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Victorian Sub-Aqua Group (VSAG): Committee News

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President's Summer 2012-2013 Update
Committee News November 2012

Summer is now upon us and the weather is becoming much more appealing for diving. The water temperature has improved and I have had reports of 17C and climbing rapidly. Visibility has been good, even on slack water dives so it is time to pull out your gear, have it looked over and then check in for an easy club dive if you feel out of practice.

VSAG held it’s Christmas party last weekend and a what a great day it was. Thanks to all who turned up, it was great to catch up with you all. Cheryl and Lloyd’s new abode was a fantastic location and I very much appreciate the opening of their home to us – and all the work put in to make us feel welcome. The committee again did a great job in organizing and preparing the food as well as obtaining raffle prizes, resulting in a significant financial gain for the club.

The day highlighted the need to have more non diving activities to deepen the friendships within the club so any suggestions would be welcomed by the committee. I was recently encouraged by the group that supported the ‘rebirthing’ of JL’s trailer, these kinds of activities strengthen a club at many levels.

The committee has continued to focus on ways to ensure we maintain our exceptional safety record whilst diving. Last year we invested in more small oxygen kits and have upgraded our First Aid gear. It is likely we may purchase a larger oxygen kit this financial year more suitable for remote trips.
I have attended several presentations on DCI that have highlighted our need to continue a conservative approach to adequate surface intervals, safety stops and ascent rates.

John Lawler and Lloyd Borrett have now put together a ‘Starter Pack’ for boat owners presenting their boats for use within the club. We are always appreciative of having boats made available to the club to take divers out for diving, but have done little ‘officially’ to help ensure these are set up for optimal diving. Historically we have tended to mentor new boat owners (I was certainly given assistance) but now we have a pack of data to ensure that VSAG boat owners are well prepared.

Additionally boat owners met and agreed to having other boat owners and committee members check their boats out early in the season to ensure the basic legal requirements for safe boating as well as safe diving are in place. Our objectives are to put in place some minimum standards, encourage our boat owners to work together to pass on helpful experiences and ensure our club divers are given great diving experience.

Last year the diving at Christmas was superb and hopefully it will be repeated again this year. Keep an eye out for emails notifying of upcoming diving trips but also let us know if you are planning something during the week.

David Geekie

Posted by DavidG on Wed, 05 Dec 2012 01:37 AM (2059 reads)
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Forthcoming Events Feb-2012
Committee News News Flash from the bowels of VSAG HQ:

The President has announced that the club will be sending a delegation of battle hardened divers over to Bicheno in Tasmania this June to join in the Combined Tasmanian Clubs Weekend. Any body wearing a one piece semi dry wetsuit and expecting to survive will be in for a rude shock ( and possibly a free trans gender re-alignment!!)

In other late breaking developments it has been announced that the proposed trip to Heron Island for the annual Divers Festival will proceed and a select group of VSAGers is being assembled for the event and details will be revealed at the next meeting.

The annual Cray Bash Sth Australia March Long Weekend is all booked out. All interest now in who will win this years heaviest Cray.

Easter at the Prom is a non event again due to the ongoing issues from the storm last year and the club will announce a new Easter event at the up coming meeting. It is possibly a camping holiday to Spodgingtons Reef Caravan Park, but the details are yet to be finalised.

Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

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The Presidents Rant: Winter 2010 Version
Committee News Well we are half way through winter and although water temps are down the diving just keeps on coming!

Recently we have had several good days out mainly diving the Bay for scallops and exploring the wrecks and reefs off Rosebud, Williamstown & Queenscliff.

A large goup of VSAGers have just returned from diving the Beqa Lagoon Shark dive in Fiji. By all accounts a fabulous trip with great diving and even better food and accomodation.

As the depths of winter are fast approaching we are planning our annual Christmas in July feast as well as planning a few easy shallow dives in the upper Bay area on the Uralba and the old tyre reefs.

The club has planned a diver recovery day for early October. the plan is to practice recovering an unconcious diver into our various small boats. This has been planned for some time and we hope to see all boat owners supporting us on the day. There will be a dive on offer as well after the serious stuff -as well as the usual after dive de-brief at a local watering hole!

Wilsons Prom Cup weekend is fast approaching and anyone wanting a camp site with the club has to advise the Dive Captain Alan Storen asap. Cash with order is the only way to book a site!

Brrrrr... gotta love this winter don't ya!!

Greg Richards.

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VSAG Dive Day Costs
Committee News The VSAG Committee has found it necessary to review the the current member contribution to dive boat costs on VSAG Dive Days.

The new contribution will be $40.00 per diver, per dive day for local diving.

The contribution towards the ramp fees of $2 per diver, has been adjusted for the boats of Mick Jeacle, Peter Briggs and John Lawler and will not apply. These boat ramp fees have been funded by the club.

These are the main members' boats participating in the majority of VSAG dives.

The new contribution level is as a result of decreasing fuel and oil prices.

The VSAG Committee has the discretion to adjust the dive boat contribution in response to the level of fuel prices and this is reviewed periodically.

Please ensure you have the correct funds and make your contribution promptly after each dive day is concluded.

Single tank dives, trips away and day trips from remote locations are charged at rates commensurate with the time and distance involved in getting the boat to the dive location.

Note: It is important that divers bring the correct dive boat contribution money on the day. Boat owners have to prepare the boat for the trip home and the last thing they need is to be chasing up contributions and then having to change notes and coins. Boat owners are not bankers, thus divers without the correct money may be asked to find change to pay the correct contribution.

Thank You.
VSAG Committee.

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ANZAC Day 2007
Committee News On the 25th April 1915 the legend of the ANZACs was started. Over the course of the First World War in Turkey, France and Belguim the young men of Australia and New Zealand fought and died in despicable conditions we can barely imagine. We truly are indebted to them as a nation for their unimaginable sacrifices.

Today, every April 25th we celebrate their heroism, their spirit and their memory with the annual ANZAC Day Holiday. Some attend the dawn services, some the footy, others the RSL or play two-up. At VSAG we do a bit of all of the above, plus, a few of us go diving.

An 88 year old WW2 veteran in today's Age says that the friendships you make in peacetime are nothing compared to the mateship you make in war. I haven't been to war, but I understand his sentiments. People whose very existence relies on their mates, form bonds that transcend anything in normal day to day living. The same is just as apt for divers, Artic explorers or mountain climbers. It's not just a common interest that binds us together as buddies, it is the fact that when its all said and done, all of us rely on the the guy next to us to make sure we both come back alive.

As a tribute to the way of life we enjoy, VSAG today conducted a dive expedition to the J1 submarine. Sunk in 1926 after serving in the First World War, it today lies in 38m of water about 5 kms from the Rip. It is indeed a sombre reminder of the harsh reality of sea warfare.

In all 7 divers dived both here and at the sponge gardens off Shortlands Bluff in mild conditions with only average to poor visablity. As we geared up to do the 2nd dive we paused to listen to the last post from the MCG over the radio. Truly, a moment to reflect.

The dives were excellent, considering the ordinary visability, and the general consensus of the dive afterwards at the Sorrento Pub, was, 9 out of 10. Most of the patrons in the pub were only interested in the footy scores. I'd like to think that after a days diving we were only interested in each other and the bonds of true mateship.

As a kid I trivialised ANZAC Day as an irrelevant anachronism from the past. Now days, I see it for what it is, an essential reminder of what we were, what we are and a reminder of the sacrifices of our forefathers. We must never forget.

Posted by Shadow on Wed, 25 Apr 2007 12:00 PM (1742 reads)
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