Alas, even though the winds were light, the moderate (~1m) NE swell, it wrapped around the headland and into Gordon's Bay just enough that we decided a nicer dive would be had at Bare Island, a 20 min drive south.
It was already busy when we got there at 7:50am, but we were able to park not too far from the walk down. By the time we were kitted up, there was a steady stream of divers heading in. Steve & I headed along the NW side of the Island while Al buzzed around on his scooter. The water went from 'nice and refreshing' when getting in, to straight 'refreshing' at 5m and them 'almost chilly' for those in wetsuits by deeper (~14m) parts of the dive.
We made it a good way a...
The car park was oddly quiet at Shelly. Was everyone on holiday? Or maybe they were stuck in the queue waiting for a COVID test or possible it was the fact it was 7:30am and raining.
Not to be put off by a passing shower, Paul, Al & Ben started kitting up. While Paul's dodgy o-ring was quickly fixed, Ben's blow (wrist) seal was more of a drama. Amazingly, Al did have spares with him but after a quick tutorial on You Tube, it was clear we were missing the right widget to get the old seal out so it was an early bath for Ben.
Paul said it was a great dive. Buzzed by Al (on his scooter) a few times and plenty of critters. The water was a barmy 22 degrees!
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...
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 ...
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.