Category: Clubs

Living Water Freedivers

The Living Water Freedivers club holds meetings on a monthly basis at Charlestown (see calendar for next meeting). At club meetings members can learn new skills and information about dive gear and popular target species with topic nights on various aspects of this great sport.

We welcome all keen spearos to attend one of our meetings as this is the best time to meet the guys and organise boat rides for the next comp (usually the following Saturday).

We have a good mix of Social divers who enjoy our weekends away up the coast and Comp divers. Our comp structure has evolved over the past years, concentrating on selective taking of fish as this is an ecologically sustainable sport.

 

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Central Coast Sea Lions

Central Coast Sealions Freediving Club

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Zone

Northern Zone

General Location

Central Coast Sealions

Meetings Held

4th Thursday of every Month  

Meeting Location

Breakers Country Club Dover Road Wamberal

Contact person(s)

Alastair Cooke, Glenn Bath, Craig Bond

Name

Alastair Cooke

Phone Number

0414326375

Email

[email protected]

Club Website

www.centralcoastsealions.info

Club Facebook Page

Centralcoastsealions.info

 

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Email

President

Alastair Cooke

[email protected]

Vice President

Andrew Pearce

[email protected]

Secretary

Dave Thompson

 

Treasurer

Craig Bond

[email protected]

Sports Secretary

Nathan Garadige

 

Club Delegate

Glenn Bath

[email protected]

Safety Officer 1

Tony Byrne

 

Safety Officer 2

Andy Duncan

 

USFA Website Liaison Officer

(Provide updates and content for club page on USFA website)

   

 

General info about Club

The Central Coast Sealions is a spearfishing and freediving club based on the Central Coast of NSW. Our members have one thing in common. They are all passionate about the ocean and respect its beauty and diversity.  Our members participate in a large number of ocean based activities from SCUBA diving and snorkelling to underwater hockey and marine photography.  Members also follow the philosophy of only taking what you need and keeping to the USFA Safe, Selective , Sustainable Seafood principles.

The Sealions are a very sociable club and participate is a large range of fun and social activities.  Whether you are new to Spearfishing or snorkelling we would be happy to show you how to dive and spearfish safely

 

History of Club

The Sealions was formed back in 1950 making it one of the first spearfishing clubs in Australia.

The club was formed by Bill Heffernan and ????  who were the major pioneers of the club.

Due to inactivity the club disbanded for a few years and was re formed by Glenn Bath and Andrew Pearce back in 1997 as has been going strong every since.

 

Social Activities

The Sealions also participate in a large number of social activities. These include camping weekends away, scubadiving and film fishing and social BBQ’s.  Our members all love and respect the ocean and

Members of the club often participate in fundraisers to raise money for the club including BBQs, Picnic days, Formal Balls or dinners, Presentations.

 

Competitions and Events

The Sealions is proud to host an annual event which is also one of the oldest spearfishing competitions in Australia. The Canada Cup Which started back in 1952 as a friendy competition between Spearfiherman and fishermen. The cup was donated by a visiting Canadian tourist who was taken out by some local club members. This competition has generated a large following with upto 50 members participating in the weekends event.  

What monthly competitions do you compete in?

The sealions hold monthly competitions usually on a Sunday. The competition locations vary from the south coast to as far north as south west Rocks on the mid north Coast NSW. The competitons are scored as per the sealions score sheets and points are calculated towards trophys and awards for the end of the year.  A BBQ is put on after the competition so members can relax and enjoy a feed and a cold drink while talking about the days diving.

We also hold weekend away trips in which the competition is usually held on the Saturday giving members a chance to relax on Saturday night and plenty of time to drive home on Sunday. 

 

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St George Sea Dragons

 

St George Spearfishing & Freediving

Sydney Metropolitan Zone
Southern Sydney
Meetings Held 3rd Monday of each month – 7pm at Gymea Trade Union Club
Contact person(s)
Justine Shephard
0415 903 422
[email protected]
www.stgeorgespearfishing.com.au
Club Facebook Page
St George Spearfishing & Freediving Club

President:
Vice President: Mark Harris
Secretary: Luke Colys
Treasurer: Ben Favorito
Treasurer Memberships: Justine Shephard
Sports Secretary: Luke Harris
Secretary Public Officer: Luke Colys
Social Secretary: Craig Shephard
Club Records Officer: Ben Favorito
Zone Secretary: Shaun Pyne
Historical officer: Susan Dockar
Safety Officer 1: Gary Baxter

General info about Club

The focus of the club is the safe development of new divers as well as local competitions and social dives.
St George Spearfishing Club aims to bring together like minded spearfisherman and free divers to exchange information and enjoy a relaxed social setting to discuss a sport we all enjoy.
The club was formed in 1956
Pioneers of the club were as follows: Ron & Valerie Taylor, Ben Cropp, Wally Gibbons, John Sumner

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_%26_Valerie_Taylor Link mentions STG spearfishing club

What events stand out in the history of the club? Milestones?

Ron Taylor winning the World Spearfishing titles in 1965. Also, several Australian titles 1962,63,64,65
Ben Cropp winning the Australian title in 1961
Mark Colys winning the Australian title in 1994
Australian Spearfishing team representatives- Ron Taylor, Mark Colys, Gunther Phrengle

The club runs Social Competitions and Social Club Dives to cater for the newer and beginner divers.
Club yearly presentation and Christmas Party.
Club away trips- Depending on weather conditions- Both North and South Coast of NSW

The club is looking to expand with snorkelling days for beginners and also fish identification days.
The club is involved in all major championships with members both competing and helping with the organisation. (Sydney Cup, Canada Cup etc)
Stg competes in the monthly Alliman Shield competition and is also involved in the championships.

