Dive Section

The Dive Section regularly gets together for social activities. Many are members of other Club Sections, who all have a common interest in Scuba Diving.

We run a full year of events to suit a wide range of interests in underwater activities.

Highlights of the Section’s activities can be viewed on the section blog: https://fscdivers.blogspot.com.au/

We invite you to attend our monthly meetings which are normally held upstairs in the “The Bridge” on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm. Everyone is able to have input in a relaxed atmosphere. Whenever possible we have a guest speaker to give a presentation on a related subject. The meetings generally finish around 9:00pm and are then followed by light snacks and a social drink.

The monthly dive is usually scheduled for the Sunday following the meeting on the Club’s vessel “Success”. These trips are free to FSC members. The monthly dives are usually conducted locally, utilising the many popular sites Rottnest and Perth waters have to offer.

The Dive Section also conducts the twice annual survey and replacement programme of “anodes” which are attached to most of the FSC jetties, in order to protect the jetties from erosion. There is also an Annual FSC Harbour floor clean-up.

The dive day is a relaxed and pleasant way to meet members and enjoy diving in a social and supportive atmosphere. As there is a limit on how many people Success is allowed to take on board, it is advisable to register at the meeting or by email to the Captain: Dive Section

Trips away, either within Australia or overseas, are organised on a regular basis depending on numbers who are interested.


Dive Section History

The Dive Section was instigated in 1984 when Trevor Sutcliffe lobbied Bob Wallis to form a Dive Section within FSC. The original concept was that there could be 2 divisions – one for spear fishing and the other for scuba.

The first official day was planned as an event during WA Week in 1984. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions made it difficult and unsafe to proceed.

Max Shean was soon to play a huge part in the section by realizing that the Club’s jetties and in particular the state of the electrical protection being given by the anodes affixed to the piles of the pens and jetties, needed great attention.

Max knew this was not a job that could be done alone, so he asked for the help of his friend Bob Wallis. Bob, in turn then asked Harry Welmink & Bob Naylor to also give a helping hand. Down they went and reported their findings to Max, the magnitude of the job ahead became apparent.

On 29 July 1985, some 25 divers assembled at The Bridge within the club and a proposal was passed to form a ‘Skin Diving Section’ at FSC.

The aim of this section was to scuba & skin dive, monitor & replace anodes, conduct underwater jetty maintenance, share and explore old & new dive sites, travel to foreign waters by getting together in a group and heading overseas, plus of course, to bring together family and friends for a whole lot of underwater fun!

The original concept and values of this section have not changed that much, but a sociable attitude, combined with today’s technology, support and a wealth of experience, has ensured that the Dive Section remains an increasingly popular and important division of Fremantle Sailing Club.