March 2019

MUD Club
Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall
Berrien Springs, MI

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

March 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)
Sportsman Club – (April 13, 2019) TBD
4. Identify & discuss diving-related news important to divers.
Great Lake Shipwrecks (Ann Arbor) review comments
Wolf’s Open House
SW Michigan Underwater Preserve Buoy Project Progress
Proposal for MUD Club to donate money to the SWMUP to buoy the “Havana”.
5. Present any Show & Tell.
6. Attendees speak about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
7. Open session.

February Meeting Highlights:
There were 15 members at the meeting and 1 visitor:

Items discussed or reviewed included: Comments from those who attended “Our World Underwater” in Chicago indicated it was better run but smaller than last year, had about ~77 booths, with shipwreck seminars in a room separate from those on miscellaneous topics with several first-time presenters.

The Ghost Ship Presentation held annually in Milwaukee appears to have been permanently cancelled. Reminders went out about Wolf’s Open House on March 16 & 17 (and related scuba gear sales) the MSRA Mysteries and Histories presentation is scheduled for March 23.

Kevin Ailes spoke about the presentation on Adaptive Divers Ltd presented at SASS in Battle Creek, and comments by MB and Mack on the Water Ways Expo at the Niles Library.

Though we had no local ice-cold water diving John Nedoba did do a Polar Plunge or as we say, “Enjoyed thrill of the chill”. Though most members have not been hitting the water lately, Leroy Reeves told about diving in November and feeding sharks and then about his January live aboard diving (Blackbeard Cruse) experiences. Terry Enders spoke about his planned Key Largo & Rainbow reef dives for March.

Mary Beth had show and tell about the “Clam Shell Industry” of the Saint Joseph river with sample of pearls and discussion on the current laws governing removal of mussels and shells dead or alive.

A heads up was giving about the South Haven “Mega Mermaid Fest” scheduled for June 14-16 and that volunteers will again be appreciated.

We had 30% return on the survey Question of why you’re in a scuba club and did it satisfy your needs. Majority responses referenced: (1) Fellowship with people of a similar interest, (2) The club is a good source of dive buddies, (3) Provides wide assortment of diving experienced divers & mentoring available by club divers for those “other “dives being available to a club member.

2019 Diver Related Events:

For those looking for a dive or dive buddy, keep checking in and updating the MUD Club Facebook site for “Thrill of the Chill” dives.
Mack would like to organize a Silver Beach/ Tiscornia Beach clean up in late April or Early May. Members would take a before and after picture and itemize items recovered and disposed of.

Check out these dive shops and their web sites that Muddy Divers use:
Wolf’s Marine Dive Shop, Benton Harbor, MI
Sub Aquatic Sports & Service, Battle Creek, MI
Divers Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
Hart City Scuba, Elkhart, IN
Just Add H2O, South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers]
Altek Sports – West Michigan Adaptive Diving, Zeeland, MI

Divers Corner: The Bad Diver and Aquatic Awareness
1. Dive carefully to protect fragile aquatic ecosystems
Many aquatic organisms are delicate and can be harmed by the bump of a camera, the swipe of a fin or even the gentle touch of a hand. Some aquatic organisms like corals grow very slowly and breaking even a small piece can destroy decades of growth. By being careful you can prevent long term damage to magnificent dive sites.

2. Be aware of your body and equipment placement when diving: Keep your gauges and alternate air source secured so they don’t drag over the reef or other vital habitat. Control your buoyancy, taking care not to touch fragile organisms with your body or equipment. You can do your part and prevent injury to aquatic life every time you dive.

3. Keep your dive skills sharp through continuing education: You can also refresh your skills and knowledge with a Scuba Review, Advanced Open Water Diver course or Project Specialty course such as Peak Performance Buoyancy.

4. Consider how your interactions affect aquatic life: Avoid touching, handling, feeding or riding on aquatic life. These actions may stress the animal, interrupt feeding and mating behavior or provoke aggressive behavior in normally nonaggressive species.

5. Understand and respect underwater life: Playing with animals or using them as food for other species can leave a trail of destruction, disrupt local ecosystems and rob other divers of their experiences with these creatures. Consider enrolling in an Underwater Naturalist, Fish Identification or Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course to better understand sustainable interactions.

6. Be an eco-tourist: Make informed decisions when selecting a destination. Obey all local laws and regulations and understand your effect on the environment. Don’t collect souvenirs like corals or shells. Instead, take underwater photos and follow Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Underwater Photographers.

7. Respect underwater cultural heritage: Divers are privileged to access dive sites that are part of our cultural heritage and maritime history. Wrecks can also serve as important habitats for fish and other aquatic life. Help preserve these sites for future generations by obeying local laws, diving responsibly and treating wrecks with respect.

8. Report environmental disturbances or destruction. As a diver, you’re in a unique position to monitor the health of local waters. If you notice unusual depletion of aquatic life, injury to aquatic animals or strange substances in the water, report these observations to responsible authorities in your area.

9. Be a role model for other divers and non-divers when interacting with the environment. As a diver, you see the underwater results of carelessness and neglect. Set a good example in your own interactions so that others can learn from you.

10. Get involved in local environmental activities and issues: You can greatly affect your corner of the planet. There are plenty of opportunities to support healthy aquatic environments and data collection activities like local beach and underwater clean-ups and Coral Watch monitoring, supporting environmental legislative issues, attending public hearings on local water resources, conserving water or making responsible seafood choices


So, you have planned on how “You” would respond to these issues!
NOW tell us what we should do in this event.
To a diver not returning to the surface as planned?
Wondering where the rebreather diver(s) is (are)?
A diver surfaced and mention’s they just do not feel good?

REMEMBER:  ANYONE can call off a dive at any time.   It is ALWAYS OK to say “No”

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