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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

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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.
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The Dredge 906

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.

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GLSPS Fun Dives On The R/V Preservation

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9:00 AM until Sunday, August 27, 2017, 3:00 PM
Silver Bay Marina
99 Beach Drive
Silver bay, MN  55614

Jack Decker
Registration is required
Payment In Advance Or At Event
Have fun and meet other members.
Cancellation Policy:
The GLSPS Board of Directors has expenses associated with this project after you register. Unfortunately, the GLSPS cannot refund any fees you have paid so far. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Registrants & Fees

GLSPS Fun Dive Project

(R/V Preservation docked at Silver Bay Marina)

August 26 - 27, 2017

(Cancelled - Weathered Out)!

This event is put together to get our non active GLSPS Members together and experience first hand what ot's like to dive off the Society's Research vessel the RV Preservation.  Members can also see first hand how we do things on-board the vessel which we make as safe and organized as possible.  This is NOT a cattle boat like you would see with some Charters.  It is an excellent way to join us and have the opportunity to be more active in the Society.  What ever level you decide to be at, there is a place for you as a active member.  We are always striving to gain new members and especially active members that like to dive and participate in the projects the GLSPS provides.
Diving off the GLSPS Research vessel is one of the benefits of being a member.  This is without a doubt the largest benefit the members have and can enjoy, both divers and NON divers!
The event fills up fast because of the popularity so please don't hesitate to register ASAP. 

Please Note: This schedule and dive locations could change at any time due to weather, lake conditions or any unforeseen event.


Itinerary (Tentative)

Most project participants arrive Friday (August 25) evening and sleep on-board the vessel.  (First come, first served for bunk location!)  If enough participants are willing and able, a Friday evening dive on the Hesper can be arranged.


Saturday, August 26, after breakfast on board, departure from the dock is 9:00 AM sharp!  Since this is a “fun” dive project, departure is a little more relaxed than a typical work project.  Generally, we can get 2 or 3 dives on the Madeira, and/or a dive under Split Rock Lighthouse.  Lunch is served on board and tanks filled between dives.


This year, and if participants agree, the third dive could be on the Charlie Anchor. This will be a mix of wreck diving and lake bottom structure diving.


Dinner:  Saturday night is “on your own” with the group at a local restaurant.  After dinner, we could have a campfire on the shore at the marina by the beach area?


Sunday:  August 27, comes early as we head out and around the breakwater to the Hesper.  This wreck is well protected so we can get 2 dives in before heading back to the dock to clean up the boat and head back to reality.


Thank you to all that participate in this project.  We hope you have fun diving the shipwrecks the active members enjoy and learning about GLSPS Projects and procedures.  Hopefully, you will be able to participate in a future GLSPS Project.


Watch for the report and pictures of this project in the "Projects Archive" page on the GLSPS website soon after the project.



Safe diving,



Jack Decker

Event Leader

Phil Kerber
GLSPS President
Captain - RV Preservation