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2017 AGM Location

2017 AGM

Saturday 14th of October 2017 at 2:00 pm

Port of Melbourne Education Centre

343-383 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne

The AGM will be held promptly at 2 pm. Following the AGM the committee will hold a meeting.

Pre-dinner drinks and dinner will be held at the Maori Chief Hotel in South Melbourne. On the Sunday, Des Williams will host a diving history walking tour of Melbourne in the morning. In the afternoon, members can visit historic Williamstown and the ex HMAS Castlemaine Maritime Museum which includes a Siebe Gorman standard diving set.

See your Classic Diver for more details.

2017 AGM Location

2017 AGM Location


Diver in Robison helmet Portland Rally 2017

NAUI Standard Dress Course & Rally 10 – 12 June 2017

The 2017 NAUI Standard Dress Course and Rally sets record number of participants

Sixteen students took the course with almost all of them successfully completing it.  Due to a couple of problems one student will return next year to finish the course.

Meanwhile the rally was attended by approximately 30 divers.  That’s a record number and with the large student contingent the number of attendees was the largest ever.

A big thank you to Frank Zeigler of Professional Diving Services (PDS) for hosting us again.  Thanks to all his staff that helped, especially Leslie Zelenc who was in charge of all the pre event organisation.  A big thanks to Steve Taylor who ran the class work again and some of the diving training.   Of course we couldn’t do it without our safety divers who spend a long time in the cold water (it’s the middle of winter in Australia for those overseas).

A highlight of the weekend was getting 2 Robison helmets back in the water.  The Robison is the only mass produced, Australian made helmet.  They were only made during World War II and the numbers were fairly small.  Leon Lyons was told only 75 were made.  HDS Aus-Pac’s highest recorded number is in the high 40’s.  Based on the Heinke Pearler they were not popular with the navy and other government organisations who ordered some of them.  While it’s not known how long since one of them was dived it would be a significant time and great to see 2 in the water.

Picture: Diver in Robison helmet exiting the water after a successful dive.

20th Anniversary Celebrations

2016 was the 20th anniversary of the Historical Diving Society Australia-Pacific.

A number of things were done to celebrate the event. First there was a bumper edition of our magazine, Classic Diver. This was published in Spring. Anniversary cloth badges were distributed to all current members and will be issued to new members in the 2016-2017 year.  The AGM was held in South Australia where the society was formed.  In conjunction with the AGM an excellent conference was held and we hope to make videos available at a later date.  Some items may also appear in future editions of Classic Diver.