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March 2 - 3, 2018

Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Including After Party with food and Beverages)

Same Location as 2017!

Double Tree by Hilton in Bloomington

 
For more information on the 2017 UMSAT show, please visit www.umsatshow.org

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at info@umsatshow.org or contact Ken Merryman or Phil Kerber.

We are always looking for speakers that would like to present a great topic about their scuba diving or adventure travel experiences.

Please let us know if you, or anyone you know, would like to be a star and speak at a future UMSAT Show!


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GLSPS Project Sponsors



Air Down There Scuba offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. Thank you, Scott and Tracy!



Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. They have also loaned us a GoPro HD video camera for a few projects. Thank you, Steve and Jolene!

Videos produced by Steve at Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center filmed in Lake Michigan on a Milwaukee charter trip. Click on their above logo for information to join them on a charter to visit these shipwrecks.
Prins Willem
The Dredge 906
Lumberman



Jay Hanson from Superior Scuba Charters and North Shore Scenic Cruises has helped the GLSPS on many projects. Jay has many years of experience as a Captain, dive shop owner, dive instructor and commercial diver.

Jay has taken a different path for the past few years and his scuba charters are no longer available. However, in 2012, Jay purchased the Wenonah which was previously used to transport people from Grand Portage, MN to Isle Royale, MI. He now offers 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 for information on joining a north shore day cruise.

Home2015 Projects
 
 

 
GLSPS 2015 Programs and Projects Schedule
Please Note: If you click on the Links to the projects below, they may bring you to the 2014 Projects
until Leaders Update their 2015 Projects!

The Schedule is still in the planning stages.  The Project Leaders are now planning their projects and will be adding content to the event calendar soon.  

Please Note:

Project Registration will be available after the Projects have been added.

If Registration is not available for the project of interest, please check back again.

 

 
 

Please Note:  Any of the below projects are subject to change, postponed or cancelled at any time due to, weather, underwater visibility, volunteer participation or scheduling problems with the project personnel.  The R/V Preservation’s location is also a deciding factor.  You will be contacted by email if any changes occur or the project is cancelled. 
 
 
 

Date

Project

Project Leader & Captain(s)


PL Telephone

March 6, Oct 31

Level - 1

 

Essex Mast Restoration Project

 

Ken Merryman – Leader Joe Musial Tom Brueshaber

 
 

763-226-9620

612-224-2576
612-272-7242 

March 13 – 15

No - Level

Ghost Ships Festival

Crown Plaza Hotel Milwaukee WI

Phil Kerber

Other BoD’s

 
  612-720-2825

March 20 – 21

No - Level

UMSAT Show 2015

Ken Merryman –Chairperson

UMSAT Phone Number


763-226-9620

 

612-570-3305

April 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Level 1

HCMC Tour of Hyperbaric Chamber

Phil Kerber

 

Dick Hagen (Grumpie)

 

612-720-2825

612-558-3088

April 24 – 26

Level -1

S.S. Meteor Preservation Project 


Phil Kerber – Leader

Tim Pranke – GLSPS

Co-Leader

Sara Blanck – SPM

Co-Leader

 

612-720-2825

 

651-395-9451

 

715-394-5712

May 2 – 3

Level -1

R/V Preservation 1st Work Weekend

Ken Knutson - Leader

 

612-578-1551

 

May 9 - 10

Level -1

R/V Preservation 2nd Work Weekend

 

Ken Knutson – Leader

 

612-578-1551

May 16 - 17

Level -1

R/V Preservation 3rd Work Weekend

 

Phil Kerber – Leader

 

612-720-2825

May 23

Level – 2

Lake Phalen Cleanup Fun Dive (Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 the GLSPS)

Dean Soderbeck – Leader

 

651-216-8596

May 23 – 25  (Memorial Weekend)         Level -1

R/V Preservation 4th Work Weekend

 

Ken Knutson – Leader

 

612-578-1551

May 30 – 31

Level -1

R/V Preservation 5th Work Weekend

 

Ken Knutson - Leader

 

612-578-1551

June - 6
 

Level - 1

 R/V Preservation Launch And Captains Training

Phil Kerber - Leader

Ken Knutson – Boat Operator

Phil Kerber – Trainer

 

612-720-2825

612-578-1551

 

612-720-2825

June – 7

Level - 1

Membership Cruise And BBQ

Phil Kerber - Leader

Ken Knutson – Boat Operator

 

612-720-2825

612-578-1551

June 13 - 14

Level - 2

Harriet “B” Documentation Survey

Jerry Eliason - leader

Bob Nelson - Boat

Operator

 

218-879-5307

 

 

612-916-8183

June 27 - 28

Level – 3 

Madeira And Hesper Monitoring Project

Corey Daniel – Leader

Steve Daniel – Boat Operator

 

218-343-4970

 

218-349-8028

August 8 – 9

Harriet "B" Video Documentation Survey # 2

           

Jerry Eliason - Leader

Bob Nelson – Boat Operator

 

218-879-5307

612-916-8183

August 15 - 16

Level – 2

S. P. Ely 2015 Documentation - Youth Group Intro Project

Bob Nelson - Leader

Boat Operator - TBD

 

612-916-8183

 

