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River Wreck Diving – St. Joseph River

Since this was another unseasonably warm and sunny day, for a February, there was no reason not to go diving. Todays dive area was back in the Saint Joseph river flowing between the shores of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor … Continue reading

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Milk Bottle (St. Joseph River – St. Joseph, MI)


2017-02-04 River Wreck Bottle – Kevin Ailes
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Saint Joseph River Wreck

This was Mack’s first wreck dive of February  and the second for Kevin Ailes. With no ice and no one local ready to dive, Kevin was happy to came down to check out this shallow water wreck site. The last … Continue reading

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Can’t Dive? Go to Refresher Training

This was a great weekend for classroom work if you were not able to get out diving. Several Muddies attended the following PADI & DAN speciality classes at Wolfs’ Marine in Benton Harbor. (Primary Instructor: Dave Tonneman – Benthic Adventures … Continue reading

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Saugatuck – Shipwreck Ice Dive

Some times the best visibility you have in a lake or river is when you have it covered in ice. The water is not agitated by wind, boaters, fishermen, water skiing and wave action. So in an effort to capitalize … Continue reading

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Diving the Rockaway – South Haven, Michigan

Diving The Rockaway – South Haven, Michigan The marine forecast had been calling for lake conditions that would have been less than comfortable the whole weekend so an alternate site, Lake 16, was chosen for a Sunday afternoon dive. Checking … Continue reading

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The Ice Man Cometh

In South West Michigan, least ways in our area, ice thickness on local lakes has not been to the depths that ice divers associate with being thick enough for groups of  divers to make a hole big enough to have an … Continue reading

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2016 New Years Night Dive 2017

The last dive of 2016  and the first dive of January 1, 2017. Held at Hidden Valley Pond in Niles, Michigan. Divers in the water: Kevin Ailes, Joshua Snyder, Larry Steelman, Ken Riemer, Don McAlhany. Surface Support: Mary Beth Thar, … Continue reading

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Diving Withdrawal

Bob Sweeney and Kevin Ailes were undergoing extreme symptoms of diver withdrawal and needed to get wet quick. Of all the places around they traveled Gull Lake in Ross Town ship. The only place open was the Prairie View boat … Continue reading

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Searching for Ice

Jim Scholz and I were out checking dive sites for the New Years Midnight Dive. Hidden Valley Pond is freezing over but has only ~ 2″ of ice so far. The St. Joseph river at the Marmont street launch is … Continue reading

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Bond Street Kayak Launch – Niles

Today’s dive was in Niles but the current below the dam was very fast, the water high and visibility VERY low. So we went above the dam to the Bond street kayak launch where the visibility looked good UNTIL you … Continue reading

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Turkey Dive

Saturday, November 26-2016, “TURKEY DIVE” was held at 12:00 (High Noon) in the Saint Joseph river, Benton Harbor at Fisherman’s Park.  (next to the new Whirlpool Complex).   It was a great dive with 7 divers and several people on … Continue reading

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