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Upper Midwest Scuba Adventure and Travel Show!


The Upper Midwest Scuba & Adventure Travel show, sponsored by the GLSPS, is now planing for the 2016 show.  The planned date of the 2016 UMSAT Show is Saturday, March 12, 2016.

It will be held at a new hotel venue the "RAMADA" in Bloomington, MN (by the Mall of America).
Please Note:  The 2016 UMSAT Show information will be added as we produce the new show advertising and registering material.  
Here are the UMSAT Show 2016 Promotions That Are Available: 
2. UMSAT Show 2016 Poster

For more information on the upcoming 2016 show, such as purchasing tickets, booking a hotel room, Advanced show tickets and Awards Banquet tickets, please click on this link.  if the information is not up yet, please check back weekly for any additional content.




If you are interested in joining the planing Committee, please contact Ken Merryman or Phil Kerber.  Our contact information is in the "Contact Us" field above,  Or, you can email us at,  If you always wanted to be a star or champion performing the duties of a chairperson of a very rewarding Committee, please let us know. 


We are always looking for speakers that would like to present a great topic about their scuba diving experiences.  If you or anyone you know, would like to be a star and speak at any future UMSAT Shows, please let us know!

If you would like to volunteer to help plan the UMSAT show or help the day of the show, please contact Ken Merryman or Phil Kerber by clicking on the "Contact Us" field on the website.  




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GLSPS Project Sponsors





Scott and Tracy from "Air Down There Scuba" are offing free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment for anyone participating in a GLSPS project!






Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center are offing free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment for anyone participating in a GLSPS project.  they have also loaned the GLSPS a Mini "Go Pro" HD Video Camera for a couple of projects.  Thank you Steve and Jolene!!  
Here are three videos produced by Steve at Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center.  They were filmed in Lake Michigan on a charter they offer in Milwaukee.  Please view the videos and if interested in joining them on a charter to visit these shipwrecks, please click on above Logo for further information.


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Jay Hanson from "Superior Scuba Charters" and "North Shore Scenic Cruises" helped the GLSPS on many projects in the past.  Jay has many years of experience as a Captain, dive shop owner, dive instructor and commercial diving.  Jay is the GLSPS Access Chairman.  His duties include making sure all the shipwreck access buoy's are in place along the north shore of Lake Superior.  Thanks Jay!!


Jay has taken a different path for the past two years and his scuba  charters are no longer available.  However, in 2012, Jay purchased the Winona which was used to transport people from Grand Portage MN to Isle Royale MI.  He now has available day cruises on the North Shore of Lake Superior and is docked at the Silver Bay MN Marina.  If you are interested in booking a day charter cruise on the North Shore of Lake Superior, please click on the Logo above to obtain more information on how you can join in on a north shore day cruise.








 Announcing our 16th Annual UMSAT Show
Saturday, March 12, 2016
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Awards Banquet Dinner - 7:00 to 10:00 PM
New Location for the 2016!
Ramada Hotel Near the Mall of America
2300 East American Blvd
Bloomington, MN 55425
This is also the 20th Anniversary
of the
"Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society"
Please join us in Celebrating our 20th year of Preserving Maritime History
Stay with us for a Weekend Getaway,
Click the link below to reserve your room

Don't miss the kickoff event, "Friday Night at the Movies"
Friday, March 11, 2016
7:00 to 10:00 PM




To learn more about the UMSAT Show, please visit the UMSAT Show website by clicking on the link below:


UMSAT Show Website

Is your business related to Scuba Diving or Adventure Travel?
You can be a Platinum, Gold or Silver Sponsor for the Show!
Please click on the link below to print the Registration Form.
If you are a related business in scuba diving and travel, and would like to participate as an Exhibitor in our EXPO,  please click on the button below for the contract and registration form to send us.
UMSAT Show 2016 Exhibitors Contract

If you would like to help promote the UMSAT Show, please check back later for additional information on how you can help.
If you have any need for training, dive gear, repair services, tropical dive trips or charters to the great lakes, please use any of the sponsors listed below.  You can click on any of the logos to find them on their websites.  The ogos are also on the front page of the UMSAT Show Website.


If you kept your program books from the previous show, it has very valuable information in it that you can use throughout the year.  Such as Dive Shops, Charter Services, repair services, and equipment you might need.  Please patronize the local businesses that advertise in the book.  They may likely have a discount if you tell them you found their Ad in the UMSAT Show Program Book!


If you would like to Advertise in the UMSAT Show Program Book, please contact one of us.


If you would like to VOLUNTEER to help at the show, please click on "Contact Us" and send Bob Nelson an email.
A free UMSAT Show t-shirt is given to all volunteers!!

Awards Banquet 2016

After the show...
Divers, historians, show speakers and shipwreck enthusiasts will join us to socialize,
have dinner and honor our 2016 GLSPS Dive Industry Award Winners!

Attendees will also enjoy an encore presentation from our Feature Speaker



Below are the Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors of the 2016



Please give them the recognition by patronizing their businesses and visiting them at their stores.



 Please Click on the Logo's Below to Gain Access to their Websites


Platinum - Sponsors for the 2016 UMSAT Show





MidWest School of Diving

Gold - Sponsors for the 2016 UMSAT Show





Silver - Sponsors for the 2016 UMSAT Show


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We uploaded many pictures of the past UMSAT Shows to the GLSPS Photo Album Page.  Please take a moment to check it out by clicking on this link.




The Past UMSAT Shows Have Proved to be Amazing

and Entertaining shows. You DO NOT Want to Miss It!

