May 2014

“MUD Club”

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 20, 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)

May Meeting:

Greet attending members,   Introduce visitors,   Present specific club related information and identify upcoming club events,   Discuss changing the club picnic date of August 16 to another day,  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 19 present at last month’s meeting, discussed the updated CPR technique and how to perform videos available on line (, discussed salvage assistance by several mud members of the “Wilhelm Baum” that sank in South Haven, local dive off the South Pier in Saint Joseph, Show & Tell on Bob’s new KISS Lightweight Rebreather, update on SWMUP membership drive and free air fills, and mention that Lime Lake should be dove this year.


Asked members to verify we have your correct email address by just hitting “reply” on your news email. So far I have had only three people respond L. Do we have your correct phone number and address? You can insure we do by sending those to


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: If you’ve been diving for a while, or if you’ve just learned how to dive, there’s a lot to learn — and remember — about diving. 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. Let’s begin with:

Be Self-Reliant

Diving, like life itself, is an experience best shared. You are responsible for your own dive experience. Self-reliance is a skill your safety depends upon, topside or underwater. While divers are trained to use the buddy system to improve safety and reduce risk, you should be able to make informed decisions about your safety during any dive, without relying on someone else to think for you.

Following a dive leader or your buddy into an environment, condition or depth that you are not trained for, not comfortable in or is outside your experience is an invitation to disaster. Being self-reliant means knowing your limits — and those of your equipment.

  • Take care of your equipment. Keep it properly serviced and maintained. Do not modify your equipment outside of the manufacturer’s original design.
  • Check it out. Always use a checklist when packing equipment for a dive outing. If you get to the dive site and are missing an essential piece of equipment, consider renting or buying a similar model. If you’re not comfortable with these options, you may want to cancel the dive.
  • Suit yourself. You need to wear all of the required equipment for the type of dive you’re making.
  • Stop, Breathe, Think, Act. If you’re experiencing a problem underwater remember this: if you’re still breathing, you have some time to deal with the problem. Bolting for the surface is dangerous.
  • Pause and refresh yourself. If you haven’t been diving for awhile (six months or longer), attend a refresher course.
  • Learn to say NO. “A ‘good’ diver is not the person with the most gear, or the one who dives the deepest,” says DAN Medic Eric Schinazi. “It’s the one who can make a mature decision that they should not make a dive.”
  • An ancillary maxim is that good buddies respect this decision.


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