Archive for August 2009

Dive #48: The Waterfall, Sydney

Place:The Waterfall Buddy:Fiona, Gary
Weather:Mild Type:Boat (Mv Mindarie)
Max. depth (m):20.7 Visibility (m):10
Time down:17:00 Dive time (mins):37
Average depth (m):15.2 Water temp. (C):15.0

Equipment: 24 lb. Steel 12.2 l tank.

Notes: The second dive of the day. Cold, for those of us without Cressi hooded goodness. Salvage! A fishing rod. More peerless navigation. Flat boulders made rock gardens of multi-coloured aquatic flora. A mask less leaky.

Accumulated time underwater: 1 day, 3 hours and 56 minutes

Dive #47: Old Man’s Hat, Sydney

Place:Old Man's Hat Buddy:Fiona, Gary
Weather:Mild Type:Boat (Mv Mindarie)
Max. depth (m):20.1 Visibility (m):10
Time down:15:00 Dive time (mins):37
Average depth (m):13.1 Water temp. (C):15.0

Equipment: 24 lb. Steel 12.2 l tank.

Notes: We booked a double dive with Plunge, who rented us gear and outsourced the boating to Yves. Just three divers on the boat, and I the most experienced! Old man’s hat was fairly easy to navigate after a helpful briefing from Yves (though the swim-through eluded us). Still, an internal whoop of joy upon successful return to the anchor chain. Lots of fish and Port Jackson sharks. First dive with the new strobe. It’ll take some time to get the best out of that.

Accumulated time underwater: 1 day, 3 hours and 19 minutes

Dive #43, #44 ,#45, #46: PADI Rescue Diver Course

Place: Chowder Bay, Sydney Buddy: Eithne
Weather: Fine Type: Shore/Wharf
Max Depth: ~ 14 m Visibility: 10.0 m
Time down: N/A Dive Time: ~2 hours

Equipment: All own gear. Rented steel tank. 24 lb weight (new standard, I think). Had to buy a SMB, spool, compass, and pocket mask, as these were required for the course. The knife finally came in handy, as it was required also.

Notes: We did a really great PADI Rescue Diver course at Plunge Diving in Mosman, Sydney. The practical part involved two full days (9am-5pm, pretty much) in the water, and accounts for four open water dives according to PADI, though there’s little extended time under water. It was pretty challenging and by far the best PADI course I’ve done.

The best bit of the course was the scenario training- dealing with emergency situations. The instructors mixed it up nicely. We arrived on the wharf after lunch expecting to methodically search an area underwater for a lost diver (a weight belt) only to find three panic-stricken divers on the surface 30 metres away, needing assistance. Later, while assisting a badly bleeding diver back to the wharf, we came across two unconscious divers on the surface requiring safe transit to the nearest beach while receiving rescue breaths. Demanding bastards. The Sunday ended with the ‘I can’t believe this Rescue Diver course is not over!’ game, which involved an astonishing amount lot of rescue breathing, towing, de-equipmenting, dragging and CPR. It took a full day to recover. Can’t fault the course or Ronnie, the instructor.

Darn cold at times, in my 5 mm two-piece with no hood. Perhaps some kind of hooded vest would be good… also some thin gloves.

Accumulated time under water: 1 day, 2 hours and 42 minutes