April 2018

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall

Berrien Springs, MI

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

(3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

April Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  1. Introduce Visitors.
  2. Present Specific Club Information.
  3. Identify dive events upcoming or planned. (Dives & Road Trips)
  4. Identify & discuss diving-related news important to divers.
  5. Present any Show & Tell.
  6. Attendees speak about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
  7. Open session.

 March Meeting Highlights:

 There were 18 members at the meeting and 1 guest who presented a slide presentation on diving the Caymans. Received a treasures report and updated list of paid members. Tentative group going to present Antique Diving Equipment at the April “Sportsman Dinner” at Midway Baptist. Discussed MSRA’s newest rediscovered ship the Lizzie Throop off of South Haven in 280’. Diving discussion’s by Kevin Ailes, Bob Sweeney, Jim Scholz involving Lake 16, Singer Lake, Magician Lake, Gravel Lake and the St. Joseph River (Watervliet). Concerns on the deterioration of the subsurface platforms at Lake 16 and danger they present to divers were brought up. Some comments on this year’s wreck diving trip, late August/early September, to be in Alpena. Meeting ended after discussing the Safety Article on the psychology & psychology issues involved in surviving alone in the ocean for 75 hours.

2018 Diver Related Events:

  • April 28-29Nautical Archaeology Training Workshop” Toledo, OH
  • May 1 “Great Lakes Wrecking Crew Meet & Greet, Gilboa Quarry, OH

 Thrill of the Chill Dives:

“Thrill of the Chill” dives. As always, please keep updating the club site on Facebook for “Time & Place” for Dives.

Check out these dive shops that Muddy Divers use:

Wolf’s Marine Dive Shop, Benton Harbor, MI

Sub Aquatic Sports & Service, Battle Creek, MI

Divers Inc. Ann Arbor, MI

Hart City Scuba, Elkhart, IN

Just Add H2O South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers]

Altek Sports West Michigan Adaptive Diving, Zeeland, MI

Divers Corner:       Lessons for Life

I challenge you to take a few minutes and go to the following site.


There you can read about many different events which resulted in a diver dying. As you read the accounts what do you see as the root cause of the drowning and ask yourself if YOU could have been one of those divers.

Events discussed include: Fitness to dive; Max repetitive dives on computer = DCI; Penetration dive with no line & no back up light; Sinking like a stone but kept 30# lead; Wanting to set personal depth record; Three enter a cave – two return; No air at Safety Stop; Too deep too quick.


What simple actions would have prevented these fatal events? Prepare to talk about a couple of these events at the next dive meeting.



 If you have “air” you have time.

Wisdom is learned from adverse learning “experiences.”

 You got in the water easy enough, but can you get out just as easily?

 Remember: ANYONE can call off a dive at any time.

It’s always OK to say “No”.

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