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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.

HomeIce Diving Documentation Class 2011


  
Lake Minnetonka Ice Dive February 5th
By Bob Nelson

Divers need to dive, and winter is no excuse not to, so off again to Lake Minnetonka
for our chance to have some winter fun. We chose to dive on the Hercules
again to complete last year’s documentation. We were rained out last
year in January. This year we were hoping for "cold Weather" to be able to
complete the documentation on the Hercules. Well the weather was beautiful,
in the 20’s and clear. Twelve excited divers meet at Lake Minnetonka Carson's
Bay prepared to get wet and have some fun. Phil Kerber brought the special
ice cutting chain saw and all the other necessary equipment to make the dive
successful and comfortable, Bob Nelson brought hot beverages and food, and
Pete McConnel brought the documentation equipment. We were ready.
The plan was to continue the documentation of the Hercules, including learning
some new documentation techniques being taught by Bob Nelson, get
wet and have fun. Nine cars and trucks headed out to conquer the ice and
whatever they fi nd below it. The hole was quickly cut in the ice, changing and
warming houses were set up, hot beverages and food was being prepared. Bob
Nelson began instructing the divers on the standardized methods for underwater
site documentation. Next we had the safety talk, and discussion of the
procedures and practices to be used for the day. The divers were ready to get
into the water.
Pete McConnell and Steve Steichen went down first to set the baseline in
position. They placed the baseline on the center line of the Hercules, secured
it in position and begin drawing the shipwreck on the special drawing board
they took down with them. The drawing was more diffi cult than hoped, since
the water visibility was maybe 10 feet and diminishing. The remaining divers
paired up for their dive and everybody dove. The visibility was declining
through the day; limiting the amount of drawing the teams could get done.
The decision was made to wrap things up about 4 and head for the local pub.
We got some more documentation completed, learned more documentation
techniques, had a great time, but will need to return another time to complete
the documentation.

 

 

 

 



Steve Steichen, Jim Christain, Bob Nelson (in hole)

 

 

 

Bob Nelson ready to Dive, Pete McConnell in  hole, Steve Steichen and Jim Christain Tending