Minnesota School of Diving Inc.

Since 1959

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's New

November 2014

MSD St. Cloud is offering two Nitrox training options

Who should take this course? The PADI Enriched Air Diver (NITROX) course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver 

Two ways to get certified 

Easiest way… 

PADI online course with short dive center session $220.00 

How it works:

  Simply follow this link NITROX to our website 

  Click on our PADI e-Learning banner link 
  Select “Enriched Air Diver- English” course from the drop-down menu
  Complete your on-line course work - at a pace that is convenient for you! 
  Schedule your one hour session with an instructor in St. Cloud to go over 
     dive simulations and dive computer programming. 
  Go diving and enjoy longer and safer bottom times with your new Nitrox                certification!

Date: Start Today!

Time: Whenever it’s convenient
Location: In your living room, or wherever your happy place is; and then at the                      MSD St. Cloud store.

Cheapest way… 

Traditional four hour classroom session at MSD ST. Cloud $150.00

How it works:

 Stop into the St. Cloud store, pay your tuition, and pick up your Nitrox manual       and DVD

 Watch the DVD, read the manual, and complete the knowledge reviews
 Attend the four hour classroom session at the MSD St. Cloud store on the             following scheduled date.
 Go diving and enjoy longer and safer bottom times with your new Nitrox                 certification!

Date: Tuesday, January 6th 2015

Time: 5:30 – 9:30 PM
Location: MSD - St. Cloud store

August 2014

Do you need a little time away from the kids? 

Do you need to escape reality for a few hours?
Do you need a fun and exciting date night? 

Do you really need an excuse to go diving? 


As of August 17th, 2014 MSD still has 17 Fun Dives left before the end of this dive season. Check out our schedule and sign up for one today!

Signing up is easy...Just call the Brainerd Store (800) 657-2822

May 2014
Munising, MI - Ride and Dive Shipwreck Trip
July 31st - August 3rd 2014
$329.00
This years destination for MSD's annual Ride and Dive Trip is the always popular Munising, MI. Many MSD divers are also motorcycle enthusiasts, so for the last few  years we have been combining these two passions into one trip. Obviously, it is hard to carry dive gear on a motorcycle - so MSD makes one of their vans available to serve this purpose. Do you have to ride a bike a to join in? No, everyone is welcome no matter your mode of transport. You just have to get yourself to Munising. The $329 trip fee covers - 3 nights of lodging at Scotty's Motel (based on double occupancy) and 2 days of 2 tank shipwreck dives with Shipwreck Tours. Those choosing to utilizes the van for hauling dive gear will also be responsible for their portion of the gas for the van.
 
There are only 10 spaces available for this trip. Sign up quickly, as this trip always fills up quickly.
 
 For more information please follow this link to our trip page.
 
April 2014
"Gone Diving" Afternoons 
To enable our St. Cloud staff the opportunity to join in on some of our summer Fun Dives, the St. Cloud store will be closing early on occasional Thursday afternoons from May through September.
 
Dates affected:
 
Thurs. May 22  - Closing at 4 p.m.
Thurs. June 12 - Closing at 4 p.m.
Thurs. July 17  - Closing at 4 p.m.
Thurs. July 31  - Closing at 4 p.m.
Thurs. Aug 14  - Closing at 4 p.m.
Thurs. Aug 28  - Closing at 4 p.m.
Thurs. Sep 11  - Closing at 3:30 p.m.
 
Check out our complete schedule of Tues., Wed., Thurs., and Saturday Fun Dives on our schedule page and maybe you can be "Gone Diving" also.
October 2013
UKPro POV BlackPak Video Light System
$399.95
MSD is now stocking the perfect all-in-one lighting solution for your GoPro camera - topside or underwater.
 
