|If you wish to get involved in archery here are the steps to need to go
1) Visit DVA's beginner's night.
Starts at 7:30pm for 2 hours on Monday nights (indoors) and 10am on Saturday mornings for 2 hours (outdoors during fine weather, otherwise cancelled).
Just turn up* and for $20/person we provide you with equipment and instruction to try archery, beginning with recurve bows and progressing to compound bows.
* Bookings are not required at present but may be necessary in the future due to the recent explosion of interest in archery - please check the web site for changes before visiting.
DVA does not allow crossbows. Latecomers may miss out.
2) Join DVA.
Once you have tried archery for a few weeks you can join DVA by filling
in the required forms and submitting your membership fee. The best time
to do this is during the Monday night class as not all members can assist
this at different times.
3) Purchase your equipment.
Once you join you will be required to use your own equipment. We strongly
recommend you buy from a dedicated ARCHERY store. The closest stores to
Urban Archery - Somerton
Oz Hunting and Bows - Dandenong
Maverick Archery - Glen Waverley
We do not recommend buying your first gear from eBay or online as you
will need an experianced archery professional to fit you out correctly.
This will save you alot of money and heartache.
4) Complete your qualifications.
ALL DVA members must complete a qualification scheme before they can progress to further distances outdoors.
This qualification system is there to protect the members, their equipment, the club and the public and is a major safety requirement. It is critically important.
DVA is very strict with this system and anyone found breaking this rule will find their membership revoked.
But never fear, it is easy to do.
You begin with supervised shooting at a distance of 20 metres on a 122cm target face on the outdoor target range. You must shoot 30 arrows (5 ends of 6 arrows) and achieve a designated score (based on bow type, age, gender, and distance). A club coach that has seen you shoot will then sign your scorecard and you will be given a card allowing you to shoot unsupervised at this distance. You may then also shoot at the next 10 metre distance (30m, 40m, 50m, etc, etc) while supervised.
You may NOT progress to a further distance untill you have qualified, even for 'just a few shots'.
You become fully qualified once you qualify at a specified distance for your bow type, age, etc. (e.g. 70m for adult compund archers).
To shoot on the Field Course, you must first qualify on the target range to at least 40m and must be shown around the field course and introduced to the special safety requirements by a DVA field representative. On the Field Course you must NOT shoot further that the qualified distance shown on your target range card.
Also (and this is VERY important) you must qualify with each bow you plan on using. If you qualify with compound bow and then purchase a longbow, you MUST re-qualify with the longbow from 20 metres.
5) Join club shoots, leagues and competitions
DVA encourages new members to get inolved in club events and competitions.
Even if you feel that you are not ready to win, participating will help
you improve and learn from the club's more experienced archers.
Come and Try Sessions.
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Late comers may refused.
Casual shooting. Members Only
Casual shooting and practise night. Help for new members provided by experianced archers if required while you practise. from 7pm-9pm.
Closed to archery from 6:30pm due to Fly Fishing club
(times currently under review by both clubs)
League Scoring round night from 7pm. Come along and join in on shooting a structured round.
This is a handicap round so suits people of all experiances and is the best way to improve and develop your shooting.
Come and Try Sessions: 10am-12pm
Late comers may refused.
First Sunday of each month is Club Day. We shoot a scoring round in the morning, followed by a free BBQ lunch. ALL WELCOME.
Other Sundays are practise days. Come along during the day to practise.