:: Welcome to the Dive Club!
The Tasmanian University Dive Club Inc. (TUDC) is currently the largest and most active dive club operating in Tasmania. With almost 200 members and growing every year, the TUDC promotes safe and affordable diving catering to all levels of experience. We have dive sheds located at both Hobart and Launceston campuses, with dives run across the state on a regular basis. Membership is not only for students; Alumni and non-students are welcome to join, and currently make up around half of our member base. Night diving, club trips, research and conservation programs, cheap gear hire and access to the club’s ~$100k worth of boats and dive gear are just a few of the benefits you score as a TUDC member.
The club currently owns two boats; the 4.5m Tristar aluminium Thumpin’ Willy and our new proud acquisition, the 6.6m rigid inflatable Trojan. We also own a portable compressor and a heap of dive gear which you, as a member, have full access to. We are based in Hobart and primarily dive in the southeast of Tasmania, home to some of the world’s best temperate water diving. Day and weekend trips are regularly made up to Bicheno on the East Coast, out to Bruny Island, and down to the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas. A few of our favourite dives include Waterfall Bay, Isle de Phoque, Nine Pin Point, Tinderbox marine reserve, Betsey Island shipwrecks, and the beautiful Fortescue Bay kelp forests. But don’t let that stop you from hitting us up on the contact page and telling us where you want us to dive!
If you haven’t joined up to the club yet check out our membership page.
The TUDC is now participating in a range of marine conservation activities both above and below the water, including underwater rubbish clean-up programs in both the north and south of the state, and surveys of the critically endangered Spotted Handfish. Whether you’re interested in snapping photographs, diving beneath the Hobart docks in the dead of night, high-octane drift diving or just taking in some of the magnificent scenery Tasmanian diving has to offer, the TUDC does it all.
Past and present activities include:
- Providing in-kind contributions over 2014-2016 to the NRM funded Project “Marina Debria”: Casting the net of engagement and collaboration to reduce marine debris in the D’Entrecasteaux,
- Engaging in, and providing material to, schools on clean ups, data collection and ongoing monitoring as part of curriculum activities (Woodbridge School, Margate Primary, Illawarra Primary and Hobart College),
- Assisting high school students in outdoor education programs by providing supervision in the water during practical classes held at the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Center,
- Contributing to a collaborative round table that regularly brings together a diverse range of stakeholders as a means of enabling farmers and fishers to adopt sustainable natural resource management initiatives. Where there is communication and a feedback loop between those impacted by waste and those responsible for it, there is more likely to be an attitude shift along with policy changes to support practices that ultimately reduce marine debris,
- Underwater videography of rubbish “hotspots”, for presentation at the “Love Living Locally” Festival,
- Post-holiday clean up dives in conjunction with the Derwent Estuary Program,
- Derwent Estuary clean up dives on Clean-up Australia Day and joining in with Project AWARE’s International Underwater Clean-Up Day,
- Surveys of the endangered Spotted Handfish in partnership with scientists at CSIRO and IMAS,
- Active engagement with IMAS post-graduate students and assistance with field work,
- Data collection for REDMAP and Reef Life Survey projects,
- Showing up with an epic crew to dive and enjoy the Tasmanian Combined Clubs Dive Weekend held in annually in Bicheno, attended by 150 members of the Tasmanian diving community,
- Teaming up with Ocean Planet in a number of presentations, educational video evenings, and additional environmental clean-up activities, recently hosting the 2015 Ocean Film Festival at UTas!
What you waiting for? Throw on your wettie, hit the big blue, and get wet!
See you soon! TUDC Dive Club Executive
Check out our Facebook page for more fantastic pictures of our recent dives and events and to read some trip reports.
It’s a great way to stay connected!