May 2016

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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:

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.

Last Meeting Highlights:

There were 16 in attendance at last month’s meeting, volunteers to setup and work the Scuba display at the “Sportsman” dinner were identified, individuals going to the Coloma Museum’s presentation on “Archology & ROV’s” were noted, “Thirsty Thursday” dives have begun, Kevin Ailes spoke about his Gull Lake steam boat video, everyone was reminded that the Gilboa Quarry Meet & Greet is May 14. Other items mentioned during the meeting included: DPV and Buoys, Paw Paw Lake weed treatment in progress, Woods Lake alge bloom in progress, Sass Wednesday dives start May 11, Dive sites included Big Paw Paw, Woods and Paradise lake, and Bobs scanning of the Havana. The last two MUD hats were sold at this meeting. We only have 8 Mud T-shirts remaining (all Large). Question: How much interest is there in ordering new hats, hooded sweat shirts, jackets or Mud flag pendants.

2016 Dive Listing:

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

Thirsty Thursdays:

The water is still chilly for most wet suiters so remember that the Club changing shed and heater are available for pickup with prior arrangement.

Come on down and join the fun on Thirsty Thursdays. All divers greatly appreciate “everyone” who comes and provides support for the activity. Dives can be labor intensive and “many hands make light work”. The gathering afterward for food and diving discussions are just about as much fun as the dive itself. 
Check out these dive shops that Muddy Divers use:

Wolf’s Marine Dive Shop , Benton Harbor, MI (
Sub Aquatic Sports & Service , Battle Creek, MI (
Divers Inc. , Ann Arbor, MI (
iDiveMi., Cheboygan, MI (
Hart City Scuba , Elkhart, IN (
Just Add H2O , South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers] (
Altek Sports West Michigan Adaptive Diving , Zeeland, MI (


Have You thought about and practiced how You would respond to an underwater emergency of another diver? Think About it !!
Divers Corner: Neglecting Health and fitness
HEALTH:  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:

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:

These 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.


Being a physically fit diver means that you have sufficient aerobic capacity, cardiovascular health and
physical strength to meet the demands of the diving environment. Can you fight a current? Perform a
long surface swim? Help a buddy in an emergency? All divers need to be physically able to perform
these essential tasks.

Here are some tips to help you enhance your fitness for diving:

While diving itself can be physically demanding, it is not enough to maintain fitness overall. Divers
must stay fit with additional activities outside of diving, such as swimming laps, strength training
and flexibility and balance exercises.

Regular physical activity, including aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activity, is essential
to maintain physical fitness.

If you are over 40 and do not exercise regularly, consult your physician before you start exercising.

Review the physical activity guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services on

Divers should dedicate time to fin swimming. Fitness for swimming against a current includes
fin-swimming skills. Divers without these skills may not be able to create sufficient propulsion to
overcome a strong current even if they have high aerobic capacity for muscular work.
At least six weeks prior to a dive trip, gradually increase the level of your physical activities.

Join your local dive club for more specific training opportunities.

Visit to find fitness routines tailored for divers.

To avoid an increased risk of decompression sickness, DAN recommends avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours after diving.

Click to access DAN-SmartGuide-DiveMistakes.pdf

Remember: The Forgotten Step in Diving — Self Evaluation:

Once you’re on the boat or on land, it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes going over the dive in your head. What went right? What went wrong? Were there problems, or potential problems? Could you have anticipated and recognized them sooner? Score yourself. Be as objective as possible, and don’t grade on the curve. If you do this consistently, you’ll soon find yourself catching problems earlier and dealing with them more effectively.

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