Welcome to the Historical Diving Society Australia - Pacific. Our aim is to promote and preserve the rich diving heritage of our region. We have active members throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific region and around the world. 

Note our registered name change - previously HDS South East Asia - Pacific


 
Our interests are: 
· Early scuba diving  -  · Helmet (hard hat) diving
· Wartime frogmen  -  · Collecting diving equipment, books and memorabilia
· Early rebreathers  -  · Unusual diving gear
· Meeting others with an interest in diving history.

The Society also organises and encourages regional meetings. Regional groups are currently active in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia while meetings are organised between members in other areas. Information about these regional gatherings is made available to all members by post or email, on a regular basis. We work closely with Historical Diving Societies in the United Kingdom, Europe and USA. We encourage people with an interest in historical diving to join us. 

Our magazine Classic Diver is published four times a year. We also organise and encourage educational displays, research, historical walks, film nights, bibliophile meetings and the preservation of historical diving equipment and ephemera.


HISTORICAL DIVING SOCIETY
AUSTRALIA  -  PACIFIC
[HDS Aus-Pac]

P.O.Box 347, Dingley Village, Victoria, 3172, Australia.

Email all correspondence:    hdsaustraliapacific@hotmail.com.au

HDSAP COMMITTEE
President: Christopher Deane chrisdeane@internode.on.net
Secretary: Allan Kessler 
Treasurer: DesWilliams
Magazine Editor: Jeff Maynard 
 jkmaynard@bigpond.com
Records Officer: Tony Gregory 
Committee Members: 
Stanley Haviland, Phil McGowen, Peter McMahon

Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/120950924589540/

 

INTERNAL LINKS

ARTICLES

CLASSIC DIVER CONTENT

FOR COLLECTORS - FAKES

HISTORICAL DIVING SOCIETIES

HUMOUR

MEMBER PUBLICATIONS

PAST EVENTS

PORTLAND 2010

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The HDS Aus-Pac 2014 AGM was held at Albury on the 5th October.  It was preceded by a buy/swap/sell meet and conference presentations.  Over 20 members attended and all seemed to enjoy the weekend.  OZTeK 2015 is being held 14th – 15th March and will be attended by members from around Australia and possibly overseas.  Members will man the stand kindly donated by OZTeK and have a dinner on the Saturday night.   For further details of OZTeK see http://diveoztek.com.au/

 
 

LATEST CLASSIC DIVER JOURNAL CONTENTS

Number 71 - Spring 2014
Notice of AGM
Beneath the Waves
New advertisement for Dive Log
“Japanese Diver Dies” from Brisbane Courier Mail 24th January 1935
100 Years Ago this Month (AE1)
Niagara Diving Chamber Replica (from NZ)
Albury Rally, AGM & Swap Meet
A Visit to HDS Czech Republic by Ludvik Farka
Raffle Winners
HDS Aus-Pac Gear
Streeters Divers Ale
8th International Historical Divers’ Meeting by Franz Rothbrust
Diving Under Ice by Vince Scarponi
Making the Dream Come True by Ken Wheaton
The Diver and the Devil-Fish by Captain Des Williams
Twin Hose Scuba is Back by Steve Taylor
Perils of War – The Life of a Diver by Garry Luxton
AMA: Women of the Sea
Diving Myths by Steve Taylor
Treasure Down Below game 


 


 

Membership in the Society is AUD$50 for Australian & New Zealand Membership and AUD$60 for memberships from all other countries, per year. Members receive four issues of the Society’s magazine ‘Classic Diver’ as well as the invitation to participate in events and network with others interested in historic diving, both in our region and internationally. 

You can join the Society for an annual subscription of AUD$50 for Australian & New Zealand Membership and AUD$60 for memberships from all other countries, by making contact with HDSAP Membership Secretary, Des Williams, via email hdsaustraliapacific@hotmail.com.au  or mail to c/o P. O Box 347 Dingley Village, Victoria, 3172, AUSTRALIA using the membership application form which can be downloaded via the following link.

Download MEMBERSHIP FORM pdf.

 

Whereas most of our members are mature adults, or at least attempt to act like it, that does not preclude the family from joining in on any of the societies activities. Young Sam here was not old enough to gain his open water scuba but that did not prevent him from experiencing the old way of diving at a pool session in 2013. Unfortunately Sam enjoyed it so much that this little event may be rather costly for his parents. 

Members please  note: please share your own 'historic diving' experiences with us. Email webmaster peter@oceans.com.au


 
 

HARD HAT' VIDEO AVAILABLE ON LINE.
Max Gleeson, author of several excellent books on NSW shipwrecks, and the Yongala, and cinematographer, has kindly made available online a video of the Helmet Diving Course in Portland last June. 
See   http://vimeo.com/34983859

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). 

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A selection of reading in the history of diving in our region.
 

FEATURES - INTERNAL LINKS:
A Key to the Kingdom - Keith Gordon
One Hundred Fathoms Down - George Wookey with David Strike
My Siebe Gorman by John Osmond.
A NZ Diving Legend by Keith Gordon.
Helmet Diving at Thursday Island by Peter Illidge.
The Lawson Lung by Mel Brown.
DOWNLOAD PDFs:

Diving the Dawson Flomatic, by Clarrie Lawler
A History of Diving in Russia, by Jeff Maynard
Robison Bros & Co. Pty. Ltd. Melbourne, by Des Williams

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For an index of all classic diver articles, link here.

A new page where we can keep track of frauds and fakes, bargains and anything to do with the pleasure of collecting and restoring historic diving equipment.

And for dive book collectors, check out Classic Dive Books

PLEASE NOTE:
NEW WEB PAGE FOR BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED OR PUBLISHED BY HDSAP MEMBERS.
Link here.
Link to page. .See a you-tube video of this years Portland event
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The HDSAP enjoys a close relationship with various Historical Diving Societies and like-minded organisations around the world. 
This list is printed for the benefit of members who may want to share information, network or learn more. 
 

HISTORICAL DIVING SOCIETIES    Link here.

Also,    HISTORICAL DIVING REFERENCE SITES        VINTAGE DIVING GROUPS


 
SUPPORTERS
Proud supporters of the Historical Diving Society Australia - Pacific 
 
SPORTDIVER MAGAZINE, DIVE LOG (Australia) http://www.divelog.net.au/
 
DIVE LOG NEW ZEALAND
www.divenewzealand.com
OCEANS ENTERPRISES
for new and second-hand 'underwater' books.
email: peter@oceans.com.au
Website: oceans.com.au
CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
A fascinating website listing many historic 'underwater' books. (Created and maintained in Australia). 
http://classicdivebooks.customer.netspace.net.au
FIRST STAGE
Scuba Service Hydro Testing
(02) 9684 2256

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Disclaimer

The HDSAP is a membership-based, not for profit, Incorporated organisation, formed in 1997. Administration of the Society is carried out by a small Committee elected by the members on an annual basis. There are no paid positions at any level within the Society. Due to the tyranny of distance over the huge area in which the HDSAP operates, Committee meetings are held by email. Committee Minutes and financials are reported in our magazine. The HDSAP is not involved in any in-water activities. Diving is potentially hazardous and may cause serious injury or death. The Board of the HDSAP suggests that to dive without proper training or procedures, using equipment that you have not been trained or have experience with, or equipment that has not been well maintained, all increase this risk. The HDSAP is not a substitute for any of the above in any way. 
Commonsense and diving within your own experience and ability, is each members choice. 
This web content is authorised by the committee. Last updated 16 October  2014.  Webmaster peter@oceans.com.au