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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

If we are allowed to have a physical Show
The Date and Venue for 2021 UMSAT Show!!

April 9 - 10, 2021

Friday Night at the Movies
7:00 to 10:00 PM

Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Main Show

(Meet and Greet Party with Food and Beverages)
At The Holiday Inn Hospitality Room
(Next Door to Jimmy's)
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM


If we have a Virtual Show Only
The dates would be

April 6 - 10, 2021

There will be one speaker each night 
starting at 7:00 PM

Saturday will have two speakers and
the GLSPS Awards Event 
Stay tuned for the Lineup of Speakers for 2021

For more information on the upcoming 2021 UMSAT Show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at

Or, contact Mary Lillimo at "Show Chairperson", or Phil Kerber, "President", at

Here are the Links to Important Exhibitors Documents
  UMSAT Booth Table Layout at Jimmy's Event Center

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. Required to show GLSPS Membership Card! 
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. You will be required to show your GLSPS Membership Card.  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

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GLSPS 2014 Programs and Projects Schedule

The Schedule is still in the planning stages.  The Project Leaders are now planning their projects and will be adding content to the event calendar soon.  

Please Note:

Project Registration will be available after the Projects have been added.

If Registration is not available for the project of interest, please check back again.



Please Note:  Any of the below projects are subject to change, postponed or cancelled at any time due to, weather, underwater visibility, volunteer participation or scheduling problems with the project personnel.  The R/V Preservation’s location is also a deciding factor.  You will be contacted by email if any changes occur or the project is cancelled.  




Project Leader & Captain(s)

PL Telephone

February 21 – 22

Level - 1

UMSAT Show 2014

Ken Merryman –Chairperson

UMSAT Phone Number



March 6, - Oct 31

Level - 1

Essex Mast Restoration Project


Ken Merryman – Leader Joe Musial Tom Brueshaber




March 14 – 16

No - Level

Phil Kerber

Mac McClure




April 2

Level - 1

Emergency First Responder First Aid Class

Phil Kerber

Scott Wemyss - Instructor



April 17 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Level 1

HCMC New Hyperbaric Chamber Facilities Tour - 4/17/2014

Phil Kerber


Dick Hagen (Grumpie)




April 24 at 2:00 PM  to 4:00 PM

Level 1

HCMC New Hyperbaric Chamber Facilities Tour - 4/24/2014

Only reserve date if needed!

Phil Kerber

Dick Hagen (Grumpie)




April 25 – 27

Level -1

S.S. Meteor Preservation Project  (DONE)

Phil Kerber – Leader

Sara Blanck – Co- Leader




May 10- 11

Level -1

RV Preservation 1st Work Weekend  (DONE)

Ken Knutson – Leader



May 17 - 18

Level -1

RV PRESERVATION 2nd Work Weekend  (DONE)


Ken Knutson – Leader



May 24 – 26  (Memorial Weekend)        Level -1

RV PRESERVATION 3rd Work Weekend  (DONE)


Ken Knutson – Leader



May 31 - June 1
Level -1


Ken Knutson – Leader


June 7 – 8

Level - 1


Phil Kerber - Leader

Ken Knutson – Boat Operator




June 20 – 24

Level - 2

Apostle Island Shipwreck Video Shoot Project (DONE)

Ken Merryman – Leader

Ken Knutson / Bob Nelson – Boat Operators




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July 19 - 20

Level – 3 

Madeira And Hesper Monitoring Project  (DONE)

Corey Daniel – Leader

Steve Daniel – Boat Operator



July 26 – 27

Level - 2

GLSPS Introduction To U/W Archeology and Documentation Training - 7/26/2014


Bob Nelson – Leader, instructor

Dick Hagen - instructor



July 26 - 27

Level -1

 S.S. Meteor Hull Painting Project
Sara Blanck Leader
Phil Kerber
Co Leader

August 2 - 3

Level - 2


Benjamien Noble Photo Mosaic Project


Jerry Eliason - Leader

Bob Nelson - Boat Operator




August 16 - 17

Level – 2

Documentation, Photo & Video Practice on Ely

Bob Nelson - Leader

Phil Kerber - Boat Operator




September 13 -14

Level – 2

GLSPS Fun Dives On The R/V Preservation - 9/13/2014


Leader - Jack Decker

Boat Operator

Phil Kerber



September 23

Level - 1

Returning the S.S. Mataafa Rudder to the Cold Waters of Lake Superior
Steve Daniel

