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

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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
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.


 
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.

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. 

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.


 
 
 

 

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 later.
 

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
.See a you-tube video of a Portland event

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.


     Link on heading.
Also,    HISTORICAL DIVING REFERENCE SITES        VINTAGE DIVING GROUPS

LISTING OF BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED OR PUBLISHED BY HDSAP MEMBERS.
Link on heading.
 

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Proud supporters of the Historical Diving Society Australia - Pacific 
 
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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
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(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 26 June 2015.  Webmaster peter@oceans.com.au