August 2014

“MUD Club”

Next MeetingTuesday, August 19, 2014

Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Berrien Springs, MI

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

August Meeting:

Greet attending members,   Introduce visitors,   Present specific Club Related information,

“Key item tonight is the MUD Club Picnic Saturday (August 23) being held at the River View Park in Niles with grilling starting at 12:00. We need to know who is attending and what do they want, chicken or steak? We need volunteers to bring a grill, preferably two, and someone to get to the park a little early to stake out a shaded area. Remember it’s bring a plate to pass, your own service and drink. You can bring your dive gear or Kayak if you want to dive/ float before or after chowing down.”

Next topics to discuss are general dive related news,   Present any Show & Tell,   Open the floor for discussion of current diving experiences and lessons learned if any,   Pizza at Roma’s after meeting closure.   Free copies of the August “Diver Training” magazine will be available at this meeting.

Last Meeting Highlights:

There were 17 in attendance, treasure report presented, talked about places that divers dove, talked about needing a permit to metal detect in most of the Niles area, Bob S. showed off his new 4th Element dry suit, Several divers discussed dives on the Ironsides (and lessons learned), the Havana, Mack’s Wreck, South Pier Dive, Clay Banks area (South of Glenlord beach), and who has what in their “Save a Dive Kit”. So far 4 confirmed for the September “Mackinaw & Cheboygan” diving trip. Anyone else planning on coming up?

Safety Tip of the Month:  

S-A-F-E D-I-V-E: You can start by remembering that each dive should be a SAFE DIVE, directly related to: Self-reliance; Attitude; Fitness; Experience; Diving skills; Involvement; Variety; Equipment:  Todays topics are:  Involvement; Variety; Equipment:

Get Involved:

Make plans. Getting involved in the local community is a great way to meet new people and find out more about the local diving scene. Find a local dive club or dive center and sign up for meetings, programs and courses. This provides for excellent opportunities to find a buddy, locate a great grubbing site or wreck and socialize with other divers with similar interests.

Make friends. When you become active in the local diving community, you also get the opportunity to find a diving mentor. The friendship and camaraderie of a group of divers is one of the many reasons why people keep diving.

Says DAN Director Chris Wachholz, “As a hesitant 14-year-old diver in 1971, I would never have learned to love the sport without the advice, security and role model of (not always) patient, older and more experienced divers.

“I believe this advice goes to experienced divers as well, who should give something back to the sport by being a mentor and help another person become a lifelong enthusiast.”

Savor the Variety:

The spice of diving. From the wrecks off the coast of North Carolina or Mackinaw, to the weed beds in Paw Paw Lake, shark teeth hunting in Charleston SC, or capturing your underwater moments on the Great Barrier Reef, or anywhere you normally don’t dive, diving has something for everyone. One of the greatest ways to keep your passion for diving is to explore your underwater world. Traveling and experiencing new environments is one of the most fun ways to keep active.

However, with each new experience comes caution. It is vital that you are familiar with your environment or are under supervision by an experienced dive guide. “The variety of interesting diving experiences is matched by the variety of potential hazards,” says Barry Shuster, DAN’s Director of Marketing. “Awareness of local currents, underwater topographic formations, marine life and proper entry and exit techniques can save you a great deal of grief.”

Equip Yourself:

Take three. There are three primary equipment considerations for divers:

Do you have all the necessary equipment to conduct the dive? Do you have a depth gauge? A timing device? An alternate air source? If you don’t have a depth gauge or timing device, you’ll be unable to judge your ascent rate and plan your dives to be within the no-decompression limits.

Do you know how to use and maintain your gear? Many divers are unfamiliar with equipment maintenance procedures. The minimum is to rinse and soak your equipment in fresh water and let air dry. Pay particular attention to your regulator. Look for signs of wear and check the hoses for leaks and cracking. Take an equipment maintenance course on gear maintenance.

Can you get to your equipment? Is your alternate air source in your BCD pocket, or is it readily available? Is your equipment properly sized for you? Many divers wonder why neoprene shrinks year after year. Your equipment is a tool to let you safely explore the undersea world. Take care of it, and it will take care of you.

By making every dive a SAFE DIVE, you’ll expand your skills and knowledge — and have more fun. You’ll also help your fellow divers by demonstrating the steps of safe diving.

http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/DANs_Diving_Tips_for_the_New_Diver

                                                    “Always Dive Safe and Dive Smart”

          Don’t dive if you feel pressured. Remember, if you’re not having fun, stop diving.

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