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Dive Review of subaquaric sport battle creek mi/days inn mackinac city mi in
The Continental USA

subaquaric sport battle creek mi/days inn mackinac city mi: "Great Lake Wrecks", Oct, 2014,

by Stacey Garrison , MI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 7844.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I drove up from home on Friday and we were booked in the Days Inn. I ran into Rob Knolle our dive guide and we went out for great food and cold suds. If you have never been to Mackinac City or Mackinac Island Michigan ( pronounced mackinaw) you are in for a treat. Neat shops, a plethora of great dining, and just a wonderful allround atmosphere with many tourists.
After a long week at work and a 4 hour drive to Mackinac we ate talked and called it in early.
The next day we all met at the continental bfast and I met the other divers. One was a 60+yo woman that does the great lakes dives once a year. Her husband doesn't dive so she was by herself. There was a man from England who also does these dives each year.He is working in the states. We had a guy fly in from Iowa with his wife. She was a nondiver and he was going to do an artic dive and wanted cold water experience. Me. I live in Michigan and wanted try diving at least once. I was the only one using a wet suit. I had to rent it because I weigh 40lbs more than when I first bought a wet suit and I don"t really need one because I mostly do warm water dives now. All the others had dry suits.
Our boat captain was Dan Block and he was a very experienced tech diver. When you dive really deep the wrecks are untouched but it is nothing I have an interest in doing. He was very safety conscious and repeatedly checked our gear and helped us on with it and into and out of the water. I am a recreational diver and dive once a year at some vacation spot so I tell every one that I have 1 year experience 35 times. We dove as buddies and the whole dive was a good experience. We dove the Cedarville a 600ft freighter built in 1927 that went down in the 60"s and then the Willim Barnum which was a wooden steamer 1873 went down in a storm. We never went deeper that 110ft on the 1st dive and 80ft on the second. Visibility was pretty good and the waters were real calm. By the end of the second dive my fingers were cold and stiff but my body was ok. The woman was petite and even with a dry suit she was shivering by the time the second dive was over.
We were done by noon on Sat and drove to Cheboygan mi for air fills.
Rob and I took all the tanks for the group. At the dive shop we learned that the shop owner was diving the Cedarville just after noon and a 63 yr old man from Minn drowned today and the shop owner was called to the site and recovered the body in 100 ft of water. He forgot to turn on his main air tank and was diving with a pony tank that ran out. It was very sobering knowing someone died on the same wreck you just dove.
When we got back Rob, myself and the woman took the ferry to Mackinac Island and did the tourist thing. Rob had never been, and he burned up a camera taking pictures. Only horses and bikes on the Isle.
Bucket List.
The first 2 dives were in lake Huron and Sun dives were in lake Mich.
We rode under the bridge-that was cool. We did the Sandusky 1848 with a figurine on the bow and then the Maitland. Most of the stuff has long been removed from the boats but it was cool reading the history and who died in the shipwrecks. Altogether it was a memorable experience which I don't think you should do as a checkout dive. It is hard to move with all the cold water gear on.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [florida keys, ponce de leon park, caribean, curacao, bonaireUnspecified]
Closest Airport traverse city Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 38-40°F / 3-4°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 75- Ft/ 23- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions depth and buddy
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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