Sydney Sub Aqua Club

Trip Report - Jervis Bay

A photo from Jervis Bay

The eastern seaboard may be having the wettest summer in three decades, but the weather gods took a shine to this trip...possible to make up for the absolute lashing we got last time. Not only did I get a fun afternoon paddleboarding on the Friday, while others worked from 'home' or battled the Sydney traffic, but we got two days of diving!

On the Saturday we had a double dive with Dive Jervis Bay. Both dives were on the North s...

Trip Report - Bare Island

A photo from Bare Island

With Sydney producing perfect diving conditions Ben and Steve met at Bare Island at 7.30am to come up with a plan of attack, however, with no wind and minimal swell they were also joined by a good chunk of Sydney’s recreational dive community. To find some space underwater Ben suggested they have a crack at a drift style dive entering off Congwong Beach (thanks google maps) tracking along with the coast on their right and exiting at the usual spot under the Bare Island bridge.

After setting up a car shuffle to cart the heavy gear pre and post dive they kitted up and headed down the beach where Ben got his flash new dry suit gloves sorted and ready to go. Entering off the beach and dro...

Trip Report - Bare Island

A photo from Bare Island

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...

Trip Report - Shelly Beach

A photo from Shelly Beach

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!

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.