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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 10. 1971

Underwater Club

Underwater Club

The VUW Underwater Club's seventh trip to the warm clear waters of North-land was considered to be New Zealand's first underwater photography convention. With well-known underwater photographers from all over NZ, the trip proved to be a stimulating interchange of ideas of both diving and photographic skills. The weather, while" not as kind as in previous years, still allowed three trips out to the Poor Knights Islands, and one coastal dive. Cancelled diving days provided time for a trip up to Paihia to see Kelly Tarlton's museum of shipwrecks and to continue the synthesis of knowledge.

The diving was in many respects the best yet, with rare animal species being noted, moray eels encouraged to fight in front of the camera lens, and fish being enticed closer with broken sea urchins, at times being fed from the hand. Accommodation was 400% better than the previously utilised Hotel Cabins. The "flat" at Matapoun Bay slept 13 people in luxurious comfort, at a minimal weekly charge.

The trip was judged such a success that many divers have indicated their interest in our next trip in November (13th to 21st). We will book two flats (accommodation 20 or 22) and two boats if necessary. Any inquires to Kel Nairn or John McKoy, phone 838-284 day.

Kel Nairn.