Ride Around Australia

On Sunday 28 August, over 40 people got together at The Monument, Kurnell for the Ride Around Australia event. Allan Nash and Tommy Soderstrom, both PADI Instructors and owners of El Galleon Dive Resort and Asia Divers in the Philippines, are taking to the dusty track on two-wheelers all around Australia in August – October 2011 to raise money for :

Project AWARE Join the fight against debris www.projectaware.org
Springboard Foundation Save Children’s Lives www.springboard-foundation.org

Tommy (left) and Allan (right).

In addition to a large number of dive club members and staff from the Centre, we had David from Project AWARE, Henrick, Richard and Colin from PADI, Heidi from Dive Adventures and Sue from Tusa attending.

The riders and the sponsors (From left to right: Richard, Kel, Heidi, Allan, Henrick, Colin, Sue, David, and Tommy).

As part of the event, we had 30 divers in the water collecting debris as well as a number of people along the shoreline collecting rubbish. There was quite a lot of garbage collected from the water, including a car battery and a car bumper. Both of these were a challenge to bring back to shore.  The dive itself was quite enjoyable and we saw many things including an octopus, cuttlefish, a ray, a Port Jackson shark, a weedy sea dragon and a dwarf lionfish.

Peter Waters with his debris bag. 3.7 m.

Diver collecting debris.

Peter Waters picking up the car battery. 12.3 m.

After the dive we enjoyed a barbecue in great company.

Everyone enjoying the barbecue.

We  finished the day off by awarding prizes. The following people were winners:

  • Adrian Santalucia – One week stay at El Galleon resort with unlimited diving with Nitrox worth AU$1,000
  • David (from Project AWARE) – Safety Sausage
  • George BorovskisDAN First Aid book set

Adrian Santalucia with Allan Nash

The following winners were announced at September’s club meeting:

  • Evy Stavrakis –  Cressi Leonardo Dive computers.
  • Kevin BaconTUSA Mask, snorkel and fins set.
  • John Negus WATER PROOF W2 – 5mm wetsuit.

The weather was absolutely beautiful and it was great to stand around and shoot the breeze with friends. I believe everyone had a great time.

The rubbish that was collected.


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