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New french member

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Dec 2, 2019
Hi guys,

I'm Yoann, french spearo since over 15 years.

I'm actualy traveling with my girlfriend for 11month.

WE spended our last 5 month in Indonesia and Papoua New guiny.

WE just arrive in New Zealand for the next 3monts, then we will go to Myanmar and Thaïlande.

I Travel with all my equipment....

I'm looking for some informations and buddys there in NZ.

I dive from 0 to 25/30m i warm and clear water, and i' m SSI freediving instructor (2014, but
i Never taught as professionnal).

I love beers After diving

I hope you are enjoying your three months in New Zealand. Here's a newspaper reporter's recent contribution to diving history in that island nation. Back in the early 1950s, underwater swimmers in the Antipodes often had to construct their own equipment because it was so hard to import gear from Europe or America. I hope spearfishing there is a little easier for you in the new millennium.

One of the first dive masks made in New Zealand uncovered

Veteran swimmer and diver Myra Larcombe with her original dive mask, which was made from a car inner tube.
Photo/ John Stone. By Kristin Edge. Kristin Edge is a reporter for the Northern Advocate.

A piece of New Zealand diving history has been uncovered but the Northland owner is unsure of what should be done with one of the first diving masks made in the country.

Myra Larcombe, who is a sprightly 91-year-old, was searching through boxes at her Opua home last week looking for something else when she came across the 65-year-old mask.

She bought the mask off the inventor and Northlander Leo Ducker in 1954.

Before the 1960s it was difficult for many New Zealand divers to obtain gear from overseas. The solution was often to make equipment from materials to hand.

Ducker, sometimes called the father of New Zealand diving, along with his brother Clarence designed and made the mask out of a tyre inner tube and an oval piece of perspex.

He was the first person to dive at the Poor Knights Islands and Goat Island Bay, where he said fish weren't found in their thousands but in their millions.

Ducker went on to become a mentor to many divers, including Kelly Tarlton.

Larcombe said the mask was an amazing piece of work as the rubber was cut in once piece from the inner tube and the perspex was held in place with a thin band of copper.

"I can't remember how much I paid for it but it got a lot of use over the years," she said.

Larcombe remembers the mask opened up a whole world under the ocean as she became very proficient at spearfishing.

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