Archive for May 2009

Place to do TDI courses in Sydney

Authorized Mares Service Centres in Sydney

Here’s one in Paramatta: http://www.scubawarehouse.com.au/ . Mares has a list of all of the NSW Mares dealers, but I think only the ones with the ‘Mares Lab’ icon are proper service places. There’s another place in Beverley Hills. Haven’t found any in or around the city though.

Dive #42: Blue fish point, Sydney

Place:Blue Fish Point Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Mild Type:Boat (Sea Life V)
Max. depth (m):21.9 Visibility (m):15
Time down:12:18 Dive time (mins):43
Average depth (m):13.4 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: All own gear. Rented tank.

Notes: Average depth was 13.4 m. This dive completed my first full 24 hours under water! It only took 6 years. Well the next 24 will come a lot quicker. I was glad to have the camera as well.

Photos for this dive, and #41:

Accumulated time under water: 1 day, 0 hours and 42 minutes

Dive #41: Manly Bommie, Sydney

Place:Manly Bommie Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Mild Type:Boat (Sea Life V)
Max. depth (m):17.3 Visibility (m):15
Time down:10:33 Dive time (mins):40
Average depth (m):14.0 Water temp. (C):21.0

Equipment: All own gear. Rented tank. Integrated 18lb weight. New Cressi Gorilla bag to carry the gear. Not so comfortable for carrying by hand, but very good on the boat and in the car.

Notes: Water was 21 degrees celsius. Average depth was 14.0 m. We (Eithne, Fiona, Declan and I) booked on for a double dive with pro dive manly. We were picked up at the Rose Bay ferry wharf at 7.45 am. Damn early. The boat didn’t go to the planned dive sites because of the conditions at sea. Instead, we went to the Manly Bommie first and then Blue fish point. Really nice dives. Surprisingly pleasant. Weedy sea dragons and cuttlefish lining up to pose. Fish doing their fishy things in abundance. An eel under a rock. Eyed by a grouper. Good vis as well. Photos in the Dive #42 entry.

Accumulated time under water: 23 hrs 59 mins

New dive gear bag

I just got a Cressi Gorilla from Adreno Scuba centre. I chose it because it’s waterproof, so I can put wet dive gear in a car without worrying about the car, and because it has a stopper to let water out. This means you can wash your gear in the bag and drain before proper drying. Should be handy for maintaining dive gear in a small unit. Looking forward to trying it out next weekend.