introducing ourselves

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introducing ourselves

Postby neilegend » Tue, 17 Oct 2006 7:23 pm

some of us know each other from diving together or seeing each other at the Doc's, but i thought it might be good to put on here a "hi i'm.. {insert name here} " post just saying a bit of what quals (or lack of) we have, how long we have been diving and where we like to dive etc..

so first of i'm neil and am only an open water diver, i mostly go shore or pier dives and got my cert back at the start of march, so far i have 34 dives logged and the best places i have dived have been lonsdale wall and castle rock (a great day of boat diving) , i love going to portsea and doing the point franklin shore dive as there is always something different and so much to see down there. Mornington is a nice relaxing dive and the longest i have been under was 84 minutes down there!!
i have done a few night dives and enjoy them too as it becomes a whole new world under there - even if it is somewhere you know really well!
hoping to hear some of your inputs on here too.
edit as of last week i logged dive 40 ! and a bit over 33 hours bottom time woo hoo for me :D :roll: :lol:
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i want to be under the sea, i breath my air by the tank !.
so far 80+ dives and trying to get more every week or two.
lets face it the bay is the best dive site until, now, brumby buggers it up! NO to dredging! no matter which person leads the State.

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Postby chewy » Tue, 17 Oct 2006 8:49 pm

Hi Neil,

I'm Chewy - everytime somebody says Peter, I think they mean me when they actually want the Scuba Doc. So I'm Chewy instead.

I started diving in Dec05 - I really enjoyed my Rescue course - it focussed on skills that would have been difficult to cultivate without a formal course.

Other courses include PADI equipment specialist (handy to care for my own gear) and Enhanced Air Nitrox. I'd love to do my Deep soon b/c there are so many tasty dive sites and wrecks beyond my reach.

I'm a fish/reef diver...yet to fully understand wrecks & caves. I love Lonsdale Wall, Castle Rock, Boarfish Reef and the Eliza Ramsden.

My favourite pier dive would have to be Mornington because of the varying habitats on both sides of the pier and directly underneath. The war memorial, cafe, easy parking all contributes to a great dive site.

I enjoy just poking around and looking at the colours/shapes of life underwater. But I also just like the feeling of hovering and moving through water, and immersing myself in a different 'world'.

It has been my childhood dream to do scuba-diving and I feel chuffed everything I have a great dive.

I really enjoy experiencing the company of other divers.....I feed off their excitement and I love the feeling when everyone finishes a dive on a high. My perfect dive to date is probably my Boarfish reef b/c my buddy and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Since boat dives are getting $$. I plan to dive more pier/shore dives and hope to see you all at Scuba Doctor for general chit/chats afterwards or diving with me.

So far I've dived with Lloyd & Benita, Dive in Wine Tanks, Hev - everyone has been grand indeed.

BTW - I'm always sleepy around 3pm, but make-up for it b/c I'm always fully awake at 3am !!! I love my hifi, photography, cooking, european art and outdoor sports (alpine bushwalking, skiing, rafting).

- Chewy

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My Name is Peter too...

Postby whale » Wed, 18 Oct 2006 12:40 am

Hi All

I'm Pete and a reformed (though my wife is laughing at me) diver who is addicted again. I stopped diving when my daughter was born and we were strapped for cash.

Now 7 years and 2 extra clingons later I'm really itchy to get back in the water.

I'm in IT and work for the Southern Grampians Shire as thier network admin.

Currently living in landlocked Hamilton, though to be honest it is closer to the dive sites on the westcoast than I ever was when living in Melbourne and diving out of Portsea.

I did my open water training on the Great Barrier Reef out of Port Douglas, but it had nothing on the beauty of some of the locations we have down in the heads.

My favourite dive so far was a shore dive in Diamond Bay on the ocean side of the mornington peninsula. We did our Padi Rescue Diver course there and afterwards went for a dive a bit further out at the mouth of the bay. Talk about scenic. Shallow but diving in the kelp was amazing. Steve collected a number of Abalone but I just cruised around and enjoyed the views.

My second best dive was the sponge gardens drift hanging on the shot line at full current heading into the bay. Boy was that fun. A rollercoaster ride underwater...oh shit...deep breath...paddle paddle paddle...glide over the bommie. Absolutely a must do:)

All up I've done 43 dives including 2 in the Hyperbaric Chamber at the Austin.

My asperations for diving are to log a few more dives, increase my fitness levels and do my Dive Master course. I'll then look at doing my instructors in a couple of years up north on a livaboard or something similar while the clingons play and snorkel etc - win win in my books.

This was always my dream for diving but life got in the way of my fantasies.

I'd really like to get into underwater photography and videography so I'll have to get some equipment for that and get stuck into it :lol: Maybe even do the specialties to tack onto my dive credentials.

Anybody know if we can break even or make a profit diving as a DM or AI? If I can break even on my diving by pimping myself as a DM I'll be able to afford a Computer and a few other goodies like a weights intergrated BCD 8)

Cheers and I hope to see some or all of you in the the water!

Pete...aka Whale

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Postby neilegend » Fri, 20 Oct 2006 5:46 pm

so far i have told 2 others about this site. Tony (Got to Get Wet) will eventually get on here and another guy i have added on my myspace page as a friend is also on diveoz and local, i sent him an email with a link.
it is all we can do to grow the page with local divers.
which in turn will hopefully give us all more potential dive buddies and more dive options which can only be a good thing :D :lol:

i want to be under the sea, i breath my air by the tank !.

so far 80+ dives and trying to get more every week or two.

lets face it the bay is the best dive site until, now, brumby buggers it up! NO to dredging! no matter which person leads the State.

