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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

New 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
(Meet and Greet Party with food and Beverages)
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 or Phil Kerber 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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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

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.

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.

HomeLake Phalen Cleanup Dives

Lake Phalen Beach Clean up Dives

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The BSA Venture Crew 820 and the GLSPS are inviting divers of all ages to join us in a very worthy cause.  To help cleanup the beach at Lake Phalen.

This is an annual event.  Please join us in keeping our city lakes clean of trash and debris.

Please contact Dean Soderbeck if you are interested.  Contact information is below.

We hope to see lots of you there!!

Dean Soderbeck

BSA Venture Crew 820 Lake Phalen Beach Cleanup Dives 2018 Participants

Lots of trash pulled out of Lake Phalen Beach

To See More Photos of the Lake Phalen Beach Cleanup Dives, Please Click Here

Closing Report:

BSA Scuba Venture Crew 820 & GLSPS

2018 Phalen Lake Swim Beach Cleanup



Saturday morning dive, May 26, 2018

Phalen Lake Beach House @ 1400 Phalen Drive, St. Paul, MN


Saturday afternoon dive, May 26, 2018

Phalen Lakeside Activities Center @ 1530 Phalen Drive, St. Paul, MN


Divers from all around the Twin Cities helped with the 8th annual BSA Scuba Venture Crew 820’s ‘Underwater Beach Clean-up’ event Saturday May 26th, 2018. Venture Crew 820 hosted the event and provided free air tanks to all the divers plus outfitted 12 divers with all of their dive equipment needs, as well as provided lunch to all the volunteers.


A total of 32 volunteers participated in this event with GLSPS, including 19 BSA Venture Crew members and 5 GLSPS members. Some of the volunteers that dove with us saw an article on the event and wanted to simultaneously help out and get their first dive in.


Of the 21 divers, 3 SSI Open Water Dive Instructors, 2 PADI Dive Masters, and 2 PADI Master Divers participated. One of the Master Divers was only 15-years old and has been diving and a member of BSA Venture Crew 820 since he was 12-years old.


With so many volunteers, the cleanup went quickly. Divers spent an average of 24 minutes under the chilly 42 degree water depending on the depth of their zone they were covering. Seven youth and five adult divers from BSA Scuba Venture Crew 820 teamed up with five divers from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society (GLSPS), three divers from Northland Scuba, and divers from Scuba Squad, MN Scuba club, and divers who wanted to assist. We had additional volunteers cleaning up the shallow knee deep water and other non divers cleaned up the beach front area or served as shore support.


The volunteers found the majority of debris in the shallow water and out in the 20-foot depth area, including: glass, pop & beer cans, plastic bags, lids, containers, sun glasses, a dive fin, dive mask, golf balls, fishing reel, monofilament fishing line, commercial light fixture, car tires & a muffler, hub caps, a large picnic table that we dragged up to shallower water, and other lost items from either last summer’s swim season or items left on the ice during the winter. With the ice just leaving the lake 4 weeks earlier, the divers had cold water wet suits, dry suits, hoods, and gloves on to keep warm at the cold water temperatures found 15 to 18 feet down or deeper.


Saturday May 26 had a record high temperature that reached 96 degrees, so when the divers suited up in their cold water dive equipment, they just wanted to get into the lake to cool off. What other sport can you go from heat exhaustion to hypothermia in a matter of minutes? The surface water was between 68 and 72 degrees but it quickly cooled off the deeper you went. At 15 to 18 feet down, the average water temperature was 55 to 59 degrees, and some divers went down below 28 feet with water temperatures dropping to 43 degrees.



We had two areas around the lake that needed underwater clean-up this year, so after lunch 3 divers and one shore support adult spent an average of 30 minutes underwater each covering a 300 foot by 30 foot area in front of the Phalen Lakeside Activity Center. We removed more debris in a smaller area off the T-dock and promenade deck than the large area in front of the public swim beach house. Besides picking up debris, the divers also assisted the City of St. Paul by searching for a sail boat rudder and center board that was thrown off a moored vessel earlier in the week.


KSTP channel 5 News, WCCO channel 4 News, and Saint Paul Pioneer Press covered the event this year which is always a treat.


We made a lot of new diving friends at this event and hope to dive with many of them this summer at some of the fun quarry dives at Ore-B-Gone, or shipwreck dives in Lake Superior with GLSPS.





Dean Soderbeck

Adviser, BSA Venture Crew 820


Charter Partner; Northland Scuba, Inc.
8779 Columbine Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-949-0909

Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society

Great lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society   

Lake Phalen Beach Cleanup 2017

May 27, 2017


For the past three years the GLSPS has joined in collaboration with the BSA Venture Crew 820 Youth Group to help / assist in the Lake Phalen Beach Cleanup Dives and also helps promote the BSA Youth Programs.

Closing Report

Here is the link to the Closing Report and Press Release

BSA - GLSPS Lake Phalen Beach Clean up Dive - May 27, 2017

Thank you to all that participated in the Beach Cleanup on Lake Phalen!

We hope you join us again next year and invite a dive buddy!

GLSPS Board of Directors
BSA Venture Crew 820