Sydney Sub Aqua Club

Trip Report - HMAS Adelaide aka Clifton Gardens Reserve (Halloween)

A photo from HMAS Adelaide aka Clifton Gardens Reserve (Halloween)

Divers

Jonathan Pearson* Sam Warwick Ben Crossett Mark Bonnar MIA: Paul Furnis (reckoned it was too cold….) +1 random -1 Stanley (finless)

After agonising over the weather forecast for several days, DSS finally decided on Saturday afternoon that the boat dive to the Adelaide was binned due to the 2-3m swell. After briefly considering a dash to Mount Gambier as a suitable inland Plan B, Jon convinced us that Clifton Gardens was a better option and he was going to lead us all to The Wreck located just off the jetty…..

Somewhere between parking (being robbed of $15 for the pleasure) and entering the water we collected a random dive buddy and lost another due to lack of fin...

Trip Report - Long Reef Cathedral Rock

A photo from Long Reef Cathedral Rock

Long Reef 16 October 2021

Double boat dive

First diving after lock down. The anticipation high. The westerly was forecast to come in strong which it did later, but did not cause too much of an issue diving. The boat ride out was 50 mins and relatively flat. There were two other divers with Sam, Mark and I from SSAC on the boat which normally takes up to 10 divers. Plenty of space to kit up and get in.

It's a scenic site with swim through and many fish, no larger critters though. Water was a chilly 16 degrees with the soup welcome after dive one.

2nd dive was to find sharks in Shark Alley. Borders are obviously no issue for them as they were away somewhere else. Vis wa...

Trip Report - Cann Park Shore Dive

A photo from Cann Park Shore Dive

Well, I say Cann Park, but you'll probably think of it as Bare Island Beach or Congwong beach as it is called. Cann Park is the snake pit and grass area where you park, kit up and then do the short walk down to the beach.

Paul had certainly booked the weather, clear blue sky, and barely a ripple on the water. The perfect spot to get the dust off the dive gear or in Paul's case, have a try-dive on Ross' side mount set up. I was expecting some quality entertainment, but alas with Ross' expert guidance while kitting up he took to it like the proverbial duck to water.

Even though we both had only had partial fills we still got a 50 min dive (water temp 18'C , vis ~5-10m, max depth ...

Trip Report - The Road to Freedom

A photo from The Road to Freedom

Some might say all roads lead to Rome, but for SSAC they more often lead to the Lord Nelson. In a repeat of June 2020, the ending of the (106-day!) lockdown meant, for the doubly vaccinated at least, a return of the time honours tradition of a few beers down the Nelson. Aside from signing in, it was just like a normal night at the pub but (a) you know you get a table and (b) it's not a too noisy, so a win-win.

Getting to the pub meant we were finally able to welcome new member Steve, who had been all set to come down the pub 4 months ago. Steve recently learnt to dive on the mid-North coast and he has all his own gear, bar tanks and lead. The members were quickly able to help him...

Finding Us

We meet after work from 6pm most Wednesday nights at the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel on Kent Street in The Rocks for dinner and a few beers.

We encourage potential new members to meet us on the first Wednesday of a calendar month as this is when most club members will be in attendance.

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, 19 Kent St, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

If you want to learn more about SSAC you can read about the club or contact anyone on the committee.