Committee 2017-2018 Result

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hi all,

Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM on Thursday 16/03/2017.

It is with great pleasure to announce your new AUSC Committee for 2017-2018:
President: Modra Paulson;
Vice President: Drew Jeffree;
Secretary/Membership: Kirsty Jeffree;
Treasurer: Matthew Westlake;
Boating Officer: Steven Saffi;
Equipment Officer: Francesco Patrizi;
Information Officer: David Warren; and
General Member: Daniel Kinasz, Geoff Johnston.
Thanks to those Committee members who are not continuing on: John Talbot, and Mark Sutcliffe. On Mark's watch, we organise several cleanup and boat maintenance days, arranged the manufacture of Vitamin Sea's tank rack, assisted with boat repairs, modifications and improvements, so thanks very much. Thanks also to Alicia Strous who is leaving the UWR Management Subcommittee after a number of years serving on both the AUSC Committee and UWR Subcommittee.

Also congratulations to Mustafa Amiruddeen for winning the Mostyn Walker memorial shield for his efforts to the club.

The minutes from the AGM will be released to current members shortly.

David Warren, 19/03/2017.

Trip Report - Coobowie 10 to 13/03/2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trip member participants: David, Philip, Drew,
Jess, Kira, Nicky, Belinda, Matt, and Shayla.
Where to start… what a weekend!! With the promise of not so great weather and not too many divers on the spreadsheet the original plan for boat diving around the peninsula was scratched in favour of easier jetty dives around our base camp of Coboowie Research Station. Anxious to get our feet wet the first of us (Belinda, Shayla, Matt, Drew, and myself) arrived at Coboowie on Friday night and for those of us who had never been there before were pleasantly surprised at the accommodations! We all claimed bunks and after a couple of minutes of staring at each other the decision was made that a night dive at Edithburgh Jetty was in order. We piled back into our three cars (we never learned how to carpool) and headed out. Having only received my certification 5 days before I was a little apprehensive about making my first night dive but I had faith in the other three and down we went. The visibility was good (when my mask wasn’t fogged) and we were able to see cuttlefish, several squid, and three octopi, along with the usual nighttime suspects. I’m pretty sure everyone else saw a fair bit more than I did but I was mostly preoccupied with keeping an eye on them and not getting lost. The water was a little choppy as we neared an hour but overall, a successful night dive! It was about midnight by the time we made it back to Coboowie and took care of our gear, but a game of Cards Against Humanity was in order and it was 2am before we finally crashed into our bunks (after dealing with the overzealously bright exit sign).

 Drew enjoys the diving (photograph by Belinda Haley)

Shayla and a seal get to know one another (photograph by Belinda Haley)
The next morning we all woke up at the same time and after breakfast we headed back to Edithburgh Jetty to check out what we could see in the daytime. With 10m vis we had a great dive seeing nudis and a Banded Stinagree (others can correct me if I’m wrong with that name). The photographers in the group got some great shots with a bottom time of 56 minutes. Back to the station for lunch and a team nap (it worked out beautifully) and then we decided to venture further out and headed to Wool Bay for our afternoon dive. The vis was great, we even saw a ray from the jetty pre-dive. However, once we got in the water there wasn’t too much to look at save a few schools of fish near the end of the jetty. We decided to spare our air and head to another dive spot. On our way back we saw some friends from Diving Adelaide at the Port Giles Jetty and they said that there were seals around the jetty which we got excited about so we geared up and make the lengthy trek down to the water. All was good to go until I was about to step into the water when my high pressure line blew (like a gunshot right beside my ear) which meant I was out of commission until replacement regs showed up with Dave and Jess. However, Matt, Shayla, and Drew had a fantastic dive with the seals once the seals realised there were people there and popped into the water to check them out. Once they were topside again we trekked up the hill and headed back to Coboowie. By this time more members of our troupe had shown up and by dinnertime we had a full house of 9 (with replacement regs!). As keen as ever we headed back to Edithburgh for another night dive. When we got there we could not believe how calm the ocean was; like being in a swimming pool. The visibility was also incredible and we were able to see some more rays, 2 blue ring octopi, nudis, and some seahorses! After 58 minutes bottom time we all congregated at the surface and proceeded to marvel at how calm the water was (again). I think we would’ve been keen to just float there all night if it had been slightly warmer. After getting out of our gear we headed back to the station and had another game of Cards against Humanity (hilarious, 10/10 would recommend for all future dive trips). We all headed to bed around 1am.

