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Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

Date and Venue for 2020 UMSAT Show!!

April 3 - 4, 2020

Emmy Award
Winning Underwater Videographer!
Becky Kagen Schott

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 12:00 AM

For more information on the 2019 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2020 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

2020 UMSAT Show Exhibitors Contract

UMSAT Show 2020 Exhibitors Sponsors Registration Form

  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.
Prins Willem
The Dredge 906

Jay Hanson from 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.

For the last two years the Wenonah has been laid up in dry dock to replace the entire steel bottom of the boat in order to pass the Coast Guard Safety Inspection. 
The Wenonah will hopefully be ready for service in 2020.

If you are interested in booking a 2 hour - day charter cruise on the North Shore of Lake Superior, please click on the logo above for information on joining him and his staff on a north shore day cruise.

HomeFun Dives with Air Down There Scuba 2016
GLSPS Fun Dives with Air Down There Scuba Along the
North shore of Lake Superior on the RV Preservation.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
This will be the first annual fun dives on the north shore with a local dive shop; this year's dive shop will be Air Down There Scuba!
Unfortunately Saturday's Fun Dive has been canceled due to non interest in participation.  However, Saturday is a work project for GLSPS staff and Members.  We are going to be working on the RV Preservation Engines to tune engines (set Timing).  After this tuning on the engines is complete, we will be diving on the Hesper to install the mooring buoy.
As a member, you can sign up for Saturday to help with either task.  Please let us know by both registering and calling Ken K or Phil K.
Contact Air Down There Scuba to register for the Sunday event.
$25 for dives on Sunday, GLSPS membership required.
Each participant will be required to complete a GLSPS Master Liability Waivers - Medical Form prior to the boat leaving dock.



GLSPS Fun Dive

(R/V Preservation docked at Silver Bay Marina Slip # D 17)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

This event is put together to get our non active GLSPS Members together.  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 the RV Preservation, is one of the benefits of being a member.  This is without a doubt the largest benefit the members have and can enjoy bot 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 (itinerary) and dive locations could change at any time due to weather, lake conditions or any unforeseen  event.

2016 GLSPS Fun Dives with Air Down There Scuba along the North Shore of Lake Superior on the
RV Preservation
Closing Report
July 17. 2016


Phil Kerber (Captain, Event Leader), Crew, Ken Knutson

Participants, Phil Kelly, Jon Stacke, Bryan Schmidt and Karen Capistran



This is a continuation of the GLSPS Board of Directors desire to encourage people to join us as a member and to invite those that haven’t participated for a while, or not at all, to participate and meet other members.  To that end, we have four new members that enjoyed diving off the RV Preservation (Research Vessel) on shipwreck along the North Shore of Lake Superior.


Since the event was only on Sunday, we did one dive on the Madeira and the second dive on the Hesper.  The weather turned out very well, even though scattered thunderstorms were predicted most of the day.  We were able to slip in between them all day.  We were lucky.


A hardly lunch was prepared on board to keep our crew fueled.

At the end of the day we came to the conclusion that fun was had by all.
Thank you to those that helped make the event successful and all the participants that joined us for the day from Air Down There Scuba.

Phil Kerber

GLSPS President

Event Leader

Boat Captain

Ken Knutson
Board of Director
Event Crew
RV Preservation Chairman