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In addition to shipwrecks, the Great Lakes offer divers the chance to explore underwater caves, rock formations and a diverse range of aquatic life. The crystal-clear waters of the Great Lakes is great for photographers and videographers to capture stunning images of the underwater world, and the abundance of marine life, including freshwater trout, salmon and sturgeon, makes for a memorable dive experience.
While diving the Great Lakes can be challenging due to the colder temperatures and depth, it is also highly rewarding for experienced divers looking for a unique and exciting diving experience.
What To Expect
Diving the Great Lakes is a wreck diver’s paradise. With over 6,000 wrecks, well presevered from the cold water, there is something unique for everyone. The Great Lakes offer a one-of-a-kind adventure that combines history, nature and adventure in a way that is hard to find anywhere else.
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Recommended Specialty Courses
- Dry suit diving
- Wreck diving
- Perfect buoyancy
- Deep diving
Thomas Hume – Lake Michigan
In 1891, this 131ft long schooner sank far offshore in Lake Michigan. For the next 112 years, she was listed as ‘missing without a trace’ along with her crew of seven. In 2003, the wreck was discovered, sitting upright and in beautiful condition. The port bow anchor is resting in place. The chains spill off the starboard bow and the mast lies across the deck.
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary – Lake Huron
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a protected area located in Lake Huron. It was established to preserve and protect the remains of nearly 100 shipwrecks that are located in the area, many of which are well-preserved and have historical significance. The sanctuary also promotes research, education and recreational activities related to the maritime heritage of the region.
SS Cedarville – Straits of Mackinac
One of the largest wrecks in the Great Lakes, the SS Cedarville is hard to explore in just one dive. It was a large freighter that collided with another ship, leading to its sinking. The ship sits between 40-106ft of water, making it accessible for all levels of divers.
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
A 7mm wetsuit or dry suit is recommended.
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