We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions by new and potential members. We hope these will answer most of your questions but if you can’t find what you’re looking for please contact us.
Unfortunately we can’t permit ‘try dives’. You will need to be a club member to use the club equipment however non members are more than happy to join us for camping and we regularly have family and partners of club members join us on trips. If you haven’t seen our ‘how club trips work‘ page take a look and send us an email if you have any questions.
We do all sorts of diving in the club, from shore to boat, from shallow to deep, from micro to macro and sometime fresh water and cave diving – there’s usually something for everyone.
There are usually several people on a trip who don’t have a regular dive buddy, and things usually sort themselves out at dive planning. It is fairly common amongst those divers to dive with different buddies over a weekend. If you are an inexperienced diver it could be an advantage to talk to the coordinator about potential dive buddies at gear issue, where you can be introduced to each other.
We usually camp on our club weekends. Unless you will be able to find your own accommodation close to the dive location on a trip or you’re happy to just join us for a day, you will need to have some camping gear.
Generally we try for the more rustic National Park campsites. However, sometimes we do stay in Caravan Parks that have all the facilities you can imagine and sufficient food supplies. If you don’t have your own camping gear you can pick up the necessities without spending lots of money. Try places like Camping World, BCF or Big W for low-cost equipment. The club also has some tents for hire to get you started. Depending on the location you might be able to buy lunch while you are waiting for your tank to be filled and/or head to the pub for dinner. You can find out about the campsites we visit frequently, their facilities and proximity to towns here. Also talk to people at gear issue (especially your lift) about general logistics and food options at the respective campsite, everyone will be more than happy to share information.
The club currently has 12 sets of scuba gear, including BCD’s, regulators and a range of aluminium and high-pressure steel tanks. We also have weight belts, diving computers and a few tents. You will have to pay a refundable deposit of $30 in addition to the following hire fees:
See the Gear and Pricing page for more details.
Please check our Gear and Pricing page for current details on gear hire.
Costs to consider when coming on a club dive trip are gear hire, boat-dives, accommodation, petrol and food. A sign-up fee averaging $15-$20 (50% discount for students, and the fee may be greater for more distant locations) to cover infrastructure and boat-towing, is incurred by all divers who have signed onto the trip by Gear-Issue (applicable from Thursday prior to the trip). Actual costs are of course variable and will depend on the trip location and the car you are travelling in, dive site location and type of accommodation. Some ballpark-figures for an average weekend trip are:
|Gear Hire||Snorkelling gear||Diving||Accommodation||Petrol||Food||Sign-up fee|
|$0 – $20||$30 – $50||Student: $7.50 – $10 / dive|
SRA: $15 – $20 / dive
|$7 – $12 / night||$30 – $50||variable||$15 – $20|
|RGIO||Store||Trip coordinator||Trip coordinator||Driver||Yourself||Trip coordinator|
(RGIO = Rostered Gear Issue Officer) Please read the gear hire rules on our website. * Sign-up fee might be larger for longer trips .
Absolutely. Our trip coordinators will arrange car pooling and on most trips we are able to pair lift-offerers with lift-seekers. Occasionally, if lifts are in high demand, people might be asked to hire a car. Generally. you will be picked up at home with all your gear from the person offering a lift.
While we obviously can’t make any guarantees, diving has inherent risks but being eaten by a shark is arguably the least thing to be concerned about. The club has been around and diving regularly for over 50 years and we haven’t ad any reported incidents of shark attacks.
We do however, regularly encounter sharks on trips! Mainly Grey Nurse sharks. See some from our archives.
The club has an extensive range of equipment for exclusive use by club members but there is some equipment you will need to own. See the gear and pricing page for a list of equipment available.
One of the prerequisites for joining the club is to hold an Open Water Scuba License and most schools will require you to complete a swim test to demonstrate that you have a reasonable ability to swim as part of the license. While the requirements may differ between diving schools, one example of what you’ll need to do (from PADIs certification FAQs) is below:
Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.
If you can’t swim and want to join the club, you’ll need to take some swimming lessons before obtaining your open water license.