Spearfishing - Skin and SCUBA
  • At our weekend Dives, hosted by M.D.C. Clubs, we usually hold two different Spear fishing competitions. The first is Skin spear fishing held on Saturday morning. Participants dive in buddy teams using only mask, fins, snorkel, and speargun. There are different classes for beginning and advanced competitors as well as a women's division. This being a breath-hold type event lasting four hours, it does require stamina and skill. The allowable fish are restricted to rough fish or non-gamefish, such as carp, drum, redhorse, buffalo, quillback, and sucker.
  • The Scuba Spear fishing Competition is held on Sunday morning and follows most of the same rules and regulations except for the use of scuba equipment.
  • In Missouri waters the rough fish limit is 50 per day. In the case of a tie, winner will be decided by total weight of the catch.
  • Weekend participants are awarded certificates after the competitions. Records of points are kept throughout the season and formal awards (in the form of engraved wall plaques) are presented at the Midwest Diving Council's Fall Convention and Banquet. Those placing consistently high in the standings for the entire year may receive a Bryant Award. This is in the form of a divers statue cast in solid bronze on a walnut base, and is considered one of the Council's highest honors.
  • Both Skin and Scuba competitions also award the largest fish brought in (by weight).
  • Skin diving spear fishing, and scuba spear fishing competitions have been conducted under strict conservation-minded regulations since the M.D.C.'s inception. Competition is held in various classes promoting competition by ability and skill level.
  • The fish are then donated to charities such as the Nature Reach Program at Pittsburgh State University, which feeds birds of prey, and to individuals for various other uses.
  • Competitors who consistently place high at these meets are eligible to represent the Midwest Diving Council at competitions at the regional and national level. The Midwest Diving Council can boast some of the top competitors in the country and have held, or still do hold, numerous North American Catch Records for freshwater spear fishing.
  • During our Don Staatz's training seminar dive weekend the more skilled divers offer seminars on skin diving and scuba techniques, use of specialized equipment and successful spear fishing methods. It is open to any certified diver who has not previously placed in a particular event. (usually those divers new to these types of competitions)


  • Photography - Underwater and Topside
  • Topside and underwater photography are also M.D.C. competitive events. The M.D.C., and it's clubs, conduct weekend and year end photo competitions. There are categories for topside photo, underwater photos, slides and prints, underwater video as well as different camera formats.
  • Weekend participants are awarded certificates after the competitions. Records of placement and points are kept throughout the season and formal awards in the form of engraved wall plaques, are presented at the Midwest Diving Council's Fall Convention and Banquet. Those individuals placing consistently high in the standings for the entire year may receive a Bryant Award. This is in the form of a divers statue cast in solid bronze on a walnut base, and is considered one of the Council's highest honors.
  • In addition, at the end of the dive season, we have the Underwater Film Festival held in conjunction with the Fall Convention and Banquet. It is an excellent competition and exhibition, with awards in the above mentioned areas, as well as in freshwater and saltwater categories.
  • During our Don Staatz's training seminar dive weekend the more skilled divers and photographers offer seminars on the different underwater photography techniques, use of specialized equipment and successful competition methods. It is open to any certified diver who has not previously placed in a particular event. (usually those divers new to these types of competitions)


  • Skills - Skin and SCUBA
  • At our weekend Dives, hosted by M.D.C. Clubs, we hold some type of Scuba Skills Competition. These are held on Saturday afternoon. Participants compete in events such as equipment race, obstacle course, pipe puzzle, compass course, light salvage, treasure hunt, memory course, etc. These events are different at each weekend dive and require different skills and skill levels. Events are ran with categories for men and women.
  • Weekend participants are awarded certificates after the competitions. Records of points are kept throughout the season and formal awards (in the form of engraved wall plaques) are presented at the Midwest Diving Council's Fall Convention and Banquet. Those placing consistently high in the standings for the entire year may receive a Bryant Award. This is in the form of a divers statue cast in solid bronze on a walnut base, and is considered one of the Council's highest honors.
  • Competitors who consistently place high at these meets are eligible to represent the Midwest Diving Council at competitions at the regional and national level. The Midwest Diving Council can boast some of the top competitors in the region and the nation. Our divers have held, or still do hold, numerous records in these types of competitions.
  • During our Don Staatz's training seminar dive weekend the more skilled divers offer seminars on the different Scuba Skills techniques, use of specialized equipment and successful competition methods. It is open to any certified diver who has not previously placed in a particular event. (usually those divers new to these types of competitions)




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