June 2015

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 16, 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)

June Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  • Introduce visitors – (obtain names & email addresses)
  • Present Specific Club Information as appropriate (dues/elections/trips)

(Club Hats, Decals and T-shirts available for purchase at tonight’s meeting.)

  • General Diving related news – Is anyone aware of issues effecting divers in MI?
  • Identify Club Dive events planned – (Who’s coming to the club picnic?)
  • Present any Show & Tell
  • Ask attendees about current diving experiences or lessons learned (if any)
  • Open session: New dive club starting in Battle Creek – check with SASS

Last Meeting Highlights:

There were 11 members and 3 visitors in attendance at the April meeting where the following was discussed:

  • Newly revised Mud Club Business cards distributed to club members.
  • Bob S, Kirk, and Mack discussed their North Pier dive in St. Joseph.
  • Status update on Woods Lake Research by Kevin A.
  • Status report on Reed Lake Shipwreck project by GVS & Western MI by Kevin A.
  • Richard C talked about his dives at Long Lake & Ramona Park (Wed dives)
  • Leroy R discussed his dives to Gull Lake, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay and Haiti.
  • Bob S & Jim S gave an overview of their attendance at the Gilboa Quarry Meet & Greet.
  • Mack discussed his dives in Paw Paw Lake on the Forrest Beach side.

2015 Dive Schedule:

 Organize a dive and paste it on the Facebook MUD club site

  • June 17: Campbell LakeDinner Lotto
  • June 24: Allegan Adventures into the Abyss
  • July 1: Gull Lake RossPotluck and U/W Watermelon Carving Contest
  • July 8: Blue Lake
  • July 15th: Gull LakePhoto Shoot
  • 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)

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

Neglecting Health and Fitness

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


Few people enjoy perfect health for their entire lives. Adopting a healthy lifestyle early in life can help postpone ailments associated with aging.

When health issues present, it’s important to discuss them with your healthcare provider, pursue appropriate interventions and adopt modifications. With ongoing awareness of your personal health status and timely adjustments to maintain your health, diving can be a lifelong recreational activity.

Prior to diving, you should take an honest assessment of whether you are medically fit to dive. Be vigilant for signs of acute illness (like congestion) and familiarize yourself with the risks and essential precautions associated with any chronic diseases.

Acute illness that lasts more than a few days or leaves you feeling exhausted should prompt a delay to diving.

  • Do not dive when ill.
  • Wait until you regain your normal strength and stamina.
  • If you are not ready to exercise at your pre-illness level, you should postpone your dive.
  • The best course of action is to consult with your physician

Chronic diseases may affect your fitness to dive risks even if you perform well in other activities.

  • Some health conditions, especially in advanced stages, may make the risks to you and your dive buddies unacceptably high.
  • In less advanced or more stable medical conditions, divers may continue safe and enjoyable diving with proper guidance from their physician, medical controls and wise choices.

During your annual physical exam or following any changes in your health status, consult your physician to ensure you have a medical clearance to dive.

Click to access DAN-SmartGuide-DiveMistakes.pdf


It never hurts to have a check list that includes everything you need to have with you to dive safely.

It’s a good thing to know your buddy’s dive equipment as well as you know your own.

Be safe out there!

This entry was posted in Club Newsletter 2015, Newsletters and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.