|It has to be said ..... our AGM Meeting in Sydney last weekend (5-6
October 2013), planned to coincide with the excitement of the RAN Fleet
Review, celebrating 100 years of the Australian Navy, was a fantastic success!
What a wonderful weekend we had together, which was finished off on the
Monday at Chowder Bay, with vintage diving run by the Sydney Working Equipment
My brief email today is to express grateful thanks to Allan and Caroline Kessler, on behalf of all HDS SEAP members who attended this terrific weekend. Alan and Caroline took the job of planning, transporting, catering, billeting and booking the restaurant and arranging the meeting room at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Both of them did not stop working all weekend, especially attending to the finer details. We are all indebted to them for their kindness and hospitality.
Mention should also be made of Stanley Haviland for his support of the Kessler’s in many ways and for also transporting interstate members about, despite having to work nightshift. Other Sydney HDS members were eager to assist, lend/share equipment though out the weekend, especially on the Monday when we enjoyed a wonderful day of vintage diving. The Sydney members have once again shown us marvellous hospitality. And lastly, when it comes to moving LOTS of heavy equipment about for the diving, we always see every member pulling their weight and assisting, this is a very special feature of our enthusiastic HDS members, everyone pitches in. At Chowder Bay, there are a lots of steps to negotiate and all that diving equipment and sundrie items like the BBQ were swifty and efficiently carried down to the jetty and back again at the end of the day. Another amazing HDS SEAP weekend .
Thank you to all who attended and made it such a memorable few days. Stay tuned for details of the 2014 AGM weekend, which will be held in October next year. A full report of the 2013 AGM will appear in the next issue of Classic Diver magazine.
L to R (without considering F to B ;-), Tony Dromgool, Stanley Haviland, Des Williams, Caroline Kessler, Brian Tasker, Lester Smith (ignoring fuzzy people in background), Phil McGowen, Sue McGowen, Frank Zeigler. Photo by Allan Kessler. (Click on image to enlarge)
HDSAP BULLETIN [Past issues content]
Number 68 - Summer 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Don't you just love it!!! This superb photograph was taken during the three day diving session held by society members at the Melbourne Aquarium. It shows Frank Zeigler in standard dress communicating with grandson Tate, being held by Kathy Zeigler. Click on image to enlarge)............................................
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of reading in the history of diving in our region.
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.
NEW WEB PAGE FOR BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED OR PUBLISHED BY HDSAP MEMBERS.
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a you-tube video of this years Portland
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relationship with various Historical Diving Societies and like-minded organisations
around the world.
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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.