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 2023! RSVP to the below events at the bottom of the page or by calling one of the shops. The 2024 events are also listed below, witha new flyer coming soon.
October 6-9, 2023: Bull Shoals Houseboat Weekend
October 14, 2023: Mermet Springs Soak Your Gourd Pumpkin Carve Dive
November 4-5, 2023: Fun Dives ~ Mermet Springs, Metropolis, Illinois
December 2, 2023: Underwater Pictures with Scuba Santa & Annual Food Drive benefitting St. Louis Area Foodbank
January 1, 2024: Mermet Springs, Metropolis, Illinois ~ Polar Bear Plunge
Chossing and Using a Dive Computer - presentation by Valerie Elliott - in-person at the Chesterfield store or join virtually.
March 2, 1-2:30pm and 2:30-4pm - Principai Pool Session - Buoyancy coaching/gear checkout.
April 27-28 - Mermet Springs, Poker Run/Fun Dives
May 25-26 - Pennyroyal Fun Dives
June 29-30 - Table Rock Lake
- Dive site is the Dewey Short Dam & Visitors Center - a shore dive with plentiful parking and lots of room on shore to spread out. The only "facilities" are bathrooms. Buddies will be available for any who need one. Water temps will be warm in the shallow water (less than 40 ft.) and a little colder in the deeper water. Divers should have (or rent) all standard dive gear to include compass, cutting device, dive light, and surface signalling items. Bring chairs if you wish and a cooler with drinks and lunch.
There is a small dive shop a mile up the road that can rent and/or fill tanks, but it has rather short hours. It would be best to bring everything you need and at least 2 full tanks (3 preferred).
There are more than a hundred available hotels, resorts, and campsites not far from the dam. We will be staying at Branson Stone Castle Hotel, and are getting a special price there by reserving through Ozarks Kirkwood Tour & Travel, 417-335-4668 (tell them you are diving with Y-Kiki Divers to get the substantial discount, and RSVP as soon as possible). If you are bringing any non-divers with you, the dam is a very pretty site to hang out at and/or there are more than a hundred interesting shows/shops/restaurants/mini golf courses within 5 miles.
July 20 - PADI Women’s Dive Day, Mermet Springs
August 24-25 - Table Rock Lake Fun Dives
See details above on the july trip.
Great Lakes Wreck Diving - Date TBD
October 11-14 - Bull Shoals Houseboat
October 19 - Mermet Springs Soak Your Gourd Pumpkin Carve Dive
November 2-3 - Mermet Springs
December 7 - SCUBA Santa, Pool Session, UW photo opp w/ Santa
January 1, 2025 - Mermet Springs - Polar Bear Dive
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.
|14 Oct 2023||UN 10/14/2023||Mermet Springs||US$ 40.00|
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Specialist
|14 Oct 2023||Soak Your Gourd||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.
|04 Nov 2023||Fun Dives - Mermet||Mermet Springs||-|
|01 Jan 2024||Polar Bear Plunge 24||Mermet Springs||-|
Polar Bear Plunge @ Mermet Springs
|02 Mar 2024||Pre-Season Tune-up 24 1pm||Principia HS Pool||-|
1:00-2:30pm Session Gear (including tanks and weights) is free to use, but you need to pick it up and return it to the shop.
|02 Mar 2024||Pre-Season Tune-up 24 2:30pm||Principia HS Pool||-|
2:30-4:000pm Session Gear (including tanks and weights) is free to use, but you need to pick it up and return it to the shop.
|27 Apr 2024||Poker Run 24||Mermet Springs||-|
Poker Run and Fun Dives
|25 May 2024||Fun Dives 5/25/2024||Pennyroyal||-|
Zombie Apocalypse and Fun Dives at Pennyroyal (sign up for the Zombie Apocalypse separately from this registration - you are only RSVP'ng for the fun dives here). Divers are responsible for entry fees. Reserve rental gear by contacting one of the shops.
|29 Jun 2024||Fun Dives - Table Rock 7-24||Table Rock Lake||-|
|20 Jul 2024||Women Dive Day 24||Mermet Springs||US$ 50.00|