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Hey bubblers,

Welcome to another edition of TANKED - the news that makes you wish you were damp (scientifically proven fact). Our president is busy jetting around tropical islands so no word from him, but things have been ticking along nicely despite the chill in the air. We've had a bit of a bad run with equipment recently, with sick cars and sick boats holding a few things up (see below in this newsletter for more info). But your equipment officers are all over this, and keep an eye out for brand new trailers (and cars? who knows...) on the horizon. After just completing Trojan's fitout, this has all come as a bit of a financial hit to the club, but just highlights the fact that maintaining our $90,000 worth of equipment costs real money. Trust us, we keep the diving costs for you as low as we possibly can!

Equipment Officer Richard has been busy in the dive sheds melting lead for new customised dive weights and possibly poisoning himself in the process. This is great for expanding our ability to cater to more divers without their own gear, and also for preventing TUDC weights from going walkabout. We've also just shipped off a bunch of weight to the Northern crew so they don't miss out, so look out for more opportunities for getting wet in the north soon!

Happy and safe bubbling. Hope to see a bunch of you this weekend taking over the world at CCW!

- TUDC Exec 2013
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Tinderbox

Featured Dive Review

Tinderbox - 5th May

"We set out to make this a bit of a refresher for easy going divers, and managed to attract a motivated bunch of 11 divers who took off to Tinderbox despite the very average weather forecast. Luckily the sun was shining and the water was calm as could be once we arrived on the beach. After squeezing into our wetsuits (good to see that even beginners know about the hair conditioner trick), the search for the elusive tyre reef began. While some lucky ones managed to navigate across the featureless sandy bottom and struck lucky, others struggled to find the reef but found pleasure in the rocky shore surrounding Tinderbox. It was great to see newbies and old veterans getting into it and demonstrating that some seemingly lost skills are in fact kept for eternity! We finished off a nice day at Tinderbox with an omega-3 rich BBQ and lots of additional TUDC crew! Thanks everyone, great job!"     - Elias

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News Around The Club


My Other Car's a Ferarri

It's been a rather exciting few weeks for us with vehicles and boats; firstly on our return from the last Bicheno weekend (11-12th May), we lost a wheel from Trojan's trailer; fortunately no injuries were sustained and no damage was done to the boat, however this has effectively left Trojan beached until our new trailer is ready; this is currently being built in Kellevie, near Copping. The new trailer is in snazzy rust-free Aluminium with two axles/four wheels, it will be so much better suited for a big boat like Trojan and should we lose a wheel, we'll still have three others to play with. (See this video for more details [just ignore the Mason humour... - Em]).

This means we'll have to rely on good old Thumpin Willy for the CCW but after some recent basic maintenance and TLC, she's also back stronger than ever (and to be quite honest, we're pretty fond of the old girl).



Our second bit of bad news is that Dumper our trusty 60 Series Landcruiser is seriously ill and probably terminal, requiring (amongst other things), an engine rebuild which alone will probably cost as much as a replacement vehicle. Whilst no decision has yet been reached on our next move, for the time being, committee members with vehicles capable of towing Trojan are discussing some sort of roster to carry us over until we're in a position to make some long term plans for a replacement tow vehicle, hopefully it will be sorted by December, if not before. As we are small in number, we'd also be very grateful if other club members who own or have access to a suitable vehicle such as a largish 4WD SUV or Utility or a large family car such as a Falcon or Commodore could consider helping out too. If you think you can help, please contact an Exec member to discuss further.




FROM THE DIVE SHED - Weighting Time...

Your masters of the dive shed have recently expanded and upgraded the TUDC lead weight inventory; the old yellow weights, along with 75Kg of scrap lead have been melted down and remoulded into brand new 3lb and 6lb weights. Each of the new weights has a 5c coin cast into it, minimising risk of "confusion" over rightful ownership.

We've purposely produced more than twice as many 6lb as 3lb weights to minimise space taken up on weightbelts because as we know, ALL of you TUDC divers are super slim and don't have much room on your dainty, tiny little waists for huge weightbelts, so when you are hiring, try to take mainly 6lb weights and then make up your last 3 to 6lb of required weight with one or two 3lbers.

We are also phasing out the Velcro-pocket weight belts and replacing them with conventional webbing type belts; reason for this is that we have found that with repeated, often weekly opening and closing of the Velcro pocket flaps, the Velcro is quickly becoming worn and there is a danger of one or more weights falling out if the diver inverts, which could be very dangerous. This type of weightbelt is probably better for ownership by a single user who will rarely need to open the pockets to add or remove weight.

One thing we do have to be very careful about is the risk of losing weights through them dropping off the webbing belt, plastic keepers are available but these are fragile and always seem to get broken. Weights can be secured on the belt by putting a twist in the webbing where it's threaded through the last weight before the male end of the belt as per photo below.



As loss of weights is most likely to occur when belts are unclipped and handed up into the boat, it is probably better to leave your weight belt on - just hand up your tank/reg/bcd and then climb the ladder with the belt on, removing it once you are back in the boat; only do this however, if you are confident that you are not too tired and can do this safely, particularly in a big rolling sea.

Cheers! - Tom and Richard.