Photograph by Philip Moore
Sunday morning brought some uncertain weather, it was not overly warm and there were heaps of menacing clouds in the sky but we were not to be swayed from our agenda of swimming with the seals again. Luckily for us, when we arrived at Port Giles we were pleased to find calm water and great diving conditions in spite of the crazy weather. The seals were around again and obliged us by swimming around with us for nearly an hour until we got boring and they wheeled off in search of more interesting playmates. Much more graceful in the water than they are on land, it was an amazing experience to swim with them. We also had time to check out the reefs that are dotted along the jetty and surrounding ocean floor. After about 85 minutes we called it quits and headed back to the station to have some lunch and review pictures. At this point it was hard to believe that the weekend could get any better. Saturday afternoon we had the intention of diving at a deeper jetty (I can’t remember the name but we had to wait until the boat left at 2), so off we went in our convoy of 5 vehicles (still not figuring out what carpooling was). Unfortunately, when we arrived the jetty and carpark were closed so we had to make a game time decision and chose to head to Point Turton. The visibility here was only about 3.5m, and there wasn’t a ton of activity under the jetty but we checked out the reef near the jetty. Philip had the most success, as you can see by his pictures posted in the AUSC Facebook group. We spent about a half hour on the bottom and surfaced within 10 minutes of each other. After a blessedly hot shower back at the station we headed into Edithburg as a group for tea at the pub. Over our food the merits and drawbacks of underwater scooters were thoroughly dissected and the future of underwater communication by the group was discussed (underwater radios for everyone!). Nicky headed out to the jetty right from dinner, and the plan was for several of us to meet up with him once we had had a cat nap and summoned enough energy to put on our wetsuits in the chilly weather for the third time that day. When it came down to it Dave, Drew, and I headed out for one last night dive. Using the air leftover in our tanks from the afternoon dive at Pt Turton we managed to get 72 minutes of bottom time and with vis of about 10m managed to see quite a bit including 2 seahorses, 3 different kinds of octopi, a larger cuttlefish (watching them change to camouflage right in front of my eyes was really neat), a jellyfish, some squids, and 2 rays. By the time we got back to the station (around 11ish I reckon) everyone else had already gone to sleep, so after another hot shower we all followed suit.

Drew and Matt help to fill tanks (photograph by David Warren)
Monday morning rolled around and I don’t think any of us were super keen to head back to the city. The weather still wasn’t terribly promising but Shayla, Matt, Drew, Nicky, and I headed to Edithburg for a final dive there this weekend as everyone else disbanded. Philip had mentioned a reef some metres off the jetty, so we were hopeful to find that but with the current as strong as it was there were no guarantees. At one point when Drew, Nicky, and I were some distance off the jetty I got the shock of my life when all of a sudden there were two dolphins swimming right in front of us (Drew said he had seen dark shapes swimming by us just before and figured it was either a dolphin or a shark, luckily for us it was the former). I full out squealed in excitement at seeing the mother and calf and they just swam around for about a minute before taking off. I’m not exaggerating when saying it was almost magical; we all did a bit of a happy dance. It’s a good thing the guys got photos because I had half a mind to think I had imagined the whole thing. After that we headed back to the jetty, being thrown a bit off course by the current. I must have repeated “WE SAW DOLPHINS!!” at least 30 more times that day because I actually couldn’t believe our good fortune. We headed back to Coboowie for a final cook up of the excessive amount of potatoes we had all brought with us and a cleanup of the research station. Matt, Shayla, Drew, and I decided to detour our route home and stop at Port Hughes for one final dive to end off the weekend. Unfortunately when we arrived the water was choppy with a decent current and once underwater the vis was about as good as pea soup. We tooled around for a little while but called it quits after a half hour of barely being able to see our fins let alone anything else swimming down there. The four of us got out of our gear for the last time of the weekend and had a drink in the pub to commemorate our adventure before the drive home.
I cannot say enough good things about this trip with the club. I started the weekend with only the four dives I made for my open water certification the weekend before, but with the help of everyone in attendance I was able to rack up another nine dives and get a lot more comfortable in the water. I got the phenomenal experience of diving with wild dolphins and swimming with seals. Additionally, I received an education in Australian slang (it’s definitely a truck, and ta is an acceptable stand in for thank you) and had heaps of fun the whole time.

