Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Berrien Springs, MI
Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. (Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)
Greet attending members, Introduce visitors, Present specific club related information and identify upcoming club events, IMPORTANT: The MUD Club Picnic changed to August 23 (Saturday); , Discuss general dive related news, Present any Show & Tell, Open the floor for discussion of current diving experiences & lessons learned if any, Pizza at Roma’s after meeting closure.
Last Meeting Highlights:
There were 17 members present at the last meeting; Treasures report given; Remind attendees that we changed the club picnic date from August 16 to another day; Eight divers explored the Havana that is showing new wood and is buoyed; Several groups have dove Mack’s Wreck having 40 ft. visibility; the Clay banks were scanned and buoyed; Other recent dives include the SASS, Rockaway, Woods Lake, Lake16, St. Joseph River, and multiple Paw Paw Lake dives. The St. Joseph River in Niles and St. Joe continues to be fast and muddy (visibility ~1 ft.), Wreck Research information by Kevin & Sarah on using Ansestry.com as a research tool; MB brought bottles for Show & Tell, and discussed “Medications & Diving”.
As always, Club members can purchase Club Hats, Decals & Club T-shirts and pick them up at the club meetings but you must first drop a line to identify item, size, quantity wanted and which meeting date you will be at. Hats & Decals available only for club members.
Safety Tip of the Month:
S-A-F-E D-I-V-E: You can start by remembering that each dive should be a SAFE DIVE, directly related to: Self-reliance; Attitude; Fitness; Experience; Diving skills; Involvement; Variety; Equipment. This month let’s talk about:
Have the Right Attitude
- Assess your goals. What are your motivations to dive? Your buddy’s? Buddies with different attitudes or goals for a given dive are likely to be incompatible.
- Assess yourself. Are you psychologically ready to do the dive? Are any of the dive’s prospects causing you stress? If they are, talk about it with your buddy and work to resolve them prior to entering the water— you’ll find your stress levels dropping once you’ve begun talking about your concerns.
- Don’t let anyone dismiss your feeling as insignificant or unimportant.
- Don’t dive if you feel pressured. Remember, if you’re not having fun, stop diving.
- Check yourself. How many divers stop to check their personal health and fitness before diving? Fitness adds to the comfort and enjoyment of each dive.
- Think fast. Dive conditions can change quickly underwater as currents shift or you come up far from your boat or launch point. While these occurrences are unexpected and rare, you need to have the fitness and resources to exit safely.
- Clear signals. If you’re diving in areas where currents are common, carry a whistle or safety tube to alert people if you encounter any difficulty.
- Nothing to sneeze at. Dive only when you’re healthy and your ears and sinuses are clear. The most common diving injury is ear barotrauma, often caused by congestion.
- Be heart-smart. Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of diver death in divers over the age of 40. If you’re over 40, have an annual physical with a physician knowledgeable in diving medicine. A cardiac stress test may also be a beneficial preventative measure for you.
- Bag it. If you’re fatigued, sick or just not feeling well, don’t dive. Illness, injury and dehydration increases your risk of decompression illness (DCI), and your performance underwater will suffer, too. Hot and humid climates, the hot sun, dry compressed air from your scuba cylinders and immersion diuresis all help to dehydrate you. Make sure you drink more than eight glasses of water a day.
- Know your limits. Overall physical fitness is important, but knowing your physical limits may be more so. When you begin to feel overexerted or tired, rest and discontinue diving until your energy level has returned. Watch for signs of overexertion in your buddy, too. While you can’t necessarily control the tides and currents, you can improve your fitness and your preparedness for those environmental changes.