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VSAG May 2011 Meeting: HMAS Sydney - Stuart Cannon
Social and Event News G'day All,

Come along on at 8 pm on Thursday, 19th May 2011 to the Victorian Sub-Aqua Group (VSAG - meeting and hear Dr Stuart Cannon present HMAS Sydney - the Wreck, the story and the Conspiracy.

HMAS Sydney was lost with all hands during the second world war as a result of a confrontation with the HSK Kormoran. It is considered Australia's worst wartime maritime disaster. Many of the German crew survived to tell the story and as a result of this various conspiracy theories started. This presentation will tell the story of HMAS Sydney, the relocation of the wreck sites and describe how the video footage and photographs were analysed together with modern computer tools to explain the events of the Sydney was lost. The presentation will include examples of the video, photographs, historical documents and well as graphical representations of the event. Finally some of the conspiracy theories will be put to bed.

This is the presentation Stuart gave at the OZTech Dive Conference in March this year.

For a fun and informative evening:

8 pm Thursday, 19th May 2011

The Maori Chief Hotel
117 Moray Street, corner of Moray and York Streets
South Melbourne VIC 3205 (Melway 1D L11)

You are welcome to arrive at 7 pm and have dinner with VSAG members before the VSAG meeting begins at 8 pm.

Posted by lloyd_borrett on Sat, 14 May 2011 05:33 AM (1691 reads)
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The Presidents November 2009 Rant
Social and Event News Well folks the diving season has kicked off in Grand style!! November has so far given us 3 off the best days at the Prom in living memory plus several weekends since of fabulous diving in and around Melbourne.

Visability has been between 15-20m on most dives. The water has been getting warmer ( or less cold depending on your perspective). We had whales around the boats off the southern coast of the Prom and playful seals on the Broken sub at 39m!!! It has been sensational.

Upcoming dives are scheduled every weekend until Christmas and for those of who are Hunter gatherers the Cray season has started. Make sure you have a current fishing licence. A few of us have recently given the scallops a fair going over and they are back in good numbers.

Check the calender and book in with the Dive Captain and get out and enjoy this whilst it lasts. Book in and get amongst it now!

For the newer divers keen to get wet with us don't be shy- book in with the Dive Captain and we will find suitable dives to suit your level of experience.

Anybody wishing to come with us to Wilsons Prom next Easter will neeed to let us know by January as we have to book campsites and plan boat numbers for this awesome and remote location.


Greg Richards

Posted by Shadow on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:35 AM (1474 reads)
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Christmas Party 2009
Social and Event News VSAG Members,


Well November 29th may look a long way off but really it’s just 9 weeks away….and time flys!

The annual VSAG Christmas party this year will be held on a magnificent Mt. Martha estate, the home of new member Deb George.

The spit roasts will be fare of the day along with the usual offerings which are the tradition of our club.

Full details will follow closer to the date….HOWEVER…

For CATERING PURPOSES we will require firm numbers to be given NO LATER THAN THE OCTOBER 15th MEETING…please diary this date and confirm your attendance with:

John Lawler.
M: 0414 922916
P: 95894020

Posted by BUBBLEDIVER on Sat, 26 Sep 2009 08:16 AM (1453 reads)
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VSAG Fun Night
Social and Event News Hi VSAG'ers,

VSAG has a fund raising night this coming Thursday, 27th August 2009.

The Comic's Lounge in North Melbourne is hosting the night of comedy and laughter for just $15 per head!!

You can also enjoy a meal there for another $15.

The $15 entry fee goes to VSAG so if you are keen to support your club and have some fun as well this is for you.

Tickets from John Lawler... 03 9589 4020.


Posted by BUBBLEDIVER on Sun, 23 Aug 2009 10:48 AM (1536 reads)
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ex HMAS Canberra Sinking Ball
Social and Event News Don't miss out on this major diving community social event.

When: Saturday, 17 October 2009, 7.00 p.m. - midnight
Where: Melbourne Aquarium - Coral Atoll Room
Tickets: $150 per person all inclusive

More Details

Online Ticket Bookings

Posted by lloyd_borrett on Thu, 06 Aug 2009 08:11 AM (1404 reads)
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IMAX Wild Ocean 3D
Social and Event News This Saturday 20th September 2008 join VSAG members in a trip to Imax in Melbourne to view


Showtime is 6.35pm at IMAX Melbourne, in the Carlton Gardens. Please register your interest with Bridey Leggatt (Social Secretary) as soon as possible. Dinner afterwards at one of the fine restaurants on Lygon Street.

