Archive for January 2010

Dive #59: The Gap, Sydney

Place:The Gap Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Fine Type:Boat (Sea Life V)
Max. depth (m):11.9 Visibility (m):15
Time down:11:05 Dive time (mins):53
Average depth (m):8.2 Water temp. (C):18.0

Equipment: As #58.

Notes: After a pathetic few dessicated tiny sausage rolls, we bumped down to Bondi and had a frowning look at the current and then back up to the Gap. No current there, and no Grey Nurse sharks either- a point to note since Magic Point was on the schedule. One becomes curious as to whether it is a general dive shop strategy to talk of sharks and whales and all manner of exotic marine fauna before grimly announcing that there’s been a weather warning and a few mangy wrasse will have to do.

Anyway, in at the Gap and on our own this time by design and it was lovely not to see any other divers for 53 minutes. Plenty of ray action, and a nice picture of a Red Rock Cod (Scorpaena cardinalis) to boot.

Accumulated time underwater: 1 day, 12 hours and 32 minutes

Dive #58: Old Man’s Hat, Sydney

Place:Old Man's Hat Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Fine Type:Boat (Sea Life V)
Max. depth (m):20.4 Visibility (m):15
Time down:09:01 Dive time (mins):37
Average depth (m):15.8 Water temp. (C):18.0

Equipment: All own gear, but tank and weights. 24 lb, 12 l aluminium.

Notes: First of a five pack that was a good deal with Pro Dive ($80 per double boat dive). But that’s really where good and Pro Dive part company. Too many on the boat; not enough weight to go around, guides filling their pockets with rusty chain. A disastrous dive master, carefully arranging for everyone to arrive at the anchor chain simultaneously and descend together in a struggling mass of panic and tanks and fins in the face. We four should have gone our own way immediately, but we’d arranged to stick by this poor Scot who arrived at the bottom to find one of his posse missing. So, hanging around in the cold murk, tearing through the air at 20 metres while he went in earnest to find his last diver, bobbing around at the top because she was under-f**king-weighted. Back then and a regroup and off for the scenery straight into a load of wide-eyed noobs, fresh from their open water course and wondering how, with the extra degree of freedom and the great size of the ocean, that scuba diving can consist mainly of bumping into expressionless staring mutes. A clusterf**k, according to Simon. And he was right.

Accumulated time underwater: 1 day, 11 hours and 39 minutes