Aug 292013

CDAA 40th Anniversary

The CDAA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and there are a number of associated events running. One of these is the photo competition which I will be judging with Neil Vincent. Entries close in a month, so get onto it!

This Saturday I will be speaking at the Victorian state event about our Elk River project. If you’re interested in the planning and logistics of these dives, or the survey and exploration achieved so far come along to the Castle Hotel in North Melbourne this Saturday. Talks start at noon and there’s dinner afterwards. I look forward to catching up with everyone there. For the day’s agenda, check the CDAA forum.

The CDAA AGM will be held in November on the 9th/10th weekend in Mt Gambier. I’ll be teaming up with Dad on Saturday 9th November to give a talk covering the past and present of cave diving in Mt Gambier. We’ve got a few slides to scan in before now and then, and I have a few thousand files to go through. There are also some excellent local and international speakers on throughout the day. It promises to be a great event, with the winners of the photo competition being announced at the dinner on Saturday night.

There are a bunch of workshops on Sunday 10th, and I will be running one on cave photography. I mention this here because numbers will be very limited – get in early to book your spot. If you’re keen to learn more about using your camera in caves, improving the off camera lighting in your shots, and better communication with your model, this is the workshop for you. We’ll do some dry exercises focussing on all three of these, using your own equipment and your own buddy so everything you learn will translate directly to your next dive.

For more info on the Anniversary celebrations, check out the CDAA page here. To book on for the cave photography workshop, send an email to or email me at with any questions.

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