Kira Mortimer, 15/03/2017.

Interview with the Underwater Rugby player, Tom Moon

Monday, February 27, 2017

“Hi my name is Tom Moon.
I have played rugby union all my life and after 8 years of playing in London I migrated to Australia where I was lucky enough to play for the state and club rugby for another 6 years. Unfortunately several years ago my back finally gave way and I was forced into early retirement.
Hugely missing a team sport, I've been looking for something to keep the weight off and enjoy a physical team game again. When I heard about underwater rugby at a wedding I thought someone was taking the mickey when a friend told me about it. After checking out a couple of You tube videos I was sold and ironically enough heard there was a team being formed in Adelaide.
I've been playing underwater rugby for a while now and have to say I completely love it. You don't have to be an Ian Thorpe, but definitely helps if you have a reasonable lung capacity, although that comes with training. The best fact about it is that it is incredibly hard to get injured. As most of the game play is obviously under the water all the impact is minimised. It is also a great sport for guys & girls, in fact the girls I would say are better players as the game is very strategic and I think the girls pick it up much faster than the rest of us lads. There is obviously quite a bit of physicality and then I suppose the biggest similarity with its above ground brother is the Maul where you get to rip the ball off your opponent. Apart from that the game is different with the ability to pass 360 degrees and playing with a kids soccer ball filled with salt water so it sinks as opposed to an oval ball. Like rugby though it is a game for all shapes and sizes and also all ages.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone who likes to dive or play rugby to give it a crack. It is a simple game and easy to pick up. The only slight downfall is you should wear ball crushing budgy smugglers, but I've recently become a dad so that's ok now.”

Underwater Rugby Beginner Program 1/03/2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Do you want to try out Underwater Rugby and learn more about this amazing 3D sport? Join our first ever Underwater Rugby Beginners Program commencing Wednesday the 1st of March 2017. 

This five week course will cover everything from the rules of the game and how to use snorkelling equipment, all the way through to advanced tactics and strategies.

Each week will involve a combination of skills and fitness training to help you prepare for games. We’ll then put those skills into practice with modified rules games, designed to be beginner-friendly and fun for all.

While the course is aimed at beginners, we will also be catering for players who might have a bit of experience. 

Who: You and all your friends (or enemies if they’re keen). All skill levels catered for.

What: Skills, fitness and game play training over five weeks, with the option to stay on another five if you are addicted.

When: Wednesday nights from the 1st of March 2017 until Wednesday the 3rd of May 2017. 

We meet at 7:30pm at the pool and finish around 9:30pm.

Where: Thebarton Aquatic Centre

Bring: Swimmers, mask, snorkel, fins. Spare gear is available to borrow.

$50 for AUSC members
$70 for Adelaide University Students (inc. $20 AUSC membership)
$100 for non- AU students (inc. $20 AUSC membership)
This covers pool entry, equipment, insurance and membership to the scuba diving club (with opportinities to snorkel and dive in SA's great ocean).

Payment due by 27 Feb to secure your place. 

