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Winter 2024 News

  • Winter Trip

  • PADI Equipment Specialist Class

  • PADI Ice Diver Class


When the dust clears from the December holidays many of us will be counting the days until our winter getaways start.  MSD will be enjoying warm weather and diving in Cozumel from January 26th to February 2nd, 2024. With this being said, hours at the Brainerd and St. Cloud shop may be slightly altered. Please give a call before traveling a great distance to either shop to ensure we are open. 

Thinking of winter trips, please get your equipment in, sooner than later, for a pre-trip inspection. And, when you return from your salt water adventure make sure you get your regulator and BCD in for Annual Service. Saltwater does a number on dive equipment and when left unserviced, it may lead to costly  repairs.

MSD will be offering the PADI Ice Diver Class as well as the PADI Equipment Specialist Class this winter. Check the class schedule for dates and times.


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
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:
Marissa the Mermaid
Jack Sparrow
Jason Voorhees
Fish Life
Skull on Staircase Stairway to Hell Cuyuna
Stairway to
Pit: Alstead
Dive Site Features:
Fish Life
Skeleton in Coffin Cuyuna
Sand Chute
Pit: Mahnomen II
Dive Site Features:
Coffin with Skeleton
Pumping Pipes
Fish Life
Underwater Foosball Table Cuyuna
Pit: Huntington
Dive Site Features:
Great Visibility
Fish Life
Railroad Tracks
Foosball Table
Vertical Mine Shaft Cuyuna
Gettin' The
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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