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

MPORTANT USE OF THIS WEBSITE
Some members have commented on the issue of old information being seen on the webpage. This could be because when you call up the HDSAP website on the internet, the previous HDSAP webpage may be in your internal cache (internal storeage) and that is what you are seeing. Hit the 're-load' button to force your system to access the internet, not your cache. You should do this with all webpages that are regularly updated and that you regularly access. 

Please note also that this website has been designed to be seen on a modern flat-screen monitor of around 54 cm (diagonal). 


 
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
deswill@dingley.net
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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Contents of our latest journals.   Contents of previous journals.
Number 74 - Winter 2015

Hans Haas downunder.
UK Visitors to Oz
SMD Emden Diving Helmet
Western Australian Heritage Festival, April 2015
RAN Clearance Divers Diving in WA
HDS Aus-Pac at OzTek 2015
The Birth of Cave Diving in Australia - Rod O'Brien
Buying a Dress - Steve Taylor
Carlo Pilippetti - Allan Kesler
A Visit to Low Head - Tasmania.
The Lawson Lung Part 3. Tony Gregory
Did You Know?  Des Williams.

Past issues:
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Membership in the Society is AUD $50 for Australian and New Zealand Membership and AUD$70 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.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FOR 2015-2016 
IS DUE NOW

Members please see the enclosed form with the latest (Winter 2015) edition of Classic Diver. For new memberships, please download the form. 

Australian membership, New Zealand and all other countries, contact 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.


James McFarland wearing the Drager rebreather 
on a Vintage Scuba Day 


New member Patrick Rodgers, 
obviously enjoying his historic 
diving at Portland. 

7th ANNUAL NAUI STARNDARD DRESS COURSE
Portland, Victoria
5th - 8th June 2015 Weekend
Last minute contact lesliezelenc@profdivers.com
++++ HELD ++++ Another wonderful event - more details see below.
If you missed this year's wonderful weekend, there is always next year. Keep it in mind.

AGM SYDNEY.
Just a quick heads up that the AGM will be held in Sydney this year.  While details are yet to be finalised we will be trying a different date to the last few years.  Target is mid November with exact date to be advised. Next year is the 20th anniversary and we are hoping to make that a major event so this year we are planning a quiet year with no conference.  We will hold the AGM and dinner afterwards on a Saturday.  There may be some other informal social events over the weekend.

STANDARD DRESS ANS VINTAGE DIVING
30th August 2015, Clovelly Ocean Pool (Sydney, NSW)
Please note this is still subject to final confirmation.  We are able to dive in the pool at this time of year and I am trying to co-ordinate with the Surf Life Saving Club.  We may assist them with some fundraising on the day. We will be diving in standard dress and can do vintage gear as well.  This is not a HDS Aus-Pac event and only NAUI certified Standard Dress Divers will be allowed to dive in standard dress.  We also need volunteers to be safety divers. The secretary has received some expressions of interest already.  If you are interested and have not advised Allan please contact him at allan@kessler.net.au
 

NEW HDS AUS-PAC CLOTH BADGES
Avaulable when you ren-ew your membership - WHICH IS DUE NOW. 
[See notice delivered with thew lastest Spring 2015 edition of Classic Diver]

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). 

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

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


Here 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

NAUI STANDARD DRESS COURSE AND RALLY
6 – 8th June 2015
By all accounts the Standard Dress Course and Rally at Portland over the June long weekend were a great success. As usual everybody had a great time with the diving and social events.  New divers were certified as NAUI Standard Dress divers.  Alan Earle is pictured below left.  Alan came along to the standard dress diving event held at Nelson Bay in May last year and has been a staunch member ever since.  He has frequently travelled several hours from the country to attend our Twin Hose Tuesday event run by Dave Thomas.  This year he went to Portland and qualified as a NAUI Standard Dress diver.

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Also pictured is long time member Lester Smith “manning the pumps”.  It’s only in the last couple of years that we have been using hand operated pumps.  This one is a Siebe Gorman three cylinder, single acting, single diver pump.  The pump belongs to Frank & Cathy Zeigler and was restored by member Charles Peart who is Cathy’s father.  Charles was a coppersmith before retiring.  Frank reports that the pump is easier to operate and provides more air than the lever pump (possibly a Draeger). Photo far right is Phil McGowen obviously enjoying his historic diving. As Facebook is taking over our communications (and life!!!), you can see more photos on our group link (above). Search for “Historical Diving Society Australia-Pacific” or use the group link. 

See a you-tube video of a 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.


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Also,    HISTORICAL DIVING REFERENCE SITES        VINTAGE DIVING GROUPS

LISTING OF BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED OR PUBLISHED BY HDSAP MEMBERS.
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Proud supporters of the Historical Diving Society Australia - Pacific 
 
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for new and second-hand 'underwater' books.
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CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
A fascinating website listing many historic 'underwater' books. (Created and maintained in Australia). 
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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 7 July 2015.  Webmaster peter@oceans.com.au