April 2015

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Andrews University
Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall
Berrien Springs, MI

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
(Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

April Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  • Introduce visitors
  • Present Specific Club Information
  • General Dive related news
  • Identify Club Dive events planned or in-planning
  • Present any Show & Tell
  • Attendees present current diving news, experiences or lessons learned (if any)
  • Open session

Dues are past due:

You may send a check made out to Ric Kling.
Note on the check it’s for ‘2015 Mud Dues’ if you cannot attend the meeting.

Last Meeting Highlights:

There were 16 members and two visitors in attendance at the March meeting where the following was discussed:

  • Identified who were going to setup and man the MUD tables at the “Sportsman Dinner”
  • Several members spoke about their attendance at the “Ghost Ships” and “Great Lakes Shipwrecks” Festivals
  • It was mentioned that this weekend was the “Mysteries & Histories Beneath the Inland Seas” in Holland presented by MSRA
  • It was also mentioned that ‘Lost and Found: Legendary Lake Michigan Shipwrecks,” is to be presented at the Oshtemo Branch Library (3/31) by with Valerie van Heest
  • Request by Jim S. for members to complete the online Dry Suit survey by Wolf’s Marine
  • Discussion on programs that give a true location when converting Loran to GPS
  • Kevin A. provided information on the Grand Valley State University’s search for the remains of sunken steamboats, S.S. Hazel A. and S.S. Ramona located in Reeds Lake
  • Finally, a reminder to check SASS & Hart City Divers websites for their Wednesday evening dive schedules.


As always, Club Hats, Decals and Club T-shirts can be purchased at the club meeting.

Be sure to drop Mack a line at muddydiver@aol.com or call to identify item(s), size(s) and quantity wanted.

2015 Dive Schedule

  • 22 AUG – MUD Club Steak Fry & Dive
  • 8-11 SEP – Muddies Wreck Diving – Mackinaw & Cheboygan
  • 12-13 SEP – Cheboygan Weekend – Duncan Bay & Cheboygan River Diving
  • ?? OCTRecover “SJYC” buoys and anchors from Lake Michigan
  • ?? OCT – Shipwrecks & Technology, Grand Haven, MI
  • 21-22 NOVLast Chance for a Pre-Turkey Day Dive!
  • 28 NOV – Turkey Dive @ 12:00 at “Fisherman’s Park”, Benton Harbor, MI
  • 31 DEC – New Year’s Gathering & Dive 

Considerations for dives in 2015: (Volunteer to organize a dive)

Annual Ann Arbor #5 Dive; Muskegon; Outside Breakwater in Michigan City, IN; Rockaway; Verona; Crane & Barge; Havana; Mack’s Wreck; Ironsides; GLWC Meet & Greet Gilboa Quarry; Magician Lake (Sister Lakes); Lake Cora; Paw Paw Lake; St. Joe – South Pier Dive; Drift Dive – St. Joe River, Niles, MI; HART City & SASS Wednesday Evening Dives; Saint Clair River; Blue River Bridge

Check out these dive shops that Muddy Divers use:

Wolf’s Marine Dive Shop
250 W Main St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Sub Aquatic Sports & Service
347 North Helmer Road, Battle Creek, MI 49037

Divers Inc.
3380 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

107 W State St, Cheboygan, MI 49721

Hart City Scuba
28170 State Road 120, Elkhart, IN 46514

Just Add H2O 17911 SR 23, South Bend, IN 46635


The Michigan lakes and rivers are now “Soft” and available.
The temperature in Paw Paw Lake on Thursday was 46F and about the same in the St. Joseph river.
It’s just about wetsuit time – so what’s your excuse for Not Getting Wet?
It’s not too cold to dive but if You are not yet ready to get wet remember that You Do Not have to dive to participate!
Surface support is ALWAYS greatly appreciated.

Diving Factoid:
Diver turns tank valve off instead of on

Turning the tank valve back half-a-turn often confuses divers and can inadvertently make breathing difficult at depth. This diver kept a cool head and ascended on her buddy’s alternate air source.


“While diving with my dive buddy in Florida, I noticed that upon each inhalation the needle of my submersible pressure gauge (SPG) fluctuated. The needle dipped down with each breath before returning to the correct psi reading for my tank. I continued diving while keeping a close eye on the gauge and, upon reaching a depth of approximately 55 feet, (16 meters) it suddenly became very difficult for me to breathe. I looked at my SPG mid-breath and saw the needle drop down to zero psi, and it did not readily move back up. I felt like there was no more air available to me even though I knew there was at least 1200 psi (80 bar) in my tank. I signaled “out of air” to my buddy, and used her alternate regulator. We made a controlled ascent to the surface, and I was not injured. Upon inspecting my gear, I realized that instead of turning my tank all the way on and half a turn back, I had turned it all the way off and half a turn on. Upon reaching a depth below 33 feet (10 meters), I had experienced inadequate air pressure delivery from my tank to my regulator because the tank was barely on and could not continue to deliver the same volume of air at the increased pressure.”

The diver most likely did not sufficiently open the tank valve before their descent. The valve was open enough to provide some air at the surface and in shallow water. As the diver descended, however, they did not get enough air. They tried to open the tank, but in the attempt they turned the valve in the wrong direction, shutting it off completely. The root cause of this incident may have been the oft-suggested practice of opening a valve all the way and then turning it back a half turn.

In the early days of scuba, valves were made of brass. If you didn’t turn the knob back a half turn then the valve would shrink during the dive due to cooling, and you wouldn’t be able to turn it off afterward. This is not a problem today, but old habits die hard, and many divers still turn the valve back half a turn 

So always open your tank valve all the way. Open it up, and breathe easy. Ensure you do a pre-dive check and a buddy check to pick up any errors. Look at the submersible pressure gauge (SPG), take a couple of breaths, and if you can breathe and the needle does not move, you are good to go. 



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