Perth’s recreational SCUBA divers will be put to the test as Hillarys Yacht Club launch the inaugural Perth Dive Olympics.
Designed to wake up SCUBA divers from their winter hibernation, the competition will introduce unusual (and hilarious) tasks where divers race to complete it against the clock, and each other.
Participating divers can expect a classic equipment ‘dump and recovery’ task, five metres underwater, as long as they resurface wearing an additional pair of shorts and a bra underneath their SCUBA gear.
Of course the fun and games reflect a serious side – the skills required to win that gold, silver or bronze medal are the same that may one day save a life. The risk of entanglement is very real in SCUBA diving, and the ability to stay calm under pressure to free yourself is imperative. James Leesue, Rear Commodore of Diving at Hillarys Yacht Club says “this event is going to be great fun, a great way for different diving clubs to test their skills against each other. Safety is always going to be the most important aspect of diving, and if this sort of competition encourages skills to stay safe, then all the better to help divers enjoy the sport”.
Three clubs are currently enrolled in the 2016 Perth Dive Olympics: Hillarys Yacht Club, Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club and the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club who will compete to be the first to add their name to the perpetual trophy. The event has even generated interest from a Queensland dive club who are busy honing their skills to compete in the 2017 Perth Dive Olympics!
The 2016 Perth Dive Olympics will take place on Saturday 8 October at HBF Challenge Stadium, Mt. Claremont.