FUN DIVING! Y-KIKI'S LOCAL DIVING ADVENTURES PROGRAM
Welcome to Fun Diving, and if you’re newly certified, welcome to diving!
You may have heard the saying, “Five years from now you will be the same person you are today, except for the books you read and the people you meet.” Likewise, I would say that five years from now you will be the same diver you are today, except for the classes you take and the divers you dive with.
Our Fun Diving “Club” includes a core group of avid divers who are very proficient, experienced, and enthusiastic about sharing their love of diving with whomever chooses to join us on any given outing, whether it is one of the scheduled Local Diving Adventures sponsored by Y-kiki Divers or an additional outing that we add to the mix and invite all to attend.
Especially welcome is anyone who does not have a buddy or who is a little insecure about their current skills. We always have on hand a skilled and patient buddy who will truly enjoy diving with you and offering any guidance or assistance you may want. Really. This is one of the main purposes of the Fun Diving “Club”. We will stay within your limits and comfort zone when we dive with you, and not consider it to be any kind of imposition. On occasion we will also send out an invitation for an excursion that requires a minimum level of experience, such as a wreck diving weekend on Lake Michigan. When this occurs the invite will clearly state what depths you need to be certified for and whether equipment such as a drysuit is advisable.
The only way to get better at diving is to go diving, and the best way to get better is to go diving with divers who are more skilled than you. Acquiring more skills now on local dives will greatly enhance your enjoyment and safety when you make your trips to exotic destinations. Imagine being able to focus on what you are seeing, experiencing, or photographing, because you no longer need to concentrate on your buoyancy control and manipulating your equipment.
In conclusion, our priorities when we go out fun diving are:
Safety first, always
Having fun, both in the water and when sharing surface intervals and meals
Acquiring and improving on diving skills
Have questions? Whether general diving questions or questions specific to one of our planned dive outings… bring them on! You may e-mail me or call/visit Y-kiki Divers to get your questions answered: Bill Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here's what we have planned for 2022! RSVP to the below events at the bottom of the page or by calling one of the shops.
Jan. 1: Mermet Springs, Metropolis, Illinois ~ Polar Bear Plunge
February 3 starting at 6:30pm: Virtual or in-person at our Chesterfield store on choosing and using Dive Computers. Hosted by Valerie Elliott, owner of Y-kiki Divers
March 5: Principia School Pool, 1-4pm: Pool Session ~ Buoyancy coaching/gear checkouts
April 30 & May 1: Poker Run & Fun Dives ~ Mermet Springs, Metropolis, Illinois
May 28 & 29 (Memorial Day Weekend): Pennyroyal Blue Springs, Hopkinsville, Kentucky ~ Zombie Apocalypse Diver & Fun Dives
June 11 & 12: Table Rock Lake ~ Dive Against Debris
July 1-3: Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI ~ Wreck Dives - cancelled
July 16: Mermet Springs, Metropolis, Illinois ~ PADI Women Dive Day
July 29-31: Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI ~ Wreck Dives
August 20 & 21: Table Rock Lake ~ Fun Dives
We know that the water temp will be in the mid-80s all the way down to 30+ ft. It will be a little colder below that thermocline, but still very comfortable in a full length 3 mm or 5 mm wetsuit (some will even be diving it in a shorty). We cannot predict visibility, as that will depend on recent rainfall and any possible algae bloom in the water; it can range from just a few feet to 15+ feet in the shallow warm water, and usually improves below the first thermocline to somewhere in the 10-25 ft. visibility range. We will be shore diving near the dam all day Saturday and till Noon or so on Sunday. There is a very nearby dive shop that can rent and/or fill tanks for you.
** Peggy and Bill may be available to do some specialty certifications as well if you are interested in knocking out a specialty while there.
September 3 & 4 (Labor Day Weekend): Pennyroyal Blue Springs, Hopkinsville, Kentucky ~ Zombie Apocalypse & Fun Dives
October 7-10: Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas ~ Houseboat Trip & Dive Against Debris
October 15: Mermet Springs, Metropolis, Illinois ~ Annual “Soak Your Gourd” Underwater Pumpkin Carving event
November 5 & 6: Fun Dives ~ Mermet Springs, Metropolis, Illinois
December 3: Underwater Pictures with Scuba Santa & Annual Food Drive benefitting St. Louis Area Foodbank
January 1, 2023: Mermet Springs, Metropolis, Illinois ~ Polar Bear Plunge
RSVP for any of the events below. There is no charge to attend any of our Fun Dive events, but you are responsible for entry fees, hotels, meals, air, etc.
|15 Oct 2022||Undrwtr Pmpkn Crv 10/15/2022||Mermet Springs||US$ 40.00|
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Specialist
|15 Oct 2022||Soak Your Gourd 10/15/22||Mermet Springs||US$ 50.00|
Soak Your Gourd
Underwater Pumpkin Carving and Fun Dives (sign up for the Underwater Pumpkin Carving specialty separately from this registration - you are only paying for the event here). Fee includes lunch and a shirt to commemorate the fun.
|05 Nov 2022||Fun Dives - 11/5 & 6||Mermet Springs||-|
Fun Dives at Mermet. Divers are responsible for entry fees. Reserve rental gear by contacting one of the shops.