Lake Superior Divers Supply and School was founded in 1956 by Donald Van Nispen, a master diver and instructor with a passion for teaching and a heart for adventure. Don certified thousands of area divers. He was also involved with the Douglas and St Louis County Rescue Teams. He also had an extensive amount of experience in commercial diving and, boat and equipment repair as well as underwater construction and demolition.
He'll be missed dearly by his family, friends, co-workers, and customers. The family sends out a special thanks to Nurses That Care and St. Mary’s Hospice for all their wonderful care. Don's smiling face and diving expertise will be forever missed by those who knew and respected him.
Joe Cheetham, a master dive instructor, is trained in instructing specialties such as ice diving, nitrox, deep water, search and recovery, navigation, night diving, underwater photography and wreck diving. He has spent
the last 21 years teaching students at various levels of certification, from open water diver to divemaster. Joe loves diving Lake Superior at any time of the year, but he occasionally takes his diving to the warmer waters as well including: Roatan, Honduras; Mexico, Washington, and Florida.
Nancy has worked for the Lake Superior Divers Supply and School for over 10 years. She's a certified advanced diver and repair technician for Scubapro equipment. Most of Nancy's time is spent selling equipment, serving our customers and keeping things running smoothly. Nancy enjoys diving with sharks in Roatan's warm waters!
Tammy has been a certified diver since 2007. A Divemaster for 3 years a recently became a Certified Instructor. Tammy has experience diving in Cozumel Mexico, Roatan Honduras, Florida, Lake Superior, and our local inland lakes.
Jeanine has been a certified diver since 1984, currently an Advanced Diver. Jeanine's diving experience includes Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Cozumel Mexico, and local inland diving in Minnesota.
Paul Makynen has been certified since 1998 and has been on the staff of Lake Superior Divers Supply and School as an instructor since 2001. Paul's current certification is as a master scuba diver trainer. Paul trains students in boat, deep, dry suit, night, wreck, drift, underwater navigation, and search and recover diving. He is also involved in conservation, coral reef, peak performance buoyancy and Project Aware. Paul is a certified regulator repair technician for ScubaPro equipment. When it comes to actual diving experience, he's got a diverse background, diving in Lake Superior, Honduras, Fiji, Florida, Costa Rica and more.
Donald VanNispen (Memorial)
Don was the original owner of LSDS since opening in 1956. Contributing to the education of many divers in our area. Don left us in October of 2012.
Lake Superior Divers Supply And School provides quality scuba diving classes to the community in Duluth, MN.
Realize your dream of exploring another world or just try something new. Whatever your goals are, we're here to make sure that you succeed! You can also turn to us for diving equipment services and repair work.