The Shelbyville Rotary Club was recently treated to a program by Austin Pritchard, Commander of the Shelby County Dive Team. The current Dive Team was organized in 2000, and has been since served Shelby County and Lake Shelbyville for 16 years. It is composed of 14 volunteer divers and shore responders, as well as their chaplain, Rev. David Middleton.
The Dive Team trains regularly and has gradually developed through fund raising and donations improvements in their equipment and diving gear, including a boat and trailer, side scan sonar, and a custom van with a generator. The Shelby County Dive Team assists with county water emergencies, except for those involving wells. The divers work as a team, and the diver in the water is always monitored. Typically the Dive Team gets requested 10-15 times each year.
The Shelbyville Rotary Club was shown dive suits, equipment including the side scan sonar unit, and the dive team’s emergency van. The Dive Team’s training and skills along with their quality equipment provide Shelby County and Lake Shelbyville a great volunteer Dive Team, that the county has come to depend on with great confidence.