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Hi Divers!

The BIG BIG news this month is that the SHINY NEW TRAILER has arrived and thus Trojan is back in action. It took about six weeks longer to arrive than originally planned but getting it built by a small local business saved us upwards of $3K, a small trade-off I reckon! Trojan being out of action didn't stop the DIVING - with a heap of fantastic dives run over the past month, including Cape Maurouard and Pierson's Point (while Isle de Phoque got postponed due to some very crappy weather, but will be on again this month).

September is time for UNDERWATER FESTIVAL - an Australasia-wide month-long simultaneous photo shootout. We are currently scoping out whether there is a group of keen TUDCers who want to participate and do a series of photographic dives, both planned and impromptu, to get snapping over this time. Cost to sign up to the underwater shootout is $50 (signups online here) and dives will be costed accordingly. We know that (besides Em) we are not the most fantastic photographers, so think of this more as an excuse to get a good group of peeps together to go diving for photos, and hopefully learn a thing or two off each other along the way. If we get a reasonable amount of interest we will create a TUDC people's choice prize to make sure someone takes home a prize!

On the official side of things, we have recently changed our changed our Incorporation and Audit period to end Feb 28, so it ties in nicely with the AGM. We will be holding a stall at the UTAS open Day on Sunday August 25th with a heap of cool displays, so feel free to come by and say HI!, man the stall, or bring us coffee.

We are looking at holding a TECH-DIVING discovery night soon, with dates and times to be announced shortly. In addition, organisation for CCW 2014 has commenced in earnest - if you are keen to help out, please let us know so we can keep you involved with the exciting discussions!

Don't forget to come along to PUB NIGHT on Wednesday 14th August for a cheap feed and BEERS!

Safe bubbling!

- John Keane, TUDC President
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Cape Maurouard

Featured Dive Review

Cape Maurouard (Maria) - 27th July

"After a few swapping of dates due to unfavourable weather conditions, six divers set off from the dive sheds for Cape Maurouard on the south eastern coast of Maria Island. Because of some last-minute changes in diver numbers, the call was made to stick with a single boat. John Suttil genorously volunteered the use of his boat, and we all met up in Dunalley. After a brief interlude saw much revving of the motors, smoke and crossing of fingers, the seven of us set off on the relatively smooth crossing to the cape.

While Richard Mason stayed above surface to man the boat, the rest of us did two spectacular dives. The first involved dropping down to a small shelf at around 12m before dropping off the edge between two walls to between 35 and 40m. Visibility was good, especially at depth and there were plenty of sponges, sea whips, basket stars and schools of fish to look at.

After a surface interval and lunch on the boat we descended again just along the coast where the underwater terrain was similar, but with extensive sand corridors winding between the rock walls.

Big thanks to Sparky for organising an awesome dive, John for providing the use of his boat, and Richard for being a fantastic surface attendant."

   - Penny Pascoe, pics Rich M & Simon L Pics from CCW

Click the thumbnails above to see more pictures from the weekend in our Facebook album!

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News Around The Club




FROM THE DIVE SHED

We are now finally the proud possessors of our much anticipated new trailer which means that we also now have the mighty Trojan back for what we got her for - yes DIVING rather than being sat out in a muddy paddock in the back end of beyond, gathering rain and possum poo.



While she's been off the water, we've added a few more minor embellishments to further improve our diving experience; we've put in a new fuel manifold system so we can swap fuel tanks over without lifting the floor, along with an improved (ie safer) breather system on the fuel tanks and a secondary bilge pump. Lastly, we've added additional rungs to the dive ladder to make climbing back in that little bit easier après-dive - it's a little bit ugly but it works.

You may previously have noticed some issues with getting Trojan up on the plane when carrying a full load of divers and gear; to address this, we are now trialling a new aluminium propeller on the Honda, with different thrust characteristics to the original stainless steel number. Basically she won't go quite as fast when empty as she did previously, but she will, we hope, perform much better under a heavy load; the best analogy we can come up with is that we've turned her from a Toyota 86GTS into a 4WD Hilux; top speed will be down but performance under load will be much better, she'll plane on lower revs and hopefully will be a little more economical on fuel. The aluminium prop is also cheaper to replace if we ding it - $200 v $800+ and if we do ding it, the bendier, giving nature of aluminium means it will absorb rather than transmit the impact and we're less likely to damage something in the gearbox. (Note, however, that it will still slice arms off without really trying, so don't get too excited when you're in the water with her).

So the new improved improved Trojan is back in business, and in another 4 weeks it will be Spring, with rising temperatures and more daylight shining on nutrient rich Southern Ocean waters, which can only mean one thing - yep - plankton bloom and vis back down to 10 m until the fishes and the whales gobble it all up; so get yourselves booked on some dives right now. Sure, the water is cold, but the vis is phenomenal and we have the boat to take you there!

- Gear Officers Tom & Richard.

More photos from the Epic Trailer Rebuild in our Facebook album!




REDMAP contributions

A big thanks to Redmap for donating two marine ID books to the club - the books will be availbe at the shed and on dive trips to identify all those beautiful marine critters!





Entertainment Books - LAST CHANCE!!!

TUDC is still selling the new 2013/14 Entertainment™ Books for just $60, with $12 from every book sold benefiting the club's fundraising efforts (MOAR BOATS!). If you haven't come across these before, The Entertainment Book is a local restaurant and activity guide providing hundreds of 25% to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from fine restaurants, cafes, attractions, activities and accommodation. Even if you only leave the house twice a year, you'll make your money back and then some. Seriously. Massive savings to be had if you're a social butterfly!