The UKPro POV BlackPak is the ultimate underwater lighting system for your GoPro Hero 2 or 3.The BlackPak is a UKPro POV40 Hard Case with custom foam inserts designed specifically to house and protect your GoPro Hero 2 or 3. ** GoPro Hero 2 or 3 not included.The BlackPak also contains one UK Aqualite 90º with a Universal Charger and two Lithium-Ion Batteries, an easy one-handed Flex Grip Video Arm that moves every way you want it, a Lid Pouch for Accessories or a Tablet, and a Neoprene Shoulder Strap with Aircell Technology to easily carry it all.Take your Point-Of-View (POV) camera underwater video and photography to a new level with the ultimate protection of the UKPro BlackPak that helps you take it all with you.
 
Can you say, "Christmas wish list?"

Apeks and Aqualung Free Octopus Program

Hurry... it ends 10/31/13

From now until the end of October, with the purchase of any Aqualung or Apeks regulator, they are giving away a matching octopus at no charge. This can mean a savings of up to $250.00.

 
 
Can you say,
"Christmas wish list addition?"
April 2013

MSD Fun Dive Price Increase 

(kind of)

In an attempt to show our appreciation for their incredible ability and dedication, we have decided to give our dive master staff a raise (their first since ...well, forever). Therefore as of May 1st. 2013, we will be raising the (single) fun dive charge from $15 to $20. Just as important as our fantastic staff, are our loyal fun divers, so we will now be offering a fun dive punch card that will effectively bring the price back down to $15. The fun dive punch card will have ten dives on it for a value of $200 but will cost only $150. The card will only expire when consumed and can be nestled right next to your air fill card for safe-keeping.

 

Fun dives will still include:

 

  • One (somewhat wealthier) dive master / BBQ specialist topside to offer assistance and advise and another dive master underwater for guidance.
  • Van transportation from MSD Brainerd to the pits (limited space - first come, first served).
  • An after dive Bar-B-Que including cheesy hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies and beverages. 

Click HERE for more info.

 

New for April 2013

MSD Introduces

Lavacore

Not a skin.

Not a wetsuit.

Better.
 
MSD is pleased to announce that we are now dealers for Lavacore. This unique line of thermo protection products are designed to be used as stand alone or wetsuit under-garments. They provide a 2MM neoprene warmth equivalency but have little or no additional buoyancy. These products will work perfectly to take off the extra little chill that comes with late spring and early autumn diving. Because of their great wind-breaking characteristic, Lavacore products work equally well for topside water-sports such as kayaking, wakeboarding, and waterskiing. 
 
We will initially be stocking the Elite zippered shirts and full-body suits in both men's and women's sizes along with Lavacore beanies.
 
For more information follow this link to the Lavacore website.

Remodel of new St. Cloud MSD facility nearly finished!

Except for some floor tile at the entrance and a new counter top, the showroom is finished. Classroom, offices, rental room and repair room are all set and in use. The pool construction has been delayed, but we hope to have that open by mid-summer.

Front of store with new sign
Classroom
Globe showing MSD dive destinations
October 2012 

New St. Cloud MSD facility now open!

MSD has recently purchased the former "Fred's Plumbing" building located right across the parking lot from our previously leased space in the Mike's Archery building. We are in the middle of a major remodel of the showroom/office/classroom areas (removal of three offices, new flooring, ceiling, lighting, and paint) and will be starting soon on construction of an indoor 40 by 28 foot pool.
 
As of right now, we have most of our functions (air fills, sales, rental etc.) up and running so feel free to stop on by (you may just need to step around paint cans and sheetrock mud). We will try to be available during normal business hours during this transitional phase, but it may be wise to call before you come over to better allow us to serve you.
Jessica - the happy store manager
Looking west from US Hwy 10
Looking East toward US Hwy 10
North side of building looking East
Old showroom before demo
Same view after removal of 3 offices
Looking west in showroom
Looking to the showroom from pool entrance
Garage area, future 40' x 28' pool
June 2012

WCCO TV recently aired a story on MSD and diving the Cuyuna Mines. Click here to see it.