Camping Trip 16th-17th Sep

Our scheduled camping trip is getting very close and we need to start locking everything down. Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll, the location winner is the SA sinkholes again! This means even with crap ocean diving we can still have awesome dives in freshwater. 

Last time we went to Ewens and piccannie but this time we might be able to get access to Kilsby, one of the worlds best sink holes for diving. This has been closed to the general public and access can only be arranged through dive masters/instructors and thankfully James Cini, aka Gnomad, is working on this for us. So if this goes through it will be a great opportunity to dive a place that is usually off limits.

So for now I would like to get numbers organised so we can book accomodation. Is everyone happy with a camp site at Port mac like last time? Or if we have the numbers and interest maybe we could look at getting a house for the weekend?

Either way, let me know and I’ll start getting things together. We will discuss this at our club meeting coming up on the 13th but everything will need to be locked in prior to this as the trip is the weekend just after the meeting.


Restore The Bay: Upcoming Volunteer Days & News

There’s two Restore The Bay volunteer days coming up in September so please feel free to forward onto your networks for anyone that would be interested in helping out:

  • Assembling Settlement Plates – Tuesday 19th of September at Beaumaris Life Saving Club – 10am to 3pm
    • This activity is being run in collaboration with Marine Care Ricketts Point and VNPA’s Reef Watch Program
    • The settlement plates will be deployed into Port Phillip Bay during October with the purpose collecting data about recruitment hotspots of Angasi oysters
    • We only need a small amount of volunteers – ideally up to 5.
  • Preparing for 2017 Hatchery Oyster Run – Thursday 21st of September at Victorian Fisheries Authority, Queenscliff – 9.30am to 3.30pm
    • This activity is being run in collaboration with the Victorian Fisheries Authority and Victorian Shellfish Hatchery
    • The work is primarily bagging up shell cultch in preparation for the hatchery run in November
    • We can handle a larger group of volunteers – up to 15 people

All PPE will be supplied as well as lunch for both volunteer days. Please rsvp to

On another note, could everyone please consider filling out this Port Phillip and Western Port Bay Survey – – as part of Dr Rebecca Morris’s collaboration in the World Harbour Project with the University of Melbourne’s National Centre for Coasts and Climate.  The purpose of this survey is to learn more about people’s perceptions of man-made structures that protect the coast and new initiatives to try and develop coastal protection schemes that are more ecologically friendly.  Feel free to forward this survey onto your networks also.

A couple of final updates is that the Reef Cam Project has been launched – check out Port Phillip Bay from the comfort of your desk and the a new video of the shellfish reefs in Geelong Arm is available for viewing three months after deployment – thanks to Ben Cleveland.


The GFD finswinning comp

I’ve never done anything like it before so decided to turn up to the comp ranking session to see what’s involved.

The ‘Slow 25m’ was expected by me to be all about breath hold skills and this was proven wrong. The rule of neutral weight at 3m and not touching the bottom mean it is difficult to swim very slow at the shallow end. To stay midwater you need to move much quicker than you prefer and everyone had the same challenge. Buoyancy control and technique with a touch of breath hold skill might determine who will win this event and it will require a lot of practice. This practice should be very useful for spearfishing as the controlled slow motion, dive profile and dive times were more like an ocean hunt rather than a limit apnoea event. Will be interesting to see the strategies and techniques everyone develops as the event evolves.

Fast 50m. There was some variety in underwater swimming technique used on the grading night. Power and how to use it seemed to be the key and (again) breath-hold was less important. Danny stood out and headed the field using his well-rehearsed efficient technique: he will have many copying his style and it will take a lot of practice.

Surface 150m. Gerard created a wave as he showed us all how a real ‘A’ grader does it by setting the only sub 2 minute time and some were close enough to see we will have a real competition. Declaring ‘I’m buggered already’ at the 75m mark seemed to be a common cry and with even the slowest time (mine) under 3 minutes it’s not a long distance event. Like normal swimming a combination of power, fitness and technique would seem to be required.  Doing more laps in the pool should see times come down through the season, and it may be that we are yet to see the one best way of turning and streamlining (and in my case, keeping hold of my snorkel).

The evening saw many asking about the rules and what is and is not allowed, we may see some refinements emerge over the coming week though it feels like the current rules offer a decent competition without much adjustment. Each of the events has its own need of special skill and physical condition so with the format in place we can expect to see the non-competition days begin to focus on these events. Last night was a good start and with the first competition date next week fin swimming at GFD will quickly hot up. Well done to Luke and the committee for putting this together.



Club Finswimming Championship

This month we have the first round of the Club Finswimming Championship with grading night on the 24th and the first round on the 31st of this month. As a way to promote this we are giving every member a coupon to use when booking in so that the grading and first comp night are free! This will be sent to you in an email shortly.

Read the rules of the comp here and then sign up from the training calendar, remember if this is your first time at training you will also have to sign up for the safety induction.

If you have been thinking about joining the club now’s the time to do so to take advantage of this offer which will not be repeated.

The Geelong Freedivers Inc. Club Finswimming Challenge is a pool based, season long, aggregate Finswimming-based competition, open to Geelong Freedivers Inc. Members. The Challenge will be comprised of 9 monthly “meets”, which will be held during the last 15 minutes of the last training session of each month.

Each competitor will perform three swims per meet:

A Grade

  1. First Swim: “Slow 25m” Submerged finswim. The goal of this swim is to perform a submerged 25 metre swim as slowly as possible (one length of the pool).
  2. Second Swim: “Fast 50m” Submerged finswim. The goal this swim is to perform a submerged 50 metre swim as quickly as possible (two lengths of the pool).
  3. Third Swim: “Surface 150m” finswim. The goal of this swim is to perform a 150 metre surface swim as quickly as possible (six lengths of the pool).

B Grade

  1. First Swim: “Slow 25m” Submerged finswim. The goal of this swim is to perform a submerged 25 metre swim as slowly as possible (one length of the pool).
  2. Second Swim: “Fast 25m” Submerged finswim. The goal this swim is to perform a submerged 25 metre swim as quickly as possible (one length of the pool).
  3. Third Swim: “Surface 100m” finswim. The goal of this swim is to perform a 100 metre surface swim as quickly as possible (four lengths of the pool).