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April 1, 2, 2022

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Or, contact Mary Lillemo "Show Chairperson" at or Phil Kerber, "GLSPS President", at

We are always looking for speakers that would like to present a great topic about their scuba diving, adventure travel experiences, shipwreck diving and maritime history research and stories.

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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.
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HomeEventsIntro to Shipwreck Diving With GLSPS and BSA Youth Group Program 2019

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Intro to Shipwreck Diving With GLSPS and BSA Youth Group Program 2019

Saturday, July 27, 2019 to Sunday, July 28, 2019
Two Harbors Boat Launch and Docks / Agate Bay
N 47° 00.902 W 091° 39.917
Two Harbors Boat Launch & Dock
Boat Launch in Agate Bay by Oar Docks
Two Harbors , MN  55616

Additional Info:
Dean Soderbeck
651-483-8596 (p)
651-216-8596 (c)
2019 Projects
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Bring warm cloths and cold water diving gear.
Also, please bring your smiles and enjoy the day of diving on a shipwreck.
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
BSA Participant W/O Food Only!
BSA Venture Crew 820 Intro To Shipwreck Diving
Documentation and Photo Shoot/Fun Dives

S.P. Ely 2019 Documentation & Youth Group Intro to Shipwreck Diving Project

This annual S.P Ely Intro to Shipwreck Diving is where the GLSPS invites youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA Venture Crew 820) to experience shipwreck diving for the first time.

The fee for one day is $15.00 per person and $30.00 per person for both days will cover the split expenses for the food we provide aboard the RV Preservation. Cost is dependent on a number of meals eaten supplied by the GLSPS.  If you bring your own food, please make special arrangements with the Leader of the event.

We will bring the RV Preservation From Silver Bay to Two Harbors early Saturday morning, it will require at least two GLSPS members/divers/crew to assist with cruising the boat to Two Harbors Saturday and back Sunday afternoon. (Weather Depending)!  Up to 6 divers are welcome to stay/sleep on the Preservation Friday and Saturday evenings.

We will be meeting divers and support at the Two Harbors boat launch at 10:00 AM Saturday morning.  Load equipment and motor over to the break wall approximately 1 mile away in Agate Bay, right next to the S.P. Ely shipwreck. As always the schedule is dependent on lake conditions to bring the boat down.

We will be diving most of the day and break for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 PM, returning to diving when all divers have been feed and all tanks filled or exchanged.

The second dive will commence one hour after we have lunch. The youth group will be able to explore the shipwreck (under the supervision of their own Dive Master's and Supervisors).

We will be done diving about 4:00 PM and departing the break wall about 5:00 PM to transport the youth group back to the Two Harbors boat launch and dock to unload dive and other equipment.

Sunday is scheduled for GLSPS Members. Members are welcome to dive Sunday only if they prefer, with only a small charge of $15.00 per day for food.  (Unless you bring your own food).  We will pick you up at the Two Harbors boat launch dock about 9 am. Please let Dean Soderbeck, Project Leader know.  Or register on the GLSPS website.

During the Project, the main GLSPS Members will be documenting the condition of the S.P. Ely and practice their still photo and Video process to help in documenting the shipwreck for deterioration.  After the photos and videos are edited and reviewed, a GLSPS President appointed stabilization committee will decide on if and when we will be performing any stabilization on the shipwreck.

If you would like to enjoy an easy shipwreck dive and help the GLSPS document it and or help to show a youth diver a really cool shipwreck to cultivate a young persons interest in preserving maritime history, please register yourself or, contact us to register your youth group of certified divers to join us in a learning experience like no other!!

If you are interested and are registering for the project, please print, read, understand, sign and turn the form to a GLSPS Representative aboard the RV Preservation.  Please do this in advance, preferably at home as it needs to be read and signed 24 hours before the event and to give the participant ample time to properly read through the entirety of the forms.  The boat can't leave the dock until all the signed forms have been turned in advance and reviewed, (especially if parents or Guardians needed to sign the forms).  If you registered for this project, you will receive a final email a few days before the event with the link to the forms as well.  Please watch for it.

Here is the link to the forms.  GLSPS Master Liability Waivers - Medical Forms

Thank you for your interest in joining the GLSPS for another great Project.

Please Note:  The GLSPS has the right to postpone or cancel this project at any time for any reason.  Please watch your email as the event approaches.

Hope to see you on this project or, a future project.

Dean Soderbeck
Project/Event/BSA Leader
GLSPS Board Of Director
GLSPS 2nd Vice President