There is no better way to burn off the excess calories of Christmas than lending a hand at Royal Life Saving Society Australias' annual championships. It was their 125th anniversary and the event was held in the stunning Pymble Ladies College.
The Championships are sanctioned by the International Life Saving Federation and so are run to a rigorous level of detail requiring deep water (well, for a swimming pool, nearly 4m!) and exact positioning of the water-filled manikins used in many of the events. The championships ran over 4 days, but it was only the 12th and 13th of January that we needed to be there. Michelle, Andy and Fe did an excellent job deploying the manikins in their starting position - it was no easy task as the had to be millimeter perfect in their position and one wrong fin kick would knock them out of alignment. Ben had the easier, but tiring, work of collecting them up and...
The fifteenth Annual General Meeting of the Sydney Sub Aqua Club was held in the Ladies Parlour of the Australian Hotel in the Rocks on Wednesday 20th February. The outgoing membership secretary, Sam reported that 2019 membership is expected to reach 26, up two from 2018. While Sam was thanked for his three years as membership secretary he is not going far, as he will stay on as the Web Officer. Also changing roles within the committee was Ben who stood down as Treasurer to take on the role of Secratery and Andy who swapped being Diving Officer for Chairman. Marie stayed as Publicity Officer and Fe stays as Expeditions Officer. We welcomed Owen as the new Diving Officer and Gary as the new Treasurer, while bidding farewell to Soo who stepped down as Chairman after a number of years.
The most noted resolution was to have a three month trial of switching back to the Lord Nelson as the adopted home of the club.
The full minutes from the meeting are available in the member'...
On 4th May, SSAC made its semi-annual pilgrimage to Jervis Bay. Despite the weekend being bookended with rain, we had a fabulous day out on Dive Jervis Bay's new boat Wanderer. With the conditions perfect, we did the double dive up at Drum & drumstick, checking out the ordinance and playing with the seals. Alas Ross' recently repaired drysuit blew a seal, so it was only the one dive for him. On the way back we had a bonus tour of the sea caves.
During last weekend's dive at Shelly Beach Al was claiming there was a massive pack of (juvenile) bronze whaler sharks. Knowing full well that it doesn't count unless you get a picture he was back again this week with Ben and Sam also join the shark-fest.
The conditions were great, light winds, no swell to talk of, good vis and the water still a toasty 22'C. Ben and Sam set off at a leisurely pace (you know you are taking your time when you get overtaken by a cuttlefish), while Al buzzed around on his scooter. 80 min later nearly every Australian fish species had been ticked off, but the marauding pack of whalers were somewhat light on the ground. Apparently, the open circuit gear makes them a bit skittish, with Ben only getting one sap of one from afar.
Still, a bacon & egg buttie with a coffee rounded off a perfect Sunday morning.
God Bless the Queens, and more importantly Australia, for making her Birthday a public holiday!
It is only a couple of weeks until the winter solstice, and on Wednesday we were all enjoying the warmth of the fire at the Nelson. and moaning about the rain. However, the forecast for the long weekend was dry and sunny, so plans were made for a shore dive and (shock, horror!) there was even talk of doing some training.
Come the holiday Monday, Sydney was trying it's hardest to make you think it was still summer: Sunny and 20 degrees both on land and in the water. There was no sign of the student, so the training was abandoned and the toys came out. Dispite the recent rain, the visibility was still in the 5m range, which was good as the three of us all had scooters and it could have ended in a tragic accident if the vis was bad. As it was, much fun was had by all.
Key point for next time...don't go for an 11am meetup time...the parking is shocking and worse, the cafe...
With the sales in full swing and Christmas out of the way, it must be summertime. The sun was out at Shelly Beach and the water was 21'C at the surface and 19' at depth, well 9m. Ben & Owen had an enjoyable bimble for about an hour while Zoe, Tomoko and Andy chilled on the beach. The vis was not the best, but it didn't stop me messing around with the camera. Post dive, Owen rustled up a quick bacon & egg bap, while Andy was dreaming up plans for a dive down south while he still has a break from work.