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Dedicated to Preserving our Shipwrecks and Maritime History
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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.
Prins Willem
The Dredge 906

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GLSPS 2011 Programs and Projects Schedule

Completed January 23, 2011

Registering for Projects is not available until the day of the UMSAT Show or anytime after.





The GLSPS 2011 Summer Programs and Project Schedule includes activities for both diving and non-diving members to participate in. We encourage non-diving members to assist with surface support and project documentation, whether keeping written notes or photographing the project work.



  • Opening the season, we Present an Ice Diving Documentation Practice Class on a shipwreck in Lake Minnetonka.  If you would like to learn more about documenting a shipwreck in a cold and 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 restoring the SS Meteor Whale-back on Barkers Island in Superior, WI.  This is a above water project for all non divers and divers to enjoy.
  • Two weeks before Memorial Day, we begin preparing our project boat, the R/V Preservation, for summer projects on Lake Superior.  
  • Our Underwater Tools & Techniques class is held in June to provide training for use on underwater stabilization and preservation work. 
  • July through September 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, moored at Spirit Lake Marina in Duluth, MN.
  • 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 "2011 Projects" section of this website below.
  • If there is underwater work, you will need to bring cold-water diving gear.
  • If there is stabilization work needed, you will need 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.
  • New Levels of projects have been created in an index below the project list.  (Please read below).
  • Liability Releases are require for each participant by clicking on Master Liability and Waiver Forms to print, read and sign before project starts or the boat leaves the dock.

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    Updated May 23, 2011


    2011 Programs and Projects


Date Project Project Leader & Boat Operator(s) PL Telephone
January 20 – 23 Minneapolis Boat Show / Booth Display (DONE)  Report and Pictures Steve Daniel – Leader 651-470-5389
January / Every Saturday until done Level - 1 Essex Mast Restoration Project  (On-going) Steve Daniel - Leader Tom Brueshaber – Co Leader 651-470-5389 612-272-7242
February 5 – 6 Level – 3 - (ID)

Ice Diving Documentation Project / Class (DONE)Report

Pete McConnell - Leader Phil Kerber - Equipment 763-545-1738 612-720-2825
February 25 – 26 Level - 1 UMSAT Show  Annual Fundraiser  (DONE) Ken Merryman
UMSAT Show Ph#
March 19 (All Day) Project Management Training  Seminar (DONE) Dale Koziol – Instructor 612-889-5170
April 1 – June 1 Level - 1 Hesper Display in Silver Bay Marina
(DONE)  Report
Steve Daniel – Leader 651-470-5389
April 1 – Oct 31 Level - 1 Sevona Whistle restoration and Display Project Steve Daniel – Leader 651-470-5389
April 30 – May 1 Level -1 S.S. Meteor Preservation Project - 4/30/2011 (DONE)  Report Phil Kerber - Leader Bob O – Co Leader 612-720-2825 651-303-4114
May 21 -22  Level - 1 R/V Preservation Boat Work - 5/21/2011 (DONE)  Report Ken Knutson – Leader Bob O – Co Leader 612-578-1551 651-303-4114
 May 28 - 30

Level - 1
 R/V Preservation Boat Work - 5/28/2011
(DONE)  Report
 Ken Knutson - Leader

Bob Olson - Co Leader

June 4 – 5 Level - 1 R / V Preservation Launch Day - 6/4/2011 (DONE)  Report Ken Knutson - Leader Bob Olson - Captain 612-578-1551
June 11 – 12 Level – 3 Underwater Preservation - Tools & Techniques Class - 6/11/2011 (Postponed Until Class fills up) Phil Kerber - Leader Bob Nelson – Boat Operator 612-720-2825
July 9 -10 Level - 2 Shipwreck Documentation Site Skills Course - 7/8/2011.
(Postponed Until Next year).
Bob Nelson – Leader 612-916-8183
July 16 – 17? Level - 2 Madeira And Hesper Monitoring Project - 7/16/2011
(DONE)  Report
Corey Daniel - Leader Bob Olson - Captain 218-343-4970 651-470-5389
  July 30 – 31 Level – 2   S.P. Ely Hull Documentation - 7/30/2011 Two Harbors MN
(Postponed Until Next year) Boat Launch is Closed in Two Harbors.
  Bob Nelson – Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
August 5 - 10 Level - 2 Mc Cargoe Cove Underwater Site Survey - 8/5/2011  Isle Royale MI
(DONE)  Report
Leader - NPS 
Co Leader -  Randy Beebe
Bob Nelson - Boat Operator
August 20 – 21 Level - 2 Grand Marais Harbor Documentation Project - 8/20/2011
(DONE)   Report
Steve Daniel – Leader   651-470-5389
September 10 – 11 Level – 2 Gooseberry Falls State Park Logging Artifact Survey - 9/10/2011
Artifact Survey and Documentation Project (Phase 1)
(DONE)  Report

Steve Daniel – Leader

Shore Dives

September 17 – 18 Level – 3 & 4 Wilson Zebra Mussel / Monitoring / Survey / Cleanup
(DONE)  Report
Todd Olson - Leader - Phil Kerber - Boat Operator 952-905-9562

The GLSPS dive boat, the R/V Preservation, will be available for use with many of these 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 the trip leader and sign up early.


Level 1Non Diving Project

Level 2Basic Scuba Certification 20 logged dives Minimum

Level 3Advanced Open Water Certification – 30 Logged dives Minimum

Level 4Advanced Technical Diver / Occasional and light deco procedures - 60 logged dives

Level 5Advanced 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