Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Salty Divers

Hi Guys,
 
Well its that time of the month again, and we will be getting together for a club meet / social at my place on this Friday.
We will do the usual bring and braai ... so every thing will be chilled out. I am also going to do a little bit of training, just some basic tips on breath hold, common mistakes made will diving down and returning to the surface; how good posture / technique can increase your depth, and more.
 
We have also had a good response to the guys wanting shirts. For members the cost is R60 and non members R70. Remember if you ... our should I say when you pay your fees (R200) you get a free shirt. So please support the club and get those club fees in.
 
I have also attached below a membership update form. Please fill it in and get it back to me or Carol.
 
On the down side, I don't think there is going to be any diving this weekend with the large swell that is going too and has already started to hit us :-( , I guess the buggs are safe for another week or so!
 
Please also make sure your licences are up to date. You need a current 2007 bugg licence!!!!
 
 
Spot ya on Friday ... gonna be fun
 
Coatesman
 
P.S - well done to Andy on his Marlin ... its the first Marlin by a Salt Rock Spearfishing Club Member!!!! Well done .... just waiting for the story and I will get it on the web. ..... Andy!!! where is it???
 
 
 

SALT ROCK SPEARFISHING CLUB

MEMBER DETAIL FORM

 

Surname: _________________________________________________________________________

 

First name: ________________________________________________________________________

 

Postal address: _____________________________________________________________________

 

Cell no: ______________________________   Home no: __________________________________

 

Work no: _____________________________  Email: _____________________________________

 

Spouse/partner FULL NAME (if applicable): __________________________________________

 

Date of joining SRSC: _____________________                  T-SHIRT SIZE: ____________________

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Malaria

For the adventurer at heart, there are few things more exciting than an impending expedition. All plans are made, arrangements finalized. Many nights are spent falling asleep to dreams of blue water and big fish.

I was lucky enough to be invited on a Mozambique fishing trip and about now (as you read this…I should be diving the blue clean waters of the Mozambique Channel. I’ll fill you in on the details when I return.

One thing that must be taken into consideration when you travel to these areas is Malaria. There seem to be so many opinions on the issue though. In a search for answers I went onto the Salty-Diver web site and posted a forum. This resulted in some interesting discussion on the topic. I have posted some of the information.

Question.
I'm off to Mozambique. What is the way to approach the whole malaria issue?
What medicines, if any should I use?
Do the homeopathic medicines work?
What preventative measure should/can be taken?


paddyoRock Robber


Re:malaria chaos theory - 2007/02/16 09:03
Homeopathic remedies definitely do no reliably work The chances are that you won't get malaria & this is where some people get the impression of different things working(my brother didn't listen to this advise , took homeopathic medicine & came back with malaria)Doxycycline is the drug I prefer it is very well tolerated and inexpensive. It can occasionally cause a sun sensitivity reaction but this is relatively rare. It is taken once a day starting the day before you enter the malaria area & continued for 4 weeks after leaving area.Malanil is another alternative also very well tolerated (no sun reaction) but is a lot more expensive. It is taken as above but only for 1 week after leaving area.The third alternative is mefliam/lariam. This has a number of medical contraindications and can cause some dizziness & disorientation in some people which is not good if you’re diving or driving. It can also cause disturbed sleep (unfortunately dreams not usually about beautiful woman or clean seas just disturbed sleep)Some people advocate not taking drugs but just to treat the malaria if you get it. They say that the drugs mast the symptoms but this is an inaccuracy. The drugs if properly taken are 90-95% effective but if there is treatment failure it is never absolute , you get some suppression so that you get the disease much more mildly hence the mistake that symptoms are masked. Remember in extreme cases you can be dead within 48 hours of first showing symptoms (rare but possible) You take your choice I personally use doxycycline

paddyoRock Robber


Re:malaria chaos theory - 2007/02/16 09:22
Sorry forgot to say don't for get the mosquito repellents. They must be DEET containing producte (tabard , peacefulsleep or mylol)The anophyles mosquito that carries malaria comes out at night so dusk to dawn are your danger times with the vast majority of bites between 10pm and 4am.This mosquito also does not make the typical buzzing noise when flying or generally leave itchy mosquito bites so people often assume they are not there (this is not to say you won't get other species of mosquito there as well and so see all the normal things you see with them in KZN)

I later found out that “Paddo” is a pharmacist, and should be qualified to talk on the matter.

Chris Coasts, the chairman of the Salt Rock Spearfishing Club” said this :
“ You don’t want to get malaria. You feel sick for a few days, then you feel like you are dying for a few days. Then you spend a few days wishing you were dead. Then you loose about 20kgs”

It really sounds like you don’t want to get Malaria (besides the loosing 20 kg part).
What we can tell from all this is that some measures must be taken. If you travel to malaria areas, always prepare for the dreaded mozzies. If you are not sure visit you local Doctor for more professional advice. Regardless of what action you choose to take, take action.

