August 2016

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

3rd Tuesday of every month except December

August Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  1. Introduce Visitors.
  2. Present Specific Club Information:

Several Members participated in the interview of John Chatterton (Shadow Divers) on the Scuba Obsessed Podcast also broadcast on WRVO radio as part of a “Wreck Diving Series Parts 1-3. You can listen to all 3 broadcast by going to “” and or going to the links below:  Talkshoe Call ID: 73759

Wreck Diving Series – Part 2 with John Chatterton – 293

 Identify dive events upcoming or planned. (Dives & Road Trips)

Club Steak Fry and Dive or Kayak August 20

Steak or chicken provided, bring a plate to pass, your own drink, and service.

Who is attending?  Who will bring grills?  Who can go early to stake out an area?

Cheboygan Dive Week – August 27 thru September 6.

Base of operations is the Burch Haus Motel – Cheboygan;  Contacts:  Bob Sweeney and/or Jim Schultz

  1. Identify & discuss diving related news important to divers.

Suggestion by Jim Scholz:

It has been a number of years since we had an organized “Ecology Dive”. Is there interest in doing one again? I am proposing that if we do it, we do it in the area of the river that we have been diving in Niles. This could be a great chance to spend a day picking up all of the pieces we have not wanted to add to our collections. The Club can sponsor the event, get prizes donated from local businesses and dive shops. We could contact the City of Niles to see if they would supply a dumpster and support, and see if the County would put a Marine Division boat on the river to keep boat traffic away from the divers. That would allow us to use boats in the river to haul the trash back to shore. This event is a lot of work and we need many volunteers to help out with preparation, support, food, publicity clean up, and diving! In the past we supplied hot dogs and hamburgers and charged a fee to help cover the cost. What do you think? Would you volunteer? Would you dive? Do you think October 1, is too late in the season to do this?

  1. Present any Show & Tell.
  2. Attendees speak about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
  3. Open session.

Last Meeting Highlights:

 There were 15 members present at last meeting, Discussed the good turn outs on Thirsty Thursday dives especially the river dives, the river is warm and a 3 mm shorty is great for now but if your “no suiting it” watch the knees and hands cause there is lots of glass and sharpies on the bottom, reminder of the club picnic and need for grills and assistance, reminder of the Cheboygan trip coming up, tabled getting  new t-shirts, hats and accessories until a later date, reminder that some areas of the river and wrecks are containing metal fishing line your dive knife cannot handle, identified a source for Titanium dive knife/ cutters, lots of diving identified including: Sass dives, Blue Lake, Barge dive (depth 125’ with 60’ vis), the Rockaway, Ironsides, Ann Arbor 5, North Pier, St. Joseph River.

 2016 Dive Listing:    Organize a dive and paste it on the Facebook MUD club site.

Thirsty Thursdays:   Come on down and join the fun on “Thirsty Thursdays” beginning at 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. All divers greatly appreciate “everyone” who comes and provides support for the activity.  Dives can be labor intensive and “many hands make light work”.  The gathering afterward for food and diving discussions are just about as much fun as the dive itself.

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 (

iDiveMi., Cheboygan, MI (

Hart City Scuba , Elkhart, IN (

Just Add H2O , South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers] (

Altek Sports West Michigan Adaptive Diving , Zeeland, MI (


When was the last time YOU practiced responding to an underwater emergency of another diver or yourself?   How often does YOUR dive “buddy” think about it?

Divers Corner:     Running Out of Air:

Running out of air is the most common trigger for diving accidents.  It seems like a no-brainer, but several factors can affect consumption rate.

Be air aware: Monitor your air supply. Incorporate gas supply into your dive planning. You can only stay under as long as you have enough gas remaining for a safe ascent. Don’t forget to save some gas for flotation. Good rules of thumb for turnaround limits are when you have used:

DAN Standard is:     2/3 of your gas supply during a shallow dive,  1/2 of your gas supply during a multilevel dive,  1/3 of your gas supply during a cave dive

Check your gauge regularly and be aware that exertion, like when swimming in strong currents and depth will affect your air consumption.

Anxiety or stress can also affect air consumption. Try to maintain normal breathing, but if you do feel anxious, keep a closer eye on your gas supplies; it may dwindle more rapidly than usual. This is an easily avoidable mistake that carries serious repercussion

Click to access DAN-SmartGuide-DiveMistakes.pdf

Remember:    Its August, if you are not getting wet, the waters only going to get colder from this point out.

As Always anyone can call off a dive at any time. In other words, it’s always OK to say “No”.

Dive Safety Starts and Ends with YOU

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