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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!
2019 UMSAT Show

New Date 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!

Jimmy's Event Center Vadnais Heights MN
 
For more information on the 2018 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2019 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 Ken Merryman at kmerryman@glsps.org or Phil Kerber at pkerber@glsps.org

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
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.

HomeThomas Wilson 2018 Invasive Species Monitoring Project





2018 Thomas Wilson Invasive Species 
Monitoring Project



September 29 - 30 and October 6 - 7, 2018

Two Weekends to have a Chance to Join Us!




                                                                Tools Used to Count Mussels

                                                                                                                                  Photo by Jack Decker                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                   

To learn more about the project and how to participate, please click on the links below.




Please join us for this EXCITING Project!!



If you haven't dived the Whale-back Thomas Wilson, here is your chance!


Closing Report:

September 29 - 30, 2018


The "Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Project" did not turn out so well again this year.  Between the fact that the 2018 summer season has left lots of rain and the high winds the week before, the project just wasn't going to happen again this year.  Thank you to Corey Daniel, Andrew Goodman, Steve Berres, and Phil Kerber

It started out with our project leader not feeling so well and had to cancel his
involvement in the project.  Unfortunately he had the tools we use to help us in counting the Zebra Mussels on the shipwreck and just couldn't connect to obtain them from him.  We asked Corey Daniel to take over as the Project Leader and Phil Kerber remain Captain on-board the RV Preservation Research vessel.  He would also help out as Co Project Leader. 

The weather was cold but sunny.  Which is a good start on what we thought would be a great project.  After a discussion with the participants of the project that the visibility might be really bad, we were still determined to dive the Thomas Wilson Shipwreck to attempt counting mussels that day.   After securing the boat to the shipwreck the first dive team
descended to the Wilson and discovered we were going to have very little visibility again like we discussed, and were disappointed.  They continue to dive even though the visibility was 10 feet or less.  They agreed the visibility was only 5 to 10 feet depending on where you were at on the shipwreck.  We then all agreed that the project would be too dangerous to continue.  So we discussed options.  One option was to dive the Mayflower which was another 4.5 miles further out from the Wilson.

We then motored to the Shipwreck Mayflower coordinates and dropped a diver in the water to attempt to find the subsurface buoy we installed years back.  The diver (Steve Berres) couldn't find the subsurface buoy but did find the shipwreck.  So he tied off his surface marker buoy so that we could Anchor and dive the shipwreck.  We didn't want to actually hook the shipwreck because of a concern of damaging it.  It is our protocol to not course any additional damage to our shipwrecks on the north shore or anywhere on the great lakes.  So we anchored next to it in the sand.

All participants wanting to dive the Mayflower dived it that day and said the visibility was 15 to 20 feet.  We then motored back to Spirit Lake Marina for dinner.  

The next day we woke up and decided to try the Thomas Wilson again.  In the past, we've had better visibility change in just one day so, we thought we would try it.  

After setting the anchor on the Thomas Wilson again the second team of Phil Kerber and Andrew Goodman descended to the shipwreck.  They found that the visibility had gotten worse.  They figured they only had about 1 to 2 feet of visibility and called the dive!

We all then discussed our next move and agreed to the call the rest of the day and head for the marina, unload equipment, clean up and head for home.  I guess we'll try it again next weekend for the next scheduled Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Project.

Even though we are disappointed by the diving and weather conditions, we still have a great time cruising and hanging out on the RV Preservation.  We may take on a little tourism if we get bored but all in all, we have a great time on all of our projects.  We did get some above water photos.  Click Here to see the photo Album of the event.  

If any member would like to join us for ANY project in the future, you should register for the project we sent up in the winter and make available for you the member to participate.   Please don't hesitate to try joining us on a project.  You will have a great time.  Both Men and Women have joined us this year and in the past.  They all say they will be back.  Some return and some don't.  Time is what most of us come up with for an excuse. But, you will never be disappointed that you joined us. 

Have a great day and be sure to keep diving, even if it isn't with us!

GLSPS Board of Directors
info@glsps.org




Closing Report:

October 6 - 7, 2018


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