Committee Members of DUC

CLUB MANAGER Paul Smit
 club-manager-paul-smit We are very fortunate to have Paul Smit As our Club Manager. He has a wealth of knowledge & experience having come from an active background in the Diving industry. He served as a Past Scuba officer, and is still an active Padi Dive instructor & DM. Please get hold of  Paul Smit if you need to get hold of any of the Committee members below :
[ paul@duc.co.za ]
CURRENT DUC COMMITTEE
PORTFOLIO NAME & SHORT BIO
CHAIRMAN Cuane Hall
 commitee-members-cuane-hall Have been a member of Durban Undersea Club for 30 years this year.
I have served on the committee twice before.
I was awarded honorary Life Membership for service to the club in the Photographic section.
I am an avid Scuba Diver and first qualified in 1968 while I served in the South African Navy permanent force.
I have been involved with scuba and undersea photography and videography for 46 years.
I currently hold a Naui Master Diver classification and am Nitrox certified.
I have a strong bond with the Durban Undersea Club and have many friends there members and staff alike.
I am currently serving my sixth year as chairman by request of the committee and members.
I believe that I am fully committed to the well being of the club and all it’s members and that I have served them well
in the past and will continue to serve them well in the future
VICE CHAIRMAN Geoff Phillips
 commitee-members-geoff-phillips DUC Club member since 1998 Director of Companies
Area of expertise… Financial and Retail administration, related building trade interests 35 years Interests…Longboard surfing, surf skiing, scuba, golf and fishing, DUC Invited to join DUC Committee 7 years ago as Vice Chairman to assist in regeneration and ‘rebuilding” the club Serving committee member of new PWC
SECRETARY Leigh Phillips
 commitee-members-leigh-phillips Leigh is a qualified teacher & Varsity lecturer in accounts.
Currently she is a financial administrator of companies & part time wife, Mother, & Budding Pro Golfer!
TREASURER Ian Agg
 commitee-members-ian-agg B.Compt (Hons) UNISA Professional Accountant (SA) Professional Tax Practitioner (SA)Self employed as professional consultant to auditors and various companies -Member DUC since about 1982
SPEARFISHING Chris West
  Chris has been an active spear fisherman since 1878 and was a member of the Natal A team in ’89attaining full Natal Colours .
He held the portfolio of Natal Spearfishing Officer for some years on the Natal Underwater Union under the chairmanship of the late Gordon Smith.
As chairman of Wahoo, Chris was the driving force behind the amalgamation of the club with DUC and is presently the spearfishing section known as Wahoo@DUC. Prior to this he held dual membership of both clubs.
For some years Chris ran his own Scuba charter business known as Chris West Dive Charters at Umkomaas introducing many divers to his secret spots. He still holds a Dept. of Transport Skipper’s Certificate with a Night Rating.
He has been actively involved in introducing a number of spearo’s to the sport and nurturing them on to greater achievements. Notably, Jules Plaganyi who placed 15th in the World Champs.
Chris has diverse interests and is active in Skydiving, Micro lighting, Powered Paragliding to name a few. He will be remembered for arriving as Santa at the DUC Christmas party by paraglider, landing on the DUC lawn to distribute the presents to members kiddies.
SCUBA Tracey-Lee Featherstone
 commitee-members-tracey-leef Web, DTP & layout designer by trade and Mom of two awesome boys. I’m Passionate about all things scuba and oceanic. I Started diving in 2006 and have’nt stopped. I have been Scuba officer for Duc since 2009 and i love the opportunity it gives me to share my passion with others like me.
EVERY DIVE IS A TREASURE HUNT, as every dive you WILL see something you have Never seen before. Who could resist!
UNDERWATER HOCKEY Ryan Hansen
 Commitee member-Ryan Hansen My name is Ryan Hansen & I love underwater hockey!.
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY Bryan Hart
 commitee-member-bryan-hart A portfolio manager at a bank by day, wannabe underwater photographer any other time in between!I enjoy wildlife, underwater and aviation photography which is how I like to show people how very fortunate we are to live in South Africa!
I am the photographic officer at Durban Undersea Club. Being involved in the club, I have been privileged to meet and shoot with some of the top photographers in SA. You can contact me on Email: photography@duc.co.za
Cell: 082 8899 188
BOATING Ryan Hansen
 commitee-members-ryan-hansen My name is Ryan Hansen & I love boats & fishing sooooo much I started a boat shop called Durban Yamaha to make & sell boats & go fishing and still call it work. Hence I am DUC Boating officer for my sins.
SURF SKI Kim Parks
 commitee-members-kim-parkes I suppose I have been paddling surf skis for over 40 years now and have watched it grow, grow and grow. It is now time to put back a little into the sport on the admin side and what better way to do it with what I know is the best water sports clubs in the world PWC.
Look forward to working with committee to make the surf ski section a really meaningful contributor to the club
MARINE AQUARIST Currently Vacant
  Please contact Paul Smit if you are interested in the position or have any Nominations :
[ paul@duc.co.za ]
ENVIRONMENTAL ( EXTRA-ORDINARY) Camilla Floros
 commitee-member-camilla Dr Camilla Floros is a marine scientist who works at the Oceanographic Research Institute where she specialises in coral reef ecology. She is in charge of the Environmental Portfolio at DUC and her goal is to encourage people to learn more about the ocean and to promote conservation awareness.
DUC LEGAL (EXTRA-ORDINARY ) Louise Van Straaten
 commitee-members-LOUISE VAN STRAATEN LOUISE VAN STRAATEN is DUC’s Legal Eagle!!