The good ole days... in Sydney

7 years 7 months ago #22528 by Peter Buzzacott
Peter Buzzacott created the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
Calling the old, wise divers of yesteryear[^w^] A buddy and I are writing an analysis of the growth and survival of the recreational diving industry in NSW, along the lines of an analysis I did of the WA recreational diving industry, 1969-2005 ( if anyone is interested). Were clearing up a few loose ends, so does anyone remember

Bayview Diving Services, located in Bayview, in 88/89? Were they commercial divers or a recreational dive business?

Dive In Australia were they the same business as the Dive Industry and Travel Association?

Was the Dive Travel Australia in Hunters Hill in 1989 the same business as Dive Travel Australia in Narrabeen in 1991?

FAUI listed stores in telephone directories in Avalon, Willoughby, Bankstown, Peakhurst, Sylvania Waters, Hurstville and Coogee. Were these other dive stores that simply offered FAUI courses or could they have actually been separate FAUI businesses? I wouldnt want to count them twice, like in addition their proper business name, like Pro-Dive at Coogee.

International Divers Academy in Rushcutters Bay, and International Diving School of St Ives were these actually separate dive shops or just Dive Trek operating under other names?

Thanks in advance

Peter Buzzacott
Bunbury, WA

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7 years 7 months ago #254931 by rabbitz
rabbitz replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
Hi Peter

It is all a bit foggy at this distance in time, but regarding the Willoughby store, try contacting Bob Taylor at Frog Dive Guildford. Peter Easson used to own the Willoughby store and Bob should know how to find him.

Frog Dive Guildford
395 Guildford Road
Guildford NSW 2161
Phone: (02) 9892 3422
Fax: (02) 9892 3662
Email:

Alternately try Frog at Willoughby they might know how to get hold of Peter

Frog Dive Willoughby
539 Willoughby Road
Willoughby NSW 2068
Phone: (02) 9958 5699
Fax: (02) 9958 4330
Email:

Good Luck

Rabz

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7 years 7 months ago #254937 by McGyver
McGyver replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
Hi Peter,
A number of the FAUI listings were actually teaching Instructors with schools but without an actual shop. from memory,
Avalon- Paul Hughes
Willoughby- Doug and Chris Olding
Bankstown - Bob Baldwin ( now an MP in Canberra)
Sylvania waters - Geoff Woodgate
Peakhurst- Bill Marden (still owns Sub Aquatics in Beverly Hills) he's also your best bet for FAUI history
Hurstville - possibly Erline Wallington or Peter Harper... (just a guess this one!)

also from memory, I think Dive Travel Australia was at both locations over that time. run by Chris Quested

Hope it helps, but double check it 'cause I've killed a few brain cells off over the years!! :D

cheers
Glen

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7 years 7 months ago #254952 by Peter Buzzacott
Peter Buzzacott replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
Thanks Rabz and Glen

Ive e-mailed Frog Dive.

So, it looks like those FAUI listings were independent instructors. Thanks Geoff for the (offline) contact to confirm this.

And Dive Travel Australia can probably be left as two separate businesses. They advertised in different years so maybe the Narrabeen shop opened after the Hunters Hill shop closed.

Great, thats two down, three to go. Soanyone remember Bayview, Dive In Australia or International Divers Academy?

Peter
PS: This is fun isnt it?

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7 years 7 months ago #254979 by Peter Fields
Peter Fields replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
I'm pretty sure Pete, that International Divers Academy was Rick Swansborough at Rushcutters Bay. As I recall it was just a spare title held by Dive Trek. Might have been used for teaching...early on.

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7 years 7 months ago #254995 by coastie
coastie replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
IDA at both locales to my knowledge, was definitely Richard who owned DiveTrek at Rushcutters Bay.
Cheers Bob

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7 years 7 months ago #255793 by Peter Buzzacott
Peter Buzzacott replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
Magic

That wraps up our loosest ends.

