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Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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March 3 - 4, 2018

Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM
(Including Awards Banquet)

New Location!

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.

HomeSink A Ship 2002

Sink-A-Ship ventures to Grand Rapids

On Monday the 15th of April, 2002, four members of the sink-a-ship committee took a day off from work and attended the monthly meeting of the DNR Regional Managers in Grand Rapids Minnesota. Our goal was to introduce ourselves and to meet the Region 2 DNR people who we expect to work with to intentionally sink a vessel of considerable size on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Admittedly, we expected a warm welcome to begin a lively discussion about the somewhat, off the beaten path idea of making an underwater park attraction for SCUBA Divers. We were given a half-hour to say our piece and then it was opened up for questions and comments. Our audience was polite and a few had a glimmer of interest in the prospects during the presentation. After all, Minnesota is not a terribly large group of enthusiastic divers who are craving a new dive site. When it was time to open the floor for the discussion, our 16 DNR audience members were relatively quiet.

The Manager from Division of Waters, explained that the primary goal of the DNR was to “improve” the habitat and waterways by way of regulation with regard to both what goes in and what activities go on in the waters of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Generally from the DNR perspective, intentionally putting a large or small vessel on the bottom of a lake in the state is contrary to their philosophy.

We understand that the goal of the DNR is to protect our lakes and rivers, but we need to make a strong case to them that Divers are Sports Enthusiast too! It will be an essential step in the Sink-A-Ship process to prove that anything we sink will be properly cleaned and will be safely placed for the divers who will go enjoy the attraction. Many Minnesotans are Sports People who hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors by using various modes of transportation like boats, 4-wheelers and snow machines. The DNR is heavily involved in providing appropriate spaces and regulations for those outdoor activities. Therefore, we need to ask, what is so bad about putting a large steel boat in approximately 100 feet of water for divers to frequent? If it were clean and safe, what would be the real hang up against the process?

One guess might be that it is just a case of we are not used to thinking about recreating beneath the surface of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Again it is the apprehension about trying something new. We may need to start a letter writing campaign by all of you the Membership of the GLSPS. If we get on the stick, maybe we can get the support of our governor the Navy SEAL.

Regardless, the trip up to Grand Rapids was worth the effort to give the DNR a heads up that this tenacious bunch of SCUBA DIVERS are going to make a solid attempt to get what we are asking for. We need a new attraction to dive on and we will have to fight for the cause.

By Ron Johnson and Bob Olson