Sydney Sub Aqua Club

Trip Report - Shelly Beach

A photo from Shelly Beach

As forecast, there was barely a breath of wind on Saturday morning and there was still a light fog lingering over Shelly Beach as we kitted up. Alas, the swell hadn't dropped as much as we hoped so there was enough of a break over the reef there a couple of optimistic surfers paddled out, and encouraged me to go and explore the rocky foreshore on the left-hand side of the bay. What a revelation that was! I don't know how many times I have been to Shelly, but I've never been down that side...there were more Wobbies than you could shake one of the Port Jackson at, shoals of fish large and small, Blue Grouper rays. It was a fabulous dive! Max depth 5m, which was about the limits of the...

Planned Dive - Australian Pool Life Saving Championships 2019

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 ...

Trip Report - Australian Maritime Museum

A photo from Australian Maritime Museum

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 ...

Trip Report - Christmas in July - Mudgee

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...

Trip Report - Shelly Beach

A photo from Shelly Beach

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...

Finding Us

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.

The Grand Hotel, Hunter Street, Sydney, NSW

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