Trip Reports from 2015

Terrigal Tech Dive

A photo from Terrigal Tech Dive

When the alarm went off at 5am I did think that the old days when we rented a house in Terrigal for the weekend it would have been a bit more civilised, but the spectacular sunrise on the 90 min drive up did make up for it.

Everyone made it on time for the 7am meet up at The Haven car park and the gear was loaded up on Bob's boat. Once his palm was crossed with $80 (which includes the permit) we were on our way. By just after 8am we were making our way down the line to the Adelaide.. There was no swell which made for a great dive, and before you knew it the 75 min run time was almost up. The morning was capped off with an excellent brunch at the Haven Beach Cafe.

Christmas In July

A photo from Christmas In July

Alas the recent snowfalls had melted by the time we got to Katoomba for this year's Christmas in July, but that probably saved a lot of travel hassles as people made their way up on Friday evening. Most people were staying at The Coomonderry a charming, snug, cottage near the middle of town. As people tucked into Ross' homemade Stilton, the entertainment was provided by a game Owen brought up called Cards Against Humanity - one not for the faint hearted.

Saturday started with a pleasant bush walk along Federation Pass, that goes round the base of the Three Sisters, to help work up an appetite. In the evening everyone got brushed up for a pre-dinner Gin 'n Tonic (in both the regular format and new jelly form served with a side order of sherbet). The 'Yulefest' was at the Carrington Hotel, which as you approach at night certain...

Bare Island

A photo from Bare Island

Rick, Soo and I met up for a spring dip at Bare Island on Wednesday morning, it was a pleasure not having to fight it out with the weekend crowds for a parking spot. It also made life easy for Phil and Emily from the BBC to film us as part of their program on helicopter rescue doctors which will go to air (in the UK) in early 2016. Hopefully some of the underwater footage on GoPros they lent us of octopuses, nudibranchs, port jakson and the usual sponges, beer bottles and kelp will be good enough to make the final cut!

Terrigal Tech Dive

A photo from Terrigal Tech Dive

We meet up at 7 am in The Haven car park and looked a little gloomily at the larger than expected breakers and a stiff southerly. Neither were in the forecast. However, conditions were still good enough for the SS Galava so the gear was loaded up on Bob's boat. Once his palm was crossed with $60 we were on our way...followed a short pause while Bob worked out how to use his new GPS...and them off again on the 6-7 km trip out (the wreck lies roughly NE of The Haven).

The Galava sank at around 1 am on the 9th Feb 1927 when the holds flooded quickly. All the crew made it off the boat, but they didn't have time to launch the life boat and only 5 out of 8 survived. These days only a few ribs stick out of the sand in the forward section of the boat so it took 4 goes and a fair level of cursing to get the pick to stay in. However the beautifully sponge encrusted boiler, i...

MS Mikhail Lermontov

A photo from MS Mikhail Lermontov

The MV Lermontov has to be one of the best wreck dives in the world. Lying intact, on it's port side in 37m of water the 157m long cruise liner, which sank in 1986, offers endless opportunities to explore. However, the notorious weather found in the Marlborough Sound used to make it a frustrating destination with a high chance of getting blown out. All that changed when the Lermontov Dive Lodge opened for business. You can now stay in the remote and stunningly beautiful Port Gore only a 5 min boat ride from the wreck.

Three SSAC tech divers teamed up with TEC Divers Australia and Dive Adventures for a week long expedition with Brent and the crew at Go Dive Marlborough. We flew to Wellington on the North Island and then it was a short hop (flying past the rocky head land where the ship ran aground and over the top of where s...