February 2013

2“MUD Club”

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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

Meetings start @ 7:30 p.m.

(Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

February Meeting:

Welcome visitors,  Present club information & general dive related news,  Identify upcoming dive related events,  Present any Show & Tell,  Discuss current diving experiences & lessons learned if any,  Open session,  end meeting with prize drawing.

Annual dues are due. Please see Ric Kling before the meeting begins or afterward. You may also send him a check made out to Ric Kling and note on the check it is for 2013 club dues.

Last Meeting Highlights:

16 members at the last meeting, Dues collected, Treasurer Update.  Update on treatments of Little PPL in the spring, Finding Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan. Leroy R spoke about his trips to the islands and brought up the point that divers over 65 may have issues with being allowed to dive certain dives. Word to the wise is to check when you plan your travel dives. Jim S mentioned that SASS was going to present an Intro to Tech diving thru Nitrox for deco in March. No ice dives to date due to the ice being suspect with the freeze thaw rain cycles we have had lately.

FYI:

Club Hats, Decals, T-shirts can be purchased at the club meetings BUT first contact Mac at muddydiver@aol.com or call to identify item, size, quantity and availability.

Upcoming Dive Events:

February 16:   Our World Underwater, Chicago
February 23:   Last chance for a Feb Club dive- Open River or Ice dive.
March 2:           Great Lakes Ship Wreck Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
March 15-17:  Scuba Fest, Columbus, Ohio
April 15-16:    Ghost Ships Festival, Milwaukee, WI
April 19-21:    GLWC Meet & Greet 2013, Gilboa, Ohio

Diver Alert Network (DAN)   Video Lecture Series (open to all)

How Good is Your Emergency Action Plan (EAP)?

This is a very good “food for thought” presentation that will help insure your chance or your dive buddies chance for survival in an emergency situation.   Highlights of the 40 minute video include:

EAP -> who calls for its implementation & when? (What constitutes an emergency?)

Local Knowledge -> Environmental hazards (currents, surges, boats, snags, overheads, Snakes) Emergency resources in your area (EMS, LEA, Coast Guard,      Hospital ER, Local Urgent Care, hyperbaric chamber)

First Aid Kit -> AED, O2, Ambu bag, (do you have enough O2 to get you back to the dock?), OTC drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen), communication devices (fully charged Cell phone with confirmed coverage in area, Marine VHF, diver recall device).

Divers trained:  Who is qualified to use AED, O2, Ambu bag, Splint, assist?  Have you Practiced EAP drills or even talked about it?

Scene management:  Who is in charge, when are they in charge?

DAN’s Role:  Who has their number? Who is documenting the event and recording the time.

Drills:  Have YOU ever run an emergency drill or practice exercise in the field? Why not?

Debrief:  Do you discuss your dives and lessons learned

Culture of Safety:  Do you and your buddies recognize, manage and avoid risks?   Do you plan the dive and for contingencies? Do you demonstrate safe diving practices?

———————————————————————————————————————–Notice:  Sending out courtesy copies of the club newsletter to non-members will be ending due to lack of response. You may continue to see the MUD newsletters at the online club web site.

Yep, It’s hard water time! If you are not actively diving, use this time to service your regulators, tanks, BC’s and repair your dive suits. Brush up on your first aid & CPR and begin planning your spring dives. April is just around the corner.

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