Older single hose scuba gear including related equipment.

NAUI Course & Rally Portland 2018

NAUI Standard Dress Course and Rally – Portland 2018

#hdsauspac #standarddressdiving #helmetdiving Want to learn helmet diving? The annual NAUI Standard Dress Course will be held in Portland over the weekend of 9 – 11 June 2018.  This is a long weekend in some states.  The rally for those already qualified will also be run at the same time.  It will be run by our hosts and instructors at Professional Diving Services (PDS).

Last years course was booked out.  This year, due to a decrease in instructors available, the number of students will be halved.  The course is open to both HDS Aus-Pac members and non-members.  Students need to be certified Open Water divers.  Bookings for both the course and rally need to be made with Leslie Zelenc at PDS by 1st May.

Along with the helmet diving at the rally there will be diving in vintage gear, such as twin hose and vintage single hose regulators.  The weekend is also a great social event.  It unofficially kicks off on the Friday evening (note that’s the 8th) with drinks and nibbles at Professional Diving Services premises.  From there the group will head out to a local venue for dinner.

The course and rally officially start on Saturday the 9th.  On the evening of Saturday the 9th we will hold the main dinner at a local restaurant or pub.  On Sunday night there is a BBQ at PDS.  Many people also stay Monday night, giving us an extra night to socialise.

Book now with Leslie to avoid disappointment.

 

2018 Photo Competition

The Historical Diving Society Australia Pacific regularly produces publications, website and social media posts, and promotional materials. The HDS Aus-Pac Calendar has become a much sought after item, and we are always looking for high quality images for Classic Diver front covers. The Committee has decided to encourage members to submit images which reflect activities and interests promoted by HDS Aus-Pac, through a photo competition, details of which are below. Read more

Porpoise scuba

The “Porpoise” book reprint

Australian Diving Technology the World Copied

By Des Walters, Des Williams, Mel Brown AM and Tony Gregory

When La Spirotechnique and Aqua-Lung were only producing twin hose scuba and had never dreamed of a single hose system, along came an Australian who changed scuba diving forever. This is the complete story of the engineering brilliance of Australia’s Ted Eldred and the development of his Porpoise scuba, which set today’s world-wide diving standard. Acknowledged by many including HDS US and HDS Australia-Pacific, as the first to mass produce the single hose, 2 stage scuba system as used by scuba divers today. Read more

Wally Gibbins head shot

Walter Hamilton Gibbins

Walter Hamilton Gibbins – Australian Diving Pioneer (Article updated 5-Apr-2018 to correct Walter’s middle name) by Melven Brown Here we focus on one of Australia’s pioneer SCUBA divers. Australia has produced many outstanding scuba divers, underwater film-makers, equipment technicians, spear-fishers and innovators. It all started in the late 1940s, when the sport of spearfishing was […]

Diver Adverts

As mentioned in previous issues of our magazine, we are running free classified ads for members in “Classic Diver” magazine.

If you would like to advertise your interests, equipment you are looking for, books you have for sale or exchange, gear you have for sale – anything related to diving history please email a short description directly to our Editor, Jeff Maynard at jkmaynard@bigpond.com

Make sure you include your name and email (along with address or phone number if you want).