Representative accolades of members from club?
Ron Taylor winning the world championship as a member, the only Australian to ever win it.
Mark Colys, Gunther Phrengle, Wally Gibbons and Ben Cropp have all been part of the Australian Spearfishing squad. Any extra’s to add?
https://fathomoz.wordpress.com/tag/vic-ley/
Check out this link, has some great old photo’s

Mosman Whalers

Mosman Whalers is a Sydney based spearfishing club. We are one of the smaller clubs in Sydney and a number of our members compete in the monthly Alliman Shield Competition and other NSW based competitions. We have divers of all skill levels from Beginners to Australian Representatives. We run several social outings throughout the year including trips away up and down the coast. Originally based in Mosman we now have members from all over the greater Sydney area with monthly meetings usually held on the third Wednesday of the month at Gladesville bowlo.

We are always welcoming to new members. If you want to join a club and learn to become a better spearo and meet a great group of divers you can give Matt Poulton a call on 0427 967 528 or Tony Moussa on 0418447238. Alternatively look up our facebook page "Mosman Whalers Spearfishing Club"

President Matt Poulton 0427967528

VP Tony Moussa 0418447238

Treasurer Allan Forbes 0408229289

Secretary Robbie Clark 0402293199
 
Sports sec Steve Wayne 0447451391

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Sans Souci Dolphins Spearfishing Club

Zone: Sydney Metropolitan Zone
General Location: Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and surrounds
Meetings Held: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7.00pm
Meeting Location: South Sydney Amateur Fishing Club, Corner of Hastings and Macquarie Street
Contact person(s)
Name: Parry Gryllis
Phone: 0403598824
Email: [email protected]
Club Website: http://sanssoucidolphins.org
Club Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/SSDSC
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sansdolphins
Instagram: http://instagram.com/sanssoucidolphins

The Sans Souci Dolphins were established in 1953, and sixty years on we are still having a great time, as we grow as a club every day. We currently have a membership of over 60 divers, making us the largest spearfishing club in NSW. We strive to deliver what our club members expect from a well established and run club.

In order to ensure our members get what they need from our club, we maintain a balance of social and competition events throughout the year. We have social outings to restaurants, social dives both locally and abroad, and a variety of competition events. For example, at last year’s Eden Three Way State Titles in July, we booked three houses for our members, and over thirty dolphins attended the event.

Our club meetings are also a great social night for us all. We have a BBQ at every meeting as well as information/learning nights such as presentations on “Finding Jewfish” by Australian Spearfishing Champion Paul Roso, “Gear maintenance” by Luke Downie of Frogdive Guildford, “Correct Breathing Technique” by Simon Trippe of Australian Spearfishing Academy, plus much more to come over the year.

Who were the major pioneers of the club? Fred Nann was the original founding member for the Dolphins it’s first president and first Life member. He later moved to WA in his late 20′s, where he did a record freedive at the time recorded at 110ft.

North Shore Underwater

North Shore Underwater Club boasts more than 65 financial members spanning from Penshurst down South, Blacktown in the West, Bondi in the East and, of course, all up and down the Northern Beaches. Not only does it give the ability to participate in Alliman competitions but it represents an excellent network of dive buddies. North Shore has always encouraged the development of new divers and it is our aim to get you taking the fish you are after. No questions are stupid or too basic, ask us how to shoot a luderick and we will show you how to.

Membership to North Shore also awards you membership to the Sydney Freedivers. SF is the ONLY insured and competition capable freediving club in Australia. Sydney Freedivers focuses on the freediving side and has its own host of training sessions, pool sessions and competitions.

North Shore is an exciting club boasting a huge breadth of divers from Sub Juniors to veterans at all skill levels. North Shore Underwater Club has in the past run many training sessions on pertinent topics throughout the years. We are sure that by attending just a single training session you will learn something that you didn’t think of before or perhaps didn’t know.

You do not have to be a member of NSUC to attend these as they are training sessions to encourage people to learn, come along, learn about the club and then make a decision whether the club scene is for them. I encourage you all to come along for at least one topic of your choice and join in what is always a great night of beers, raffles, dinner…oh yes and the training!

History of Club 

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Social Activities

NSUC historically hosts a high number of social events, we feel these weekends are a necessity as it gives our members the opportunity to network amongst each other outside of the structured monthly meetings, to find new dive buddies and in some cases friends for life. 

In the past we have been lucky enough to be able to run a number of bunnings bbq’s which has allowed the club to be able to sponsor our ever growing list of social occasions some of which include:

  • Annual seal rocks camping weekend
  • Annual coffs harbour trip/ club competition
  • Club partners competition
  • New Zealand/reef trips
  • Family day/bbqs
  • Excellent end of year xmas party & many more

Competitions and Events

In addition to being involved in all of the USFA run competitions including the Alliman shield, Sydney cup etc. NSUC also regularly run our own club competitions to encourage a bit of healthy competition within the club, and as a good excuse to get together and enjoy a day or two in the water.

Our club competitions range from annual events such as the seal rocks club comp and Coffs harbour club comp to hand spear and social comps in the harbour. We have also in recent times been running a regular pairs competition which involves two divers fishing as a team with only one gun, not only does this promote safe diving practice and teamwork, but it has also proved to be great fun aswell..

 

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