The Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA) conducts the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships annually, and in 2019 the competition is returning to Sydney for Royal Life Saving’s 125th anniversary in Australia.
The Championships are sanctioned by the International Life Saving Federation and require us to run events in deep (4m) water due to the equipment used during some speed events, including retrieval of manikins from the pool floor.
The event will be at Pymble Ladies College and the RLSSA have invited SSAC to provide scuba divers to assist with the movement and placement of equipment (water filled manikins) in the indoor, heated (~27'C) pool.
The competition runs ...
Start your weekend with a splash; have a shore dive.
The forecast is looking good. Light northerlies, low swell, partly sunny. Gordon's bay anyone?
The locations of the shore dive will be picked the Thursday/Friday before based on the weather forecast, and will be somewhere between Bare Island and Shelly beach. No doubt there will be the obligatory bacon roll before, during or after events.
Six fearless members of the club took technical diving to new limits - exploring the shipwrecks of Titanic and German battleship Bismarck as warm up dives before setting down on the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest-known point on Earth. All this was conducted from the safety of the Australian Maritime Museum, without getting wet, no kit faffing nor cancellations due to weather and either side a picnic accompanied by a cheeky glass of wine! We also managed to squeeze in a tour of a submarine and take in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year photos with some club members even pledging to dust off their cameras in the near future. I look forward to seeing underwater photos taken by ...
The days were getting colder so it was time to pull out the Santa hats and pretend it's Christmas. Houses were booked, shopping was done and it was time to head to Dumplings Den in Mudgee for a weekend of festivities.
Friday nights fun slowly grew as people arrived. Andy showed off his sharing skills by supplying the cheese and wine while Soo sorted out the pizza.
Saturday was a free day with people doing what they wanted. The two popular choices were the wine tour and the Field Day (the highlight of the Mudgee social calendar - a fine collections of baby farm animals to be petted, sheepdog trials to be watched, a magnificent collection of farm machinery old & new as well as mor...
In the second of the two Meakin dives (see the Bare Island trip report for the first one) the famed former member did make it to the dive site this time. The Sydneysiders arrived between 7:45 and 8:10am and even then you had to go a fair way up the road to get a park...I guess it was the warm sunny weather and flat calm seas that got everyone out of bed so early on a Sunday morning. We'll have to go for 7:30am start next time. Having established base camp near one of the BBQ, we waited for the stragglers.
With a quorum of dives we set off. Marie and Ben hitching a ride to the far end of the reef with Andy and...
A dive at Bare Island was the first of two ‘the Meakin is back’ dives planned for Gary Meakin’s return visit to Australia. After organising equipment and logistics the time was set for an 8am meet at La Perouse on Saturday.
At 7:30am Monique and Sam received a message from Gary informing them that he had split his head in a surfing accident that morning and was going to hospital for stitches! This followed the news that a swimmer had been very badly bitten by a shark at Congwong beach the previous evening. The first we learned of this was when 9 News approached Sam for an impromptu interview. This later appeared on the evening news when the ‘local swimmer’ declared how ‘totally shocke...
We meet after work from 6pm most Wednesday nights at the Grand Hotel on Hunter Street near Wynyard Station for dinner and a few beers.
We encourage potential new members to meet us on the first Wednesday of a calendar month as this is when most club members will be in attendance.