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Dive #134, #135: North Solitary Island

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Place:North Solitary Island (The Bubble Cave and Anemone Gardens)North Solitary Island (Anemone Gardens) Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Sunny Type:Boat (The Kraken)
Max. depth (m):14.011.9 Visibility (m):1010
Time down:09:1711:26 Dive time (mins):4562
Average depth (m):9.46.7 Water temp. (C):20.020.0

Notes: Double boat dive with Wooli Dive Centre.

Price: $145 for tanks and weights only.


Equipment: Rented aluminium tank. 18 lb weight.

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 17 hours and 28 minutes

Dive #105, #106: The Valiant, The Sponge Garden / Dragon Alley, Near Barrenjoey Headland, Sydney

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Place:The ValiantThe Sponge Garden / Dragon Alley Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Sunny Type:Boat
Max. depth (m):26.820.4 Visibility (m):1010
Time down:10:1211:51 Dive time (mins):3445
Average depth (m):19.214.0 Water temp. (C):19.020.0

Notes: Double boat dive with Scubamunkies at Mona Vale near Palm Beach in Sydney.

Price: $110 pp. tanks and weights only.

Diving: The Valiant was nice: lots of Moray eels. With the boat moored neatly at one end, it’s a very easy site to navigate. On the second dive I was unbearably cold, shivering even as I finished descending, and yet the water temperature was warmer according to my computer. I wonder if on the first dive some cooling effect happens from which you don’t fully recover, so that the second dive feels colder? I consistently find the second dive colder than the first, regardless of the measured temperature.

Equipment: Rented steel tank. 18 lb weight.

Camera notes: My camera rig has a few too many cable ties and bits of blu-tac keeping it together. It is time to invest in the proper INON fittings to attach the Canon DC-38 case to the INON D4 grip.

Accumulated time underwater: 2 days, 21 hours and 49 minutes