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VSAG Annual General Meeting 2012
Announcements Thursday 20th September VSAG will be conductiing the AGM.

An important event for all members and you are asked to attend to support the night's presentations and most importantly hear the President's Report on the club and the past year's activites,future plans and general updates.

Some current Committee members will be standing down and new Committee members nominated.

Maori Chief Hotel, South Melbourne
7PM for those having a meal..Meeting at 8PM

Posted by BUBBLEDIVER on Wed, 05 Dec 2012 01:40 AM (2068 reads)
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Winter Diving with VSAG 2011
Announcements As we enter Winter this year the club will be organising dives on a fortnightly basis. If the weather proves too bad on the chosen week, then the following week will be targetted for the dive.

Dives will be planned the week before, taking into account the prevailing weather and the decision of where to dive will be made by the Dive Captain 1-2 days before the chosen day.

Keep an eye out for emails to members in the week before the dive. Winter last year gave us some memorable dives, hopefully, this one will too.

Posted by Shadow on Sat, 18 Jun 2011 06:08 AM (2358 reads)
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The Presidents Yearly Report 2010
Announcements VSAG: Presidents Annual Report 2010

Another great year has passed for VSAG. Firstly the sinking of the Canberra, plus the “Sinking” Ball, numerous social events, a photo competition, many well attended local dives as well as Long weekends and the Annual Overseas trip.

Socially, we had a great year with the highlight being the 70 plus turnout for the Christmas Party at Deb Georges Mt Martha shed. We had good numbers turn up for Lawn Bowls, Xmas In July, Imax nite, Mentone Bakery and a tour of the Maritime Museum. Many thanks, to John Lawler for organizing most of the above.

On the membership front we had several new members join and we welcome them to the club and it was good to see them on a few dives and joining in the weekends away as well. Overall membership numbers remain strong.

On the subject of weekends away we had our usual suspects again this year. The Queens Birthday at Boarfish was well supported except by the weather gods. Cape Jaffa on the March Long Weekend was a roaring success. The Prom at both Easter and the Cup Weekend were blessed with mostly good diving weather and had large numbers of divers turn up. We had over 35 campsites at Easter and the first day of diving saw over 20 divers taken out. The first ever, annual Kilcunda Anzac weekend although dogged by appalling weather, still managed to get a few hardy souls wet.

The club ran a very successful overseas trip to Fiji during winter and more recently we had 12 members out on the MV Venus 11 diving the southern Great Barrier Reef.

The backbone of our club is the common as mud garden variety “Day Dives”. This year we have had the best roll up of divers in the last 5 years. Over summer and Xmas in particular it was not uncommon to see 18-22 VSAG divers milling around the shotlines from up to 5 boats. When the weather was good, which was often, we had no trouble filling boats and even had to twist the odd boat owners arm occasionally, to meet demand.

Our meetings this year continued to offer a guest speaker more often than not and the standard again was high. These topics ranged from Diving with Whale Sharks, The Port Phillip Pilots, Fiji Shark diving, Safety in Diving, Predicting the weather and Diving the Deep Wrecks of Victoria. We even had a session on Hard Hat diving.

The club couldn’t exist without our boat owners assistance. A big thank you goes out to Mick Jeacle, John Lawler, John Gladding, David Geekie, Peter Briggs, Andy Mastrowicz and more recently David Kelly. Without these guys commitment we wouldn’t be the strong vibrant club we are today.

Lastly, I want to thank the entire committee for organizing all the events, dives, raffles, social nites, magazines, trips away and keeping the club financial and functioning. I won’t single any one out, just to say, they do all the work, I just get to run the meetings. Without them it just wouldn’t happen. Thanks guys for a great year!

Greg Richards.

Posted by Shadow on Wed, 29 Sep 2010 07:42 AM (1977 reads)
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VSAG Annual General Meeting
Announcements Dear VSAG Members,



The Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was announced in the August-September issue of Fathoms is now confirmed.

VENUE: Bells Hotel Corner Coventry and Moray Streets,South Melbourne

TIME: 7PM for finger food.. 8PM for the AGM.


1. To approve the minutes of the 2008 AGM
2. To receive the Annual Report
3. To receive the Treasurers Financial Report
4. To elect new members (Directors) for the committee
5. To present Club awards and recognitions
6. AOB


Posted by BUBBLEDIVER on Sat, 12 Sep 2009 04:10 AM (1571 reads)
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AIMA/NAS Part 1 Course
Announcements Mark Ryan is running an AIMA/NAS Part 1 course over the weekend of 17/18 October 2009.

AIMA/ NAS is the collaboration of The Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) & The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS).

This is a 2 day introduction to maritime archaeology. Focuses on aspects such as pre-disturbance, or in other words, non-intrusive surveys of shipwreck sites.

These courses don't run very often, so if you're interested, book now. I have!

Cost: $220

Location: Aquability
16 Balcombe Road, Mentone Victoria, 3194

Duration: 9 am - 5 pm both days

Phone: 9585 7277

See for course details.

Posted by lloyd_borrett on Sun, 09 Aug 2009 10:37 PM (1611 reads)
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Ex-HMAS Canberra Project Update
Announcements 28th September 2008

In Brief
Work continues with ship preparation with the project still on target for a likely scuttling date sometime in early 2009.
An Information Forum was held to provide an update to the dive community and other interested parties.
Sub-committees are continuing with their work to support the scuttling and ensure that the final dive site and experience is the best possible for all.

