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04-01-2020





GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website


The 2020 UMSAT Show has been CANCELED because of the Corona-virus Outbreak

The New 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 12:00 AM

Location
 
Stay tuned for the Lineup of Speakers for 2021

For more information on the canceled 2020 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2021 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 Mary Lillimo at marylillemo@gmail.com "Show Chairperson", or Phil Kerber, "President", at pkerber@glsps.org

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.
Prins Willem
The Dredge 906
Lumberman



 
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2020 Projects / Programs Schedule



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2020 Project Schedule

Please contact the "Project Leader" if you are interested in a Project, Program 
or
Need Additional Information



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

You need to be a member to participate in any project (s) 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 on 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.

If you would like to print your own Schedule, Here is a link to a copy in a pdf Format

Link Coming Soon!!



Date Project Contacts Phone
February 22
Level 3 & ID
Ice Dive on Lake Minnetonka - 3D Video Practice on the Street Car Boats
Ice Conditions are GOOD!  It's a GO!
Phil Kerber - Project Leader
Phil Kerber - Equipment Manager
763-720-2825
March 6 - Dec 31
Level 1
Ken Merryman - Project Leader
763-226-9620
March 11
Level 1
 Emergency First Response Update Class  Phil Kerber - Program Leader 612-720-2825 
April 3 - 4
Level 1
Upper Midwest Scuba & Adventure Travel Show 2020
Canceled Because of the Corona-virus Outbreak!!
UMSAT Phone
Mary Lillemo
Bob Nelson
612-570-3305
612-590-7810
612-916-8183
April 18
Level 1
S.S. Meteor Scouting/Survey Trip
Canceled Because of the Corona-virus Outbreak!!
Phil Kerber - Project Leader
612-720-2825
April 25 – 26
Level 1
S.S. Meteor Preservation Project 
Sixteenth Annual
Canceled Because of the Corona-virus Outbreak!!
Phil Kerber - Project Leader
Megan Meyer, SPM - Co- Project Leader
612-720-2825
715-394-5712
May 2 – 3
Level 1
Ken Knutson - Project Leader 612-578-1551
May 09 - 10
Level 1
Ken Knutson - Project Leader 612-578-1551
May 16 - 17
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Project Leader 612-720-2825
May 23
Level 2
Lake Phalen Beach Clean up Dive
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS)
Dean Soderbeck - Project Leader
Ken Lillemo - Co Project Leader
651-216-8596
651-483-8596
May 23 – 25
(Memorial Weekend)
Level 1
Ken Knutson - Project Leader 612-578-1551
 May 23 - June 6
Level 5 & 6
 Hamilton - Scourge Monitoring Project  Ken Merryman - Project Leader
Using Private Boat
 763-226-9620
June 6
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Project Leader
Ken Knutson - Boat Operator
Phil Kerber - Trainer
612-720-2825
612-578-1551
612-720-2825
June 7
Phil Kerber - Project Leader
Ken Knutson - Boat Operator
612-720-2825
612-578-1551
June 13 - 14
Level 1 & 2
Tim Pranke - Project Leader & Access Chairman
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
651-395-9451

June 20 - 21
Level 2
Intro to Photogrammetry Tim Pranke Program Leader
Corey Daniel - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
218-349-8028
June 27 - 28
Level 1


Lotta Bernard Shipwreck Search

Jerry Eliason - Project Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
218-879-5307
651-395-9451

 June 27, 
Level 2/3
Underwater Fishing Tournament 
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS) 
Dean Soderbeck - Project Leader  651-216-8596
July 18 - 19
Level 3
Jack Decker- Project Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
641-512-1046
651-395-9451
July 11 - 12
Level 3
Corey Daniel - Project Leader
Corey Daniel - Boat Operator
218-349-8028
218-349-8028
July 25 - 26
Level 2/3 & TUD
Intro to Shipwreck Diving
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS)
Dean Soderbeck - Project Leader
Corey Daniel - Boat Operator
Jeff Le Moine - Crew
651-483-8596
218-349-8028
612-803-6476
August  6 - 9
(August 10 = Weather contingency)
Level 3, 4, & ARC
Jack Decker - Project Leader
Tim Pranke - Co-Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator

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


August 15 -16
Level 2 & 3



(This is the weekend of Aquaventure's Scuba Palooza event at
Lake Ore-Be-Gone. GLSPS will be represented with a booth.
Dean Soderbeck -Project Leader

651-216-8596
August 22 - 23
Level 2 & 3
Jack Decker - Project Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
641-512-1046
612-720-2825


September 5 - 7
Level 1
ARC
Madeira Mapping Project - (Phase two)
(2020 Depending on Funding)?
Jeff Le Moine - Project Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
612-803-6476
651-395-9451

612-720-2825


Sept 12 - 13???
Level 1
Lotta Bernard Shipwreck Search
2nd Weekend if Not found on the First Weekend

Jerry Eliason - Project Leader
Tim Pranke Captain
218-879-5307
651-395-9451
 Sept 13,
Level 2 & 3
Underwater Basket Weaving Fun Dive 
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS)

 Dean Soderbeck - Project Leader 651-216-8596
Sept 12 - 13 or 19 -20
Level 3
Cruise RV Preservation Back to Spirit Lake Marina in Duluth Removing / Collecting Mooring Buoys - (Work and Fun Dives)
Tim Pranke - Project Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
651-395-9451
651-395-9451
 September 19
Level 1
Mc Dougall's Dream Fundraiser - Superior, Wisconsin  Megan Meyer - Program Leader 715-394-5712
September 26 – 27
Level 3 & 4
Thomas Wilson Monitoring and Clean-up Project #1
(Weather and Visibility permitting)

Andrew Goodman - Project Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
612-703-0384
612-720-2825
October 3 - 4
Level 3 & 4
Thomas Wilson Monitoring and Clean-up Project #2
(Weather and Visibility Permitting)

Andrew Goodman - Project Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
612-703-0384
612-720-2825
October 04
Level 2
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Dive
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS)
Dean Soderbeck - Project Leader
Jeff Le Moine - Co-Project 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!
  • Any youth between the ages of 10 and 17 years old that has their Official Dive Certifications, will need to have a Parent or Guardian sign the Liability Releases, Waiver and Medical Forms 24 hours before the event.  A Parent or Guardian must be present with the youth on-board the RV Preservation.  A Dive Master, Instructor, Parent or Guardian must be able to supervise the youth while diving.  (In the water supervision).
  • 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 24 hours before the project/event starts, so you will have ample time to read and understand all forms, agree to the terms and conditions and sign.  If you ask for forms at the boat, you will not be able to dive that day.  A 24 hours grace period is required.  DON'T FORGET YOUR FORMS!!
  • 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, (the last weekend in April) we plan a joint above water project between Superior Public Museums, WUAA, 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.  If interested in joining us to help prepare the boat, please contact us.
  • The first weekend of June is when all the fun begins.  We launch the R/V Preservation, provide a cruise on the boat and a BBQ for members of the GLSPS. After that weekend, the GLSPS transports the RV Preservation to Silver Bay Marina where it stays close to most of the dive projects.  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 on 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. 

If you have and idea, suggestion or want to become a program or project leader, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your ideas. 

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, 
Committee Chairpersons
Project Leaders