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Scuba Center has been selling quality scuba diving and snorkeling equipment since 1973. You will find a wide selection of scuba and snorkeling equipment at both our Eagan, Minnesota and Minneapolis, Minnesota locations. Scuba Center Eagan
1571 Century Point
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
(651) 681-8434
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5015 Penn Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
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Local Diving

Local Diving hotspot: Square Lake
Square Lake near Stillwater, Minnesota is one of the most popular diving destinations in the Twin Cities area. Underwater attractions include abundant marine life, sunken boats and canoes, and the tail section of a plane. Shallow depths and easy lake access from two neighboring parks help make Square Lake an active year round dive site. Both Square Lake County Park (15450 Square Lake Trail North, Stillwater, MN) and Golden Acres RV & Picnic Area (15150 Square Lake Trail North, Stillwater, MN) offer picnic tables, restrooms, and refreshments during the "local diving season". More information on this lake can be found on the Washington County Park website (see link below). 

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Minnesota Dive Flag Regulations | Scuba divers must display a warning flag when diving | The diver's flag must measure at least 15 inches horizontally and 12 inches vertically. Both sides must have a red-colored background bisected diagonally by a three-inch wide white stripe. There is also a blue and white diver's flag authorized under the federal rules of the road. | No more than four divers shall dive under one flag. | Divers must remain within 50 feet (measured horizontally) of the warning flag. | If a group of divers is using a contained area, the perimeter of the area must be marked. The area must be outside the normal area of navigation. These markings must consist of the official diver's flag and must be placed around the perimeter of the diving area at intervals of not more than 150 feet. | Do not place a diver's flag where it will obstruct navigation. | The diver's flag may be displayed on a watercraft or float or be anchored to the bottom. The top of the flag must be at least 30 inches above the surface, however. | Boats not involved with the diving operation must remain 150 feet away from a flag. | Persons who dive at any time from sunset to sunrise must carry a diver's light visible when above the water for a distance of 150 feet. | Scuba or skin diving while in possession of a spear is unlawful from sunset to sunrise. | Local diving in Minnesota Minnesota Dive Flag Regulations

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Local diving in Minnesota and Wisconsin Annual Events Local diving in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Gales of November
Duluth, Minnesota
Ghost Ships Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minneapolis Boat Show
Minneapolis, MN
Our World Underwater
Chicago, Illinois
UMSAT Show
Twin Cities Shipwreck & SCUBA Show
 

Local diving in Minnesota and Wisconsin 2017 Fun Dives Schedule Scuba Center Fun Dive schedule in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Fun Dives | Local Diving | There is nothing quite like the freedom of shore diving. Thereís a certain sense of self-reliance and spontaneity when youíre equipped to go amphibian and walk directly from the land into the sea. While boat diving has its appeal, diving from any shore you fancy is its own kind of fun. Get advice from the locals. While some popular shore diving destinations have marked entry points along local beaches, others arenít so user friendly. Ask at the local dive shop or resort for advice on the best shore diving locations and how best to dive them. Let's go diving!  Join us on one of our summer fun dives ad explore some of the lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  It's a great way to gain experience, maintain proficiency between major dive trips, meet other divers, learn about the local marine environment, and maybe find a new diving location.  Dives are hosted by one of our staff.  All dives are FREE other than gear rental, if needed, and park entry fees.

Pre-registration required. Please register 48 hours prior to the dive to let us know how many divers to expect.

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Date Time Location Staff
 
Sat. Jun. 17, 2017 10:00am Annual PADI Women's Dive Day: Quarry Park (Near St. Cloud, MN) Scuba Center Ladies
Sun. Aug. 6, 2017 10:00am Lake Wazee (Black River Falls, WI) Tom and Rachel Pederson
Sept 8 - 10, 2017 - - Lake Owen Divers Weekend (Cable, WI) David Shirley
 

* Lake Owen Divers Weekend (Hosted by David Shirley): For Lake Owen Divers Weekend... advanced reservations are required at the resort. Please register for this event at least 1 to 2 weeks prior to the dives (subject to room availability).


Popular Local Dives

Links to information on many of the great diving opportunities in Minnesota and surrounding states.

Crosby Mine Lakes
Minnesota

 Hayward Lakes area
Wisconsin

Isle Royale
Michigan

Lake Elmo
Minnesota
Lake Owen
Wisconsin
Lake Superior
MN, MI, and WI
 Long Lake
Minnesota
Madeira
Minnesota

Perch Lake
Wisconsin

Quarry Park and Preserve
Minnesota

Square Lake
Minnesota

Lake Wazee
Wisconsin


Great Lakes Wreck Diving Information | Popular Lake Superior Wreck Dive Sites

Ely

Shipwreck: The Ely | Location:  Breakwater in Two Harbors, MN | 200ft wooden schooner with protected location and shallow depth (25ft). | Lake Superior Wreck Diving | Photo: Northeast Minnesota Historical Center, Duluth, MNThe Ely, a 200ft wooden schooner, sank during a storm in 1896 and lies just inside the breakwater in Two Harbors.  The protected location and shallow depth (25ft), make it a great dive for Lake Superior novices and wetsuit divers.

This dive should be done from a boat.

Hesper

Shipwreck: Hesper | Location: Silver Bay | 250 ft wooden hull vessel that was heavily salvaged and now lies in 40 to 55 feet. | Lake Superior Wreck Diving | Photo: C. Patrick Labadie Collection, Duluth, MNThe Hesper was a 250 ft wooden hull vessel that wrecked on a reef at Silver Bay.  It was heavily salvaged and now lies in 40 to 55 feet.

This dive can be done from boat or shore.

Hesper Diver Access Procedures
 

Madeira

Shipwreck: Madeira | Location: Gold Rock just north of Split Rock Lighthouse | 436 ft steel hull ship that ran into Gold Rock during the storm on November 4, 1905. It now lies in 20 to 110 ft. of water. The Madeira is probably the most popular wreck dive in Minnesota. | Lake Superior Wreck Diving | Photo: Institute for Great Lakes Research, Bowling Green State UniveristyThe Madeira was a 436 ft steel hull ship that ran into Gold Rock just north of Split Rock Lighthouse during the storm on November 4, 1905. It now lies in 20 to 110 ft. of water. The Madeira is probably the most popular wreck dive in Minnesota.

This dive can be done from boat or shore.

Madeira Diver Access Procedures

USCGC Mesquite (WLB 305)

Shipwreck: USCGC Mesquite (WLB 305) | Location: 110 feet of water in Keystone Bay, Keweenaw Underwater Preserve, MI | The USCGC Mesquite (WLB 305) ran aground December 4, 1989 off of Keweenaw Point, MI.  The Mesquite was later salvaged and sunk in 110 feet of water in Keystone Bay, Keweenaw Underwater Preserve, near Copper Harbor, MI. |  Lake Superior Wreck Diving | Photo: USCGThe USCGC Mesquite (WLB 305) was a 180' "Balsam" Class Buoy Tender built in 1942 by Marine Iron & Shipbuilding Company of Duluth, Minnesota. She ran aground December 4, 1989 off Keweenaw Point, MI. The Mesquite was later salvaged and sunk in 110 feet of water in Keystone Bay, Keweenaw Underwater Preserve, near Copper Harbor, MI.

This dive should be done from a boat.

U.S. Coast Guard

 

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