We hope you will join us for the 2016 UMSAT Show




 Please Mark You Calendars, the 2016 UMSAT Show will begin Friday March 11, 2016

for the Friday Night at the Movies

Starting at 7:00 PM and Goes until 10:00 PM.

Then Saturday March 12, 2016 is the Main Show

and will be held at the

Ramada Hotel

(Near the Mall of America). 



UMSAT Show Committee

Show Cell - 612-567-3305



Attention all GLSPS Members and Associates

The GLSPS has joined "Amazon Smile" for you to purchase main line products.
The GLSPS will receive a small percentage of 0.5% when ever you purchase anything through "Amazon Smile"
You can purchase products anytime through Amazon.  You can order online using "Amazon Smile" and give to your favorite Non Profit Organization, such as the GLSPS.
Here is the link to "Amazon Smile"
Thank you to all that have given the GLSPS their time volunteering, and the Support with your generous donations!
Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society 
Board of Directors

       We Invite you to join us on a Project!     

The 2015 Programs and Projects Have Now Ended and are Completed for the Season.
Please take a moment to review the project reports by clicking on the
"2015 Project Reports"
(Left hand side of this website)
Those of you that participated in the Projects hopefully had a great time and learned a few things about shipwreck preservation and documentation.

The GLSPS would like to invite members that have not joined us on a project in the past,
to join us in 2016.

All New and Current Members are welcome on the Projects.


Please Note:  You will need to login as a member to gain access to the main part of this website and for you to "Register" for most future "GLSPS Programs and Projects".

If you find that your membership is due, you will first need to login as a member then click on the word "Renew" In the upper right hand corner of the website.
Please have your Credit Card ready for payment.

If you prefer to "Renew" your "Membership" by Check and Regular Mail, please click on the link below.

Mail In Membership / Renewal Form


Please "Scroll Up" or "Down" this page for more details on upcoming projects throughout the season or click on "Events Calendar" or "2015 Projects" to see the dates projects are scheduled.  You can also navigate through the website by clicking on the "Menus" which are located on the left side of the website.

GLSPS Annual General Membership Meeting
Tuesday November 17, 2015
at the
Ramada Hotel Mall of America Bloomington MN
2300 East American Blvd Bloomington MN / Near the Mall of America
Shoshone Room from 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Here is the link to the Hotel
Front of the Ramada Hotel
Lobby Stairway
Meeting / Speaker Rooms
(New Location of the 2016 UMSAT Show)
Please Join us for a Sneak Preview of the New Show Venue

2014 GLSPS General Membership Meeting
Meeting starts at 6:30 PM
Horderves and Beverages are Supplied
(The Hotel Bar will be open to serve Adult Beverages)
Guest Speaker for the evening
Professor Michael McCartney
Research Professor at the U of M St Paul Campus Research Center
Michael will be talking about his research on the Zebra and Quagga Mussels infesting or local lakes and streams, and now parts of Lake Superior
Please join us for the Annual Membership Meeting and be the first to see the new venue for the 2016 UMSAT Show
We hope to see you there!
GLSPS Board of Directors


Please Join us by Becoming a Member

Here is a video clip from a project in the Apostle Islands.  This is what the GLSPS does as a group.  Our friend, colleague, videographer and founder of the GLSPS, Ken Merryman has produced many hours of underwater video to help document and preserve our underwater resources and maritime history.
Please View and Print A Membership
Brochure to Learn More About Us
To Become a GLSPS Member for the First Time,
Please Click on this Link.

It's very easy to become a member!
You can click on the link above or you can click on the "Member Signup / Renewal" button which is located in the Menu selections on the upper left hand side of this web page.  Please fill in the (secured) fields and select payment.  

GLSPS Member Benefits

1. Two newsletters per year
2. Membership log on, Username and Password.  This will be issued when signing up as a member.
3. An exclusive members view of the interactive website including emails from the GLSPS to further inform the members of upcoming events.
4. The opportunity to participate in the many exciting and rewarding projects aboard our research vessel the RV Preservation.
5. An Annual BBQ and Cruise on the RV Preservation during the launch weekend.

6. A variety of training classes and programs the GLSPS offers for members.
7. Discounts on equipment rentals and free air for those members participating in a project.
8. Discounts on dive equipment purchased from you local Dive Shops that participate in the Annual Upper Midwest Scuba and Adventure Travel Show.

9. An "Annual General Membership Meeting" held in the fourth quarter of the year. (Typically in November).
10. A chance to help the Society as an active member and, to learn new things to help you be more of a dynamic person at your careers and your everyday life.
The most you will get out of being a member is the amazing satisfaction of knowing your annual dues and donations are going to a worthy cause to help protect and preserve maritime history for years to come.
The GLSPS website, email function will provide many email announcements such as,  Newsletters, Meetings, Schedules, Programs and Projects and any other GLSPS activities and general society news.

The Board of Directors Meeting is the first Tuesday of each month and are open to any member.  The meetings provide an opportunity to meet other Society members, to get involved, and to provide input into the direction of the Society.

So please join us in the fun helping preserve maritime history by clicking on the membership level you prefer. 
Membership Levels:
(The below links 1 - 7 only work for Non Members)

If you prefer to become a member by sending a check instead of using a credit card, you can do so by printing this simple form.  Please click on the Button below, print out the form, fill in the fields.  Please enclose the form in an envelope with a check "Paid to the Order of "GLSPS Membership" and send it through regular mail using the address on the membership form.
Thank you for considering becoming a GLSPS Member.
After you become a member, we certainly hope to see you on a project.





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