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Celebrating VSAG@60 1954-2014

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The book 'Celebrating VSAG@60: Sixty Years of Diving by the Victorian Sub Aqua Group 1954–2014' covers the history of this great independent diving club.

Produced by VSAG members Don Abell, Lloyd Borrett, John Lawler, Paul Tipping and Des Williams, the book contains many stories and old photographs that will fascinate some, and bring back happy memories for others.

VSAG is believed to be the second oldest scuba diving club in the world, beaten by the one year older British Sub Aqua Club. This book covers the early days of VSAG diving in Melbourne where members mostly dived with home-made scuba equipment. It highlights the contributions of the likes of Melbourne diving pioneers Ted Eldred and Jim Ager who invented the separate first and second stage regulator setup with one hose that is the basis of the regulator setups we dive today.

Stories from VSAG's early days include details of VSAG's inaugural Patron Capt. Bill Shelford, Royal Navy, plus an overview of the career of pioneering female scientific diver Dr Jan Watson who in her late 80s is still diving today. Early VSAG members John Noonan, Peter Matthews and Norm Archibald provide insights into what diving in Victoria and with VSAG was like back in the 1950s and 1960s.

Over the years VSAG has been involved in many significant events including searches for Victoria Police, security for the 1956 Olympic Games, the raising of the Lock Ard anchor, the formation of the Maritime Archaeology Association of Victoria (MAAV) and the Scuba Divers Federation of Victoria. VSAG members also founded the Victorian Artificial Reef Society (VARS) and were active in the sinking of the ex HMAS Canberra warship.

The book covers when in March 2003 VSAG member Leo Maybus became the first person to cross Port Philip Bay underwater! He left from Portsea Pier and surfaced at Queenscliff Pier just over three hours later.

VSAG's bi-monthly magazine Fathoms has been produced since the late 1950s. Included in 'Celebrating VSAG@60' are some delightful yarns from Fathoms which provide a rich and amusing insight into the club's history. Read how three VSAG divers had a close encounter with a great white shark in January 1995.

'Celebrating VSAG@60' shows how VSAGers, together with their families and friends, have continued to enjoy club scuba diving and social activities for more than 60 years. Plus how VSAGers enjoy participating in the wider scuba diving community in the true spirit of this great pastime.

Celebrating VSAG@60 1954–2015 Book Story Contents

  • Foreward by Peter Stone
  • Early SCUBA in Melbourne
  • Victorian Sub Aqua Group: A Proud History
  • VSAG Celebrates 40 Years Activity
  • Early Club Timeline
  • Inaugural VSAG Patron Capt. W.O. (Bill) Shelford RN
  • VSAG Life Member Dr Jan Watson
  • VSAG Life Member John Noonan
  • VSAG Life Member Peter Matthews
  • Early Diving Recollections from VSAG Member Norm Archibald
  • Safety In Diving
  • The Raising of the Loch Ard Anchor
  • Leo Maybus Dives Into the History Books
  • My Dive Across the Bay 8212; The View From Below
  • VSAG and the ex HMAS Canberra Project
  • Deja-Vu: Encounter With a Great White
  • Pointer at The Pinnacle
  • SS President Coolidge
  • The Dive of My Life
  • The Eliza Ramsden: Labour Day Weekend March 2009
  • Greg B's Poor Knights Trip (Part One)
  • VSAGers Out and About
  • VSAG Presidents Over the Past Sixty Years
  • Honorary Life Members Over the Past Sixty Years
  • Club Member of the Year
  • 50 Year Membership Awards
  • Special Awards
  • Wooden Weight Belt Awards
  • Literary Awards
  • Editor's Awards
  • VSAG at 60: A View from the President

Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 92
Published: 19 April 2016
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 29.7 x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.395

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