LAKES AREA DIVING
The Detroit Lakes area, with its 412 lakes within 20 miles, offers
some of the best freshwater diving in the world. Its glacial formed lakes
give divers beautiful, clean water that presents an escape into another
world. Many of the area lakes contain an array of artifacts from the region's
history. Bison skulls and bones that date to 13,000 years old, to items
from the late 1800's to present (including tools from the logging era, tools
from the icing harvest, old outboard motors, bottles, endless fishing tackle,
and more), are there for the divers to relish. Please enjoy these treasures
by leaving them on the bottom for other divers to see.
Tri-State Diving offers Discovery dives on weekends, on our 25' Aqua Sport
dive boat, to our area lakes where divers can take pleasure in diving new
sites and meeting other people with the same interest. Throughout the summer
the dive center hosts a bi-weekly evening tailgate dive, where a dive is
made in an area lake and then everyone enjoys a cookout on the beach.
Winter finds divers taking a plunge into the icy depths below the ice to
seek out visibility that can exceed 100 feet. A14X16 foot heated shelter
is placed on the ice for divers to descend through, allowing the divers
and tenders to keep warn before and after the dives.
Your diving education is very important to us in making you a safe and
conscientious diver. All our staff at Tri-State Diving will do everything
possible to make your entry into the underwater world a safe and pleasurable
transition. We pride ourselves on keeping our staff-to-student ratio the
smallest in the area. Our upper level classes have the same quality of professional
training to further raise your level of confidence and skill.
Gary "Seal" Thompson made his first dive in 1967, and
has been hooked on the underwater world ever since. Seal has completed
over 3,400 career dives in both recreational and commercial diving to date.
With a scuba teaching career that started in the early 70's, Seal brings
a high quality of experience in all levels of classes offered. An ANDI
(American Nitrox Diving International) Recreational Instructor Trainer and a MDEA Medical Instructor Evaluator in our commercial
division since 1997, he keeps our staff training at the highest level. Seal
is an Ocean Reef Instructor Evaluator in full face mask training. In addition
he has authored three instructional training manuals; Ice Diving, Solo Diving
and a Rescue Diving manual. His thirty-plus
years of search and recovery, and twenty-plus years of salvage and commercial
diving experience, aid in our commercial diver training.
Chris started his diving career while he was still in high school. Chris took his open water class in 1997 and completed his advanced training also that year. In Recreational diving he holds specialty ratings in; Night, Deep, Ice, Dive First Responder, Dry Suit, Rescue Diver, Scuba Diving Equipment Repair Technician, and Nitrox. Chris is also a dive master and a level one instructor. Chris's commercial dive credentials include; Dive tender 1 and 2, Underwater cutting procedures, Haul Inspection repair technician, basic commercial equipment repair technician, advanced commercial equipment Technician, Haz-Mat Diving specialist, Nitrox gas blender, dive operations supervisor, and basic oxygen Administrator. Chris has been diving for eleven years, being involved in most of the salvage and commercial diving activities Tri-State Diving has worked on.
COMMERCIAL AND SALVAGE
Tri-State Diving has been doing commercial and salvage diving in Minnesota and the Dakotas for over 35 year. We have worked in large in ground tanks, sewage lagoons, storm sewers, lakes, and rivers.
We are equipped to do most types of underwater projects.
We do underwater torch cutting and we also have a hydraulic chain saw we use for cutting different types of material underwater. The crew has recovered everything from: vehicles, semi-tractor trailer, excavator, motor home, enclosed snowmobile trailers, ATV's, and snowmobiles. We have worked for the MN highway Dept., Mn DNR, State of ND Water Commission, USGS, County and townships, Insurance companies, Electric power companies, construction companies, and other commercial diving operators.To see photos of our work go to our Photo Gallery and click on Commercial Diving.
COMMERCIAL & SALVAGE DIVING STAFF
Opening in 1987 at its present location, Tri-State Diving has continued
to support the divers in the Lakes area by continuing to improve on its services
and inventory. Our dive center has stayed on the cutting edge of technology
both in equipment and training. Services offered are: a retail display,
complete line of rental gear, repair of most brands of dive equipment, compressor
and cascade system sales, hydrostatic testing, all levels of instruction,
and world wide dive travel.
Tri-State Diving teaches scuba classes in communities from Will mar to the
Canadian border in Minnesota, and the border cities in North Dakota. We
are one of the few dive centers that hold the distinction of being an ANDI Instructor Development Center, meaning, that we can teach all
levels of training through instructors on-site. We teach private scuba diving
lessons and weekend courses for those that cannot not work into our regularly
commercial division's lightweight commercial dive training allows
you to take a hobby and turn it into a vocation. The program includes: Tender
One, Tender Two, Surface Supplied Air, Cutting, Welding, Hazmat, and Bridge
Inspection. MDEA's commercial classes are modular, so this helps you decide
what will work best for the type of work you want to participate in. Please
inquire about any of your training needs.
We are open every day during the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
COMMERCIAL AND SALVAGE
Tri-State Diving has been doing commercial and salvage diving in Minnesota and the Dakotas for over 35 year. We have been in large in ground tanks, sewage lagoons, storm sewers, lakes, and rivers. We do just about any type of work except underwater welding. We do underwater torch cutting and we also have a hydraulic chain saw we use for cutting different types of material underwater. The crew has recovered everything from: vehicles, semi-tractor trailer, excavator, motor home, enclosed snowmobile trailers, ATV's, and snowmobiles. We have done work for the MN highway Dept., Mn DNR, State of ND Water Commission, USGS, County and townships, Electric power companies, construction companies, and other commercial diving operators.To see photos of our work go to our Photo Gallery and click on Commercial Diving.
Since 1992,"Seal" has taken dive groups all over the world, including
such destinations as the South Pacific, Central America, and the Caribbean.
We have ventured into shipwrecks in Chuuk Lagoon, some of the world's best
wall diving in Cozumel, to doing liveaboards in the Bahamas and Belize. If
traveling with a group or wanting to do a dive vacation on your own, we here
at the dive center will help make that trip a positive experience to remember
for years to come. Most travel agents don't specialize in dive travel, therefore,
they are unable to make your dive vacation as safe and fun. We always work hard
to get you the best price for your dollar without compromising your enjoyment
and safety. We have at our disposal some of the best dive operators in the
world to assist you once on site, to help you with any of your vacation needs.
Let us put your next dive vacation together for you.
ADVANCED OPEN WATER
DRY SUIT DIVER
UNDER WATER SPEAR FISHING
UNDER WATER NAVIGATION
UNDER WATER PHOTOGRAPHY
UNDER WATER VIDEO
BASIC NITROX DIVER
SEARCH & RECOVERY
DIVE FIRST RESPONDER
ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR INSTRUCTOR