shop.
We have added Tilos to our in stock brands of gear. They have great mask designs, innovative regular designs and creative fin technology. The price point of their products are very competitive while maintaining a quality product. We are very excited to bring you the Tilos brand. Stop out to check out the selections.
A new shipment of SF-15 X-Pert Zoom Z3 fins has arrived. New colors accents and even a couple of the white and pink sets are in. The staff loves diving the TUSA fins, especially those of us with tired knees. The split fin and 27 degree bend technology gives us great relief without compromising on thrust and control.Several new TUSA masks including the popular Freedom One that uses TUSA’s Freedom Fit technology to fit many shapes of faces, are now in stock.
Lavacore has retooled the fit and sizing of the popular Lavacore undergarment line. We have shipments coming in each week and can special order one or several pieces for you. A great layer to wear under your wetsuit to provide thermal warmth in and out of the water along with making it easier to don your wetsuit.
Stop into the shop this week to check out the new digs and gear. We are open M-Th from 5-9 pm and Sat from 9 am – 4 pm.
Let’s get wet! – Brian
Many of the staff are headed to Chicago this weekend for the ‘Our World Underwater’ trade show. Seminars, trade show floor, gear exhibits and more good old fun will be had. The training and education that we receive each year at this event will enhance your learning experience when you take a class with MadisonScuba.Of course that means that someone has to stay back and staff the shop on Saturday from 9am – 4pm. JoAnn has graciously volunteered to do that this year. So come on in and get some good deals from JoAnn while the others are off getting educated. Snorkelers (or anyone for that matter) – We have a great accessory package sale – mesh backpack bag, neoprene mask strap cover, antifog, and drybox for $29.95. Add a full jumpsuit skin for $25! What a deal!
Until next time, let’s get wet!
Or Plan Your Dive and Dive Your Plan
Remember back to your first certification when your instructor went through the dive tables? Pressure groups … surface intervals … residual nitrogen with all the warnings on the back of the dive table about not staying down too long, diving in cold water, flying after diving, and more.
Or, if you have been certified in the last couple years, you were taught how to use the eRDP.
Oooo… the brain strainLet’s bring back some of those painful memories and perhaps make it more fun this time. How many of you can figure out the ending pressure group after a dive to 60 feet for 45 minutes with a one hour surface interval? And to make it just a little harder, what’s your ANDL for a second dive to 50 feet? By the way, what does ANDL mean?
There was a reason your instructor went through all that information, and probably more than once. It was to help you become a safe diver. Without creating a dive plan that you have verified through a dive table, the eRDP, or a dive computer, you are putting yourself at greater risk for an emergency, injury or worse. It takes only a few minutes to check your tables, or press a couple buttons on your dive computer to make sure the dive you are planning is within acceptable limits.
The most important part of all of this planning is to then dive your plan.
Too many divers simply follow the dive leader with the expectation that they will lead a safe dive. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. That is why it is important for you to check your own dive plan, just like you check your own air.
Use those skills or lose themYour dive tables and eRDP is like anything else; if you don’t use it, you lose it. We have a class scheduled for Tuesday, February 12 starting at 7 pm. Come in and we will review your dive tables or eRDP’s with some sample problems, explain the R.A.T. shuffle, and get you back up to speed on your dive planning. Never tried an eRDP? We have a demo you can try. If you are Nitrox certified, feel free to bring along those tables and we will be happy to review AED, oxygen exposure, and anything else you want to review.
Dive computers tooThat same night we have a dive computer class starting at 6:30. So if you already have a dive computer, but feel you aren’t getting the most out of it, come in and let us help you figure it out.
Dive tables … eRDPs … dive computers. They are all great tools to help you plan safe dives. But, they only work when you know how to use them. Stop into MadisonScuba and let us help you become a safer diver in 2013.
Scuba lessons, scuba certification, beginner diver, what does it all mean?
When just starting out in any activity you seek expertise, knowledge and a teacher that can point you in the right direction down the path to success. Introducing people to scuba through beginning scuba lessons, PADI Open Water Certification, is one of the most satisfying things we do at MadisonScuba.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1 – Classroom – Two sessions of learning what scuba diving is all about from the equipment used to basic safety to the skills developed while diving. Both sessions are conveniently held at the shop in Sun Prairie.
2 – Pool – Two sessions of actually putting the lessons you learned in the classroom into practice. In the confines of a pool (the new Sun Prairie High School pool), you learn and practice real diving skills.
3 – Checkouts – Two sessions of actual diving demonstrating your understanding of the lessons you learned in the classroom and pool. These sessions take place in ‘Open’ water – a lake or the ocean – either seasonally here with MadisonScuba or by referral on your vacation in a warm water destination.
Complete these three steps (with MadisonScuba) and you qualify to become a PADI Open Water Diver.
Sign up here for the start of your next adventure!
Let’s get wet!
It’s a blizzard in Wisconsin today. Not the greatest conditions to be out and are about in, so stay home, drink hot chocolate and dream of warm water diving!
The shop is closed tonight but will be open 9am – 4 pm on Saturday for that last minute gift for your diver or snorkeler.
Stocking stuffing dive related trinkets, jewelry; accessories and small items the a diver always needs; a super sale on the remaining 2012 wetsuits (3x? we have it for you) and great deals on in stock wet suits in 3, 5, and 7 mm.
Let’s get wet (in a warm place) soon!
While the world is worried about 21-12-2012 we like 12-12-12! Let’s celebrate this once in a 100 year event with 12% off (regular retail price) on all current sale items.
Talk to us about special 12-12-12 pricing on other in stock items.
One day only. Limited to stock on hand. The shop is open 5pm – 9pm on Wednesday night.
See you there!
Wes and Tilly are off to Cozumel for a well deserved bit of R&R for a week so we are having a SALE!
All in stock wet suits are $10-$20-$30 even $40 off. This includes our Henderson models for children and adults in 3, 5 and 7 mil. Even the Aqualock in stock is included in this sale.
Make us an offer on remaining 2012 Waterproof wetsuits. Just a couple left. Make a reasonable offer on these fine wetsuits. Let’s make a deal.
Rental/Training gear is reduced to $150 for our Cressi AquaPro 5 BCDs and $300 for our Cressi 3 gauge console Reg sets. Gently used for the past year, this is a great opportunity to get into your own gear.
We also have a wide variety of gadgets and accessories, masks and snorkels, fins and BCDs.
Stop out today or this week. This sale ends Dec 15 and is limited to stock on hand.