September 2020 – Newsletter

MUD Club

The MUD Club meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 was CANCELLED

Though Michigan continues to be in a “state of quarantine” limited local diving activities have been continuing thru all of August and into September as we write this. In preparation for cold and hard water diving try and continue “getting wet” and not let your skills lapse. Continue then to get wet when & if you can but please continue to observe social distancing techniques to protect yourself and others.

Physical Club Meetings:

We continue not being able to hold physical club meetings at Andrews University and do not anticipate being able to continue that practice soon and there has not been any strong support for holding “Zoom” meetings. We anticipate club officers getting together in some fashion in September to handle membership dues, establish the club bank account, and make decisions on where the club goes in the future.

Tankful Tuesdays  

It appears that for all practical purposes, with darkness falling much earlier, the evening dives have almost turned into night dives. As the evenings are getting cooler, the water chiller, we are experiencing diminishing participation.

So, for those die hard who will continue to “Get Wet” no matter the weather, please continue to post your intentions for open dives.  Those pickup dives continue to be the means where Muddies gather to socialize and maintain club contact. As stated, many times before, whether actively diving, providing physical shore support, or just being present to support diving activities is keeping the club active and relevant.  Continue to stay tuned to the club Facebook page for opportunities to participate in and support diving activities.

Divers Alert Network:

Continue checking in to the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as they continue posting updates on how COVID-19 is affecting divers.

Stay In-Tune with Diving:

And another reminder to help you stay “in tune” with diving is to tune into “Scuba Obsessed”, the longest running Scuba related pod cast in the USA and hosted by the Mud Clubs own Darrin Jillison. This is available via Discord on most Thursday evenings

Diving Notes:

Diving activities with club members & co.  between August 18 & Sept 16 have included the following:

Lime Lake (Spring Arbor), St. Joseph river in Niles at the Bond Street launch, Marmont St launch and Riverfront Park, some of these dives were drift dives from below the French Paper Dam all the way down to Marmot Street. Then we had the Aqua Pit (Coldwater), shipwreck hunting around Mackinac Island, the Straits (Lake Michigan/Lake Huron), Black river (Cheboygan), Jim Scholz’s organizing the annual MUD Club Mackinaw dive week which had numerous participants, Paw Paw Lake, Lake Cora, and maybe the last Official 2020 Tankful Tuesday dive was a wreck dive on the Havana where they pulled the SWMUP regulation buoy to close out the season.

Dive Planning and Dive Debriefing:

Remember July’s post concerning Dive Planning and Dive Debriefing? We asked for comments on how this may have benefited you as a diver or diver buddy. This included the following:

Do you and your buddies ALWAYS have and discuss your Dive Plan before the dive?

Does your plan have contingencies and does everyone understand those contingencies?

Dive Debrief: After Dive, have you and your buddy been debriefing?

1) Did both of you identify what you think went well and as planned in your dive.

2) Did either of you identify what you think did not go as planned and why?

3) Did you & your buddy identify any actions learned or reinforced about the dive?

We received zero feedback but hopefully believe that those that did read the topics gave it some serious thought.  A more current face-book post titled “Scenario & Questions” by Bill Powers (Power Scuba (aka Scuba Diving in SoCal!) is included here and hopefully will be of benefit.


You are out on a local commercial dive charter boat. All of a sudden, 40 yards off the stern, passengers spot a diver on the surface floating face down and not moving. The boat DM leaps into the water while you all continue to watch. A couple minutes later the DM reaches the diver, flips them over, then a moment later you see the DM attempt rescue breaths on the diver before beginning to tow them back to the boat.

You hear the Capt. on the deck above stridently calling the lifeguards on the marine band radio.


Who immediately busts out the O2 kit… since the Captain and DM are currently busy elsewhere? Is it YOU? (Hint: It SHOULD be you.)

Who jumps into the water to assist with getting the diver back to the boat? (Hint: It COULD be you.)

Who stands ready at the swim step to help lift the diver out of the water? (Hint: This COULD be you.)

Who gets a paper and pen and starts to write out a timeline of events for eventual transfer to the doctors at the ER? (Hint: This COULD be you.)

Who gets a pair of shears in preparation of cutting the diver’s wetsuit/ dry suit off? (Hint: This could be you.)

Who gets the AED and prepares its patches to apply to the diver? (Hint: This could be you.)

Who offers (to the DM) to help perform two-man CPR? (This could be you.)

If the DM just had to tow the victim a long distance and is gassed, who takes over performance of CPR? (Hint: This SHOULD be you.)

Who rubs the unconscious diver’s wet torso down with a towel in anticipation of putting the sticky AED pads on? (This could be you.)

If there are multiple boats in the area, who stands on the top deck waving their arms when they spot the lifeguard boat to make it easy for the lifeguards to ID the specific boat they should come to?

Are you getting the idea yet?

Who stands there with a soda in one hand, and a sandwich in the other, slack-jawed, not even considering they could be doing something to help? (Hint: This should most definitely NOT be you.)

The fact is, folks, when a crisis occurs on a dive boat, there will NOT be enough dive crew to do everything. The passengers MUST step up and assist.

The Capt. & DM have control. You must do as they say, but what do you do when they are otherwise occupied as in the scenario above.? It could be the decided difference between life and death for the victim.

If you have had the proper training, you KNOW what must be done… the items I talk about above (and more). Which brings me to the point of my post:

ALL DIVERS SHOULD BE TRAINED TO A MINIMUM OF RESCUE DIVER (WHICH INCLUDES CPR) AND O2 PROVIDER. (It is my personal feeling this should be mandatory. That is how important it is.)

Look, I do not care where you go to get the training… just get it. (They’re fun courses.) One day, perhaps far off in the future, you may thank yourself that you did. Bill

REMEMBER:  There is nothing more dangerous than breaking a basic safety rule and getting away with it. It removes fear of the consequences and builds false confidence .

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