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Great Lakes Trip

Discussion in 'Wreck Diving' started by PoPo Diver, Nov 8, 2020.

  1. shoredivr

    shoredivr Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ontario
    I used to dive a single tank with an H valve for dealing with Great Lakes cold water free flows. But it isn’t true redundancy. If I’m doing a single tank these days I also take a side slung Alu 40.

    Or doubles, or sidemount.
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  2. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: canada
    have you considered coming to canada ? more bang for your buck up here. if you are open to that, shoot me a private message. i work for a shop not far from the MN border. we have a number of options in the area.
  3. Gareth J

    Gareth J Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: UK
    @Marie13, this is closer to UK diving.

    Generally, you need to charter the complete boat. Most boats are licensed for 12 maximum. Most UK diving is generally based on 2 dives per day.

    Probably the best known destination for international diving visitors to the UK is Scapa Flow. Which is where what remains of the German High Seas Fleet (WW1) was scuttled by order of the German Admiral Ludwig von Reuter when the Armistice was delayed, he then order the fleet sunk to avoid it falling into allied hands.

    The two destinations, if you want to dive a large number of capital war ships are
    Truk Laggon, - tropical water, where the Japanese fleet where sunk by the Americans.
    Scapa Flow, - cold water, where the German High Seas Fleet where scuttled.
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  4. bradymsu

    bradymsu ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    For charters, I recommend Captain Jen with Nautical North out of Mackinaw City, Michigan. Her price is $120 for two dives, which is slightly below average for the Great Lakes. She can usually accommodate a single diver or pair of divers on weekend charters with other smaller groups without needing to book a whole boat. She goes out most summer weekends. The Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve has one of the best collections of wrecks in the Great Lakes including intact 19th century wood wrecks like the Sandusky & Maitland (both at 85') and 20th century steel wrecks like the massive Cedarville at 104'. Mackinac is a very popular tourist area in Michigan so there are a wide range of accommodations and dining options. There's also plenty to do topside such as visiting Mackinac Island, Fort Michilimackinac, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, and the Museum of Objibwa Culture at Old Mission St. Ignace. Of course, there's also the trip across the Mackinac Bridge separating Lake Michigan from Lake Huron and connecting Michigan's Lower Peninsula to its Upper Peninsula.
  5. Bowers

    Bowers Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio
    Not to hijack the thread, but where is the best visibility? Im in western ohio and looking to dive the lakes this summer. Im willing to drive further for good viz but would be very interested in best viz at least distance from home.
  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Best viz is early in the season - May and June. Probably the best viz I’ve had was in the Straits.
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  7. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
    Lake Superior has the best viz year round. Isle Royale is also fabulous. Ryan runs a great boat but you will probably be booking a space for 2023 not summer 2021.
    Diving Info - Isle Royale ChartersIsle Royale Charters

    Bonus, no mussels
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  8. MrVegas

    MrVegas Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ohio
    I believe the nearest charters would be out of Erie, PA (Lake Erie Adventure Charters), or the Double Action boats out of Sanilac, MI or Hammond, IN. I've only managed one trip out of Hammond (my other attempts were blown out). I had a lot of fun on it, though, and am going to try again this summer.

    It is a little frustrating that there is nothing really available out of Ohio (as far as I can tell). Of course, the visibility would probably not be great.
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  9. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    There’s Osprey Charters in NY, on the eastern end of Lake Erie. Friends out of OH and MI often dive with them.
  10. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    I’ve done a lot of Great Lakes diving and haven’t seen anyone with a reg/valve setup like you’ve recommended. The experienced single tank divers sling a pony, often an AL40.

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