Wayno

Monday, February 19, 2007

Salty Diver

Guys,
 
I am sure all of you heard about the Marlin Shot off Salties on the week end.....
 
Go check the site
 
 
Cheers
 
Coatesman

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Salty Divers - Compos

Hi Guys I am getting loads of questions with regards to the up coming Comps. Please visit the forum on www.salty-diver.com and if you can find an answere to your question please post your question. As 9 time out of ten there are others with the same question and I can post a response there.
 
The Marlin comp is a game fish comp. Marlin is just the name of the club. take a look at http://www.salty-diver.com/index.php?option=com_joomlaboard&itemid=2&func=view&catid=2&id=389#389  for the proposed categories.
 
 
Many thanks
 
Coatesman

Salty Divers - HUC Team Comp

 
 
 
HIBISCUS UNDERWATER CLUB

 

 Date:  Saturday 24 March 2007

Weigh-In: 3.00pm

Venue:   Bell & Anchor – Rocky Bay

 

 

           

Team Compo    -  3 Spearos per Team 

1 species of each : 10 species/Spearo ie 30 species/team

All fish to be gutted and gilled

Valid spearfishing license required : KZN Wild Life Regulations apply

From Umkomaas River Mouth to Port Edward

At least one team member to attend brief/registration

Brief/Registration : Bell & Anchor – Rocky Bay : Fri 23 March : 6.30pm-8.30pm

 

TEAM NAME:…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

TEAM MEMBERS:1…………………………………………………………………….   TEL No.……………………………

                         

                                2………………………………………………………………………TEL No……………………………

                         

                                3………………………………………………………………………TEL No……………………………

 

E-MAIL: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

T-SHIRT SIZES:  M………….L………….XL………….XXL…………(Entry forms to be in by 10 March for T-Shirt size)

 

NO. OF MEALS  FOR PRIZE GIVING ON   SATURDAY(included in entry fee - Extra meals @ R40/p)…………….

 

For more information contact: ecologica@telkomsa.net

Louise – 0829247213  :  Cornel – 0834497796 :   Brent – 0823222750  :  Xander – 0837148881

 

I understand that the entry fee is not refundable in the event of cancellation and that the competition organizers accept no liability in the event of injury or death in anyway what so ever.

 

TEAM REPRESENTATIVE:…………………………………………….…..SIGNATURE:……………………………………………….

BANKING DETAILS

Hibiscus Underwater Club

ABSA : Port Shepstone : A/C No.: 9111426558

Salty Divers - Marlin Comp date

Hi guys,
 
for some reason ... probably the snorkelitus. I left off the date of the Marlin Comp Down South.
 
It is on the 28 APRIL 2007
 
All smiles
 
Coatesman

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Spearfishing in Summer by wayne Duncan

My Mate Wayno writes for a local paper ... here is a sneak preview of his article.

Diving in the heat of summer can be seriously claustrophobic.Often it’s like
30 000 degrees by 5:30am. Now imagine climbing into a wetsuit in these
conditions. Often you wake up, after sleeping in nothing, having thrown the
sheets off at midnight. The fan is on maximum and you are off for a dive. The
game fish love the hot weather and water. You arrive at the beach, and kit up.
First of all it’s your wet suit. Made up of two parts. A “long John”, which is
long pants and a vest top all in one. You then put your top on, long sleeves
with a hoodie ( a beanie made of wet suit material). In addition to this you put
on neoprene socks (to prevent chafing from your fins), and gloves, also make of
neoprene. If all this does not make you feel rather bogged in, you then put your
mask on. By now your feeling like stepping into a fridge to cool down. Many dive
spots require some walking. So its often a long walk up the beach before or/and
after your dive. This does not help you temperature management. Many guys carry
all the gear up the beach (including weight belt and gun and float and fins) and
then get dressed at the designated dive spot. Not a bad idea! And if you shoot
some good fish…oh boy. Now you have no hands to carry gear, so you are forced to
wear your gear, and you have to carry 30kg of fish up the beach. It’s a lot of
weight to drag up a long soft, hot beach. All the while it’s getting later in
the day and the temperature is climbing.One thing about these suits, you really
sweat in them. They are designed to keep you warm after all! You wrap some
plastic around yourself and sit in the sun, you’ll sweat. It’s very much the
same with a suit. I wont tell you how the whole equation is worsened by not
being able to go to a toilet while out to sea. This results in…well lets just
say “some unwanted soak”. Siss man.