September 27 – 28

Level – 3 & 4   

Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring and Cleanup

Tim Pranke - Leader

Phil Kerber – Boat Operator



October 4 – 5

Level – 3 & 4

Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring and Cleanup

Tim Pranke - Leader

Boat Operator – Phil Kerber




Date: TBD

End of Season

Level - 5

Olive Jeanette Video Documentation “Tentative”

Special Invitation Only

Ken Merryman-Leader

Ken Merryman-Captain





The GLSPS 2013 seasonal Programs and Project Schedule, indicated in Green on the events Calendar, include activities for both diving and non-diving members to participate. We encourage non-diving members to assist with surface support and project documentation, whether keeping written notes or photographing the project work, we have something for you to do.

Please check out the Project Sponsors listed on the lower left of this web page.  These sponsors will provide free air fills and 1/2 off rental for any scuba gear needed for GLSPS projects you are participating in.  Please click on the logo to gain access to their website to find additional information.

  • Opening the season, we usually present an Ice Diving Documentation Practice Class on a shipwreck in Lake Minnetonka.  In 2013 and 2014 the Ice Dive was scheduled but was tentative on ice conditions and personnel availability.  They were cancelled because of the ice conditions.  If you would like to learn more about documenting a shipwreck in an overhead environment, please contact the Leader of this project.   (Certain requirements are required for this dive).
  • 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 SS Meteor Whale-back 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)!
  • Two three weeks before Memorial Day, we begin preparing our project boat, the R/V Preservation, for summer projects on Lake Superior.  
  • The first part 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 participating in a project by Registering.  All programs and projects are educational, entertaining, fun and ultimately rewarding.  Occasionally, when the class fills up, we offer the Under Water Tools and Procedures Class.  It will only take place if the class fills up for there is a fee associated with the class to participate.  Please don't hesitate to register for the class if interested by giving one of the Board Members a call.  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.
  • Group size is limited on most projects so call the Project Leader to discuss opportunities.  They can provide a detailed description of the project and what your time commitment will be, as well as any requirements for participation.  Descriptions and Registering for each project is available by clicking on the Name of the Project in the "2014 Projects Schedule" section of this website page above.
  • All Participants are required to register for the project (s) to secure their spot!
  • All divers will need to provide all their own cold-water diving gear.
  • If there is stabilization work needed, you will be required to have completed the Tools and Techniques Class.
  • These are work projects, so project supplies and fuel are provided by the GLSPS, but food expenses will be shared by the participating members.
  • Each project has a Level associated with it.  Please check the index below to see if you qualify.  (Please scroll to bottom of this page to view).
  • It is required to have your own health Insurance to participate in any of the Projects.
  • It is also required to have D.A.N. Insurance or equivalent. 
  • Liability Releases are required for each participant by clicking on Master Liability and Waiver Forms to print read and sign before project starts.  The boat cannot leave the dock until all forms are signed, reviewed and OK-ed.


The GLSPS Research Vessel, the R/V Preservation, will be available for use with many of the projects.  Members, this is your opportunity to get involved and participate.  Projects are open to GLSPS Members.  Divers must have a certification from basic scuba diving to Advanced Open Water Diver certification or comparable experience, depending on project level. (See levels below). Level 3 to five require a level of advanced open water and sometimes advanced technical dive certifications.  Stabilization Projects will require proprietary training and skills with preservation techniques and underwater tool handling.  The GLSPS will offer annual training for this once per year as interest builds.  If you are interested in any of the above projects, please contact any of the GLSPS Leaders of the project or, any of the Board Members.  Please sign up early. Please remember, any of the above programs and projects can be changed, postponed or canceled at any time because of weather, underwater visibility, scheduling, lack of personnel and volunteers for the projects.


Level 1 – Non Diving Project

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 or more logged dives

Level 5 – Advanced Trimix / Open Circuit and Re-breather deep diving / (Invitation only)

TT= Tools and techniques training required

OE= Overhead Environment

ID= Ice Diving Certification to dive but not limited to Surface Crewing

We hope you (GLSPS Members) will be able to join us as a volunteer on a project.  We are certain you will find the projects educational, have a lot fun and make a difference in helping preserve maritime history!

We hope you will enjoy the project,

Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society / Board of Directors

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