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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
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.

HomeLow Impact Shipwreck Diving Course

GLSPS Low Impact Shipwreck Diving Course


The development of a Low Impact Shipwreck Diving Course is another example of the exciting cutting edge programs GLSPS is initiating. Repairing damage to shipwrecks is where much of our work has been centered. But if we could teach divers the best diving techniques to minimize damage to these delicate sites, the benefits could be even more widespread. Respected scuba instructor Bill King designed the course outline with input from other experienced wreck divers. We then circulated the outline to all of the regional dive shops for comments. We were disappointed that no one responded. We did, however receive an independently created outline from Ryan LeBlanc of Ontario's SOS. It was surprising to see we were topic for topic in step with Ryan's outline.

Fall of 2000, we spent a weekend shooting the underwater video footage for a 10-minute class video on LISWD. However, the visibility was not the best, and in spring 2001 we attempted to return to re-shoot the video. Unfortunately mechanical difficulties kept us at the dock the entire weekend, so we missed a chance to improve the video with the much better spring visibility. In June of 2002, we returned to improve the video. Unfortunately the visibility still left something to be desired. Our hope was to create a top notch video of the techniques, which is really best done in excellent visibility. The other problem we encountered with early season shooting is that our actors' buoyancy skills that we wanted to demonstrate were a little rusty after a winter of hibernation. We are now planning on re-shooting much of the video in May in the Straights of Mackinac where in May 2003 we had 70 ft of visibility.

Low Impact Shipwreck Diving involves buoyancy control, sensitivity to the environment and common sense.

What are the three most important skills in LISWD?

Buoyancy Control!

Buoyancy Control!

Buoyancy Control!

Skilled wreck divers touch the wreck only lightly and infrequently.


Proper attitude and  fining techniques keep the wash from your fins from disturbing the silt on the deck below you.
Improper fining destroys visibility making it more difficult to navigate the wreck without touching it and removes the silt layer from the shipwreck. Experts believe the silt layer in some cases helps protect the shipwreck from deterioration.
When entering a hole or passage-way look before you pass through. Ask yourself whether you can pass through without abrading or colliding with the entrance frame. Minimize your profile and secure dangling equipment that can snag on shipwreck obstacles.
Dragging around heavy lights and accessories can abrade soft wood, tangle and dislodge fragile artifacts and can be a safety issue for the diver.
Submersible pressure gauges that are not secured can wedge in the darnedest places and cause minor damage to the wreck.
Minimize your need to touch the shipwreck Resist the temptation to turn valve handles and panel controls.  Eventually they will break off in your hand.