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    AGM and Symposium 2013This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Cave Divers Association of Australia

    (CDAA). To celebrate, we are holding an exciting two day eventon the 9th and 10th of November in conjunction with this years

    Annual General Meeting (AGM).

    There will be a number of talks, demonstrations and displays, at whichwe will also be inviting public participation.

    Speakers will include notable Australian and international cave divers.We are also planning on inviting various dignitaries including representatives

    from local and state government, private land owners and the local media.

    The venue, the Main Corner, is conveniently located in the centre of townat 1 Bay Road, Mount Gambier.

    The Symposium will be held in the Dress Circle commencing at 9:00am.

    The AGM will follow at 6:00pm and dinner will be served in City Hall at 7:30pm.

    We hope that you can join us to celebrate 40 years of CDAA history.

    40TH ANNIVERSARYC E L E B R AT I N G 4 0 Y E A R S I N 2 0 1 3



    Peter Horne & Ian Lewis are two of the CDAAs longest serving members and theircontributions to the Association are themselves historic. Both have acted in officialcapacity as Office Bearers, both have been amongst the first to find, explore and mapa multitude of sites and both have had to work hard to ensure that the CDAA hascontinued access to many sites that it retains today.

    Peter Puddles Horne became interested in Mount Gambier's underground realm in1976 after a workmate introduced him to Ewen's Ponds. He joined the CDAA afterlearning about the awesome Cocklebiddy Cave explorations from Ian Lewis and PeterStace (authors of the groundbreaking book "Cave Diving In Australia") in 1979.Peter discovered a rare new species of cave-adapted syncarid crustacean in 1981 and subsequently became interested in documenting the region's thenlargely-unknown underwater cave environments with the help of supportive speleologists, academics and scientists. He was a founding member of theCDAAs Research Group in 1983 & also established the South Australian Underwater Speleological Society Inc. in 1986.Peter coordinated many of Australia's first underwater cave research projects and integrated traditional cave mapping protocols into the CDAA's mappingprocedures. He also served in various Committee roles (including President and National Secretary) over many years and was instrumental in negotiatingaccess to many sites such as The Shaft and Iddlebiddy Cave. Peter also first explored (and named) Tank Cave with Mark Nielsen in August 1983 and discovered Stinging Nettle Cave several years later. Peter has published numerous books and articles including the voluminous 'Lower South East CaveReference Book', and he is proud to have contributed to the CDAA's many achievements during the past four decades.

    Ian Lewis has been caving and diving since his early teens. Being born in the Mount Gambier region he enjoyed exploring many of the local caves in hisyouth, and he joined the Cave Exploration Group of South Australia (CEGSA) in the early 1970s. He took up cave diving in 1971 after a trip to theNullarbor Caves at a time when nothing was known of them and he initiated the first diving explorations there. He served as an advisor on the SouthAustralian Government Advisory Committee established in 1973 when the whole sport was under review following a string of cave diving deaths whichresulted in the creation of the CDAA and attended the Associations first meetings in Mount Gambier.Ian has acted in many Committee roles including National and Standards Director as well as being a long-standing Examiner, and he has travelled widelyto explore caves around Australia and in Florida and England. Ian has also authored many popular books and articles over the decades includingAustralias first cave diving manual, Cave Diving In Australia, with then-President Peter Stace (ed 1982), within which the first maps of Mount Gambier'scategorized sinkholes were also published.Ian has represented Australia at the International Speleological Conference, has a degree in Geomorphology specialising in limestone hydrology and thesedays works as a Scientific Assessment Officer for SAs Department for Water. He continues to enjoy sharing his experiences and knowledge with others..

    Peter Horne & Ian Lewis

    Jason Mallinson is from West Yorkshire and started caving at 16 and diving soon after. A long term members of theUKs CDG he has explored caves and cave diving sites around the world, including being part of the 1998 US DeepCave Diving Teams Wakulla2 Project with Dr. Bill Stone. pioneering CCR Cave Diving Explorations with an internationalteam. He has explored the Emergence de Ressel in France, pushed Pozo Azul in Spain to over 9 kilometers and madeSystema Huautla in Mexico the Western Hemispheres deepest cave at over 1545m. He is an experienced cave divingmentor within the CDG for many divers and has established himself as one the UKs foremost CCR cave divers, using,amongst others, Inspirations, sidemount rebreathers and, most recently, a classic KISS to explore where few have daredto venture. And if all that is not enough he runs his own business as a rope access worker!

