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

2019 UMSAT Show Website

New Date and Venue for 2019 UMSAT Show!!

April 12 - 13, 2019


Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Including After Party with food and Beverages)

New Location for 2019!
 
For more information on the 2018 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2019 UMSAT Show, please visit www.umsatshow.org


UMSAT Show 2019 Advertising Hanging Poster


If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at info@umsatshow.org or contact Ken Merryman at kmerryman@glsps.org or Phil Kerber at pkerber@glsps.org

Here are the Links to Important Exhibitors Documents

UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitors Contract W/ Registration Form 

UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitor 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. 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 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.

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2019 Projects / Programs Schedule



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2019 Project Schedule "Tentative"

Please contact the "Project Leader" if you are interested in a project or Program



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, project personnel scheduling issues, or other reasons.  Registered project participants will be contacted by email if any changes occur.



Date Project Contacts Phone
February 16
Level 3 & ID
Ice Dive on Lake Minnetonka - Video Footage on the Hopkins & Hercules.
Phil Kerber - Leader
Phil Kerber - Equipment Manager
763-720-2825
March 6 - Dec 31
Level 1
Ken Merryman - Leader
763-226-9620
April 12- 13
Level 1
UMSAT Phone
Ken Merryman
Bob Nelson
612-570-3305
763-226-9620
612-916-8183
April 20
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Leader
612-720-2825
April 27 – 28
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Leader
Megan Meyer, SPM - Co-Leader
612-720-2825
715-394-5712
May 4 – 5
Level 1
Ken Knutson - Leader 612-578-1551
May 11 - 12
Level 1
Ken Knutson - Leader 612-578-1551
May 18 - 19
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Leader 612-720-2825
May 25
Level 2
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS) Dean Soderbeck - Leader
Ken Lillemo - Co Leader
651-216-8596
651-483-8596
May 25 – 27
(Memorial Weekend)
Level 1
Ken Knutson - Leader 612-578-1551
June 1
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Leader
Ken Knutson - Boat Operator
Phil Kerber - Trainer
612-720-2825
612-578-1551
612-720-2825
June 2
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Leader
Ken Knutson - Boat Operator
612-720-2825
612-578-1551
 June 1 - 17
Option to June 21
Level 5 & 6
Hamilton - Scourge Survey and Documentation Project Ken Merryman - Project Leader
Using Private Boat
763-226-9620
June 15 - 16 
Level 1 & 2
(Fathers Day Weekend)
A nice ride for Fathers Day!  or  June 22 - 23
Tim Pranke - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
651-395-9451
June 22 - 23 or
June 29 - 30
Level 1
Jerry Eliason - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
218-879-5307
651-395-9451

June 28 - 30
Level 2/3
Grand Marais Harbor Survey 
Steve Using Personal Boat
 Steve Daniel - Leader 218-349-8028
July 13 - 14
Level 3
Jack Decker - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
641-512-1046
651-395-9451
July 20 - 21
Level 3
Corey Daniel - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
218-349-8028
651-395-9451
 July 27 - 28
Level 2/3 & TUD
 S.P. Ely Monitoring Project and Intro to Shipwreck Diving  Dean Soderbeck - Leader
Ken Knutson - Boat Operator
Jeff Le Moine - Crew
651-483-8596
612-578-1551
612-803-6476
August 1 - 5
(August 6 = Weather contingency)
Level 3, 4, & ARC
Jack Decker - Leader
Tim Pranke - Co-Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator

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

August 10 -11
Level 1
 Shipwreck Hunting?  (Depending on Interest) Tim Pranke
Jimmy Christenson
651-395-9451


August 17 - 18?
Level 2 & 3
Open Project or Fun Dive Weekend - Not a boat dive! Non GLSPS Event!
(This is the weekend of Aquaventure's Scuba Palooza event at Lake Ore-Be-Gone)
Leader - ?????
Boat Operator - ??????

August 24 - 25
Level 2 & 3
Jack Decker - Project Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
Tim Pranke - Crew
641-512-1046
612-720-2825
651-395-9451
August 31 -
September 1 - 2
Level 1
ARC
Madeira Mapping Project - (Phase two)
Jeff Le Moine - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
612-803-6476
651-395-9451

612-720-2825


Sept 7 - 8 Benjamin Noble Drop Camera & Photo Mosaic Project (2nd Weekend).
Jerry Eliason - Leader
Tim Pranke Captain
218-879-5307
651-395-9451
Sept 14 - 15
Level 3
Cruise RV Preservation Back to Spirit Lake Marina in Duluth Removing / Collecting Mooring Buoys - (Work and Fun Dives)
Tim Pranke - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
651-395-9451
September 22 (Sunday)
Level 2
Basket Weaving Fun Dive 
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS)


Dean Soderbeck - Leader
Jeff Le Moine - Co-Leader
651-216-8596
612-803-6476
September 21
Level 1
Megan Meyer - Leader 715-394-5712
September 28 – 29
Level 3 & 4
Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Project #1
(Pending Weather and Visibility)  (May be last minute registration)

Tim Pranke - Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
612-720-2825
October 5 - 6
Level 3 & 4
Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Project # 2
(Pending Weather and Visibility) (May be last minute registration)

Tim Pranke - Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
612-720-2825
October 06             
Level 2
(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 redundant air supply.
  • 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 Open Water Scuba Certification - 20 Logged Dives Minimum - Max 60 feet
  • Level 3 – Advanced Open Water Certification – 30 Logged Dives Minimum - Max 120 Feet
  • Level 4 – Technical Diver / Advanced Nitrox and Deco Procedures - 60 Logged Dives Minimum - Max 150 Feet
  • Level 5 – Advanced Trimix / Open Circuit and Rebreather Deep Diving
  • Level 6 - Special Project - Restricted to invitation only because of special requirements  
  • TUD - Tune Up Dives
  • ARC - Archaeology and Drawing Class Recommended 
  • TT - Tools and Techniques Training Required
  • OE - Overhead Environment
  • ID - Ice Diving Certification Required 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