Dusty's Info

Biography
Certifications
Bucket List

Dusty Klifman was born in Michigan, where his love of the Great Lakes began. His parents enrolled him in lessons at the age of 13 after he expressed an interest in diving. One of the final dives was near Traverse City, Michigan, and it just happened to be on a shallow wreck. He didn’t know it at the time, but this was the seed for his passion.

High school, seven years in the Army, and working the oilfields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia couldn't keep him away from the water. Currently living outside of Muskegon, Michigan, Dusty is a Journeyman lineman with an electric company for his "must-do" job but spends as much time on the lakes as possible.

As Dusty began diving on more wrecks, he thought there must be interest beyond the diving community. This has proven true.

The deeper he goes, the more stories he is able to share. He has invested in a deep-diving ROV to film in 4K and customized it with a brighter lighting rig due to the pitch-black conditions he often encounters at extreme depths. For shallower depths, he uses high-quality cameras to capture what he sees on the bottom of the Great Lakes.

To put his location in context, he often uses an aerial drone to capture stunning images along the lake, and the areas he is exploring. This is all-important because he wants to share nautical adventures and the incredible history of the Great Lakes with as wide an audience as possible.

Today, he is certified and equipped for deep dives, too. The rebreather has allowed him to reach shipwrecks that are well beyond the limits of traditional SCUBA gear. More time on the bottom, and at greater depths has allowed him to document many wrecks in great detail.

Along the way, he has made connections that provided him with even more opportunities. Many shipwreck hunters in the area have noted his technological and physical abilities and have asked him to join on their projects. Learning from others, and helping them achieve their exploration goals is just another part of fulfilling his passion.

Along the way, he was asked to take Gordon Ramsey diving and spearfishing for an episode of Uncharted and has worked with Kevin Dykstra from the show The Curse of Civil War Gold as well. He’s been recruited to repair underwater structures, and provide a second set of cameras on shipwrecks others have located. He even swam as a safety diver while a one-man submarine took its first trial dives.

Perhaps you would like to join him on one of his adventures sometime! With his new 100 Ton Master License qualification, he is also available for charters.

  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Underwater Photography Diver
  • Level 1 Freediver (FII Certification)
  • Nitrox
  • Advanced Nitrox
  • Decompression Procedures
  • ISC Tiburion Air Diluent Diver (Rebreather)
  • ISC Tiburion Helitrox Decompression Diver (Rebreather)
  • CCR Trimix Diver (330 ft)
  • CCR Normoxic Trimix Plus Diver (230 ft)
  • CCR Normoxic Trimix Diver (200 ft)
  • 100 Ton Master License (Boat Captain)
  • CPR / First Aid

Every diver has a “bucket list” of things they would like to see and do.  Here are my top 5 for Lake Michigan.

  1. Locate the steamship Java, which sank in 1878.
  2. Locate the steamship W.H. Gilcher which has been missing since 1892.
  3. Film the Pere Marquette 18 car ferry. It has been down there since 1910 and it’s 500′ deep!
  4. Dive the W.C. Kimball lost in 1891.  It is said to be “the world’s most intact schooner” and lies nearly 300′ deep. Accomplished Summer 2022!
  5. Touch the Railing on the steamship John V. Moran. It sank in 1899 and is the first ship I rediscovered.  It sits, completely intact, 370′ feet deep. Accomplished Summer 2022!

Dusty's Info

Biography
Certifications
Bucket List

Dusty Klifman was born in Michigan, where his love of the Great Lakes began. His parents enrolled him in lessons at the age of 13 after he expressed an interest in diving. One of the final dives was near Traverse City, Michigan, and it just happened to be on a shallow wreck. He didn’t know it at the time, but this was the seed for his passion.

High school, seven years in the Army, and working the oilfields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia couldn't keep him away from the water. Currently living outside of Muskegon, Michigan, Dusty is a Journeyman lineman with an electric company for his "must-do" job but spends as much time on the lakes as possible.

As Dusty began diving on more wrecks, he thought there must be interest beyond the diving community. This has proven true.

The deeper he goes, the more stories he is able to share. He has invested in a deep-diving ROV to film in 4K and customized it with a brighter lighting rig due to the pitch-black conditions he often encounters at extreme depths. For shallower depths, he uses high-quality cameras to capture what he sees on the bottom of the Great Lakes.

To put his location in context, he often uses an aerial drone to capture stunning images along the lake, and the areas he is exploring. This is all-important because he wants to share nautical adventures and the incredible history of the Great Lakes with as wide an audience as possible.

Today, he is certified and equipped for deep dives, too. The rebreather has allowed him to reach shipwrecks that are well beyond the limits of traditional SCUBA gear. More time on the bottom, and at greater depths has allowed him to document many wrecks in great detail.

Along the way, he has made connections that provided him with even more opportunities. Many shipwreck hunters in the area have noted his technological and physical abilities and have asked him to join on their projects. Learning from others, and helping them achieve their exploration goals is just another part of fulfilling his passion.

Along the way, he was asked to take Gordon Ramsey diving and spearfishing for an episode of Uncharted and has worked with Kevin Dykstra from the show The Curse of Civil War Gold as well. He’s been recruited to repair underwater structures, and provide a second set of cameras on shipwrecks others have located. He even swam as a safety diver while a one-man submarine took its first trial dives.

Perhaps you would like to join him on one of his adventures sometime! With his new 100 Ton Master License qualification, he is also available for charters.

  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Underwater Photography Diver
  • Level 1 Freediver (FII Certification)
  • Nitrox
  • Advanced Nitrox
  • Decompression Procedures
  • ISC Tiburion Air diluent Diver (Rebreather)
  • ISC Tiburion Helitrox Decompression Diver (Rebreather)
  • 100 Ton Masters Captain Licence
  • CPR / First Aid

Every diver has a “bucket list” of things they would like to see and do.  Here are my top 5 for Lake Michigan.

  1. Locate the steamship Java, which sank in 1878.
  2. Locate the steamship W.H. Gilcher which has been missing since 1892.
  3. Film the Pere Marquette 18 car ferry. It has been down there since 1910 and it’s 500′ deep!
  4. Dive the W.C. Kimball lost in 1891.  It is said to be “the world’s most intact schooner” and lies nearly 300′ deep.
  5. Touch the Railing on the steamship “John V. Moran.” It sank in 1899 and is the first ship I rediscovered.  It sits, completely intact, 370′ feet deep.