We still have 4 comps to run before the end of season (Surf Coast Cup boat comp and the spear&photo comp as well as 2 photo comps) and this weekends long range report is looking good for that trip out west. So keep your calendars open and the GFD Committee will update everyone during the week with a decision on which comp we will run along with the date and location.
Both the Surf Coast Cup and our photo comp series are still open for anyone to win. So if you feel like upgrading your fins to a pair of custom made Continuum fins or you want to get into a sleek new ninpin wetsuit then enter now, all you need is to be an AUF member.
On Saturday we held the second event for the Surf Coast Cup, the shore dive. Long range forecasts showed there would be a dip in the swell on the weekend with some nice northerlies preceding it which would make for a great days diving. Looking along the surf and shipwreck coasts it looked like we could get in at some other locations that we don’t dive that often and so we put the call out early with the hope of going out west.
During the week we kept scrutinising the updated reports and the westerly winds predicted on the Saturday is what ended up in us deciding to stay closer to home then to risk several hours driving for a potentially undivable comp. So good ‘ol Aireys was it.
Arriving Early the ocean was looking nice and flat but with the low light and overcast clouds it was hard to tell what the viz was going to be like. Once everyone had arrived we all suited up and commenced with the safety equipment check and dive debrief. With the swell predicted to pick up during the day and some 20kt westerly to WSW winds we called it a shorter comp starting at 8:30 and finishing at 1. We had a mixture of people, some competing in the comp and a few just there for the social dive, some veteran divers to beginners.
Most divers decided to walk around the cliffs to the east and try for the reefs in deeper waters. This is when we realised the viz wasn’t going to be great. Whilst Gerard persisted to find some cleaner water further out, most of us headed back towards shore to hunt the gutters in the shallows.
I took Ivan under my wing for the day and warned him that I wouldn’t be diving for long having had very little sleep the night before and forgetting my socks and gloves, I also thought I would be nice and get out early to get the BBQ fired up so the others had hot food waiting for them. So needless to say I was surprised when I made it back to the carpark to find everyone else already out and changed waiting for us and making it there to sign off with just 3 minutes to spare!
We all shared our diving stories for the day while checking out each others catch while the BBQ was cooking and eating it at the same time before commencing the weigh in. Despite the challenging conditions it was good to see that most people had their 5 fish to weigh in and whilst there were plenty of options to upgrade during the day there wasn’t any overkill. But seeing the scoresheet at the end of the weigh in my competitive nature finally kicked in and I regretted not getting a couple upgrades!
Scores for the day were: Malcolm 100 points Nam 78 points Gerard 71 points Hayden 70 points Julian 56 points
We are hoping to run the shore dive comp from the Surf Coast Cup this weekend. At the moment it looks like Saturday will be the day and going out west for the location (Cape Otway/Peterborough). Final details will be confirmed later in the week.
Firstly apologies for being 2 months late with this post!
Waaaay back on the 2nd of December we held the first underwater photography comp with an anticipated location of springs beach in Point Lonsdale however the hard southerlies made us relocate to Swan Bay.
The photo comps have been a really fun event and everyone who has participated in the past have really enjoyed it. Due to schedule conflicts we only fielded 5 people (which I don’t mind as it’s less competition for the series mawhahahaha) but everyone had a great time. For most, if not all of us, it was the first time having dived in Swan Bay (another good thing about photo comps is we hold them in sanctuaries where we normally wouldn’t be diving).
I’ve been told in the past that Swan Bay plays a vital role in the echosystem and acts as a nursery for a lot of fish species and looking at the photos from the day we can say that this is true.
Due to conditions we called the comp on for 4 hours, suited up and hit the water. Most of us caught a few species early along the pier and then headed out to other objects like mored boats before searching the endless grass beds.
After our time was up we were all on shore sorting out our photos and cooking/eating our usual post dive BBQ.
We have a comp scheduled for this weekend 20th of Jan, it’s supposed to be the second event for the surf coast cup which is the boat comp but due to postponing the polespear comp last year we have decided to call it on for this weekend instead.
The swell is going to be down but we will be getting some SW winds which might make the ocean unfavourable. With this in mind we will tentatively call the comp on at Aireys Inlet with a back up location being Steels rocks in Portarlington. The final call will be made Saturday evening so stay tuned!
The Surf Coast Cup is open to all AUF members not just Geelong Freedivers. Don’t have a polespear but still want to come along and meet some people, have a dive and enjoy a BBQ afterwards? Then sign up for the social dive but be sure to check the BBQ option so that we can get the catering right.
for our final club meeting for the year (12th of Dec) David Torelli is going to come down and give us a talk about the upcoming nationals. David will host an informal Q and A session where no question is off limits and everyone is free to talk as they please.
He will also talk about his Nationals experiences dating back to my first Nationals in Warrnanbool in the very early 80’s through to representing Australia in International Comps. The focus will be what experiences he has received from competing and the knowledge learnt.
The current Yazbeck 67 th Nationals will be the main focus covering what Competitors should expect over the 8 days of competition.
Please come down ask any questions you might have and show our support for the event