April 2013

 “MUD Club”

Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Berrien Springs, MI
Meetings start @ 7:30 p.m. 
(Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

April Meeting:

Welcome visitors, present club information & general dive related news, identify upcoming dive related events, present any Show & Tell, discuss current diving experiences & lessons learned if any, then Open Session.

Last Meeting Highlights:

  • 13 members were in attendance and no visitors. The following items were discussed.
  • Bob S. is back from Hawaii and while there completed 18 dives and took thousands of underwater photos.
  • SASS Wednesday dives are on the schedule.
  • A note from Rich Synowiec that White Star Quarry is open April 1 (from 8:00am til dusk).
  • Northern Michigan Dive Center notified us about the new recompression chamber in Petoskey and that they are now carrying tech gear (IST Dolphin Tech) & nitrox.
  • Update from the Michigan U/W Preserve Counsel: they are making progress on the statewide buoy project but it is a slow evolution. It was reported that the Michigan Attorney General’s opinion is that when an owner’s deed states that the property extends “to the water’s edge” any wreck that is now in dry sand is the property of the owner and not the state.  This is not the case if the deed states “to the high water mark”.
  • The MI DNR has a Klein side scan that can be requested if a preserve has a target to be documented.
  • Mentioned that Daryl Wright from Wright Way Video may be over to Southwest Michigan to do video surveys if assistance with operation cost can be provided.
  • Jeremy Moore had a set of steel double 98’s for sale.
  • Mentioned that no firm date for the MUD club picnic has been set nor is there anyone who wants to do Cheboygan during Labor Day instead of the week afterward.

 Upcoming Dive Events:

April 19-21:  Great Lakes wrecking Crew (GLWC) Meet & Greet 2013 – Gilboa, Ohio http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/

April 26: Open Water classes beginning – Call Wolf’s for details

 Soft water is now in plentiful supply so get your dive gear out of the closet and start planning your spring dives. It’s that time of year folks!

 Diving related Factoid & Articles:

 The Great Barrier Reef contributes more than  billion a year in tourism and employs 54,000 people.   

Hot Summer Job:  Diving-for-golf-balls

In case you’re interested, compensation is $0.08 per ball. Expected average daily yield is 3000+ balls equating to $240.00 per day or $30 per hour or $1200 per week during the dive season.


The secret is out:  new AERIS ACCEL fins a hit even before they ship!

Shorter than most top-line full-foot fins (less than 21 inches) and very lightweight (1 pound, 5 ounces for a size regular), the Accel gives fans of open-heel fins the best of both worlds: the comfort and adjustability of an open-heel fin, with the weight, size and performance of a full-foot fin.


University of Toledo scuba divers break world record

After nearly eight days submerged in a 330-gallon tank, the University of Toledo scuba club broke the world record for “Longest Continuous Dive in an Enclosed Environment” early Tuesday. The group of 25 divers started the challenge on April 1 at 6:20 a.m. and ended around 3:30 a.m. on April 9. The previous world record was six days and 21 hours.


Russian meteor strike: Divers scour frozen lake for fragments



On the Hunt: David Trotter Pinpoints Another Great Lakes Wreck


3-13-13: More than 90 Great Lakes wrecks have been discovered by David Trotter over 35 years — his most recent: the New York, lost in Lake Huron 133 years ago.


Video: Expedition Team Reaches 460-foot Depth on Texas Cave Dive 

A team of scientists led by leading cave biologist and Texas A&M Galveston professor Dr. Tom Lliffe recently explored the depths of Phantom Springs Cave, Texas, reaching depths of 460 feet on their seven-hour expedition, with no end in sight.


 Rebreathers: don’t use old oxygen cells 

1 April 2013 – Rebreathers manufacturer Ambient Pressure Diving has warned users of its products not to use old, out-of-date oxygen cells. APD recommends the replacement of cells every 18 months because, “as the cell ages, the lead anode is consumed and the cell’s ability to produce current is reduced”.  Any diver who does keep a cell for more than 18 months should check for current limiting, which means regular checks during any dive as “the drop-off is sudden”.


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