2016 Ghost Ships Festival Sponsors
Shipwreck Adventures LLC
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
Overview of Proposed Wisconsin - Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 6:00pm-6:45pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall
In October 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began the sanctuary designation process for an 875-square-mile area in Wisconsin's Lake Michigan waters (from Port Washington to Two Rivers).  Based on a nomination from the State of Wisconsin focusing on maritime heritage, the proposed sanctuary includes 38 known historic shipwrecks.  The presentation will include an overview of the National Marine Sanctuary System, the State's nomination, and the sanctuary designation process.
Presented by: Ellen Brody
PSI-PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector Refresher Course
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 8:00am-4:00pm - TBD

Refresher courses allow previously certified inspectors (by PSI-PCI) to attend the full VCI course described above at a reduced price.  Refreshers are offered in conjunction with all VCI courses even if not advertised as such.  Contact the instructor hosting the class or PSI-PCI for information. If you are outside your 3 year window for updated training this is the course you need to take.  Refresher participants receive certificate  as Visual Cylinder Inspectors upon course completion.

Presented by: Greg Such