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Nov. 28, 2009

Edition 21

We are almost to the first of December and we do not have any ice on area lakes.  November turned out to be a nice month and we made some dives.  November was warmer than Oct. We hope to get out again this next week.  Surface temps. are still in the mid to high thirties.  Lakes have turned over and are getting clear again.

We will have spear guns marked down 10% between now and Christmas.  There are still a number of pairs of Large Standard and XL Pro rental Force Fins on clearance and we have them marked at prices to sell.  It is time to rotate them.  We will Rental BCs and Regulators marked down 10% also.  Thank you to those that have stopped in and purchased gear for your diving friends.

We would like to start a dive a month club which means that you make at least one dive per month for the next year.  If you are interested let me know and we will put you on the list.  I would like to see some new dive sites next summer so let us know about your favorite dive spot and we will try and venture out to dive it.  As stated in a newsletter this summer we are looking at ways to keep divers active diving.  The more we are out of the water our diving skills suffer and then it is harder to get back into the water.  If you feel that your comfort level has waned some, you are welcome to come to one of our scuba classes and spend an evening honing your skills. If you have any ideas on activities we can do, let us know as we are always open to ideas.

Starting with classes next spring each new student will get one day of rental package at 50% off for their use. Next spring we will be hosting an underwater spearfishing class and some time during the summer we will have a tournament on an area lake.  There is a group from the Twin cities that go to South Dakota in August to spear walleyes.  The trip was about $450.00 per person. Price includes the dive charter, lodging, use of the gear trailer, and tanks .   I would like to put a trip together to go out to North Dakota on Lake Sakakawea to spear game fish as it is a lot closer to go than South Dakota and you can spear there at night.  I think we can do the trip for about 250.00 to 300.00 dollars if we have six going.  Price would include travel, boat and lodging. I lived out there in the early eighties and dived the lake a lot so I think we would have pretty go luck.  Let me know if you have an interest in going on the trip.

A special thanks to those of you that helped with classes this last year and I know that all those that took classes really enjoyed the help that you give them. The first weekend in March is the Red River Valley Sportsman, Camping and Travel show in Fargo and we can always use help in the pool so mark it down and let us know if you are willing to help.

The Dive Into the Past show will be February 27 th 2010 at the Mermaid Entertainment Center Mounds View here is more information on the show.  I went last year and it was great.  If some of you are interested we can travel down together and stay at the Center.  On Friday night they have divers present their own videos and slides and that is almost as interesting as the show on Saturday.

Shop the best of Local and other state scuba shops, meet representatives, plan your next vacation or class, and ask questions – all in one place * Get great deals on equipment, apparel, books, CDs DVDs, and more * Win raffle prizes and bid for amazing deals in the silent auction * Meet other divers, make friends, network , and trade stories

Shopping, browsing, socializing and networking are free!!! No entrance fee required! U/W Preservation - Tools & Techniques Class Presentations by historians, explorers, archeologists, divers, mariners and authors * FREE “Discover Scuba” in the pool–try out the equipment and breathe underwater in a safe, supervised environment * Take a half-hour class on moorings: Learn when and why they are needed, how to deploy them, and see a live demonstration of how to make them (small fee TBD) * “Discover Rebreathers” in the pool–try out several different brands and models,

and get your questions answered by experienced rebreather divers and instructors ($75.00 fee).

11 th Annual Dive Into The Past Shipwreck and Scuba Show SATURDAY February 27, 2010

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mermaid Entertainment Center, 2200 County Road 10, Mounds View, MN

Join us for a full day of entertainment, learning and bargains for the whole family!

Rebreathers and Scuba work well together for GLSPS U/W Projects

Tickets provide entry into presentations and Discover Scuba.

Discover Rebreathers and Mooring Class require a ticket plus the class fee.

Adults: $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door.

Students and Active Military: $5.00 in advance and at the door

Children Under 6: Free

VISA and MasterCard are Accepted

For more information, visit out website at:

Also see our website for information on “Friday Night at the Movies”, a free party the night before our show. Bring your diving videos, slides, or PowerPoint and some snacks or beer to share.

We need volunteers! Members or Non Members- Please help for only half of the day (a.m. or p.m.) and get your free admission and

free T-shirt! Everyone Welcome! To volunteer, contact ASAP: Bob Nelson at 651-426-1159 or Paul Imsland at


Scuba shops and vendors, promote your business, make sales, and get tax-deductions!

To advertise in the program, or rent a table, or make a taxdeductible donation, contact: Mike Stich at

R/V Preservation / Work & Research Vessel

This year's program includes:

Lady Elgin: Titanic of the Great Lakes

Join marine historian and author Brendon Baillod as he explores the history, mythology and archeology of the legendary and tragic Lake steamer Lady Elgin. Lost in 1860 off Illinois with over 400 lives, the disaster remains the deadliest sinking in Great Lakes history.

Where is the Polly ?” the history of the Russian Built gunboat Politofsky, Alaska's Yukon River Steamboat Graveyard, and updates on this season's search, by shipwreck explorer and researcher Randy Beebe

So Terrible a Storm author Curt Brown presents the epic tale of the sailors and ships caught in Lake Superior's brutal Thanksgiving Day storm of 1905.

The Rescue of the Julietta” Back by popular demand, the Navy Diver ND1 Glen Milisci tells the story about the rescue attempt of a Russian war class submarine.

Spear fishing in South Dakota” Caleb Gilkerson says, what better way to fish than to spear fish. That way you will be able to pick the exact fish you would like to catch. Come and listen to Caleb from South Dakota to find out a new way of fishing.

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