About Us…

The Manitoba Underwater Council is the representative non-profit organization for all underwater activities in the Province of Manitoba.

The MUC aims to preserve, protect, and promote activities of organized clubs and associations in the Province of Manitoba, participating competitively or solely for relaxation.

The MUC endeavours to be a leader in promoting safety, environmental awareness and fun in underwater activities while growing a network of supportive and resourceful members.

Our History

1962

The Manitoba Underwater Council (MUC) is Founded

1962
July 31, 1965

First Spearfishing Contest

Held at Childs Lake, this event was a fun and exciting alternative to fishing.

July 31, 1965
September 5, 1968

MUC is Incorporated as a Non-Profit

September 5, 1968
October 13, 1975

World Record Set in Manitoba

World’s deepest diving winged insect – 85 feet

October 13, 1975
April 1986

Incorporation of the Canadian Federation for Underwater Activities

MUC was a charter member.

April 1986
May 1988

Mapping Manitoba

MUC started mapping dive sites all across Manitoba, and even a few in north-western Ontario.

May 1988
August 14, 1990

MUC Saved Cat’s Ass Dive Site

With our members support and the help of local dive shops, we lobbied to stop the Manitoba Government from destroying this iconic dive site.

August 14, 1990

Partners and Allies

To help us succeed in our mission, we have joined forces with several organizations who help us stay on the leading edge of conservation efforts in Manitoba, and who make it possible to engage with our members in new and exciting ways.

Strives to drive local action for global ocean conservation.

Works to protect, maintain and improve our province’s essential water resources.

Helps people make informed decisions about safety when participating in activities in, on, or around the water.

Lowers the barriers to technology through access to tools, knowledge, training and talent for non-profits like the MUC.

Gives us the tools we need to spread our message and make a difference, while promoting sustainability for all.

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Meet Our Team

Come and get to know the MUC Directors and Chairpersons who volunteer their time to keep the organization on track and our members under the waves.

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Rick Howard
President

Rick has been snorkeling the shores of the Whiteshell since the late 60’s, started diving in 2008 and is now a Master Scuba Diver Trainer with PADI. When not Wreck diving off the UK coast, Reef diving in Cuba or Cenote diving in Mexico, he can be found teaching in West Hawk Lake. Rick works to promote sport diving and underwater activities within Manitoba. Working with MUC is his way of sharing his passion and opening up this sport to more people locally.

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Currently Vacant
Vice President

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Ed Stark
Treasurer / Secretary

Ed Stark is the Treasurer for the MUC and has held this position on the BOD since 2012. As a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces and a Civil Service Quality Assurance Representative with 46 years of combined service prior to retirement in April 2016, he has used his knowledge and skills to give back to the community by assisting the MUC in their mission. Ed became a MUC member in 1987 and started volunteering for the council in January 1991. Since then he has also served terms as Vice President and Director of Health and Safety, in addition to several chair positions. Ed is an accomplished diver and instructor who rose through the American Canadian Underwater
Certification (ACUC) training levels to attain the highest level in Canada as an Instructor Trainer Evaluator. He was the Chief Instructor for the 17 Wing Goldeyes SCUBA Club for 17 years and ran a dive business out of his home for many years. Ed believes strongly in the mission of the Council and dutifully supports the Board of Directors and Chairs in meeting their mandate.

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Keith Peters
Underwater Activities Director / Chairperson of Underwater Sport

Keith has been on the MUC as Chairperson of underwater sport for over 10 years.
In 2020 he joined the board of Directors as the Health and Safety Director. Keith presently serves as the Underwater Activities Director and the Chair for underwater sport.
He is also the President of the Manitoba Underwater Football Club.
Keith plays underwater sports and scuba dives all over North America. He hopes to go overseas to represent Canada in international competition.
B.P.E., B.Ed., P.B.D.Ed.

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Currently Vacant
Director of Marketing & Communications / Webmaster

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Norm Stamler
Director of Special Projects

Norm discovered SCUBA later in life, but quickly realized it was something he loved. Diving as often as he could locally, he completed his Divemaster training in 2021 and became an Instructor in 2023. He enjoys sharing the magic of the underwater world with others and his position on the MUC Board of Directors provides an opportunity to encourage growth in underwater sports, improve water safety, and preserve and promote our local dive sites.

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Jeff Isaacs
Membership Services

Diving since 2018.
Certified Rescue Diver, loves to travel and can’t wait to get back to Mexico to finish his cave certification.

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Mark Barrett
Equipment Manager

Coming Soon…

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Doreen Draffin
Water Safety Coalition Rep.

Coming Soon…

Volunteers

The MUC would like to give a shoutout to all of our amazing volunteers who are not listed above. We wouldn’t be the same without you, and we are so grateful for all the work you do.
Thank You!

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