November 2015

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 17
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:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:
• Introduce Visitors.
• Present Specific Club Information.

Election Tonight: Please consideration volunteering for a position.

• Identify dive events upcoming or planned.

November Turkey Dive contact is Jim Scholz. (Benton Harbor as usual or Niles?) Time?

New Year’s Eve Gathering & Dive: Kevin Ailes volunteered his place and a local dive area, Mack also with the dive at Singer Lake or Whirlpool Basin depending on ice accumulation. Is there anyone else offering to host?

• Identify & discuss diving related news important to divers.
• Present any Show & Tell.
• Attendees speak about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
• Open session.

Last Meeting Highlights:

There were 13 members in attendance at the October meeting where the following was discussed:

Richard presided over the meeting as Mary Beth was under the weather.
Notified that the “Sponge collection kits” are no longer available.
2016 Dues are due in January. Still $15.00.
New Club directory to be issued in March and contain paid up member information.
Received some MUD survey returns and updated club registrations.
Sir Larry discussed Port Huron shipwrecks.
Kevin Ailes spoke about his continuing shallow water wreck research and objects found while surveying/ scanning in Gull Lake.
Show & Tell: several members showed very nice coke bottles retrieved from the river in Niles.
Discussed diving hints for the river at Marmont.
“Thirsty Thursday “dives have been a success and well attended.
Discussed the hazards of “rip tides” and how to avoid being a causality
2015 Dive Listing:

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

Thirsty Thursdays: Remember it is getting dark earlier so light your float and take a light with you. The water is getting chiller (high 40’- low 50’s) visibility and current are changing daily with leaf buildup along the shallows by the shore. The Club changing shed and heater is available for pickup with prior arrangement. Many divers are going earlier (4:00 PM) rather than 6:00. Come on down and join the fun as a diver. Anyone who can stay as surface support for the 6:00 divers will be GREATELY appreciated. Check and confirm buddies or support is available when you are diving

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 (

Divers Corner: DAN’s Smart Guide to Safe Diving

Seven Mistakes Divers Make & How to Avoid Them

1. Neglecting Health and Fitness
2. Neglecting Proper Gear Maintenance
3. Insufficient Dive Planning
4. Lack of Buoyancy Control
5. Diving Beyond Your Training
6. Running Out Of Air
7. Not Taking Personal Responsibility

(6) Running Out Of Air

Running out of air is the most common trigger for diving accidents. It seems like a no-brainer, but several factors can affect consumption rate. Be air aware: Monitor your air supply and incorporate gas supply into your dive planning.

You can only stay under as long as you have enough gas remaining for a safe ascent. Don’t forget to save some gas for flotation.

Good rules of thumb for turnaround limits are when you have used:

2/3 of your gas supply during a shallow dive
1/2 of your gas supply during a multilevel dive
1/3 of your gas supply during a cave dive

Check your gauge regularly. Be aware that exertion, like when swimming in strong currents and depth will affect your air consumption. Anxiety or stress can also affect air consumption.

Try to maintain normal breathing, but if you do feel anxious, keep a closer eye on your gas supplies; it may dwindle more rapidly than usual. This is an easily avoidable mistake that carries serious repercussions.

(7) Not Taking Personal Responsibility

Each diver in the dive group shares equal responsibility for the conduct of the dive. When all
divers understand and agree with that premise, the dive group can protect itself from individual and collective harm.

Know your personal limits and take time to examine and evaluate your dive habits.
Don’t rely on the experience of other divers in the group.

As a certified diver, you are expected to recognize when elements are outside your level of training or comfort zone; it is your responsibility to acknowledge that and voice it.

Always remember, anyone can call off a dive at any time. In other words, it’s always
OK to say “No”.

Dive Safety Starts with You

Click to access DAN-SmartGuide-DiveMistakes.pdf

Have you ever thought on how you would respond to an emergency while diving the river?

When in doubt, DON’T – Be safe out there!

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