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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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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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Check out the most beautiful magazine ever produced in Northern Minnesota!


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.

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GLSPS 2018 Programs and Projects Schedule






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"Tentative Schedule"



Project Leaders are now planning their projects for 2018. Availability to "Register" for any of the projects are limited at this time. 
Please check back later.




GLSPS Programs and Projects include activities for both diving and non-diving members.  

You need to be a member to participate in any projects aboard the R/V Preservation.

Please check with the project leader if you have any questions; most projects will have something to do for anyone!

See the Project Sponsors listed below the left menu of this website for free air fills and equipment rental discounts while participating in GLSPS projects!

Please Note: projects are subject to change, postponement or cancellation at any time due to weather, underwater visibility, R/V Preservation location or availability, volunteer participation, or project personnel scheduling issues. Registered project participants will be contacted by email if any changes occur.

Date Project Contacts Phone
January 27 - 28
Level 3 & ID
Level 1 - Topside Crew only!
Ice Dive - Fun Dive and Ice Diving Class
Sponsored by BSA Venture Crew 820!
Tentative!!

Dean Soderbeck - Leader
Jeff Le-Moine - Co Leader

651-216-8596
612-803-6476
March 6 - Oct 31
Level 1
Ken Merryman - Leader
Joe Musial
Tom Brueshaber
763-226-9620
612-224-2576
612-272-7242
March 2 - 3
Level 1

Upper Midwest Scuba and Adventure Travel Show
UMSAT Phone
Ken Merryman
Bob Nelson
612-570-3305
763-226-2825
612-916-8183
 April 10
Level 1
 First Aid - First Responder – CPA - O2- ADE Update Training  Phil Kerber - Leader  612-720-2825
April 14 or 21
Level 1
S.S. Meteor Scouting Trip Phil Kerber - Leader
612-720-2825
April 28 – 29
Level 1



S.S. Meteor Preservation Project

Phil Kerber - Leader
Sara Blanck, SPM - Co-Leader
612-720-2825
715-394-5712
May 5 – 6
Level 1
RV Preservation Work Weekend #1

Ken Knutson - Leader 612-578-1551
May 12 - 13
Level 1
RV Preservation Work Weekend #2
Ken Knutson - Leader 612-578-1551
May 19 - 20
Level 1
RV Preservation Work Weekend #3
Phil Kerber - Leader 612-720-2825
May 28
Level 2
Lake Phalen Beach Clean up Dive 
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS)
Dean Soderbeck - Leader
Ken Lillemo - Co Leader
651-216-8596
651-483-8596
May 26 – 28
(Memorial Weekend)
Level 1
RV Preservation Work Weekend # 4
Ken Knutson - Leader 612-578-1551
June 2
Level 1
RV Preservation Launch and Captains Training Session
Phil Kerber - Leader
Ken Knutson - Boat Operator
Phil Kerber - Trainer
612-720-2825
612-578-1551
612-720-2825
June 3
Level 1
Membership Cruse and BBQ
Phil Kerber - Leader
Ken Knutson - Boat Operator
612-720-2825
612-578-1551
June 16 - 17
Level 1 & 2
(Fathers Day Weekend) 

A nice ride for Fathers Day!

RV Preservation Cruise to Silver Bay and Set Mooring Buoys
Tim Pranke - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
651-395-9451
June 23 - 24?
Level 1

Benjamin Noble Photo Mosaic Project  Jerry Eliason - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
218-879-5307
651-395-9451

 June 30 - July 1?
Level 3
ARC
 Madeira Re-Mapping Project #1  Tim Pranke - Leader
Jeff Le Moine - Co Leader
???????????? - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
612-803-6476
July 14 - 15
Level 3
Dive Shop Fun Dives on North Shore
Phil Kerber - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
612-720-2825
651-395-9451
July 21 - 22
Level 3
Madeira and Hesper Monitoring Project
Corey Daniel - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
218-349-8028
651-395-9451
August 3 - 6
(August 7 = Weather contingency)
Level 5, 6 & TT
Pretoria Project


Jack Decker - Leader
Tim Pranke - Co-Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator

641-512-1046
651-395-9451
612-720-2825

August 11 - 12
Level 2 & TUD


S.P. Ely Documentation & Youth Intro to Shipwreck Diving

Dean Soderbeck - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
Jeff Le Moine - Crew

