Minnesota School of Diving Inc.

Since 1959







MSD Dive Trip Philosophy

MSD has been providing domestic and international group dive travel opportunities since the 60's. Our philosophy encompasses the following ideals:


  • On each of our trips we provide incredible diving adventures for all levels of diving experience
  • We use only safe, reliable and well-proven local dive operators
  • We strictly adhere to an environmentally-friendly philosophy when  interacting with the aquatic realm.
  • We strongly encourage a culturally inquisitive and accepting attitude while top-side. Unless there are no alternatives, we seldom organize trips to all-inclusive resorts or live-aboards thus enabling local interaction.

2018 Dive Trips

Alpena MI Shipwreck Trip

Friday and Saturday August 17-18, 2018


Trip price includes three nights lodging (double occupancy) at the Waters Edge Motel in Alpena and four wreck dives with Blackdog Dive Charters. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Alpena, all meals, tips and all necessary diving equipment including weights and two dive cylinders. Since these wrecks sit in the cold depths of Lake Huron - in some cases well below 100 ft., an advanced diver certification along with some recent deep, cold dive experience is strongly encouraged. These encouragements may all be accomplished earlier in the summer by participation in MSD's Advanced Open Water course and attendance at some of our frequent fun dives. It be also be possible the achieve the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty certification while on the trip, ask us for more details. We will require a $100 deposit to save you a space on the trip. Full payment and confirmed numbers will be needed by June 23, 2018.  

There are up to twelve available spots for this trip. The dive boat will take up to six divers out on two-tank dives during both a morning and afternoon trip. We will fill the morning spots first and if there is enough interest we will start filling the afternoon spots. Therefore we will be shooting for six divers initially and then another six if possible.
Here are some probable shipwrecks we will visit, obviously weather conditions may alter these plans.


Date Lost - 1906

Depth - 100 ft.

Features - Bow and stern intact. The engine, boiler, portions of the propeller and deck machinery are all in place.


Date Lost - 1914

Depth - 63 ft.

Features  - Intact engine, boiler, shaft and propeller, the windlass, capstan and rudder also lie among the wreckage.


Date Lost - 1959

Depth - 140 ft.

Features - Mostly intact except for collision damage

2019 Dive Trips

Jan. 26th - Feb. 2nd, 2019
$1795* Diver
$1495* Non-Diver
* All prices are estimated and subject to change. Lodging is based on double occupancy.

Many experienced divers rate Cozumel as the best diving in the Caribbean. In addition to it's amazing underwater experiences, Cozumel also offers incredible top-side diversions... an impressive selection of outstanding restaurants from laid-back beach hut bars to fine cuisine; secluded sandy beaches; Mayan ruins; and some of the nicest locals you will ever meet.

Casa Del Mar will be our home away from home. It offers a convenient location close to the dive sites, yet near enough to town and all it has to offer. We have booked upgraded rooms which offers either a balcony or terrace, racks for diving equipment, safety deposit box, 2 complementary bottles of water daily and more. Casa Del Mar has a beach complete with relaxing hammocks, comfy beach chairs, and opportunities for great snorkeling and diving.  

Paulino, Troy and Hugo from Pelagic Ventures will be providing diving services. They will pick us up right at Casa Del Mar's pier every morning and escort us for our five days of two-tank boat dives. After each of the first morning dives, we stop at a pier near Palancar Beach for our surface interval. There will be a night dive organized for Tuesday night for those interested and Wednesday we will do our dive in the afternoon to allow us a different experience with the afternoon light.

On Friday - the day before we fly out, we commonly rent jeeps and travel to the remote east side of the island. It offers miles of secluded beaches and nice collection of beach bar hangouts. This will be MSD's 23rd year of visiting Cozumel and we couldn't be happier about the prospect of going back.