Sydney Sub Aqua Club

Planned Dive - Camp Cove shore dive

Hello Everyone, Given some of the Christmas / New Year get togethers were dampened by the weather and Covid, organising a shore dive at Camp Cove to celebrate summer.
Parking will be a nightmare, so suggest arriving no later than 8am if you plan to dive (best to park in the National Park parking on Cliff Street if diving). Base camp will be established in Green Point Reserve for post dive breakfast, brunch, lunch etc. Pack swimmers, snorkeling gear if diving isn't your thing. Equally, there are some nice walks nearby to South Head etc. Public transport options (ferry and bus) are good options if you plan to arrive later. It'll be a warm day so remember the sunscreen and a hat! ...

Planned Social Event - AGM - Australian Hotel from 6:30pm

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th Feb and as usual, it will be held at the Australian Hotel, 6:30pm for a 7pm start.

Please remember your subs ($30) are due by the end of January, Only paid-up members can participate in the meeting, have a vote or enjoy the beer & pizza.

We are seeking nominations for the positions of Secretary and Publicity Officer.

Trip Report - Bare Island

A photo from Bare Island

A few hardy souls met at 0800 near the walkway to Bare Island. More than redolent of a UK dive - whitecaps in the bay, the mizzle* making everything damp and much muttering of 'we got up for this?'. At this point, one of our intrepid explorers mentionned he had forgotten his fins. Given the distance this person had driven to join us, we gave him the benefit of the doubt - this was not a polite way of stating a perefernce for a warm dry car (by the way, did I say it was not warm... Michelle even broke out the beanie [editorial comment - wusses, it was over 20 degrees!).

Ben , Ross and Michelle embarked as a team of three, and as a first for that particualr combo - dived as a 3, stayi...

Trip Report - Bass Point

A photo from Bass Point

Finishing 2020 just like we began, SSAC was again diving at Bass Point and again we were beaten by the summer crowds and ending up diving the Gravel Loader. On the plus side at least there were no Bushfires to worry about even if the holiday traffic resulted in a classic 'rolling wave' dive formation with pairs going in as and when they arrived. ...

Trip Report - Bare Island

A photo from Bare Island

7:20am Friday morning and damn, I will have to make do with the second closest (and free, a pleasant change from Shelly's daylight robbery!) parking spot to the path down to the island. Mark and Simon pulled up 5 minutes later in the spots behind. Despite the parking frustrations, the weather couldn't be better: sunny, light winds, almost no swell and a flood tide.

We took advantage of the good conditions and did a stride entry off the east side of the island. I was armed with the macro lens and on a nudibranch mission. There were rich pickings when the octopi, grouper and conger eels weren't trying to steal the action.

Before I knew it the 60min dive time was up and time to head...

Trip Report - Shelly Beach

A photo from Shelly Beach

In a break with tradition, the weekend dive at the SSAC perennial favourite dive site, Shelly Beach, was on a Sunday afternoon rather than first thing. I had barely stopped to say 'hi' to new members Martin and Calum who were kitting up in the car park and when a spot in the as-expected-packed car park opened up, which was a great start.

Down on the beach, the big turn out were in various stages of kitting up and heading off to the water. Al as always on a scooter mission. Duncan was testing out his recent services gear (outcome: First Stage had done their usual good job) with dive buddy Sam. Sandy and Anne were providing shore cover and I was helping Andy test his scooters...

Finding Us

We meet after work from 6pm most Wednesday nights at the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel on Kent Street in The Rocks 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.

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, 19 Kent St, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

If you want to learn more about SSAC you can read about the club or contact anyone on the committee.