Recent Trip Reports

The Fifteenth Annual General Meeting of the Sydney Sub Aqua Club

A photo from The Fifteenth Annual General Meeting of the Sydney Sub Aqua Club

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'...

Manikin Muster at Pymble Ladies' College

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...

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 visibility. Water temperature was 17'C, chilly enough in a 5mm wetsuit to not want to hang around more than 45 min.

The post dive coffee and egg 'n bacon roll watching the world go by capped off an excellent morning. Giving there were a group of paraplegics off for a dive, what excuses do t...

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 SSAC as winners next year :)

Michelle

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 more wine tasting and great slow cooked lamb sandwiches!). Judging by the excitement when everyone arrived home they were both a big hit.

The main event kicked off with G&Ts around the fire followed by champagne and wine. The food started and didn't stop. Prawns, cold cuts, tinny bum chickens, ham...