This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded for the Be Here: Main Street project, a collaboration with the MuseWeb Foundation to record stories from rural America.
Gary Thompson of Tri-State Diving in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, is a scuba teacher and diver, with over 4,000 career dives. He chats about the "best freshwater diving in the world" and the thrill of ice diving in the frigid Minnesota winters.
"Lots of fish, different kinds of variety of fish in the lakes. A lot of artifacts over the years, everything from old motors to tackle, to bones from animals that are prehistoric even." "Diving under the ice is better than the summertime in some ways--we don't have to worry about boat traffic."