    Jason Mallinson

    (Photo Credit: Martyn Farr)

    Richard Harris (Harry) is an Adelaide based medical practitioner who brings a wealth of experience in expedition diving,wilderness and diving medicine, advanced first aid and delivering medical care in austere environments. His work and trainingwith the South Australian aeromedical retrieval service also gives him unique insights into the emergency services and disasterplanning in Australia. His work with the South Australian Water Operations Unit has helped generate a new era of cooperationbetween volunteer cavers and the police in dealing with cave rescue and recovery in this state.

    Richard Harris (Harry)



    Paul Heinerth made his first cave dive in 1971 and since that time he has logged over8,000 cave dives and another 3,500 open water dives. His cave exploration and CCR cavediving credentials are outstanding. In 1973, he made his first major discovery when heexplored and named the Twin Dees system in Florida and is credited with the discovery ofthe 380-foot-deep cave system The Pit under Sistema Dos Ojos in Akumal, Mexico in the1990s, returning & extending the discovery there using a CIS Lunar Mk V CCR in 2000.He was a member of the original exploration team of Diepolder from the late 70's until1990 and discovered Giant Cave in Belize in 1979, serving as expedition co-leader withSheck Exley three years later and returning earlier this year as part of the 2013 Belize GiantCave Project. He participated in the Wakulla Project with Dr. Bill Stone in 1987 and was the only returning explorer to take part in the 1998 US DeepCave Diving Team Wakulla2 (W2) project. The W2 was a pioneering CCR Cave Diving Explorations with an international team such as U Ks JasonMallinson and joined by Australians Andrew Poole & John Vanderleest (yes, now our very own National Director!).He was part of the early deep explorations into Eagles Nest and continued to explore the area as part of the 2007-2009 Weeki Wachee Karst Projectreaching a depth of 407 feet using an O2ptima rebreather. Paul has also explored caves in Iceland, Bahamas, France, Bermuda, Mexico and swamps inFlorida. He has also dived deep wrecks off South Africas wild Indian Ocean coast and Quebecs St Lawrence Seaway.In addition to his explorations Paul has worked on numerous feature film and documentary projects including Ice Island in 2001 with long time friendWes Skiles, the movie Cave in 2004 and The Pirates of the Caribbean movies 2 & 3 for Walt Disney Productions in 2005. He was involved in theBens Vortex documentary produced by Heinerth Productions in 2011 and he has authored several articles on cave diving in periodicals and books.Paul has been teaching Cave Diving for over 34 years with both the NSS-CDS and NACD and is a CCR Cave, DPV, Stage and Sidemount Instructor, aSponsor and member of the NSS-CDG Training Committee, a Past Office Bearer with the NACD and holds Instructor Trainer ratings with IANTD, DSAT &RAID. He owned Scuba West Inc on the west coast of Florida for 29 years and began teaching open water programs in 1977 and still teaches open waterclasses today! His hobbies, besides cave diving, are underwater photography, wreck diving, spear fishing, bottle and shell collecting and canoeing.On a darker side, since 1974, he has been repeatedly called upon by various Sheriffs Department to do body recoveries from inside underwater caves.

    Paul Heinerth

    John Dalla-Zuanna began cave diving in 1973 in Mt. Gambier and is a 38 year active member of the CDAA. John has aninterest in cave maps and cave surveying and is particularly keen in the development of 3D cave mapping technology.He is also a member of the Wetmules & the ASF - CDG and is a recipient of the NSS-CDS 2007 Exploration Award and amember of the CDAA Hall of Fame.Notable expeditions in which John has taken part include: Kija Blue, in the Kimberleys, a remote sinkhole in northernWestern Australia, 2006; Tank Cave, Mt Gambier, SA, ongoing mapping & surveying of over 8 kms of underwaterpassage; Slug Lake, Jenolan Caves, NSW 2007; RMS Niagara, NZ Shipwreck Expedition 2007; Cocklebiddy Cave, WA in2008 & 2009; Blue Lake, Mt Gambier, SA. Soil Sampling & videography; Picanninie Ponds, SA. Ongoing deep survey & 3D mapping Project; JuneeResurgence, Tasmania 2009; the Pearse Resurgence, New


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