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Fall 2023 News

  • Fun Dive Totals

  • November Hours

  • Winter Trip

 

49 of the 52 scheduled 2023 fun dives have now been completed (one was cancelled on a cold and blustery early May evening). On those 49 dives, we've had a total of 833 divers splash around with us. That's an average of 17 divers per fun dive. We are now down to just having two remaining Saturday dives (10/21, 10/28), MSD's store and dive staff would like to thank the many, many participants of this summer's fun dives for helping to create so many wonderful memories. It truly was a great 2023 dive season! 

 

With the above numbers in mind, it may be understandable that the staff could use a bit of a break... to travel, hunt, or just take a little breather. As usual for the month of November, both stores will have limited hours of operation. Starting November 1st, our hours will be as follows:

 

Brainerd

Wednesdays 9:30 - 5:30

Saturdays 9:00 - 5:00

 

St. Cloud

Wednesdays 9:30 - 5:30

Saturdays 9:00 - 4:00 

 

Our normal hours and days of operation will return in December.

MSD is planning a trip to Cozumel at the end of January 2024. Please see the Dive Trip page under the "Go Dive" link above.

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Learn to Dive

Since our founding in 1959, MSD has been providing quality PADI education ranging from Discover Scuba to Divemaster. 

50 Dive Sites Just Minutes from
MSD Brainerd!

Located just 12 miles from our Brainerd location near the towns of Crosby and Ironton, the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area  - home to some of the best diving in the Midwest. This beautiful park with its crystal-clear water filled mines boast submerged mine shafts, building foundations, vehicles, road beds, forests, shear walls and depths of up to 530 feet. The mines have been stocked with trout, bass and northern pike. It's also not uncommon to see loons swimming by. The main attraction though would have to be the visibility which ranges from 30 to 60 feet. 

Bartendar Louise Cuyuna

These are some of our favorites...

WOMBAD Point Cuyuna
WOMBAD
Point
Pit: Mahnomen I
Dive Site Features:
Lots of Underwater Trees
Fish Life
Sheer Walls
Railroad Tracks
Jason Voorhees Cuyuna
Eternal Bliss
Pit: Louise
Dive Site Features:
Bartender
Sparky
Marissa the Mermaid
Jack Sparrow
Jason Voorhees
Fish Life
Skull on Staircase Stairway to Hell Cuyuna
Stairway to
Hell
Pit: Alstead
Dive Site Features:
Staircase
Car
Fish Life
Skeleton in Coffin Cuyuna
Sand Chute
Gulch
Pit: Mahnomen II
Dive Site Features:
Coffin with Skeleton
Pumping Pipes
Fish Life
Underwater Foosball Table Cuyuna
Connecticut
Two-Bit
Pit: Huntington
Dive Site Features:
Great Visibility
Fish Life
Roadway
Walls 
Railroad Tracks
Foosball Table
Flamingos
Vertical Mine Shaft Cuyuna
Gettin' The
Shaft
Pit: Huntington
Dive Site Features:
Vertical Mine Shaft
Fish Life 

The Minnesota School of Diving has created over 50 unique dive sites in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area - appropriate to all levels of experience. Our experienced staff of divemasters would love to show you some of their favorites. We sponsor group fun dives to the area up to 3 times a week in the summer. Divemasters can also be hired to lead you on individual dives. If you would rather go it alone, stop in the store for some suggestions and pick up some of our dive maps of the area. They describe what you'll see underwater at each of the different dive sites, and are the only maps that accurately depict the often confusing roads. 

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