2016 Ghost Ships Festival Sponsors
Hollis
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Capital Brewery
Silent Explorers
Aquatic Adventures
North Shore Scenic Cruises

Ghost Ships Festival 2016!
March 18-19, 2016  – Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
 

Once again we are excited to be hosting the 17th Annual Ghost Ships Festival at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel.  Conveniently located off I-94 just south of General Mitchell International Airport, the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel with its state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, guest amenities and top-notch service made it the perfect choice for Ghost Ships Festival 2016.
 
The Ghost Ships Festival is Wisconsin's largest trade show devoted to Scuba Diving and Great Lakes Maritime History. Exhibits, workshops, and presentations cover just about every aspect of Great Lakes maritime history and scuba diving. You can listen to and interact with leading dive industry professionals, extreme explorers, maritime historians, and Great Lakes authors!
 
Tickets to the presentations on Friday night and Saturday are $20.00 until March 17th, 2015 and $25.00 if purchased at the door.  You can purchase your tickets through our secure online ticketing page.
 
The Exhibit Hall is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Featured Presentation: Expedition Files
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7:00pm-9:00pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall

More people have walked on the moon, than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has explored on earth. From dangerous technical dives, deep inside giant Antarctic icebergs, to photographing miles of never-before-seen passages of dark, submerged caves, Jill’s curiosity and passion about our fragile planet is the driving force in her life. In recognition of a lifetime of achievement, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society awarded Jill the first ever Medal for Exploration. Jill Heinerth shares accolades such as the Wyland ICON award with a remarkable cast of her own childhood heroes, including Dr. Sylvia Earle, Captain Jacques Cousteau, and Dr. Robert Ballard.

With dynamic images and stunning photographs from the last finite frontiers of this Earth, Jill will share stories about risk management, technology and synergism as she recounts her exploration inside of Antarctic icebergs and making movies deep inside submerged caves around the world.

Presented by: Jill Heinerth
Metamorphosis – The Edmund Fitzgerald Sailing from Reality into Legend
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 1:00pm-1:45pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall

40 years after the wreck the arguments of why the Fitzgerald sank still rage but mostly among historians, engineers and conspiracy theorists. To the general public the ship has become in a sense bigger than the mere fact of her career and tragic loss. Many recognize the name and that it is a story of “good ship and crew” lost in a terrible storm but don’t realize it is a true story. How did this transformation happen and how does it fit into Great Lakes maritime history? Fred Stonehouse explores this unique aspect of the Fitzgerald Phenomenon. 

Presented by: Frederick Stonehouse
PSI-PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector Course
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 8:00am-4:00pm - TBD

This certification course teaches the regulations and fundamentals of conducting visual inspections of solid wall and composite SCUBA and SCBA cylinders.  The full day course is suited for those new to visual inspection well as those who have been inspecting without formal training through its wide range of inspection subjects including damage limits, neck cracking, and laws affecting inspectors.  Additionally, this course meets the OSHA and DOT requirements for employee HAZMAT training and attendants completing the course are qualified to conduct HAZMAT training for cylinder handlers .  It is recognized by USDOT, Compressed Gas Association, and cylinder manufacturers as the most comprehensive, up to date training available today on this subject. Previously certified inspectors may attend this full course under the VCIR for re-qualification (see below).  The course is open to anyone 16 years or older and no previous cylinder inspection experience is required.  Participants receive certificate as Visual Cylinder Inspectors upon course completion. 

Click here to enroll online.

Presented by: Greg Such