Isle Royale Tech Liveaboard 2021
July 4, 2021 @ 8:00 am - July 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm$400.00 – $1000.00
When: July4th-5th-6th-7th-and 8th we are leaving July 3rd 2021 only 5 spots open for this trip. Reserve Today!!!!!!
Where: Grand Portage, Minnesota
Hotel and Dive Operator: Isle Royale Charters
Scuba Diving: 5 Days 5 Nights on some of the most pristine Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes.
The America (2-80’), Cox (40-100’), Cumberland/Chisolm wreckage (30-90),Chisolm engine (120-155‘), Five finger Tug (10-20’), Emporer bow (25-100’), Emporer stern (100-155’), Congdon bow (70-110’), Congdon stern (20-200’), Monarch (20-70’) and the Glenlyon (10-50’). Kamloops ( 180′-270′ )
Transportation: No Transportation is included but carpooling may be available
What you Need: See list bellow
Per Diver $1400.00 usd
Deposit is $400.00 (non refundable) due at time of sign up. All Balances Due no Later than January 30 2021
No cash Refunds after Balance is paid. Travel Insurance is not included in this price either.
Get your IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver , EANx Diver, Wreck Diver and Boat Diver Certification on the Shipwrecks of Isle Royal!
Leaving Port Deco Divers July 10th Driving to Grand Portage Minnesota this is about 11hrs away and a ferry pass is needed. Returning back on June 23rd 2019
Grand Portage Minnesota
Meeting at The Grand Portage Marina. Boarding July 11th at 8am and returning to the dock Mid day July15th 2021
Discovery is a USCG Registered custom built 42 foot boat. For navigation she is equipped with radar, GPS, VHF radio, depth sounders, and satellite texting. She is also equipped with a 5000 psi 9 cubic foot/minute compressor, Tri-Hunter 6000 Nitrox/Trimix mixing stick, two stage booster pump, oxygen resusitator, and other equipment necessary to support safe wreck diving. Conveniences include a 110 VAC generator, refrigerator, electric galley, microwave oven, and of course a marine head (toilet). You can expect delicious meals (good home style cooking), spacious accommodations, breathtaking scenic views and top notch service during your stay aboard Discovery. Sleeping accommodations consist of 4 twin bunks in the V-birth and two additional bunks set up in the evening in the main salon.
Ryan Staley – Portage, Michigan | bio
Mike “Ozzey” Oswald – Anoka, Minnesota | bio
Ryan Staley lives in Portage, MI and has been diving since June 1994. Ryan received his instructor certification in 2002. Ryan is a PADI Master Scuba Diving Trainer with 19 specialties and 3 distinctive specialties. Ryan is also a NAUI instructor with certifications in Ice, Technical Nitrox, Decompression Techniques, and Heliotrox. Ryan also holds certifications with TDI and IANTD in Trimix and dives an Evolution CCR. Ryan is also a NASE Worldwide dive instructor. Ryan became a Licenced Coast Guard Captain in 2006 and as been increasing his boating experience on Lake Superior, as well as the waters off Key West. In addition to Lake Superior diving, Ryan enjoys diving in the Caribbean with his favorite spot in Little Cayman. Ryan’s favorite wrecks at Isle Royale are the Emperor and the Kamloops. His favorite wreck not on the island is the Gunilda.
Mike “Ozzey” Oswald of Anoka, MN started diving in July of 1993. After doing local dives that year and a trip to Florida Keys that winter he became totally hooked on the sport. In the summer of 1994 I started working part time in a local dive shop in the Twin Cities. While working there he continued to learn more by taking a multitude of class through PADI, SDI, IANTD and TDI also became a repair tech. He took the PADI Dive Master class in 1998 and worked with classes and leading dives. In 2004 he made the step up to a SDI Instructor and soon after TDI. In 2007 he started diving Inspiration rebreather and in 2008 became an instructor for Inspiration. After many years of diving and crewing different charter boats at Isle Royale and a lot of boating experience in Superior and the rivers Mike became USCG Captain in 2006. Mike enjoys diving the wrecks of the Great Lakes but has a true passion for the wrecks of Isle Royale and is always willing to point out things to look for on the wrecks. Mike enjoys diving the Kamloops and the Monarch but his favorite is the Emperor, a wreck he’s dove many times and can’t wait to get back to.
You are responsible for making your own arrangements to get to the Marina in Grand Portage Minnesota. Carpooling is an option for most people in the trip.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Scuba Tanks (at least 1 tank)
Semi Dry Or Drysuit
Warm and Cold Weather Clothes
Rental Dive Gear is available through PDD at an extra cost
Air Fills, Nitrox & Argon
- On board compressor provides air fills up to 3800 psi. Nitrox must be arranged prior to trip. Nitrox certification required. Nitrox cost is $100.00 per trip PREPAID ONLY. Argon fills available on boat $50.00/trip (with 6 cu. ‘tank, reg. & gauge).
National Park Service Regulations
- Isle Royale is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. All activity within the park must comply with the NPS guidelines. The rules state in part:
- No souvenirs may be taken or disturbed.
- Each diver must provide operator with name, address and type of diving certification.
- Each diver must register at Windigo.
- Bring your own bag and pillow.
- You are also welcome to bring hammocks
- You may lodge on the boat the night before departure, but would probably prefer the Grand Portage Lodge (218-475-2401) located within a few miles of the marina. Make your reservations early. Grand Marais also has lodging only 35 minutes South.
- You should be able to park in the area close to boat or in lot. There is a small daily fee for each car.
- There are two 110 VAC generators on board providing intermittent AC power through out the day. There are three 12 volt DC plug-ins. Extra battery packs are recommended. There is also 110 VAC power at night for CPAP machines.
Food and Beverages
- All meals are prepared daily by your crew. We do not supply alcohol and have a limited supply of soda pop. Feel free to bring your own in aluminum or plastic containers. Please, no glass bottles ! Alcohol consumption is expected to be kept to reasonable levels. No alcohol consumption is allowed before or between dives.
- NONE. Any illegal drugs found to be on board will terminate the charter immediately. The authorities will be contacted. There will be no refunds.
- Outside only and keep a reasonable time period before and after dives.
- There will be no refunds unless we would happen to get weathered out completely and cannot leave Grand Portage. Once we have disembarked from the dock in Grand Portage, no refunds will be given due to weather.
Departure and Return
- Plan to arrive at the boat at about 8:00 am CDT the morning of departure. Allow 1 1/2 hours for loading, pre-departure briefing, signing of liability releases and other paperwork. We will try to leave dockage at approximately 9:30 CDT. The crossing to Isle Royale will take approximately 2 & 1/2 hours. We will return to Grand Portage’s marina approximately 1-3:00 PM on the last day of your charter.
What to expect While at Isle Royale
- You will eat and sleep aboard the boat, remaining in the park for the duration of your cruise. During the day we will moor over one or more shipwrecks where you can dive subject to weather, National Park Service regulations, accepted safe diving practices and specific policies of Royale Diver. In the evening anchor in a secluded bay or dock at a lakeside campground. Do not feed animals and follow Parks quiet rules. We will possibly spend 1 night at Rock Harbor or Windigo which offers showers for a fee ($6.00) and a small convenience store. Bring the spending monies you might want. Souvenirs will be available at Rock Harbor, Windigo and/or on the boat.
- Live-aboard dive boat gratuities typically run between 10-15% of your charter cost. Gratuities are not included in your cost. Please show your appreciation. Gratuities may be offered individually or pooled and offered by the group leader.