March 2012

MUD Club”

 Next Meeting:   Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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

Meeting starts ~ 7:30 p.m.  (Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

General Meeting Information:

Our meetings are informal with the following sequence:  Introduce visitors, Present club Information & general Dive related news, Ask who has other dive related news, Are there any “Show & Tell” items or Do-it-Yourself (DIY) projects, Tale’s of current diving experience and/ or lessons learned, then Open Session.

Last Meeting Highlights:

Collection of dues, Club Phone Book entries updated by those present, Selected a date for the Club Steak Fry & Dive, Insufficient support for a pool party, Discussed lamprey barriers, PPL Poisoning in Mid April; Mentioned articles on “Repeal the Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987” and Ethics in U/W Archaeology”, No show & tell; Mentioned upcoming Dive Events:

 March Meeting:

 Dues collection for 2012, Handout 2012 Club Phone Booklets, Confirm date selected for Club Steak Fry & Dive is Saturday, August 25 at Gull lake, Ross Township; Discuss updating constitution concerning membership & dues; Identify dates for presentations by club members, Identify dive related events in April that may be of interest, Comments on Wolfs Open house, Present Show & Tell (Bottles), Present DIY (Build your own scuba tanks & regulator and magazine), Discuss recent dives & any lessons learned, Open session.

 Dive Events:

All dive dates & places are listed in the Events Schedule on the club website at http://mudclub.scubaobsessed.com/. To add an activity contact Mack or Darrin and we will fill in the anticipated event or dive, its date, and if known identify the “go to” person for that dive. If you do not have computer access and want a monthly listing let Mack know and he will include it in your copy of the monthly newsletter.

 April 4:  (Wednesday) Kids Day Show & Tell -Diving@ Coloma Historical Museum 1-3pm

April 13-14:  Ghost Ships Festival, Milwaukee, WI.

April 21:  MSRA Show in Holland , Mi

April 17:  Tentative -Presentation at Steelheaders

April 27-28:  GLWC Meet N Greet 2012 (Gilboa Quarry -Ohio)

May 9:  (Wed) “What Lies Beneath” at the Stevensville Library @ 7:00 pm

June 19:  (Tue) “Treasures beneath PPL” at Coloma Historical Museum @ 7:00pm

August 25:  (Saturday) MUD Club Steak Fry & Dive

September 7-9:  Cheboygan Wreck & River Grubbing Weekend

 Dues for 2012.

If you are interested in joining or renewing your membership, please settle up at the meeting or make out a check to Ric Kling for $15.00 and send to Ric at 5191 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor, Mi. 49022.

 For Sale:

 OMS HID light w/ upgraded head with switch on light head. New bulb & batteries. Battery connection w/o clips (screw on) to avoid snag hazards. $340 Call Kirk W @ 422-1790

 Divers Corner:            Couple Communication    by  Larry “Harris” Taylor, Ph.D.

A young couple met on a dive boat while on a dive charter near Catalina Island, California. Because hormones were quite active, and the chemistry between the two was in sync, the couple was thinking about post-dive activities and not about their diving. The girl was a novice and was depending on the “macho” male for her safety. During the dive, the girl ran out of air. So, in a near-panic, air-starved state, she went to the man she had dreamed about and gave him a very vigorous “out-of-air” signal. Unfortunately, this guy had only been trained to share air with an octopus (single regulator buddy breathing in many circles has been designated an “unnecessary skill”) and his secondary regulator was in the shop. So, when the object of surface fantasy approached him, he had no octopus and thus, no available option to assist her with her crisis!

So, to defend himself from this approaching air-starved-dive-parasite, he kicked the girl in the chest to drive her away from him. She then bolted for the surface and embolized on the ascent. The good news was that Catalina is one of the best places in the world for emergency management of dive accidents. Fortunately, the girl was rapidly transported to the chamber on Catalina island. After regaining consciousness in the chamber, she told her story to the chamber attendant and he told the story to me.

Now, it turns out that this particular chamber attendant is a real ‘hard-ass” about dive safety and training procedures. This was, historically, at a time when single regulator air-sharing was first being removed from most recreational training. He wrote the training agency involved and asked them to comment on the male diver’s behavior. The response he received was. “Our diver acted appropriately ’cause buddy breathing causes accidents!”

The points are:

1. 100 feet down, out-of-air is NOT the appropriate time to find out about potential air sharing difficulties.

2. The buddy system works best when each diver is self-reliant.

3. Depending upon strangers (some cave divers called it a “trust me dive”) is generally not a good dive travel strategy.

So, it is just good practice to establish signals and emergency procedures before a dive.  

Its diving season people so let’s get wet and dive safe!!!

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