September 12 -13

Level – 2

Leader – Jack Decker

Boat Operator - Phil Kerber

 

641-512-1046

 

612-720-2825

September 14

Level – 3

RV Preservation Cruise back to Duluth Collecting Buoy’s - Work and Fun Dives

Bob Nelson – Leader

Ken Knutson – Boat Operator

 

612-916-8183

612-578-1551

September 26 – 27

Level – 3 & 4

Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring

Tim Pranke - Leader

Phil Kerber – Boat Operator


651-395-9451

612-720-2825

October 3 – 4

Level – 3 & 4

Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring And Cleanup Project

 

Tim Pranke - Leader

Phil Kerber - Boat Operator

 

651-395-9451

612-720-2825

 

       
The GLSPS 2015 seasonal Programs and Projects Schedule, indicated in Green on the events Calendar, include activities for both diving and non-diving members to participate. We encourage non-diving members to assist with surface support and project documentation, whether keeping written notes or photographing the project work, we have something for you to do.

Please check out the Project Sponsors listed on the lower left of this web page.  These sponsors will provide free air fills and 1/2 off rental for any scuba gear needed for GLSPS projects you are participating in.  Please click on the logo to gain access to their website to find additional information.


  • In April every year, we plan a joint above water project between Superior Public Museums, LSMMA, and the GLSPS.  It involves a weekend of preserving and stabilizing the SS Meteor Whale-back on Barkers Island in Superior, WI.  This is an above water project for all non-divers and divers to enjoy.  (Although encouraged, you do not need to be a member to join us)!
  • Three to five weeks before Memorial Day, we begin preparing our project boat, the R/V Preservation, for summer projects on Lake Superior.  
  • The first part of June is when all the fun begins.  We launch the R/V Preservation and provide a cruise on the boat and a BBQ for members of the GLSPS.  After that weekend the GLSPS encourages participating in a project by Registering.  All programs and projects are educational, entertaining, fun and ultimately rewarding.  Occasionally, when the class fills up, we offer an Under Water Tools and Techniques Procedures Class.  It will only take place if the class fills up for there is a fee associated with the class to participate.  Please don't hesitate to register for the class if interested by giving one of the Board Members a call.  The GLSPS will only run the class if we have six or more students. 
  • June through the middle of October is when our underwater projects occur. As most of these projects occur in or near Lake Superior, a common launch point is the R/V Preservation, docked at Silver Bay Marina in Silver Bay MN. (North of Two Harbors) or, Spirit Lake Marina where the boat ends up at the end of the season for the last few projects and winter layup.
  • Group size is limited on most projects so call the Project Leader to discuss opportunities.  They can provide a detailed description of the project and what your time commitment will be as well as any requirements for participation.  Descriptions and Registering for each project is available by clicking on the Name of the Project in the "2015 Projects Schedule" section of this website page above.
  • All Participants are required to register for the project (s) to secure their spot!
  • All divers will need to provide all their own cold-water diving gear.
  • If there is stabilization work needed, you will be required to have completed the Tools and Techniques Class.
  • These are work projects, so project supplies and fuel are provided by the GLSPS, but food expenses will be shared by the participating members.
  • Each project has a Level associated with it.  Please check the index below to see if you qualify.  (Please scroll to bottom of this page to view).
  • It is required to have your own health Insurance to participate in any of the Projects.
  • It is also required to have D.A.N. Insurance or equivalent. 
  • Liability Releases are required for each participant by clicking on GLSPS Master Liability Waivers - Medical Forms for Projects Updated 3-25-15 to print read and sign before project starts.  The boat cannot leave the dock until all forms are signed, reviewed and OK-ed.

 

The GLSPS Research Vessel, the R/V Preservation, will be available for use with many of the projects.  Members, this is your opportunity to get involved and participate.  Projects are open to GLSPS Members.  Divers must have a certification from basic scuba diving to Advanced Open Water Diver certification or comparable experience, depending on project level. (See levels below). Level 3 to 5 require a level of advanced open water and sometimes advanced technical dive certifications.  Stabilization Projects will require proprietary training and skills with preservation techniques and underwater tool handling.  The GLSPS will offer annual training for this once per year as interest builds.  If you are interested in any of the above projects, please contact any of the GLSPS Leaders of the project or, any of the Board Members.  Please sign up early. Please remember, any of the above programs and projects can be changed, postponed or canceled at any time because of weather, underwater visibility, scheduling, lack of personnel and volunteers for the projects.

 

Level 1 – Non Diving Project

Level 2 – Basic Scuba Certification 20 logged dives Minimum

Level 3 – Advanced Open Water Certification – 30 Logged dives Minimum

Level 4 – Advanced Technical Diver / Occasional and light deco procedures - 60 or more logged dives

Level 5 – Advanced Trimix / Open Circuit and Re-breather deep diving / (Invitation only)

TUD = Tune Up Dives

TT= Tools and techniques training required

OE= Overhead Environment

ID= Ice Diving Certification to dive but not limited to Surface Crewing


We hope GLSPS Members will be able to join us as a volunteer on a project.  We are certain you will find the projects educational, have a lot fun and make a difference in helping preserve maritime history!

We hope you will enjoy the project,

Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society / Board of Directors