Information Update Evening
VARS held an Information Forum on the evening of 8th September at Bells Hotel in South Melbourne. This forum was advertised through dive shops and dive clubs with invitations sent to other stakeholders including VRFish, DSE, Tourism Victoria and Birdon Group. The evening was very well attended with some 100 interested divers as well as representatives from VRFish and Birdon.

Attendees were brought up to date with progress on the Canberra project with presentations from all sub-committee convenors. Opportunities were provided for questions or concerns to be raised and answers were provided wherever possible. Where answers were not immediately available, it was undertaken to provide advice as soon as possible via the website.

Feedback from participants indicated that the evening was very well received.

Sub-Committee Reports

Site Management - Convenor: Alan Beckhurst
A potentially serious issue arose during the last month with questions being raised as to the depth of the agreed scuttling site. A consultant engaged to provide a report to government on the suitability of the site suggested that the site was of insufficient depth – based on Admiralty charts showing a depth of 21 to 24 metres. This concern necessitated a further site survey by VARS committee members. Four committee members conducted a survey on 27th September. This survey included a comprehensive surface review using depth soundings as well as a 300 metre underwater swim across the proposed dive site by two committee members. The survey results are as below.

The proposed scuttle site consists of an oval shaped sand bowl surrounded by a low reef. This sand bowl is located 0.85 nautical miles west of the J4 submarine. The oval is 0.15 nautical miles wide and 0.30 nautical miles long, with the long axis running from SW to NE. The bowl is almost flat with a pure sand bottom (no pebbles, rocks or outcrops). The depth of the bowl is between 30.0 metres and 28.5 metres (confirmed by two independent depth gauges with readings taken every 25 metres of a 300 metre bottom swim from south to north). These readings were used to calibrate the depth sounder on the surface vessel. At this stage no probings have been taken to confirm the depth of the sand. However, based on observations by the two divers and the depth confirmations, there is a strong belief that this represents an ideal location for scuttling.

It is suggested that the Admiralty charts relied on by the consultants do not include this sand bowl but rather are an indication of the surrounding reef, which does have depths of 21 to 24 metres in this vicinity.

A report will be provided to the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) outlining the survey results. Hopefully this will alleviate the concern raised.

Work continues to ensure that the final arrangements for site access take into account the needs of all stakeholders whilst enabling the best possible arrangements for diver access both by commercial operators and club and private divers. This work is likely to continue for the next few months. It should be noted that VARS role in this is to ensure maximum consultation and input and to act as a conduit to government. VARS does not formulate policy – all we can do is to try and influence government direction.

Ship Preparation - Convenor: Jason Salter
The Birdon group continues with the task of preparing the ship for scuttling. VARS is maintaining a close liaison with Birdon and with the consultants engaged by DMO (the project manager) who are providing advice to Birdon. Work-to-date on the ship is progressing well. All efforts are being made to produce a result which complies with all safety requirements yet delivers an outstanding dive experience. VARS is very happy with this work so far and believes that the finished product will be the best ship so far in terms of the dive experience.

VARS hopes to be able to arrange an open day closer to the scuttle date so that interested parties can view the finished result before Canberra goes to her final resting place.

Fund Raising / Membership - Convenor: Warrick McDonald
All VARS members are encouraged to purchase a T-shirt to support the activities of VARS between now and the scuttling date. This T-shirt is available on order either from VARS or via your local dive store (within Victoria).

Marketing / Promotion - Convenor: Bryan McGoldrick
A variety of marketing activities including the production of a 3D interactive video are currently being pursued. Some funding has been secured with more being investigated.

Scuttling Celebration – Black Tie Ball – Convenor: Mick Jeacle
A Black Tie ball is being planned to celebrate the scuttling. This event will be held sometime in February and promises to be “THE” event of the year in the dive community. Watch this space for information over the next month. Numbers will be limited – so be ready to book your ticket as soon as the final arrangements have been made.

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Photo Competition

VSAG is to run another members photo competition during the time frame above.

VSAG has had dive trips to Jarvis Bay and the Queenscliff Queens Birthday long weekend during this time.

Diving has continued in the bay and on the outside reefs and wrecks,so there should be many great photos to be put for the competition.

So for those happy snappers who took photos in the above time frame..send them please to Alan Storen.

Prizes will be awarded for the best pictures

Only two photos per entry should be from underwater.

Winners will be third,second and first…each to win a prize.

Prizes will be judged by Dave Bryant from Seapics.

Posted by BUBBLEDIVER on Sun, 27 Jul 2008 05:38 AM (1332 reads)
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VSAG Monster Xmas Party - Sun 9-Dec-07
Announcements VSAG has put all the final arrangements in place for the end of year Xmas party.

Our party this year will be at the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron right on the shores of beautiful Beaumaris Bay, Port Phillip Bay.

The date is this Sunday 9th December from 12 noon... Cost is just $30 per person... Drinks are from the bar at normal bar prices.

Enjoy a BBQ meal from the esteemed VSAG master of the lamb spit roast Mick Kakafikas!!

Huge array of raffle prizes... The best on offer for many years!!!

Book in with the treasurer Andy Mastrowicz
on 0402 060 711

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Posted by BUBBLEDIVER on Mon, 03 Dec 2007 05:33 PM (1486 reads)
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