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Perth Scuba News Issue 174

Perth Scuba News Issue 174 – 25 February 2012 Can’t view the Perth Scuba newsletter? View it in your browser

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Albany Weekender April 2012

CAVE DIVING TRIP TO MOUNT GAMBIER with Marc van der Poel

Marc & Drew about to dive Pines Cave at Mt Gambier

Steadily our pool of Deep Cavern divers is growing, so it’s time to cross to the Nullarbor and head for the Australian capital of cave diving.  When I asked: Who wants to come with me to Mt Gambier and learn to lay line in the caves, I nearly got trampled! The response was tremendous, I even got requests from people not qualified (yet).  Next trip guys, there will be more!

First in and best dressed were Tech divers Drew Petterson, Ryan Limpus & Joshua Phillips.  All have completed the Deep cavern course here in WA, as well as TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures. I have a good friend, who is a CDAA cave Instructor in Melbourne, Rubens Monaco, who organised the course logistics and accommodation.

We left on the 1st of Feb on the red-eye from Perth to Melbourne with a baggage allowance of 23 kg – enough you would think…. We all thought we were well within the allowance.  Ryan had a little shock when his bag turned out to be a mere 37 kg.  He had packed a weight belt and the kitchen sink (No, just kidding about the weight belt).  When we arrived in Melbourne all our bags came around the corner on the carousel, except Ryan’s. His bag was too heavy and had not been loaded! Shock horror, what next, he needed his bag or he was going to be doing a week of snorkeling in Mt Gambier.

Good news, the airline messed up and were flying his bag out that evening and were going to deliver the bag to Kongorong. That was where we were heading! Rubens organised the accommodation – a converted church!  It is owned by a cave diver who converted it to accommodate cave divers.  It has everything you need; enough beds, a pot belly stove for the cooler evenings, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, washing machine and a BBQ.  Oh, and even a drying room for the drysuits at the end of the day!  We arrived in Kongorong at about 6pm, had dinner and chilled out for a bit, then an early night – we were in our third time zone for the day.

An early rise the next day with the anticipation of Ryan’s kitchen sink that was due to be delivered.  Some breakfast and a start on the theory.  The guys were doing the Side-mount course first so that we could all do the cave course in S-M configuration.  To Ryan’s relief, his bag was delivered late that morning (the thought of snorkeling for a week didn’t appeal that much!).  After a morning of theory and gear setup we headed out to Ewan’s ponds for the first SM dive.

Wow!  It is like swimming in gin, the water is crystal clear! Read more here…

PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course  PADI Deep Diver Course

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY POINT WALTER RESERVE SUNDAY 4TH MARCH 9:00AM

The Perth Scuba Crew is helping to clean up the rubbish left underwater and conserve our local environment by participating in the 2012 Clean Up Australia Day.Clean Up Australia Day

The Perth Scuba Crew will provide you with a FREE BBQ lunch for your efforts after we’ve cleaned up the Reserve above and below the water. Plus all divers on the day will receive a FREE AIR FILL voucher.

Thanks for your support!

Site Address:

Point Walter Reserve, Honour Avenue car park near the Point Walter Jetty, Bicton WA 6157.

Meeting Point:

Look for the Perth Scuba crew. Meet in the car park at the end of Honour Avenue, adjacent the Point Walter jetty. We’ll provide the rubbish bags, bins & free BBQ lunch for all our hard working volunteers.

What to Bring?

Dive Crew – Bring your dive gear, full cylinder, gloves, sunscreen & catch bag (something to put the rubbish in underwater!)

Shore Support – Bring your gloves, hat & sunscreen.

Date: Sunday March 4th 2012

Start time: 9:00 AM

End time: 12:00 AM

Site Coordinator Details:

Joey Pool – Perth Scuba 9455 4448 or [email protected]

For further details or to register as a volunteer contact us.

Win a share in $5000 Scubapro Dive Locker

BUSSELTON JETTY DIVE with Lindsay Phillips

Port Jackson shark on the Busselton Jetty by Michael Lee

What a great Perth Scuba Club dive at Busselton jetty everyone had on Sunday 19th February, the weather was great with a little sea breeze. The 11am dive boat had 19 on board, and the 1.30pm also had 19 divers, the vis under the jetty was around 10 meters. There were plenty of different fish, and lots of critters (too many to name) and there was plenty of photos taken on the day.

There was some great underwater photos taken on the day by so many of the Perth Scuba Crew. Congratulations to Michael Lee with his shot of the Port Jackson shark from the day. You’ve won a Scubapro Everflex Wetsuit – choose from a 3/2mm or 5/4mm – come into the store to redeem your prize!

To check out the other photos taken on the day click here. Special mention goes to Tony for his very sharp photographs, Cherry for the amazing colours she got of the pilons and Mia & Rob for the best poses!!!

Thank you to Lindsay Phillips, our Perth Scuba Dive Master, who made sure the crew had fun on the day!

Would you like to explore the Busselton Jetty? Contact us to book on our next fun dive on this fantastic spot close to Perth.

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