Upcoming Events
  1. Alliman Shield Round 3 – Kurnell

    March 1 @ 08:00 - 17:00
  2. Alliman Shield Round 4 – Long Reef

    April 5 @ 07:00 - 16:00
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Another new year has come around and therefore timely that I make mention of some good things that will continue on benefitting all spearos. In the USFA we are fortunate to have many talented members who willingly volunteer their time to assist in the running of the Association. The One Up One Down pairs events were well received, why would they not be as any new members are invited to dive and be paired with some seriously outstanding spearos who choose to give up their time to assist newcomers to the sport and show them the ropes for a few hours.
Adopted 12/1/09……… Revised ……………
  1. These rules are to read in conjunction with the current USFA competition rules.
 
  1. Dates of Alliman Shields Competition
a) The first Sunday of every month of the year, except January, Mother’s Day, long weekends and major championships. Dates for the upcoming year are to be notified three (3) months prior to commencement.  The year commences 1st January and completes 31st  Where agreed, Allimans may be held in conjunction with major metro controlled events. b) A notified date shall not include any date which has been allocated to another championship event except as in (a) above. It shall also not include any date which has been previously notified by any club as a veto date.  Veto date must be notified to committee at least four (4) months prior to the upcoming competition year. c) Alliman Shields must be held on the notified scheduled dates. d) Allimans will start and finish at the following times
  • January, February, March, April, May, June - 8am till 1.15pm
  • July, August, September, October, November, December –  8am till 1.15pm
These times may vary only where an Alliman is conducted in conjunction with a major Metro controlled competition normally 8am till 2pm or as otherwise notified at the venue.

January – February – March – April – May – June – July – August – September – October – November – December...

January – Gunnamatta – Cancelled - dangerous ocean conditions February – Bayview – Cancelled - dangerous ocean conditions March – Kurnell – Results April – Little...

Underwater Skindivers & Fisherman's Association office bearers: Office Person President Peter Saunders Vice President Peter Walsh Secretary Peter Walsh Assistant Secretary Nic Williams/Mel Brown Treasurer Kevin Saw Assistant Treasurer Lee Dalli Membership Officer Lee Dalli Accreditation, Insurance & Strategic Officer Peter...

A touching presentation speech for the Wally Gibbins Trophy read by David Birch at the 2015 USFA Awards night. Walter Hammond Gibbins was born January 16th 1930 in Sydney. In the early 1940s he harpooned leatherjackets from the jetties of Sydney Harbour to feed his family before entering the water with his  homemade mask, snorkel, belts, a scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) system and speargun to chase bigger game so successfully that most speargun manufacturers use his speargun design even today. [caption id="attachment_1330" align="alignleft" width="383"]Wally Gibbins - 68lb (30.8kg) Fairy Bower 1952 Wally Gibbins - 68lb (30.8kg) Fairy Bower 1952[/caption] Wally’s adventurous aquatic life was often compared to the leading French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau. He was a pioneer diver who spent thousands of hours exploring fish, shells and underwater salvage sites. He filmed many of this exploits for TV or films along with a team of high-profile names, including Ben Cropp and Ron and Valerie Taylor. Wally pioneered the trigger mechanism still used today in many guns. He caught his first shark, a wobbegong, at Middle Head in 1947, and shot and landed the first man-eating shark in Australia - a bronze whaler in 1950. The capture of a shark by a skindiver (rather than a man being caught and eaten by a shark) created headline news. He also caught with a spear a 400-kilogram tiger shark at Sykes Reef near Heron Island in 1963. In 1948 he helped form the Underwater Skindivers and Fishermen's Association at Long Reef , winning spearfishing competitions for the next 10 years, as well as the 1952 contest between anglers and spearmen. Wally single handedly caught more fish than all 37 anglers who had fished from the shore or boats. The rest of the spearos that turned up that day, may as well have stayed at home!