November 2014

“MUD Club”

Next MeetingTuesday, November 18, 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)

November Meeting:

Greet attending members,   Introduce visitors,   Present specific Club Related information, Major Business is Elections for 2015; Discuss general dive related news, Present any Show & Tell, Open the floor for discussion of current diving experiences and lessons learned if any, Pizza at Roma’s after meeting closure. Free copies of “Diver Training” magazine will be available at this meeting.

Last Meeting Highlights:

There were 15 in attendance; identified & discussed dives made on the Clay banks in Lake Michigan; planed a dive on the Havana for Sunday; planned a mid-week dive at Woods Lake to check for remnants of a Ferris Wheel; Multiple bottles were brought in for “Show & Tell” by Sir Larry, Mack, and Ken from there grubbing in the Saint Joseph river as well as a crock brought in by Kevin & Sarah; there were comments & discussion on weight adjustments when diving, maintenance of BC ‘s with a reminder to drain them in freezing conditions as well as dumping bottles when brought to the surface in the winter, and discussion of the effects that wind and water have on divers; reminder that the MUD Club annual Turkey Dive is Saturday, Nov 29, at high noon (location to be determined later), and that divers should begin planning to attend 2015 dive related shows starting with “Our World Underwater”, Feb 27–March 1, at the Rosemont in Chicago, the 34th Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival (Ford Seahorses), March 7, the “Ghost Ships Festival”, March 13-14, 2015 inMilwaukee, WI and “ScubaFest”, March 21-22, 2015, hosted by the Ohio Skin & Scuba Divers Council; the “River Rescue” book is available for check out and it was noted that several members are taking the FREE Archeology class offered on line by the University of South Hampton in the UK. If interested go to

Safety Tip of the Month:     Anxiety? Is it a contraindication to diving?

Editor’s Note: The following items are excerpts from the whole article which is very interesting and I hope you go to the site and read the whole article. Then ask yourself, have any of the items listed or mentioned have ever applied to you and did you dive anyway?

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety refers to an overwhelming sense of apprehension or fearfulness. Marked by physiological signs, sometimes referred to as autonomic signs, anxiety can produce both psychological and physical symptoms.

Anxiety can cause doubt as to the nature and reality of the threat as well as self-doubt concerning one’s capacity to deal with the situation.

Phobias Associated With the Sea

Hydrophobia — a fear of water

Ichthyophobia — a fear of fish (or, more specifically, the fear of sharks, elasmophobia)

Nyctophobia — a fear of darkness

Claustrophobia — a fear of being enclosed or enveloped

Barophobia — a fear of being crushed

Pnigophobia — a fear of being unable to breathe, or of choking

Phagophobia — a fear of being eaten alive

Bathophobia — a fear of depth or sinking

Thanatophobia — a fear of dying

In sum:   Thalassophobia — an irrational terror of the sea.

Signs and Symptoms of Panic

Dyspnea (shortness of breath)


Chest pain

A feeling of choking

Dizziness or vertigo

Feelings of unreality

Paresthesias (numbness / tingling)

Hot or cold flashes

Diaphoresis (profuse sweating)

Syncope (fainting or loss of consciousness)

Tremulousness (quivering)

A belief that one is losing control

Table 2: Signs of Stress in Divers

Rapid breathing or hyperventilation

Muscle tension

“White knuckled” grip

“Wild-eyed” look or avoiding eye contact

Irritability or distractibility

“Escape to the surface” behavior

Stalling, e.g., taking too long to don equipment or enter the water

Imaginary equipment or ear problems

Being overly talkative or becoming withdrawn

Contact maintenance, e.g., clutching the swim ladder or anchor line

Stressors Specific to Divers Include:

TIME PRESSURES — According to recreational dive planners, limited amounts of time can be spent at various depths. Planning and staying within no-decompression limits provides a significant source of stress, especially when accompanied with task-loading.

TASK LOADING — Basically, this translates as attempting to do too many things at once. An example would be a scuba diver attempting to hold a light and camera while navigating within an overhead environment. It is easy to focus on one task to the exclusion of others (perceptual narrowing) when that task is complicated or particularly demanding.

PUSHING LIMITS — Diving beyond physical limitations or pushing oneself too hard, either physically or mentally.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONITIONS — These include unfamiliar dive sites, currents, surface conditions, diving in cold water (under the ice), reduced visibility or diving at night Lack of readiness — Too little preparation or training for a particular dive can be a major stressor.

EQUIPMENT CONSIDERATIONS — diving with new or unfamiliar equipment (bail out bottle, use of side mounts), or diving with equipment (such as a dry suit) for which one has not been properly trained.

DIVING FOR THE WRONG REASON — Which includes peer pressure, diving beyond safe limits “just for the thrill,” diving when you are uncomfortable or ill (seasick or hung over), or going because a friend is diving, diving to save face or fear of being left out.

                                       “Always Dive Safe and Dive Smart”

Don’t dive if you feel pressured. Remember, if you’re not having fun, stop diving.

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