Tickets can be purchased on the night at the following costs Adult: $17.50, Child/Conc: $14.00.

However if we purchase tickets on the night in a group of 10 or more we are eligible for a discounted rate per ticket; Adults: $13.50 & Child/Conc: $11.00.


Let IMAX 3D plunge you into an underwater feeding frenzy, an epic struggle for survival where whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, gannets and billions of fish collide with the most voracious sea predator, mankind. Wild Ocean is an action-packed giant screen cinema experience capturing one of nature's greatest migration spectacles.
The film chronicles a massive annual feeding frenzy; billions of sardines travel up the KwaZulu-Natal shoreline, known to locals as the Wild Coast. For the people living along the African shore, this migration has provided a food source for countless generations while farther out at sea ocean predators come from great distances to feast. Bottlenose dolphins create superpods, thousands strong, to track down the huge shoals using sonar. Sharks sense blood in the water and join the hunt. Seals and common dolphins chase the fish from cooler currents up the coast into the warmer tropical waters. Diving birds, Cape Gannets, join the battle with aerial attacks from the sky. All of these animals are drawn to the scene, enmeshed in one of the most incredible mass feeding melees in the natural world. [align=center][b][align=center][i]

Posted by dive_girl on Thu, 18 Sep 2008 01:24 PM (1280 reads)
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Ex HMAS Canberra Cruise
Social and Event News Special Event
Getunder and VSAG

To allow our clubs the first opportunity to get a close up look at
the Ex HMAS Canberra, we are running a special day on Saturday 13th
September, starting at 12.00p.m. St Helens Boat Ramp, Geelong.
(Melways 442 BCool

A 30 minute cruise aboard Freediver will depart on the hour with a
VARS member as guide. We should be able to touch the vessel! A sausage
sizzle will be run during the afternoon.

Max 24 people, Donation $10 each, all profits to VARS.

Bookings Alan Beckhurst 0403536508 or by 10/9/08

Posted by dive_girl on Sun, 07 Sep 2008 09:20 PM (1283 reads)
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VARS Information Update Forum
Social and Event News Sink the ex-HMAS Canberra!

Information Update Forum

VARS invites all interested parties to attend an Information Update Forum.

Date: Monday 8th September 2008
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Bells Hotel, 157 Moray St, South Melbourne

Members of the VARS Committee will be on hand to provide you with an update on progress towards sinking of the ex-HMAS Canberra. We will also have representatives from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and from the Birdon Group (responsible for ship preparation and scuttling).

For those wishing to have dinner at Bells Hotel prior to the forum, we suggest arriving no later than 7:00 p.m.

Posted by BUBBLEDIVER on Sun, 07 Sep 2008 09:19 PM (1305 reads)
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Sharkwater Movie
Social and Event News Just a quick reminder about this Thursday's (7th August) upcoming social activity.


We've already got a number of keen movie-going members attending, so why not come along and join us at the Astor Theatre on the corner of Dandenong Road and Chapel Street in St. Kilda.

The movie starts at 7.30 and we'll be meeting in the foyer between 7 and 7.30pm
Purchase your tickets on the night, no need to book.
Adults $13, Pensioners, Children, Concession ($12 & $11)

Feel free to stay on for the double feature, The Life Aquatic starring Bill Murray is showing afterwards, or join us in a late dinner nearby after Sharkwater.

Hope to see you there

Kind Regards
Social Secretary VSAG

Posted by dive_girl on Tue, 05 Aug 2008 12:15 PM (1275 reads)
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Christmas in July - 2008
Social and Event News A big thank you to all who attended last nights Christmas in July event. A great night was had by all and as usual the restaurant, food and service were excellent. We hope to see even more members attend this event next year.

Stay tuned for photo's from the event - they will be posted soon.

social secretary

Posted by dive_girl on Fri, 18 Jul 2008 09:23 AM (1300 reads)
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