Underwater Rugby - Pan Pacific Championships 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Underwater Rugby  - Pan Pacific Championships 2016

28-29 May 2016, Brisbane

 Written by Grace Jordans,
 featuring images from interstate players
Wybrand Du Toit and Nick Drewitt Smith.  

As one of the youngest members of the Adelaide White Pointers Underwater Rugby Team, the chance to compete in Brisbane in the Pan Pacific games is just part of being in an emerging sport.  I’ve been involved for the last 18 months, so I’m fairly new to it, but one of the coaches of our team has played for both the Danish and Australian National teams, a great head start for anyone taking part.  The level of experience of many players involved in the Pan Pacifics is very high, and with a large representation of overseas players, I’ll not only learn heaps but am sure to have people to stay with wherever I go in my gap year. Cheap accommodation everywhere!

The team for the Pan Pacifics was a little small so some NS Whales were recruited.

And of course there was the women's national team too, featuring two of our top players Ingvild and Charlotte.
  The Brisbane trip has been a huge highlight for me, with the White Pointers competing against other state teams - the Whales, the Raiders, the Convicts, the Gauls (A and B teams), the Seadragons and the Underdogs.  We also had a team from Singapore and the men’s and women’s national teams.  The events ran quickly around the pool through the day, with plenty of time afterwards to get to know everyone and have a bit of fun.  We were a little short for players and recruited some of the Sydney’s ‘Whales’ over to the ‘shark side’ to bolster our ranks, but nothing could stop Sydney from taking out the top spot.

 The competition was good, but the spirit of everyone involved was just incredible.  On the last day with some spare pool time, we were able to hold some mixed team games and try out new positions.  I think this was my favourite part, and I learned a lot about how the different teams operate and think about the game. 

 This is a great sport, and I really enjoy it.  If anyone is thinking about having a go, then I would highly recommend coming down.  You are sure to get a friendly welcome and have a chance to experience something really different that is great fun.  Who knows, you might just be representing our state in a few months! 

Vitamin Sea Commissioning 4/06/2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

AUSC members who helped to christen Vitamin Sea.
AUSC's new boat was finally commissioned with her first dive.

The day came with Ralph rigging up a wine christening device, and curtain over the boat's name.

New boat name is proudly shown on the console, thanks to Mark.

Steven Saffi prepares the temporary rigging in the absence of an installed tank rack.

David Warren, 4/06/2016.

Special General Meeting Outcome and Change of Constitution

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Hi all,

At the 5/05/2016 special general meeting (SGM), a new revised constitution was approved for use:

Constitution Rev12 (5/05/2016)

This constitution was accepted by Consumer Business and Affairs on 25/05/2016.

The SGM minutes can also be found on the club's website.

David Warren, 25/05/2016.

Training and Development Opportunities

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hi all,

With thanks to AU Sport, the club has been successful in gaining funding to have subsidised/free positions for the following courses:

  • Seamanship x 8;
  • Oxygen provider x 5;
  • First aid certificate courses x 8; and
  • Stress and rescue courses x 5.

It is recommended to renew oxygen provider courses on an annual basis.

Last year we offered oxygen provider, seamanship and first aid, so it is the first time we have funding for stress/rescue.

If you can e-mail Jess (secretary@adelaidescuba.com) prior to Thursday 5/05/2016, so we can gather responses prior to the AUSC committee meeting.

David Warren, 27/04/2016.

Special General Meeting 5/05/2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hi all,

We wish to advise a special general meeting (SGM) for Thursday 5th May 2016, to be held at AUSC’s club rooms at West Beach, commencing at 6:30 p.m. Refer to the proposed agenda attached.

The need for this meeting is for the approval of a new constitution, as the club had feedback that the constitution approved at 2016’s AGM had a clause that may give confusion relating to requirements for changing the constitution. As a consequence, the new constitution, under Section 30 Alteration of Constitution, has this clause deleted, and so only allows changing of constitution by member vote alone. The changes specifically are shown in the screenshots below.

Please help the club by attending and getting our quorum up. If you cannot attend, please complete the proxy form, and send in to Jessica by 4/05/2016 as per the form requirements.

This will also be a bit of a social night with free BBQ, so come down to enjoy a few drinks.

Agenda Rev0 (including proxy form) / attached. Attachments:
Revision 11 (currently approved, but contradictory):

Revision 12 (proposed):

David Warren
AUSC President

Scubapro Platinum cards

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cards are available at the club on the coffee table, for financial members only.

Snorkelling at Port Noarlunga, Easter Monday

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

             On Easter Monday, a group of snorkellers met at Port Noarlunga. Divers, underwater rugby players, and friends came along, and drank hot chocolates and coffee while waiting for others to arrive. The weather was overcast and windy, not particularly warm nor inviting, and four chickened out immedately.

             Two snorkellers entered the water first, which was a similar temperature to the air and surprisingly warm! The tide was going out and there was a slight southerly current, but visibility was 5-8 meters and the fish life was really plentiful. Huge schools of zebra fish and sweep under the jetty.

             Lyndon Zimmerman came along to teach the AUF Ocean Snorkel Diver Award to one participant, a great practice run for busier courses in the future.

             Quite a lot of marine life was seen amongst the rocks on the north side of the jetty. Personally, I have learned how to spot smaller invertebrates and know where to look for particular species since becoming a diver, and would never have noticed a lot of these critters without that practice. It is also easy to photograph them while snorkelling without worrying about air consumption.


Nudibranch - there were at least 10 spotted on the northern end of the reef. 
Very common species (Ceratosoma brevicaudatum). 

Sea Sweep

Red-handed shrimp. Look for these guys near the top of the reef, among the shallow rocks and crevices near the surface. They are almost completely transparent and hard to spot.