The Sans Souci Dolphins spearfishing club is throwing a massive celebration to celebrate 70 years and you’re invited. If you’re a current or old member of the Dolphins please come!
There will be plenty of food and drink provided by the club. We have planned a spit roast or 2, a large paella, beef sausages and plenty of salads. Drinks will be free, provided gratis by the club, until they run out. Feel free to BYO. The bar will be open for more drinks at a cost. The bar only accepts CASH.
Original founding members and past members will be in attendance to tell some spearfishing war stories and remember the fish that got away to swim another day. Dolphins will be travelling from near and far to catch up with old mates and new, of course there’ll be laughs and a few drinks around some warm fire pits.
Please feel free to bring family and friends. If you’re a past member we would like to see you back for the 70th. You were once part of the club and you’ve in some way or another made the club the success it is today. Please bring family or friends that will be respectful to others and the occasion.
There will also be a big raffle, the club has opted not to have a fixed cover charge for the event, but none the less, there will be a raffle with some amazing prizes. As such, we ask that you bring some cash to support the event and the club by purchasing tickets.
There will also be a 70th Anniversary t-shirt, which will be available for pre-order. Details to come.
If anyone would like to bring old speargvns, dolphins/spearfishing memorabilia, especially old photos, please do so it would greatly add to the event. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to myself or Vita. If you are intending to bring family and friends please indicate to me by messaging me directly so we can account for further food and drinks.
Répondez s’il vous plaît (RSVP) ASAP and before the 31st of May. if you intend to bring family and friends please PM me so I can consolidate numbers. Look forward to seeing you all there. Cheers Luke
Paul Marsh graciously donated a 20 kg Mulloway to the NSW Research Angler Program . The fish was estimated to be 10 years old and was caught around the Central Coast at spot X in the middle of Winter. Well done Mudcrab!
I am very happy that I just read that the diver is recovering and he is ok!
Unfortunately the articles does not give many information on the event. He was found unconscious in 12m depth (at the bottom). 99.99% this was a black out with no safety dive buddy.
Definition of safety diver/dive buddy: One who watches a diver throughout all of the divers dive, i.e. never looses sight/information on where the diver is. A guy that is fishing 5/10m away from another diver and does not pay attention during a dive, is a great mate, but not a safety diver.
From experience I have from freediving competitions it is most likely (probable) that what happened to him happened either at the surface or very close to the surface. Then the diver being unconscious descended (maybe too many weights, or he lost air and became negative in terms of buoyancy) . After that, somebody found him – we don’t know how much time passed until he was found.
It is unlikely that there was a dive buddy watching him throughout his dive and lost him during the dive. If this was the case the dive buddy / safety diver would find him immediately and would only need to keep his head out of the surface and he would start breathing again on his own.
Once the black out happens, the diver stays unconscious and does not breath for a very short period of time (about a minute?) After that as a reflex he starts having contractions that result – if underwater – water into the lungs from which point and on recovery becomes very difficult.
Now the majority of you guys have start having hi-tech diving equipment that allows you to stay longer and dive deeper into the water. I would please like to ask you to consider – at least for competitions – to have a dive buddy system. Otherwise I am afraid we may start having more often dive accidents – I hope we’ll never EVER see one ever again!!! – related to breathhold black outs. Diving in a competition without a safety diver is something like driving a racing car without a seat belt. And I am sure nobody wants to drive a racing car without a seat belt.
A few of the guys headed up the North coast of NSW in March. Here is the report from Ben Lake.
Jeffro, Marty and I drove up to the North Coast on Thursday night. Jeffro managed to safely navigate us out the bar in the shiny red Seydel each morning (on a low tide) under some challenging conditions and we dove Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Overall the conditions were good with surprisingly few boats out at the islands and viso up to about 20 metres in parts.
We all managed a new species on the trip: Jeffro – Gold Spot Wrasse, Marty – Spanish Mac and Bluebar, Ben – Cobia. There were good numbers of Spanish around and we managed 14 over the three days. We all got visual on Wahoo a couple of times but we didn’t manage to boat one (lessons learned by Marty and Ben). Jeffro said it’s not his fault he didn’t shoot one as ‘we spooked the school taking pot shots’…. Marty and I say they must have been bigger than we realised!
It was a shame that more of you couldn’t make it up, but I’d encourage you to try and make the effort to get a crew and boat together and go.
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