February 2017

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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

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

February Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  1. Introduce Visitors.
  2. Present Specific Club Information – 2017 Dues are dueVerify your contact info
  3. Identify dive events upcoming or planned. (Dives & Road Trips)
  4. Identify & discuss diving related news important to divers.
  5. Present any Show & Tell.
  6. Attendees speak about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
  7. Open session.

January Meeting Highlights:

 There was 16 members present, no visitors, and the following was discussed: Updated Treasurer’s report by Ric K.  Several members paid dues. Mary Beth reminded those present to make sure their contact information is correct. If it is not correct contact Mac. The October Turkey Dive was discussed by its participants, The New Year’s Eve Dive – We talked about the dive and how such shore and ice support are important. Without the support we had we would not have been able to do the ice dive. Mary Beth had a photo book of pictures that she passed around. The photos showed the dive and the help given by support. Jim S. fixed a flooded mask, a glove leak and help Ken get his fin on while Ken was laying on his back on the ice. The photo book will be mailed to Jo, our hostesses for the event, along with a thank you card.

Specialty Dive Classes at Wolfe’s this weekend (January 21) include First Aid & CPR, Oxygen Provider, and Nitrox. Jim S. explained the classes and the costs.

Reminders for the Thrill of the Chill dives.

We also had a show of hands for those interested in Our World Underwater, GL Shipwreck Festival and Ghost Ships., Kevin told about his multiple ice diving cell phone recoveries there was talk about diving the river in Niles and the absolute necessity for a tender with a rope because of the strong current. Bob was at Gilboa for New Year’s Day where there were 16 divers and 50 – 60 feet of visibility. He said it was a great dive. Water temp – cold, its was noted that Wolfe’s open house is the March 18 &19. Afterward the meeting was adjourned many went to AJ’s for talking and eating.  (Editor note: Thanks Maggie for recording last meeting activities)

2017 Diver Related Events:

 February XX: Thrill of the ChillTBD- updated on Face book & club site.

February 24-26: Our World Underwater – Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.

March 04: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival – Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI.

March 10-11: Ghost Ships Festival – Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel, WI.

March 18 &19: Wolf’s Open House

Why not organize a dive and paste it on the Facebook MUD club site?

Thrill of the Chill:

With the warmer temperature we have had an abundance of rain lately, the rivers are fast and visibility under the water almost non-existent. Those looking for safe ice cannot find any  here in the lower part of the state. For those needing a dive, because their suits are shrinking, you can still stay warm by reserving and using the Club changing shed and heater at the dive site.  For those not diving, come on out and provide surface support for the divers that would like some company, besides everyone goes out to eat after the dive.

Check out these dive shops that Muddy Divers use:

Wolf’s Marine Dive Shop , Benton Harbor, MI (http://www.wolfsmarine.com/DiveShop.aspx)

Sub Aquatic Sports & Service , Battle Creek, MI (http://www.sassdive.com)

Divers Inc. , Ann Arbor, MI (http://www.diversinc.com)

iDiveMi. , Cheboygan, MI (http://www.idivemi.com/northern-michigan-dive-center)

Hart City Scuba , Elkhart, IN (http://www.hartcityscuba.com)

Just Add H2O , South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers] (http://www.justaddh2o.us.com)

Altek Sports West Michigan Adaptive Diving , Zeeland, MI (http://www.alteksports.com/)

Divers Corner:


To ensure that the reefs I dive on continue to thrive, I pledge to:

  1. Follow all applicable State and Federal laws related to marine life and protected areas.
  2. Be respectful to all marine life.
  3. Never touch, stand, kick, stand or rest on corals.
  4. Never chase, harass, flush from shelter or relocate marine life.
  5. Not feed fish or other marine life.
  6. Keep a respectful distance from turtles and never chase them, block their path or try to ride them.
  7. Secure dive flags to the sandy bottom using weights or other anchoring device or tie off to non- living surfaces.
  8. Be extra careful if taking photos or videos, being aware of the reef and respectful of     the marine life.
  9. Look before touching the bottom for balance, making sure it is non-living substrate     and when absolutely necessary using only one or two fingers for contact.
  10. Minimize glove use unless required by a medical condition, for thermal protection, or    for safety.

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 So, What do you think?

 AlertDiverOnline:   Topic is “A Culture of Dive Safety”

Safety By Petar Denoble

Establishing a culture of dive safety is central to the mission of Divers Alert Network. Such a culture requires collective effort, and DAN intends to promote a discussion with the recreational diving community at large to advance safety and improve the diving experience.

The mantra of individual responsibility seems to ignore the very real social context of diving, a sport that is rarely practiced alone. In addition to one’s fellow divers, a dive incident may involve training agencies, dive operators, dive resorts, travel agencies, dive shops, medical and scientific organizations, equipment manufacturers and/or the media. Most incidents are attributed to human error, and calls to raise individual awareness are the remedies most often suggested by those concerned with safety.

While individual errors are a perennial issue in dive safety, it is also important to consider the role of social context in diving accidents and to promote appropriate social interventions, which may be more effective than interventions focusing exclusively on individual divers. To promote dive safety, we need to review the current safety culture (or lack thereof) in recreational diving as well as the role of individual divers and other constituents of the diving community.

We ask you to participate in this effort and provide your view of what constitutes a culture of dive safety. DAN will take this conversation to dive shows, meetings and social media, but we intend to initiate the dialogue in this column.

To do so we invited three distinguished, independent dive leaders to provide their insights.

  1. What does “recreational diving culture” mean to you?
  2. What are characteristics of a safety-aware diver?
  3. What is the role of training agencies in shaping and disseminating a culture of safety?
  4. How can dive operators contribute to the culture of dive safety?

What are your responses to those questions? Go to the following site to check your responses against experts in the diving field.



 It can never be repeated enough. When in doubt, DON’T – Be safe out there!


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