The other morning I went for a dive off my boat. That night was really
hot, I remember sweating like mad through the night, leaving a wet pillow in the
bead as I woke up. My dive buddy was picking me up and I was running a little
late. I grabbed my gear and headed to the boat. We hit the beach in record time.
While launching the boat one of my water bottles were washed off the boat. We
dived for about three hours. After two hours I really started to feel a
bit “miff”. My head felt swollen and I was feeling slightly sea sick and
slightly disorientated.
When we hit the beach I headed home, feeling terrible
I lay on the bead for an hour trying to recover.I had a head ache and felt like
doing absolutely nothing, and I was seriously grumpy (sorry wife!) Suddenly it
dawned on me…”I’m thirsty”. As I thought about it I realized that I had had
almost no liquid in the last 12 hours.Being a warm night I sweated out a lot of
liquid during the night. Being late I did not drink anything before we left, and
I did not drink a lot on the boat. To remedy the situation, I drank about
three liters of “energade” and immediately started to feel better, although was
not full recovered for 24hrs.


It was a silly error. Talking to experienced divers, I found that most
good divers “pre hydrate”. This means that they fill themselves with liquid
before diving. Water before you sleep, water as you wake, and water before you
dive (not to much to avoid being bloated). Energade seem to be a firm favorite.
If you are on a boat, drink something every 30 min.


Being dehydrated is no fun. Due to the time it takes to recover, it could
seriously wreck a weekend dive trip!





Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Salty Diver

Guys here is the entry form for the marlin comp. Lets go and take some prizes from these guys.

Cheers
Chris



Marlin Spearfishing Classic 2007

Entry Fee is R180,00 per person and an additional R100,00 Per Team should you wish to participate in this event. All entrants are required to have a valid Spearfishing Licence.

Name

Surname

Identity Number

Cellular Number / Contact Number

Email Address

Diving off Boat

Yes / No / Maybe

Diving off Shore

Yes / No / Maybe

Boat Number / Name

Launching From

Skipper Name

Bank

Branch

Branch Code

Account Number

Standard Bank

Margate

057528

053257731

Please pay the entry of R180,00 per diver into the above account and use your surname as reference, should you wish to participate in the TEAM Event please circle and the event organizers will forward you the relevant forms.

……………………

Entrant Signature

I WISH / DO NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TEAM EVENT.

(extra - R100 per team)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Fwd: Salty Divers

Hey all,
 
We had a great club nite on Saturday at Angelo's. The food was good and most of all the evening was well supported.
We had a good mix of regulars and some new faces, unfortunately the rugga did make it difficult for some to get to the meet. Sorry about that guys, when we planed the evening a couple months ago we had no idea about rugby fixtures.
 
Anyway we did have a great time, some of the highlights were getting our new club shirts ..... which are super rad thanks to Steve Farrer for organising everything and checking all was good; Leisle Friend for the great Cartoon on the back; Turtle Shagga for the cool punch line and Dale Peterson from Massive Clothing.
 
We also honoured the club member who really gave it stick! Coatesmans Spearfishing sponsored a 1.4 Freedivers Railgun which will now get properly used and abused in the hands of Mr Shaun Reid.
 
Shaun as you all know dominated the Garrick and Brusher comp, even claiming a new club record Brusher. He also has the most posts on the forum and has diligently contributed to story's and pics on the site. To top it all, he is the keenest dive of us all, getting in when ever, and in what ever - even when it is mirk he would say " I like it like this its good for fish"
 
The Vidal Club trip in March. This should be a great trip, the fish are usually on at this time and weather is at its most predictable. We have 2 fishermans cabins booked. The one is already fully booked and the other is still empty. Barracuda /(I think this is the one .. it's the big one at the end) is still open. The booking is from the Thurs 22nd - Sunday 25th. the Wed is a public holiday and we are trying to make a plan for that nite. We are however needing boats! We have one that can take 4guys but I think those spaces have been hooked already. Please let me know if you are wanting to come and if you have a boat.
 
Underwater hockey!!! There is a bunch of guys and gals who are getting underwater hockey going up our way. There is one small detail and that it is up at Darnall. apparently it is the only tiled pool in the area?? I am keen and if we can get a bunch together and pile into a car it wont be too bad. Please let me know if you are keen.
 
A new thang we are going to try, and that is every alternate month have a club meet in Durban. We have at least half our members from the greater Durban area and want to make it easier for them to get to meetings / socials. For us Saltie boys ..its road trip time, and should be fun.
So the next club meet Friday 2nd March will be at my place as usual. The following meet will be in Durban on Saturday 7th April, and so on and so forth. I will get a list of all the dates out .... some time :-)
 
There was something else I was supposed to remember .... damn snorkelitis .... it makes me a little dim :-)
 
Not a train smash I will remember sometime and get to write another news letter ... all good!
 
So long
 
Coatesman