Membership is open to all qualified divers over the age of 18 years and meet the following criteria:
Dive Experience, Qualifications
To be considered for BRUDG membership, a diving certification from a recognised training provider is mandatory.
Qualifications and/or experience in the following areas will enhance your membership application:
-Further diving qualifications, e.g. advanced diving, deep diving and Nitrox
-Level 2 first aid certificate
-Logged at least 20-30 dives in varying conditions
In addition members of the club are encouraged to develop further qualifications to improve general safety and include:
-Advanced resuscitation first aid certificate for the use of oxygen resuscitation kits
-Victorian Marine Boat License (recreational boat operators license)
-VHF Marine Radio License
A Victorian Recreational Fishing license will also be required if you wish to participate in any fishing activities on members dive boats (including gathering abalone or southern rock lobster). The club also regularly conducts interstate dives and local fishing licenses may also be required.
An Ambulance Victoria membership is also recommended as transport from remote locations in a health related emergency can be very expensive.
Probationary Period
The majority of BRUDG dives are from boats in offshore open sea locations and due to the prevailing weather conditions in Victoria, choppy seas, strong winds and currents are a regular occurrance. For the safety of all divers participating in these conditions, divers are expected to demonstrate good skills in buoyancy control, underwater navigation, entering and exiting boats, use of boat safety equipment and dive planning.
All new members will be required to undertake a 3 months probationary period where their skill level will be assessed and they can become familiar with the additional procedures and skills required. A "Diving Mentor" will be assigned during this period to assist with this process.
Diving Equipment
New members are expected to have a full set of dive equipment including a dive computer. The majority of boat dive outings are organised around 2 dives, so two tanks are also recommended. Members are also required to have an inflatable deployment marker buoy and compass and are encouraged an airline operated whistle. In addition when diving in challenging conditions members are recommended to have a portable emergency EPIRB & VHF radio and an emergency pony bottle.
The club can recommend discounted retail outlets to obtain any extra equipment required or members n=may have some excess equipment they wish to sell.
Members use car pooling to reduce transport costs and for safety when travelling to and from dive launch sites some distance from Melbourne. New members are expected to have their own vehicle transport so they can participate when required.
A reasonable level of fitness and skills are required to participate in the clubs boat diving activities. Members dive boats can vary in configuration for entry from ladders with rear doors to entering over the rear transom after removing your gear and clipping to the gear lines. If unexpected strong currents are experienced, surface swims to "floating safety lines" and hauling over 150 metre lines are sometimes required.
Joining Fees
Annual Fees
Air Fills
Free to members
$20 to non members
Boat operation
We all contribute to boat running costs. Typically the cost is around $40 to $60 for a full day's diving, i.e. two dives