Because it’s winter in Wisconsin, it’s cold, snow is on the ground and the lakes are freezing over. That means it’s time to think about ICE DIVE!!!
One caveat – there has to be ice sufficient enough to support everyone and the equipment on the lake. After this week’s thaw, we might need to reevaluate the date.February 2 seemed like a good date to go explore what it’s like under the ice in Lake Monona near the Monona Terrace. Should have been cold enough to form some good ice to support the – warming tents, ATVs, gear, support staff, emergency equipment if needed, etc. (check the caveat above) It might just be a bit warm this week, combined with the insulating layer of snow we received in December…. Let’s just say we are keeping an eye on it.
When discussing this with Wes, the remark that stood out to me was “you think the clean-up dive was a lot of prep, you haven’t seen nothin’ yet”. The gear and support needed to do this project safely is huge. Let’s just say we need everyone to have patience with this.
If you are interested in participating in this event, either diving or in support, please sign up on the link here. Indicate if you will dive or support.
Thanks for being a part of MadisonScuba as we move into 2013.
Let’s get wet!
New for 2013 – We are offering ERF (Emergency First Response) and Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) on a monthly basis. ERF class will be the first Monday of the month and Nitrox will be the third Monday of the month.
These classes both start at 6:30 pm and run until 9 pm. You must register for the course either online (use the calendar tab), call the shop or stop into the shop.
Emergency First Response (EFR) is a prerequisite for Rescue Diver but should be considered a must have certification for all divers. Along with CPR and rescue breathing for our sport, Basic Life Support, Triage of injuries, Care and prevention of Shock, Spinal injury management, AED (automatic External Defibrillator) and basic first aid with kit development are subjects that are a part of this course.
- You do not have to be a diver to take this course. It is open to anyone who wants to learn more and be able to assist in a medical emergency.Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) is a great certification to have if you are planning multiple dives over multiple days. Dive tables and computers tell us how much theoretical bottom and surface interval time we have as we dive. When you do that math, you can’t cheat. You get what you get. Sometimes you are stuck with a longer surface interval (too much nitrogen to off gas) or a shorter dive (to much residual nitrogen) than you would like. With the use of Enriched Air (more Oxygen in the mix) you are able to theoretically increase your dive time or decrease your surface interval or make that extra dive during a day. There are some trade offs but the use of Enriched Air can make multiple dives and/or on multiple days safer for you.
- You do have to be a certified Open Water diver and 12 years old in order to take this course.
We hope you take advantage of these most popular specialty courses this year.
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.
It’s that time of year when all of the holiday cheer (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Make Me Crazy Tuesday) takes place around the retail world. We hate to bug you, but we are a retailer also!
We have a great selection of gear for the diver or snorkeler on your holiday list. If they need a complete set of gear or just some of those things that are nice to have along on a dive, we have it for you.
Don’t know exactly what to get? How about an air fill card or gift certificate? Give the gift of a course – we teach EFR and Nitrox each month.
How about a rental for that tropical diving vacation? We have complete travel rental kits available so you have a set of gear that is familiar to you and reliable for you.
From all of the staff at MadisonScuba we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
Let’s get wet! (Lake Mendota is only 42F with no ice yet)
Just added – Camera Class with Stick!
One classroom session on Tuesday night November 27 and then a pool session on Sunday morning Dec 2.
Tryout some new cameras, learn some new techniques and pick up some good pointers of what to do and what not to when taking those National Geographic moments underwater.
Sign up now, spots are going fast.
It wasn’t as cold as it could be (only 52 in the water, 40 out of the water). The viz was really good (15′). The sun was shining. But that wind, that darn wind. That’s what made it cold.
Five intrepid carvers set off with Wes and Brian for the 91st annual MadisonScuba Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Dive. Chuck, Frank, Mike, Adam, and Mehgan all went out with pumpkin, carving utensils and weights in hand, creative thoughts in mind and a lot of neoprene on their bodies. Personally, I was warmer in the water than in the wind…..Trama surgeon Frankie came up with the most intricate and well carved pumpkin (as judged by the contestants.) A nice video shot by Wes of Frank with his instruments in the sand, gentle but sure knife (scalpel?) strokes and a steady hand at the job is on our Facebook page. Most interesting (IMHO) comes from Adam. When he was carving, I was thinking – What’s the tic tac toe board got to do with Halloween? Then, after getting back to shore – viola! A hard hat diver! Wow!
See you at the next event! Let’s get wet!
By: Meg Ziegelbauer (age 11)
Hey I’m Meg Ziegelbauer and I got a chance to try out the new Cressi BCDs and regs. I also got to try out a new wet suit. The wet suit it was comfortable and fit great! I was nice and toasty for the whole dive. I could also move around pretty good in the suit. The BCD was amazing, it fit really well and wasn’t too tight or too loose. I didn’t have a problem with anything. It was also very comfy on the shoulder straps. The regs were nice. They felt nice and I really like the gauges. They worked really great. I could see the numbers on the gauges really well.By: Meg Ziegelbauer (age 11)