Archive for April 2013

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

Dive #103, #104: Gordon’s Bay, Sydney

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Place:Gordon's BayGordon's Bay Buddy:SimonSimon, Ciara
Weather:Dull, rainy Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):14.013.4 Visibility (m):99
Time down:09:3612:31 Dive time (mins):5854
Average depth (m):8.27.9 Water temp. (C):22.022.0

Notes: Ciara and Fiona decided to do a nice and easy shore dive in preparation for the Valiant next week. They recruited a few others for a guided shore dive of Gordon’s Bay with Pro-dive Coogee. Simon and I decided to go by ourselves at the same time because it cost less.

Price: Pro-dive Coogee charged $19 for each tank.

Diving: The diving was surprisingly good. There was lots to see and we saw lots; Simon’s a pretty good spotter. An incomplete list might include a Moray eel, lots of little shrimps, rays, a Port Jackson shark and blue groupers. I favoured a carefree plunge so I didn’t bring a camera. We spent some time pestering an octopus and found its stash of toys under a rock. There was an orange golf ball and various bits of plastic and detritus. Elsewhere, I found a canvas shoe and a cheap beaded bracelet, recovering the latter for Eithne who was at a wedding. There was a fair amount of rubbish down there, not enough to mar the dive to any great extent, but it might inspire one to join in on one of those cleanup days at some point.

Equipment: Rented tank. 18 lb weight.

Camera notes: No camera.

Accumulated time underwater: 2 days, 20 hours and 30 minutes