"A Day With the Professors" - mixed gas diving experts talk at Hyperbaric Conference

We know this is early warning, but we've just been advised of a special tech diving information opportunity that has been opened up to the Tasmanian diving community. On 10th August 2013 there will be a Hyperbaric Technicians and Nurses Association (HTNA) Conference held in Hobart. The HTNA has extended a invitation to the Tasmanian Diving community to come along to this event. A full day will be dedicated to five Diving and Mixed gas specialists presenting papers to the public. This will be a day where the divers will also be able to ask question to the leading experts of their field.

Unfortunately this event is not free (awwww); however, you have plenty of time to save! You can register online now at www.htna.com.au [price includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea].

Check out the flyer of the event (click image on right) for more info, or contact Corry Vandenbroek at corry.vandenbroek@dhhs.tas.gov.au, 03 62228322



Entertainment Books

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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We like to keep things fresh for you.
Enter GEAR & DIVE SPECIALS.

Every month, we will advertise another special for gear hire or discounted dives. It'll be valid for the entire duration of that month (or as specified by the deal). So check this space regularly to score yourself some bargains!

JUNE DEAL

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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 (67a Argyle St - 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 May & June - jump on the Dive Shop website now for full dates and to make a booking! www.thediveshophobart.com.au/courses.php

  • PADI Open Water Course - from 10th June: $295 (for TUDC members!)
  • PADI Advanced OW Course - from 29th June: $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!

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Recent Dives & Happenings

Kelso [northern!] dive - 26th May - by Masa

The first northern dive of this year was run at Kelso. A total of 9 divers, including 3 divers from Hobart, enjoyed beautiful sponge gardens in one of the most dived area in the Tamar estuary. The dive team also carried out a clean-up dive around a public jetty. Over 30 kg of marine debris was pulled from the river. While this doesn't sound like much, similar work was done at the same area 2 years ago suggesting we might need to do more frequent clean-up dive to minimise impacts of accumulating marine debris on the environment... Look our for more northern cleanup dives appearing on the calendar! The North crew will be running more environmental dives to make sure we maintain and improve the health of the Tamar, and keep it looking pretty for our welcome southern guests. :-)
Kelso

Bicheno - 10th May weekend

Our slack secretary managed to miss the reporting opportunity for this cracker Bicheno trip by forgetting to chase up divers in time for this edition of TANKED, but at least you can check out some pictures of the weekend! Reports were of 20m+ visibility in the bay, giant stingrays, huge clouds of mackerel, and of course some pretty amazing social activities... By all reports, a scare with a stray wheel wandering off the boat trailer on the way home wasn't even enough to put a dampner on the weekend. Keep an eye on the dive calendar for more, or get on board with the Bicheno Combined Clubs trip this coming weekend!
Bicheno

Check out more photos from the weekend on our facebook page!

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Upcoming Dives & Events


June 12th - Pub Night
It's not exam time...yet. 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

June 23rd - Battery Point
A great little night dive from the shore. Advanced OW only, but perfect for seasoned night divers or those of you just wanting to get into the dark experience. Crayfish, dumpling squid, seahorses, and more! Contact - Elias

July 20th - 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

July 6th and/or 7th - Eaglehawk Neck
The first day (6th) will be suitable for Open Waters, the second (7th) will be going deeper so Advanced OWs only here. There are a huge number of dive site options in this area including the famous Waterfall Bay, Deep Glen Bay, Fallen Cliffs, or of course the magnificent kelp forests in the area. Accomodation for the Saturday night is available at Eaglehawk Dive Centre if required. Contact - Sparky

July 27th - Hounds Tooth / Keane's Crack
On the outside of Bruny Island, rocky reefs carpeted with thick seaweed assemblages give way to masses of invertebrate life and sponge beds. And amongst it all, an as-yet unexplored network of tunnels. For those of you who enjoy a bit of deep crack penetration. Advanced Open Waters ONLY. Contact - Sparky

July 28th - Cape Maurouard
One of TUDC's favourite dives. The cape is past eastern-most point of Maria Island. Steep drop-offs on into 40m petrollod by large schools of Butterfly Perch, carpeted in colourful sponges, sea whips and hydroids. Advanced Open Waters ONLY. Contact - Sparky


*****June 8th to 10th - Bicheno Combined Clubs Weekend 2013!!!*****

The Tassie Combined dive Clubs Weekend provides an opportunity for divers from all around Australia to come together for a weekend of diving adventures. The event typically attracts well over 100 divers resulting in all levels of experience and interests being catered for. Based at the iconic east coast town of Bicheno, the adjacent Governor Island marine reserve provides some of the best diving in Australia.

Additional to the abundant dive sites, the weekend is full of social events, an underwater photography shootout, gear and industry displays, great prizes and competitions. If you haven't been to a CCW before, this is truly an event not to be missed.

This year, there will be some fantastic gear displays, including the opportunity to try out rebreathers! Check out the CCW website or the flyer (below) for more info. Contact - Em / website signup

NOTE: this is THIS WEEKEND, but we can accomodate a couple more last-minute signups if you get in quick!

CCW 2013 flyer

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Your 2013-14 TUDC Executive
(aren't we pretty?)

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