March 2013

“MUD Club”
Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Berrien Springs, MI
Meetings start @ 7:30 p.m.
(Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

March Meeting:

Welcome visitors, present club information & general dive related news, identify upcoming dive related events, present any Show & Tell, discuss current diving experiences & lessons learned if any, open session.

Possible comments at the March meeting from anyone who may have participated in the river dive in Niles, attended the Great Lakes Ship Wreck Festival, Scuba Fest or Ghost Ships. Expect an update on Southwestern Michigan Underwater Preserve (SWMUP) activities.

Annual dues are past due. Please see Ric Kling before the meeting begins or afterward. You may also send him a check made out to Ric Kling and note on the check it is for 2013 club dues.

Last Meeting Highlights:

13 members were in attendance, dues were collected, treasury update, and the following items discussed: Chicago Our World Underwater convention, had lots of travel booths, the standard major equipment vendors; had short discussions on “Dive Emergency Plans”, “Dive Planning and when should you consider carrying a pony bottle?” and comments on age limits for diving Dominica dives. Show & Tell: Kurt brought in the cleaned-up weight that looked like a German potato masher. There were no local dives since the last meeting due to rain, thaw and freezing, resulting in honeycombed ice, but there was a planned a river dive for the next weekend. Items mentioned during the meeting:  little Paw Paw Lake will be “sonar” (chemically) treated this year, Sass has an upcoming Tech Class, August club steak fry tentatively scheduled for Niles, and there was conversation as to who wants to do Cheboygan before Labor Day.

Upcoming Dive Events:  

April 19-21:  Great Lakes wrecking Crew (GLWC) Meet & Greet 2013 – Gilboa, Ohio []

April 26: Ann Arbor #5 dive – Call Wolf’s

April 26 Open Water classes – Call Wolf’s


Are you a safe diver?

1) BWRAF is an acronym to help you remember key steps in your pre-dive safety check. What does it stand for?

A. BCD, Weights, Regulator, Air and Fins
B. BCD, Weights, Releases, Air and Final Check
C. BCD, Weights, Regulator, Air and Final Check
D. BCD, Weights, Releases, Air and Fins

2) When planning a dive, you should use:
A. Your dive computer
B. Your dive tables
C. Basic guidelines and safety principles
D. All of the above

3) Which of the following is NOT a proper use of a BCD?
A. Lift bag
B. Minor buoyancy adjustments
C. Storage of safety accessories
D. Flotation at the surface

4) Essentials of being a prepared diver include:
A. Properly maintaining equipment
B. Periodically reviewing essential safety skills
C. Reviewing the dive plan and important signals before every dive
D. Having training in oxygen first aid and basic life support
E. All of the above

5) Which of the following is NOT generally a consideration for planning the appropriate amount of weight to wear?  
A. The type of water you are diving in
B. Whether you are using an integrated system or a weight belt
C. If you’ve gained or lost weight since the last time you dived
D. The type of cylinder you are using

6) True or False: Part of your pre-dive safety check should include a pre-breathe from your equipment.
A. True
B. False

7) On the way out to the dive site, you notice a diver who appears nervous. Which of the following is NOT the appropriate response?
A. Tell them not to worry about it and enjoy the dive.
B. Remind them that anyone can call the dive at any time, even before the dive.
C. Privately ask the diver if there’s something concerning them about the dive.
D. Notify the Dive master of your observations.

8) Dive planning should incorporate reviews of:
A. Hand signals
B. Planned route, depth and time
C. Emergency procedures
D. All of the above

9) You are diving on a dive site that includes a wreck. Your buddy is a trained wreck diver, but you are not. Before the dive you agree that:
A. He will enter the wreck and you will follow him in and rely on his skill set.
B. He will go inside while you remain outside of the overhead environment.
C. Neither of you will enter the overhead environment.
D. None of the above

10) A consistent issue divers face is improper gas management. Which of the following is NOT a way to enhance gas management?
A. When planning a dive, you and your buddy should agree on a minimum remaining gas supply.
B. Only turn your tank on half way.
C. Establish and practice emergency response protocols with your buddy, such as sharing an alternate air source.
D. Refine your buoyancy control.

11) Which of the following statements is FALSE about diving fatalities?
A. In 60 percent of diving fatality cases with cardiac involvement the divers had symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or fatigue prior to diving but proceeded to dive anyway.
B. The leading trigger of diving fatalities is running out of breathing gas.
C. Over the last 10 years diving fatalities have doubled.
D. The third most common trigger identified in the fatality analysis was equipment problems, generally resulting from user error.

12) Buddy checks are important:
A. Only when diving with a new buddy
B. When you and your buddy haven’t been diving together in over 6 months
C. Only when you are a beginner
D. Always

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There is plenty of soft water available in the river, so get your dive gear serviced and startsplanning your spring dives. April is just around the corner. 🙂

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