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Postby Hev » Fri, 20 Oct 2006 8:04 pm

Hi all, I'm Hev, also known as Heather but Hev is easier to write on small surfaces.

I've been diving for just over 15 years. Had a couple of lean years where I didn't do much diving, but at the moment I'm managing to dive every couple of weeks. I've done very little shore diving, but lots of boat diving, and quite a few trips away over the years.

I like critters, rust, underwater happy snaps (I'm not a photograher), ... really I just like getting wet. I'm just as happy in 3 meters as I am in 50 meters.

Would love to get together with some of you shore divers and learn how it's done and what the good spots are.

I did have one serious trip to the chamber at the Alfred about 10 years back. Since then I don't push the envelope quite so hard, but I'm now doing decompression diving with no problems so far, gotta love that Nitrox.

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Postby lloyd_borrett » Sat, 21 Oct 2006 4:45 pm

G'day, it's Lloyd here.

I'm a newbie to scuba diving, having only taken it up in February 2006. Since then I've managed to fit in 45 dives and complete my Advanced Open Water in the PADI system.

I was introduced to scuba diving by my partner Benita, who has about 4 years experience. I'm fortunate to be doing most of my diving with her and her various diving buddies, all of whom are way more experienced.

I was also fortunate to hook up with Peter 'The Doc' Fear early on. Peter has been a great help in selecting and configuring my scuba gear. He's even attempting to pass on some of his wealth of knowledge to me, which is at times intimidating.

In return, I've been helping Peter out by building and updating The Scuba Doctor web site. What you see online now is only the beginning. There is a lot more in the pipeline.

Because I can, I've also added a section on scuba diving to my personal web site, plus produced phpDivingLog, a PHP and MySQL based solution that lets me put my dive log online.

I've been doing a mixture of pier and boat diving, including quite a few night dives. I've also managed to go diving with a number of those I've met via The Doc, and hope to do a lot more of it.

I've recently started to try underwater photography. Fortunately, David Bryant of Sea Pics is guiding me gently into it all.

Happy to hear from anyone at anytime about the prospect of a dive.

Best Regards, Lloyd Borrett.

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Hi all

Postby Dive in wine tanks » Sun, 22 Oct 2006 8:38 pm

Hi all, Eddie is the name & diving in wine tanks is my game??? someone has to do it. I started diving in January with 40+ dives under the belt. Im O/W certified & almost all my dives are shore dives with a passion for night dives.
For those that dont know me, i live in Rye on the Mornington Peninnsula, work a 14 day roster(on the road) with one week off. I own all my own gear so when home can generaly dive at a moments notice.
Dive sites so far include Kelp forest (Port Philip Heads)Porsea pier, Point Franklin drift, Sorento ferry port, Blairgowrie Marina, Rye pier, Rye scallop drift, Mornigton pier, Flinders pier, Mushroom reef, Blairgowrie back beach, Diamond bay, Tyrone / White Cliffs Flounder drift & last of all but best so far Ewans Ponds.
Dive Buddys to date include, Dave Bryant, Dave Kelly, Matt ,Neil, Loyd, Tony, Skinah, Scott, Chewy, Heather (ow poo mined block sorry if ive missed you) any way they have all been good to dive with and cant wait for next time.
PS for those who do know me, yes i know i should be at work. (buggerd the back) so you can figure the rest out. SICKY.

Somewhere wet is the only place to be

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Postby neil_richardson » Wed, 08 Nov 2006 5:53 pm

Hi All,

To introduce myself, Neil Richardson here.. many of you may have met me, many not.. i live in St K, yet am down the coast pretty much every other weekend.. I learnt to dive about 3 years ago, and logged a good few hundred dives since then.

Mostly dive off Toms boat, occasionally Dive Vic, and occassionally Scuttle..

Training for me has been BSAC, and am a member of the local BSAC club.

So, see you guys down there.....


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Postby neilegend » Thu, 16 Nov 2006 4:30 pm

well we have a few of us on here - still waiting to see a "hi i am..." from Tony and from Darrell (yes i know you have posted on the site, but how about saying g'day mr. now over 50 dives? :lol: oh and letting us know how you went at ewan ponds?? )

i want to be under the sea, i breath my air by the tank !.

so far 80+ dives and trying to get more every week or two.

lets face it the bay is the best dive site until, now, brumby buggers it up! NO to dredging! no matter which person leads the State.

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Postby chewy » Tue, 21 Nov 2006 5:36 pm

Neil/Tony - FYI: I'm chewy here...and declan on diveoz....declan as in the mongol orphan if anyone studied Brian Friel's play "Freedom of the City".

If you know my full name, then you also know why I'm often called Pikachu.

Anyhow....I just wanted to drop in and see what's happening: dull headache and dehy...time to go home.

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Re: introducing ourselves

Postby Sabre » Wed, 27 Dec 2006 4:09 pm

Simon here. I've dived with Tony a few times and with you Neil once (Point Franklin with Tony and his other mate). Thanks to Tony for showing me Point Franklin and telling me about the Scuba Dr! :wink:

Been diving since mid 2004, Padi cert incl. AOW, Night, wreck, Nav (good course to do!) etc. Looking to do Deep Diver in early 2007! Have around 200 dives under my belt.

Most of my diving has been in cool temperate water, and for 2006 most has been shore Night diving. Love Portsea, Blairgowrie & Flinders in particular! 8)

Looking forward to finally diving the back beaches this summer. Would also like to try Mushroom reef & Cape Shank! Any members planning dives there please let me know.

Moving house on 3rd Jan 2007, but will be free for some diving on weekends/ some nights from 8th Jan 2007.

Best regards,

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