651-483-8596
651-395-9451
612-803-6476


August 18 - 19
Level 1
Benjamin Noble Photo Mosaic Project
Jerry Eliason - Leader 
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator  
218-628-4923
651-395-9451
August 25 - 26
Level 2 & 3
GLSPS Fun Dives on The RV Preservation (North Shore)
Jack Decker - Project Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
Tim Pranke - Crew
641-512-1046
612-720-2825
651-395-9451
Sept 08 - 09
Level 3
Cruise RV Preservation Back to Duluth Collecting Mooring Buoys - (Work and Fun Dives)
Phil Kerber - Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
612-720-2825
612-720-2825
September 22
Level 1
McDougall's Dream Fund-Raiser
Superior, Wisconsin
 Sara Blanck - Leader 715-394-5712 
September 29 – 30
Level 3 & 4
Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Project
Tim Pranke - Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
612-720-2825
October 6 - 7
Level 3 & 4
Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Project - (2nd Weekend)

Tim Pranke - Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
612-720-2825
October 14
Level 2
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Dives
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS)
Dean Soderbeck - Leader
Jeff LeMoine - Co-Leader
651-216-8596
612-803-6476

Please Note

  • Group size is limited on most projects so feel free to call the Project Leader to discuss opportunities.  They can provide a detailed description of the project, what your time commitment will be as well as any requirements for participation. A detailed description and registration for each project is available by clicking on the name of the project in the above schedule or via the Events Calendar.
  • Registration is required for each project to secure your spot!
  • All divers will need to provide all their own cold-water diving gear including scuba tank and pony bottle.
  • The Tools and Techniques Class completion is required whenever stabilization work is necessary.
  • Since these are work projects, supplies and fuel are provided by the GLSPS.  Food expenses will be shared by the participating members.
  • Each project has a Project Level associated with it.  Please check the index below to see if you qualify.
  • It is required to have your own health insurance to participate in projects.
  • DAN diving insurance (or equivalent) is highly recommended and may be required to participate in certain projects.
  • Liability Releases are required for each participant.  Print, read, complete and sign the GLSPS Master Liability Waivers - Medical Forms  at home before you leave and before the project starts, so you will have ample time to read and understand all forms, agree to the terms and conditions and sign. 
  • PLEASE Note:  If any questions on the Medical form are answered "YES" this will require the second form to be completed and signed by your doctor, so please plan ahead. The boat cannot leave the dock or be able to dive until all forms are signed by participant and reviewed by a GLSPS representative!

Project Levels

  • Level 1 – Non Diving Project or Program
  • 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 Logged Dives Minimum
  • Level 5 – Advanced Trimix / Open Circuit and Rebreather Deep Diving / (Invitation Only)
  • Level 6 - Special Project - Restricted to Invitation Only
  • TUD - Tune Up Dives
  • ARC - Archaeology and Drawing Class Recommended 
  • TT - Tools and Techniques Training Required
  • OE - Overhead Environment
  • ID - Ice Diving Certification to dive but not limited to Surface Crewing

Yearly Summary

  • 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 S.S. Meteor Whaleback 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 weekend 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 registering and participating in our various projects. All programs and projects are educational, entertaining, fun and ultimately rewarding.
  • We offer an Underwater Tools and Techniques Procedures class whenever there is enough demand. Please let a Board Member know if you are interested in taking this class. 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.


Members, this is your opportunity to get involved and participate! The GLSPS research vessel, the R/V Preservation, will be available for use on many of our projects.  Divers must have a certification from basic scuba diving to Advanced Open Water Diver or comparable experience, depending on project level. (See levels above).  Stabilization Projects will require proprietary training and skills with preservation techniques and underwater tool handling.  The GLSPS will offer this as demand allows.  If you are interested in any of the above projects, please contact the project leader or any of the Board Members.  Sign up early as projects can fill up very quickly if a group decides to join.  Please remember, any of the above programs and projects can be changed, postponed or canceled at any time because of weather, underwater visibility, scheduling, or lack of personnel or volunteers. 



We hope GLSPS Members will be able to join us as a volunteer on these projects.  We are certain you will find the projects educational, informative, are very organized and most of all, have a lot fun.  So please join us as a member and on a Program or Project.  You could make a difference in helping preserve maritime history!

Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society - Board of Directors