June 2017

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Andrews University

Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall

Berrien Springs, MI

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

(3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

June Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  1. Introduce Visitors.
  2. Present Specific Club Information
  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.

 May Meeting Highlights:

There was 14 members present and no guests. Tonight’s participation and conversations were numerous and comments aplenty. It was good to see Kirk & Janice especially since he is still recovering from a hip replacement. It was noted that Lake 16 appears to have been the place to dive in May, followed by Lake Cora, Round Lake and Paw Paw Lake. Richard C has been attending the SASS Wednesday Evening dives and picking up occasional treasures (something about a pink fishing rod as I heard), It was stated that moorings were set on the “Ironsides” wreck awaiting buoys by the Coast Guard and that several members plan on attending the Gilboa Scuba Meet. The river thru Niles is high, fast and muddy so no grubbing there yet. Reminder that the MUD Club Picnic is August 19 and the Mackinaw/ Cheboygan trip may start in the 29th of August. Tentative River Clean Up Dive in Niles possibly September 23rd., We need feedback on who will support this activity as a participating diver or as surface support hauling junk to the individuals’ tarp; Jim S asked if anyone had an interest in diving Beaver Island or going to North Carolina for a Megalodon Shark Tooth hunting expedition to let him know.  It is already the middle of JUNE – Get Wet Now!

2017 Diver Related Events:

 When you organize a dive and paste it on the Facebook MUD club site!

Thirsty Thursday:

Keep reviewing the club site on Facebook for “Time & Place” for Thirsty Thursday Dives.

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:      

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Red Swamp Crayfish: This invasive crustacean can be up to 5 inches long including claws. They have a dark red body, claws with spiky, bright red bumps and a black wedge-shaped stripe on their underside.

Why it is a problem: red swamp crayfish can be a host for parasites and diseases and can carry crayfish fungus plague. Once they become established, they can negatively impact an ecosystem due to its diverse diet, including plants, insects, snails, fish and amphibians. It also aggressively competes for food and habitat with native crayfish and other species.



Alright you Muddies, as you are scouring the bottom and grubbing around take a close look at the crayfish you are uprooting and check them out. If they look like this one note the time, quantity observed, the place and bottom conditions. Maybe take a zip lock and capture a specimen. Report the species above the Michigan DNR Wildlife Division or contact Mac with the details and he will do it for you.

Is Solo Diving Right for You?

Solo diving is a not-entirely-accepted way of enjoying our sport. It’s not for everyone, even though many of us have done it at one time or another, trained or not

Many dive operators retreat behind a sort of unspoken don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy when it comes to diving buddy less. They know experienced divers do it, but they’d rather not acknowledge it. They can’t. They’ve got to cover their backsides, legally.

Solo divers need to check in with themselves before gearing up. There is no peer pressure in solo diving — so without another voice weighing in, you alone have to decide if you’re up for it.

“You need to gauge your readiness. How do you feel? Are you tired? Did you have a hard week? Did you stay out later than you intended last night?”

“Solo diving means having the confidence to look at your dive site and say, this isn’t my day.”

Are these statements of a solo diver TRUE or FALSE?

A solo diver needs to be aware of the limitless number of problems that can occur.” Broken fin strap. Lost mask, strong current or dropped regulator.

A solo diver must be self-sufficient and willing to take responsibility for their own safety while diving

A solo diver operating beyond the range for acceptable risk for a controlled emergency swimming ascent should be carrying a second, independent source of suitable breathing gas, including a regulator and preferably a submersible pressure gauge.

A solo diver needs to be particularly aware of overall personal fitness and health and the limitations it may impose on their ability to manage an emergency.

A solo diver should dive a more conservative dive plan than they might dive with an equally competent buddy diver.

Solo diving should be done within recreational dive limits (no deep, decompression, penetration, or rebreather dives while solo).

No dives which significantly exceed one’s personal experience limits are to be undertaken while solo.

No solo dives are to be undertaken in areas where there are known hazards of entanglement or entrapment.

Solo dives should only be undertaken to depths at which the bailout system used carries an acceptable level of risk, the appropriate equipment is carried, and where the relevant bailout procedures have been practiced successfully by the diver.

The solo diver’s maximum distance to point of exit (shore, boat) will never exceed a distance that can be easily and comfortably swum at the surface in full scuba gear.

A solo diver should maintain and exercise his/her navigational practices in solo dives to ensure that this is the case.

A solo diver must be as self-sufficient and self-reliant as possible, to be able to deal with any reasonably foreseeable problems without assistance, and to have the competence, fitness, discipline, skills and equipment that will achieve this result.

A solo diver requires competence at risk-assessment and the ability to plan dives and select equipment that limit the risks.

An experienced solo diver who practices these disciplines will improve the safety of buddy diving whenever the competent solo diver pairs up with another diver in a buddy team by reducing the risk of the second diver being exposed to an emergency which they may not be capable of managing.

Are your prepared to be a solo diver?


Always remember, anyone can call off a dive at any time.

In other words, it’s always OK to say “No”.

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