August 2015


MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 18, 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)

August Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  • Introduce visitors.
  • Present Specific Club Information.
  • Identify Club Dive events planned.
  • General Diving related news.
  • Present any Show & Tell.
  • As attendees about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
  • Open session.

Club Member Picnic on Saturday Aug 22 in Riverfront Park, Niles. Cooking begins at 12:00. Remember it’s bring your own service, preferred drink, and a dish to pass. The club is furnishing the steak & chicken so let us know your choice at the meeting. Kayak or drift dive after eating if the river conditions permit.

Last Meeting Highlights:

There were 19 members and 2 visitors in attendance at the June meeting where the following was discussed:

  • MUD Club Picnic, in Niles Aug 22, cooking begins at 12:00 P.M. Identified volunteers for grills, purchasing steaks & chicken, and staking out an area.
  • Dives performed included: Havana, Havana “B”, Sass Dives, and Paw Paw Lake
  • Club cards distributed to members present
  • Phone directory update in progress and awaiting confirmation of addresses, phone numbers, email and dues paid
  • Still awaiting Sponge Survey kits
  • Discussed MI invasive species: Fish & vegetation, and red algae blooms
  • New Dive Club in Battle Creek called the Southwest Michigan Scuba Club seen at
  • Discussion on newly uncovered areas of the Havana
  • Condor update, inclusion by MSRA, and possible presentations by Kevin A.
  • Wet suit for sale by Leroy (Large two piece used twice)
  • Havana Quiz with prizes

2015 Dive Schedule:

 Organize a dive and paste it on the Facebook MUD club site.

  • Aug 22: MUD Club Steak Fry & Dive
  • Sep 8-11: Wreck Diving – Mackinaw & Cheboyga
  • Sep 12-13: Cheboygan Weekend – Duncan Bay & Cheboygan River Diving

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

Cheboygan, MI

Hart City Scuba
Elkhart, IN

Just Add H2O
South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers]

Altek Sports West Michigan Adaptive Diving
Zeeland, MI

Diver’s Corner: DAN’s Smart Guide to Safe Diving

 Seven Mistakes Divers Make & How to Avoid Them

  1. Neglecting Health and Fitness
  2. Neglecting Proper Gear Maintenance
  3. Insufficient Dive Planning
  4. Lack of Buoyancy Control
  5. Diving Beyond Your Training
  6. Running Out Of Air
  7. Not Taking Personal Responsibility

One of the most important pre-dive steps is Dive Planning which means learning as much as possible in advance about any dive site you plan to dive.

Before you even head out to a site, make sure to investigate currents, depths, marine life, entry and exit points, surfacing techniques, boat traffic, environmental health concerns, etc.

Check out what surface support you may need and what local laws or regulations may apply to your planned diving activity.

Inform someone who is not coming on your trip what your dive plan is and when you expect to be back.

Prior to your dive, make sure you and your buddy are on the same dive plan. Discuss contingencies should conditions change during your dive. Establish the maximum depth, maximum bottom time and minimum air supply to terminate the dive.

Review what you and your buddy would do if you were to become separated, exceed your planned dive or experience an out-of-air emergency or an equipment issue underwater. Review hand signals with your buddy.

Having these discussions on the surface helps you prepare as a buddy team to manage any situations that may arise while underwater.

Conduct a pre-dive test on all of your equipment, particularly any rented gear. Use a written or mnemonic checklist to ensure you don’t overlook an essential step. Don’t skip the buddy check.

Remember to create an emergency action plan (EAP). This is an essential tool that divers should have been taught to construct in their advanced training course. It should include what prompts an emergency response, important contact information, the nearest medical facility and the best means of getting there as well as essential first aid equipment.

Dive plans don’t have to be complicated or inflexible, but they are essential to prevent and manage diving incidents.


When is the last time you made a dive plan and followed it?

                               When in doubt, don’t – Be safe out there!



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