July 2015

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

(Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

July Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  • Introduce visitors.
  • Present Specific Club Information as appropriate.
  • General Diving related news.
  • Identify Club Dive events planned.
  • Present any Show & Tell.
  • As attendees about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
  • Open session.

Last Meeting Highlights:

There were 19 members in attendance at the June meeting where the following was discussed:

Received Treasures report

  • Club Phone Book in progress
  • New Club cards to be available at the July Meeting
  • Sever Hats & Shirts were purchased at this meeting
  • Sponge Survey and Sampling Kits waiting delivery
  • Red Algae found in Big Crooked and Lake Erie
  • MI DEQ discussing making Lake Michigan access available every 5 miles as part of the clean water initiative and new list of Invasive Species
  • MUD Club Picnic discussed – To be held in Niles Aug 22. Will need volunteers
  • Dives performed included: Sass Dives (Sherman & Gull), both St. Joe Piers, Lake 16, Magician, Big Crooked, Cancun, Paw Paw Lake
  • Bob S provided feedback on dry suit heating results after dives
  • Kevin A discussed finds in Gull Lake and desired targets
  • Go Pro Discussion: Use Rain X on GoPro lens to prevent surface drops, filters help color and minimize backscatter, and mounts are helpful for mounting lights
  • New Dive Club in Battle Creek
  • Jim S mentioned trying to establish “Thirsty Thursday” dives

2015 Dive Schedule:   Organize a dive and paste it on the Facebook MUD club site

  • Aug 22: MUD Club Steak Fry & Dive
  • Sep 8-11: Muddies Wreck Diving – Mackinaw & Cheboygan
  • Sep 12-13: Cheboygan Weekend – Duncan Bay & Cheboygan River Diving

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:            DAN’s Smart Guide to Safe Diving

Seven Mistakes Divers Make & How to Avoid Them

    1. Neglecting Health and Fitness
    2. Neglecting Proper Gear Maintenance
    3. Insufficient Dive Planning
    4. Lack of Buoyancy Control
    5. Diving Beyond Your Training
    6. Running Out Of Air
    7. Not Taking Personal Responsibility

Dive equipment is life-support equipment. Each time you dive, you are venturing into a fascinating, but also unforgiving environment; make sure you are diving with a set of properly functioning equipment.

Rinse your equipment after each dive and clean it after each trip before storage.

After rinsing, allow gear to dry completely in a cool, shady and well-ventilated area before you put it away.

Store your gear in an area that is protected from extreme temperatures as well as dust and dirt.

Whether you use your equipment frequently or only for annual dive trips, your gear should be professionally serviced to ensure all parts and pieces are working properly.

Regularly monitor your equipment for signs of wear and check the hoses for leaks and cracking; pay particular attention to your regulator.

As part of your annual equipment overhaul, have your pressure gauge checked for accuracy.

While most divers are diligent about their regulators, the BCD is often overlooked. The bladder and low-pressure inflator hose are both subject to deterioration and should be inspected at the same time the regulator is serviced.

Replacing parts as needed prolongs the usability of your equipment and helps prevent incidents like uncontrolled ascents and regulator failure underwater.

Follow your manufacturer’s guidelines on proper maintenance of your equipment. If you have questions, check with your local dive center or ask the equipment manufacturer.

Take an equipment maintenance course for more information on gear maintenance.

Don’t skip these essential steps to pre-dive preparedness. Explore the inner workings of dive gear and some safety essentials to add to your kit.




It never hurts to have a buddy check before you hit the water and know your buddy’s dive equipment as well as you know your own.

                               When in doubt don’t – Be safe out there!


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