January 2018

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Berrien Springs, MI
Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
(3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

January Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  1. Introduce Visitors
  2. Present Specific Club Information
    2018 DUES are DUE!
    Make checks out to ‘Ric Kling’ and note it is for ‘2018 MUD dues’.
    You can pay at the meeting or send your dues to:
    Ric Kling
    5191 Territorial Road
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
  3. Identify dive events or road trips upcoming or planned.
    • Jan 20 (Sat) Intro to Scuba (Wolfs/ SJHS Pool)
    • Jan 20 (Sat) Ice Diving Class at Wolfs (Late afternoon)
    • Jan 21 (Sun) Ice Dive – location TBD
    • Feb 17 “Our World Underwater” – Chicago, IL
  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.

 November Meeting Details & December Dive Highlights:

There were 12 members present and no guests. Primary event was the elections for 2018 Officers. TNo write-in or email votes or submittals for the club positions were received. The Officers for 2018 are:

      • Mary Beth Thar – President
      • Richard Curtis – Vice President
      • Ric Kling –Treasurer
      • Don McAlhany – Newsletter & Club Website

The club received $63.85 from Jake Thar from the selling of metal junk collected during the 2017 Ecology Dive in Niles.  A big “Thank You” to Jake for taking the time and trouble to bring the trailer and haul the trash to the salvage yard.

In open discussion, it was noted that the large underwater platform at Lake 16 has been damaged (perhaps by fishermen dragging anchors around them) and that the Black River in South Haven is a potential river dive site for grubbers.

November 25th Turkey Dive

The club’s Annual Turkey dive held in the Saint Joseph river off of Fisherman’s Park in Benton Harbor. The event was well attended and those participating had a great time. Other than being very breezy, it was a very nice day for a dive (though the visibility could have been a tad bit better).

Seven Muddies got wet – 1 wetsuit & 6 dry suit divers. Hats off to Ronda, who did the dive wet, unlike the rest of us old guys going dry. Water visibility was in the 1′ to 5′ range, current moving at a hefty clip, water temperature was 40°F to 43°F. Seven additional muddies were present for shore support (with some getting wetter than they had been planning on).

Divers: Larry Steelman, Don McAlhany, Rob Lyczynski, Kevin Ailes, Darrin Jillison, Bob Sweeney, & Ronda VanHorn. Shore Support: Mr. Tom Turkey, Mary Beth Thar, Ken Riemer, Ed Steinke, Brian Daisy, Karen Mann, Barbara Mann, and WNIT Videographer Tanner Philips.

The water was high, with lots of concrete rip-rap. You have to watch out for the loose ones! Visibility with the sun out was manageable. You lost the sun’s benefit at about 10 feet then the vis was inches.

It is always nice to be warm and out of the wind (especially when wet!) and to have a hot drink after the cold water. Thanks again to Ken Riemer for bringing the dressing & warming trailer, and to Karen Mann & Barbara Mann for bringing and setting up the hospitality canopy, as well as setting up the sweets and drinks. Love that hot chocolate after a cold water dive!

December 16 (2017)

On Saturday, December 16, several Michigan Underwater Divers (MUD) members and Scuba Obsessed Podcast listeners had the privilege of working with Tim Marr and Paul Kuiper of West Michigan Adaptive Diving, during the scuba clinic held at the East Grand Rapids High School swimming facility.

December 31, 2017

Michigan Underwater Divers Club New Year’s Eve Party and Dive was hosted by Jim & Randee Scholz at their house in Sister Lakes.

Saturday afternoon, Jim Scholz, Dave Tonneman, and Don McAlhany did a little bit of New Year’s dive site reconnoitering. After checking out Magician Lake (Sister Lakes – Dowagiac) ice thickness and finding it lacking in consistency and thickness, we went to Round Lake at the Public Access and boat launch to check it as our alternate site.

Last dive of 2017 and First dive of 2018 was in Dowagiac at the Round Lake Public Access. Shown here in a daytime shot after cutting and marking the dive site.

0015 Hrs – Jan 1, 2018 – Happy New Year from the Michigan Underwater Divers

In the picture from L to R – Divers:  Dave Tonneman, Brian Daisy, Larry Steelman, Don McAlhany, Jim Scholz, Kevin Ailes. Diver in the water: Skyler Daisy. Tender: Ken Riemer

Special thanks to our surface support and tenders: Ken & Lucy Riemer, Mary Beth Thar, Karen Mann, Amy Schuring, Dawn Tonneman, and Marie Daisy.

2018 Diver Related Events:

      • Feb 17-18 “Our World-Underwater XLVIII”, Chicago, Il
      • March 3rd “Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival”, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI
      • March “Ghost Ships Festival” 2018, Milwaukee, WI (Dates to be confirmed.)
      • March 24 “Mysteries & Histories” Shipwreck Show, Holland, MI

Thrill of the Chill Dives:

As always please keep updating the club site on Facebook for “Time & Place” for Dives.

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

Hart City Scuba Elkhart, IN

Just Add H2O South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers]

Altek Sports W. Mich Adaptive Diving Zeeland, MI

Divers Corner:

 Ice Safety

Ice Diving is not just another “dive”. It’s a classic “You do not know what you do not know”. If you are serious in learning to ice dive, it’s highly recommended that you do your research on what is really required to be an ice diver.

It is suggested that you should read through the training syllabus of nationally known sport diving organizations, such as PADI, NAU, CMAS, SDI, or TDI who teach ice diving.

If you have not read and compared the requirements, how do you have a clue of the training you should be obtaining?

If you are ever considering “working” under the ice, you should have been reading up on what training and support requirements must be met for being a Public Safety Diver.

If you are considering diving under the ice, being prepared is not just a “Boy Scout” motto, it’s the only way to staying alive. At a minimum check out these sources as required reading.

 http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/4239  (Click on the file on Cold water Diving pdf.)

Great support reading but by no means inclusive:


Chapter 10 of the “The NOAA Diving Manual: Diving for Science and Technology”


 Note that words of wisdom are most often generated from an adverse learning “experience”. Examples:

      • Surface support is seldom thought about until its needed.
      • It’s easy to get into the water but how easy is it to get out?
      • Think about it before you enter the water and be prepared!
      • It’s better to finish your dive before you finish your gas.

Remember: ANYONE can call off a dive at any time.
In other words, it’s always OK to say “No”.

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