Next, just in case we've missed anything, I'll e-mail every dive shop in Sydney and simply ask "has your dive business ever traded under a different name or at a different location?"

Once that's done the information we have for Sydney will be as reliable as the stuff I have for WA, and we can look for similarities and differences.

Sincere thanks to all who replied, both here on DiveOz and by e-mail[:clap:]

If/when our results get published I'll post an update.

Peter
Bunbury, WA

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7 years 7 months ago #256140 by Divetecy
Divetecy replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
Pete, from what I remember Peter Fields is correct, I remember Rick and the shop just east of the Kings X tunnel, was always a ***** to find a parking spot! He had no connection with the St Ives mob, totally different. I don't recall who the owner was. If you can track down Terry Cummins, he might remember he lived round the corner.

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7 years 6 months ago #256265 by Peter Buzzacott
Peter Buzzacott replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
Thanks mate

I'll chase up that lead.

Peter

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7 years 6 months ago #256289 by scubagypsy
scubagypsy replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
Now there are some great memories and some fantastic diving been had- too many stories to tell though!

Some of the great long term divers and back bone of Sydney & NSW diving both FAUI and PADI in the Good Ole days may be able to assist you.

[^w^]Michael -0407 276 556 [mobile]-http://www.michaelmcfadyenscuba.info

[^w^]Rick Poole. Founder Pro Dive
Unit 5/12 Anderson Street, Banksmeadow 2019 NSW Australia.
Tel:+61 2 9316 4013 Fax:+61 2 93166230
Mobile: +61 416 023 302( Rick Poole )
Email: or

:) Michael Cufer & :) Mike Scotland- from St George Underwater club www.stgeorgescubaclub.org.au

[^w^]Dick and Brenda Taylor, [^w^]Peter and Joan Harper, from South Pacific Divers www.southpacificdivers.com/ should be able to give you contacts

[^w^]Bill Marden Sub Aquatic & the FAUI history
PHONE:(02) 9570 4222 FAX.(02) 9570 4711
EMAIL:

[8D]Glen Percy and [^w^]Tom Byron [will look for contacts]

[^w^]Les and Fran Graham-Terrigal Dive Centre Phone:0243841219.

[8D]Andrew Griffiths Telephone:+61(7) 4031 8888 Facsimile:+61(7) 4031 8088

If you can track down :) Steve Cross - Scuba Mechanics D, 45 Pandora Street, Greenacre NSW 2190, 02 9642 5359 & [^w^]Ted Flapper there is the PADI history . Plus :) Nancy Cummins or :) Terry Cummins

[^w^]David Ireland had Cronulla Dive down the Road from UTC [Underwater Training Centre] & Divemaster/Aquatique Associates on the Kingsway Cronulla www.davidireland.com

Well this should give you some FANTASTIC info from some FANTASTIC divers. Both South Pacific Divers and The St George UNderwater Club have great records from their Club so there would be a feast of information there.

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7 years 1 month ago #265464 by 007dolphinboy
007dolphinboy replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
[!!]In case you want some true info. DTA started from Chis Questeds home in Narrabeen, moved to Asquith in shared premises with Book Direct Holidays, moved to Hunters Hill, then to Narrabeen

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1 week 3 days ago #303665 by 114108
114108 replied the topic: The good ole days... in Sydney
Hi Peter, I have only happened upon this site today so not sure if you're information gathering is finished. I came to Divetrek in mid 70's and it was Richard Swansborough who owned it. I was there some years during which Terry and Nancy Cummins, along with Dermot O'Oflarity ( spelling could be an issue) commenced the PADI in Sydney. They were teachers and lived on north shore, so probably StIves that was mentioned in someone's message. There were a lot of people taught through Divetrek and it was very active socially. I would think if people were aware of this site you could get some interesting takes on things. Trying to remember detail a bit hazey but there were a number of connections with people such as Les Griffin in Wollongong that were active for training/socialising events.

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