Books are available now. Buy them here!

  • Get 25% off the total bill (including beer/wine) at Squires, Metz, Custom House, Quary, Annapurna, Raincheck Lounge, Written on Tea, Me Wah, Maldinis, Royal Thai, La Porchetta and dozens more.
  • Buy one get one free meals at Shippies, Jam Jar, Taj Palace, Henry Jones, Drunken Admiral, Mezethes and dozens more.
  • PLUS. Free admin/discounts to major tourist attractions, coffees, baked goods, golf courses, movie hire, free maccas and KFC and 20% off wine vouchers
  • PLUS you can get 5% off all groceries, petrol, liquor - All year!!!
If you have any questions, please contact John Keane on 0488 575 444 or shoot him an email at John.Keane@utas.edu.au


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SO, WE HEAR YOU LIKE TO READ...

We've finally got around to archiving all our past editions of TANKED news so you can check them out ANY TIME on our website!

If you want to see how far we've come over the past year and a half, are keen to check out some fantastic TUDC dive reviews written by members, or you're just worried that you might've missed out on something exciting, jump onto the "news" section of our website and take a look at...

TANKED news - THE ARCHIVES

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Cheap dive courses available to TUDC Members

For those of you yet to get certified, Ian from The Hobart Dive Shop (6234 3428) is once again offering a fantastic price on Open Water courses exclusively to Tas Uni Dive Club members.

The following courses have just been posted up for August & September - jump on the Dive Shop website now for full dates and to make a booking! www.thediveshophobart.com.au/courses.php

  • PADI Advanced OW Course - from 17th August: $350
  • PADI Open Water Course - from 26th August: $295 (for TUDC members!)
  • PADI Advanced OW Course - from 28th September: $350
Remember, the cheap deals on the OW courses (usually $375 each) are exclusive to TUDC members, so make sure you mention you're from the Tas Uni Dive Club!


NORTHERN
discounted dive courses!

Our friends from GoDive Launceston have jumped on board to offer some cheap dive courses exclusive to TUDC members in the North of the state.

  • PADI Open Water Courses - from 24th August, 14th September, 5th October, 9th November, 7th December
  • PADI Advanced OW courses - from 17th August, 5th October, 26th October, 30th November

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Recent Dives & Happenings

Pearson's Point dive (14th July) - by Elias

With 4 keen divers + 1 keen (but grumpy) boat driver we headed out to Piersons point on a not quite sunny Sunday morning to hit the water around Piersons Point. After considering to launch of Kingston beach, we decided to head down to Tinderbox where conditions would be a lot smoother given the northerly winds we encountered. After successfully demonstrating how to inflate a PFD (as requested by grumpy boat driver) it was a quick ride on Thumper around the corner along the marine reserve.

Dropping amongst the kelp forest, we had to stick fairly close due to a very average vis. Nevertheless, there was heaps of life around with schools of Stripey Trumpeter and lots of Morwong and crays. Pottering around 12-14m for about 45min was more than enough to chill us down to the bone at ~11 degrees. Thanks to our very alert (but still grumpy) boat driver the time at the surface until getting back into our warm clothes and a nice cup of tea was failry short. A nice dive despite bad vis and we'll definitely come back on a lush and sunny day!

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Gear Classifieds

We often have members wanting to trade up gear, so what better way to advertise your needs than in our classified section! Drop us an email if you have anything you're looking to buy OR sell and would like to post it here for next month.

FOR SALE


BRAND NEW Oceanic Dive Computer! Still in original packaging.
RRP $700, selling - $500 ONO! [SEE SPECS]
  • Contact - Elias (eliasp@utas.edu.au) for more info.


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    Upcoming Dives & Events


    August 2nd - Blackman's Bay
    A super convenient dive close to Hobart that is great for both new Open Water divers, and anyone keep for an easy splash. This place is a hotspot for weedy seadragons and has some lovely healthy kelp forest. Option for one or two dives. Contact - Dan

    August 8th - Kingston Beach
    A great little night dive in one of Hobart's best kept secret places. Heaps of life here after dark, including dumpling squid, stargazers, seahorses, elephant sharks, and more...Advanced Open Waters ONLY. Contact - Laura

    August 10th - Isle de Phoque
    One of Tasmania's most renowned seal colonies beneath an island packed with underwater caverns. A truly breathtaking wildlife experience. Contact - Ness

    August 14th - Pub Night
    Take a break at the TUDC Pub Night. Remember that Wednesday is cheap beer and pizza night! All new, old and prospective members are welcome, so come along for a beverage and/or a bite to eat. Please sign up so we can book a table big enough! Contact - dive calendar

    August 18th - CSIRO night dive
    Dropping it off the end of the CSIRO wharf (literally!) we'll explore what lurks under the concrete piers after dark! This is a really cruisy dive, with the chance to see occys, seahorse, draughtboard sharks, squid, broken televisions and loads more. Always an interesting bubble. Advanced Open Waters ONLY. Contact - Elias

    August 25th - UTAS Open Day
    Come check out the TUDC stall ALL DAY at the Hobart Uni campus - complete with freebies, photos and more! Everyone welcome!

    CCW 2013 flyer

    *****ALL of September - Underwater Festival 2013 Photo Shootout*****

    The Underwater Festival 2013 is Australasia-wide month-long simultaneous photo and video shootout competition like no other, with over $100,000 in prizes! See www.festival.underwater.com.au for more.

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    Your 2013-14 TUDC Executive
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      Tasmanian University Dive Club
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