Interested? Please contact us on

AGM 16/03/2017 Notice

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hi all,

Adelaide University Scuba Diving Club’s AGM is scheduled for Thursday 16/03/2017. The agenda, proxy forms, and officer reports are available on AUSC’s website under Meetings. This documentation is currently available to members only, and include:

The club is required to vote in a new Committee for 2017-2018 on this date under the requirements of our Constitution. A description of the responsibilities of the executive, officers and general members is available in the Committee Portfolios Policy, and if you would like to know more, feel free to have a chat to any of the current serving committee members. If you are interested in serving on the Committee, you may advise the Secretary by e-mail prior to the AGM, or nominate during the meeting.

The UWR Subcommittee is also required to be voted in under the requirements of the UWR Subcommittee Terms of Reference. This Subcommittee is responsible for developing underwater rugby training and competitiveness on behalf of the Committee. Again, you may advise the Secretary by e-mail prior to the AGM, or nominate during the meeting.

If you wish to add any other business to the AGM’s agenda, then e-mail the Secretary. 


David Warren

Adelaide University Scuba Diving Club Inc. (AUSC)

UWR Melbourne Women's Training Camp

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Victorian Seadragon's Underwater Rugby Team hosted a training camp specifically for women during January 2017 - a first for Australia!

Our coach Charlotte Jordans designed the program and taught skills like ball handling, scoring, and the need for determination and fierceness if women are to become stronger players as individuals. Juan Cardenas assisted in teaching half the group since there were up to 17 women participating on one day!

Katherine Heldt, Mia Vandergoot, Alicia Strous and Angela Dodd flew to Melbourne to take part.

The Seadragons were super welcoming and generously  provided transport and accomodation during the whole camp!

The event was challenging but it was great to focus on individual skills, rather than on strategy and teamwork at a training camp. Each technique was adaptable for women of different sizes and this flexibility was great, since normal training camps often teach techniques that require more strength.

Mia scored her first goal, and Ange tried new scoring techniques dubbed the 'corkscrew' and 'slam dunk'. Expect to see fiercer females as a result of this training camp too, with a lot of emphasis on techniques to out-manoeuver larger and stronger players.

Upon returning to Adelaide, an extra training session was used to pass on the skills learned to other female players in South Australia. New players were introduced to the sport and learned to snorkel, while more experienced players could focus on specific scoring methods and build up the muscle memory to perform them quickly during a game.

Thanks to the Victorian Seadragons for hosting and to Charlotte Jordans for creating a brilliant program!

Underwater Rugby – National Championships Melbourne 2016

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Melbourne 17th – 18th September 2016
Written by Miro Pliszco

The Adelaide White Pointers sent a team to the Underwater Rugby National Championships in Melbourne. There was a lot of preparation for the event, with individual focus on fitness and breath hold. Two of our players achieved 66m underwater swims (with fins) with everyone improving markedly. Team strategies were planned in detail to aim towards our first victory at a national level. Weeks of preparations in a 5 meter deep pool were thoroughly tested during the tournament. 

Despite challenging slopes at the bottom of the pool, the Victorian Seadragons created
a fantastic backboard which was very stable and strong enough to kick off of, just like a real wall. 

  Also, during the competition we could master our skills not only as a players but also as certified referees … 
White Pointers could compete neck to neck with the best. For many situations the team could set up a perfected defence, and when possible went straight to counterattack. These strategies brought Adelaide White Pointers to the first victory at a national competition! 

  The White Pointers brought a strong team to the tournament, and managed to win one game against the Canberra Underdogs. This was a milestone for underwater rugby in South Australia. While a good fight was put up in all our games, some were lost to stronger teams with more experienced players. Our winning game can be viewed here

A part of the tournament is always the great opportunity to meet with others and share the passion of underwater sports … see you down under on the next one!

Strategy in the making, poolside. 

Underwater images taken from the video footage provided by Victoria Seadragons.