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Higgins Lake Trip Report-August 2009 
Monday, August 10, 2009, 07:27 PM
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The 2nd Annual Higgins Lake trip was this past weekend August 8-9. There was a much smaller group than what we had a year ago but we all had a fun time. The only bad part of the weekend was the lousy weather we had. Everyone had arrived at the KOA campground Friday evening and we planned to dive Saturday morning. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans as we were hit with heavy rains and cool temperatures. We decided to call the dives early on Saturday. We cancelled the boat rental until Sunday and hoped the weather would improve. Jim T went back to his cabin in Tustin and some of us decided to go over to Traverse City for shopping and sight-seeing.
Kevin R and Dave R decided they wanted to dive on Saturday anyways. When they got to the boat launch, they encountered 2-3 foot waves with whitecaps on the lake. Instead of taking their fishing boat out, they did a shore dive. Later on Saturday, the winds had died down and they were able to get the boat out and did a dive near Sunken Island. Saturday night we had a great barbecue and a wonderful campfire. There was much camaraderie and the kids had a fun time.
Around 6:30 Sunday morning, we were hit with a round of t-storms. Hopefully we were not going to cancel another day of diving. By 8am, the storms had cleared and the sun was out. It looked like a great day for diving. We picked up the boat and met the rest of the divers at the state park boat launch. We were out on the lake by 9am.
The first dive we did was at Flag Point. This was the favorite location we dove a year ago. Dave R and Kevin R were dive buddies as were Dave B and Jim T and Andy P joined up with Heather T and Jim D. This was a fun dive. We encountered lots of fish including bluegill, perch, and a school of suckers. The visibility was around 30 feet, not bad considering all the rain and wind.
After the dive, we were back on the boat headed back to the boat launch to change out our gear. Soon we were headed over to our next dive site, the sunken boats at the Am Vet location. We moored the boat in a shallow area and dove out to the sunken boats. At first, we headed in the wrong direction. We got down to about 60 feet with no sign of the sunken boats or a line. We decided to ascend to the surface. After checking our location, we checked our air and headed in a southwest direction. Within a couple of minutes, we found the sunken houseboat. After that, we followed a line to two other boats. Since we were getting low on air, we turned around and headed back to shallow water and the pontoon boat. All in all, it was a fun dive and we were happy to find the sunken boats and line.
Our diving was done for the weekend. We headed back to the KOA to break down the camp, load the vehicles, and head home. It was a great weekend despite the weather. We look forward to next years trip.

Dave B

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Aquatic Adventures is now a Mares Tech Lab Dive Center 
Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 05:47 PM
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I recently complete a three day training program with Mares to obtain an Expert rating as a repair technician for Mares products. We worked on almost everything Mares sells in the US, including pneumatic spearguns. We even got to work on the new ultra light weight Carbon second stage. Check out the Mares product line at www.mares.com/hp.php?region=USA. We are now authorized to service all Mares products.
Speaking of equipment service, remember that Mares and most other manufacturers require that you have your regulators serviced annually by an authorized dealer in order to maintain your warranty. Plus many manufacturers, including Mares and Oceanic, will provide service parts for free as long as you have your regulators serviced every 12 months. That will not only save you money at each servicing, but can lead to more significant savings if your regulator needs parts that are not part of the normal service kit, such as pistons or diaphragms. Dont forget to have your BCD checked out also. This is life support equipment. It is important to know that it is functioning properly.

Safe Diving,

Tom


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A reason to keep diving! 
Monday, June 22, 2009, 02:24 PM
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We had occasion to look over the 2006 DAN Accidents report this week, and one of the things that struck us was the analysis of diving fatalities. It showed that half of the divers in fatalities had done fewer than 20 dives in the 12 months preceding the fatal dive. Seven percent had not dived at all in the preceding 12 months. In addition, forty-five percent of the divers who died had been certified for one year or less. We think that those statistics point to the importance of continuing practice of the basic diving skills in order to assure continued mastery of the basic diving skills and to attain a level of confidence and comfort that wards off panic and confusion. Although scuba diving is a safe sport (only about 90 fatalities per year reported by DAN, out of who knows how many dives and divers), we should still be respectful of the potential consequences of taking it too casually. So, the bottom line is, keep diving, practice your skills, and have fun.

Safe diving,
The staff of Aquatic adventures of MI, LLC

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Should Commercial Shark Finning be allowed in Palau? 
Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 07:30 PM
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Hello divers,

We read some disturbing news in the latest on-line update from Undercurrent magazine. Undercurrent reports that Palau is considering permitting commercial fishing for sharks and shark finning in their waters, and even providing tax exemptions to the commercial fishermen. It would be incredibly sad to see another ecosystem destroyed by commercial fishing of sharks. We visited Utila, Honduras earlier this year, and found that commercial fishing there had emptied the waters of all the larger fish. We saw no sharks or other pelagics at all. The largest creatures that we saw were under the dock at the lodge. We would hate to see that happen at Palau, where one of the main attractions is the opportunity to see these large, graceful creatures in abundance in their natural habitat. If you are like us and want to do something to try to stop this, go to SharkSavers.org.(http://www.sharksavers.org/get-involved/sign-these-petitions/542-petition-to-palau-stop-senate-bill-8-44-on-shark-fishing.html) They have petition posted on their website asking the Palaus politicians to not proceed with these bills. We hope they listen.

Dive safely and often,

Staff of Aquatic Adventures of MI


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Welcome to our DiveBlog!!! 
Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 02:29 AM
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Welcome to the first edition of our DiveBlog. We will be using it to keep you informed of important information and issues about diving, and specifically about Great Lakes diving.

Speaking of Great Lakes diving, the diving season is getting underway. We have several interesting charters booked, and are looking forward to getting a lot of dives in. By the way, this is the time to be checking out your gear, if you havent done that already. The cool, refreshing waters of the Great Lakes (I dont want to say cold and dark) are a demanding environment for scuba gear, so it is important that you make sure yours is serviced and ready to use. Dont forget to check your tanks for up-to-date visual inspections (required annually) and hydrostatic test dates (every five years). You dont want to miss a charter because the dive shop cant fill your tank.

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