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Dive 13 – Barwon Heads Bluff

This dive was really impressive, and completely different to most other dives I’ve done. There were barely any critters around, but the dive was mainly about the underwater landscape, and seeking out some remnants of the Earl of Charlemont.

The rock formations looked amazing, and were great fun to explore around. We also did end up finding some parts left over from the Earl of Charlemont, as can be seen in the pics below.

- Equipment -
Suit: 7mm with Hood, Gloves, Booties (Bit Cold)
Cylinder: 12.2L Steel
Weight: 10kg (OK, maybe 1kg more)
Weather: Sunny with nearly no wind.

- Air -
Start Pressure: 220bar
End Pressure: 20bar
Used: 200bar

 

Dive 12 – Spot G, Port Phillip Bay

An early start saw me down in Queenscliff about 7:30am.  I purchased some gloves this time before heading into the 10 degree water, as my hands were numb after the last effort.

We jumped in the water and descended quickly, only to find the surroundings very dark at 30m…

The dive was still a lot of fun and a great experience to dive in such cold water, with limited visibility, and decent current.

Towards the end of the dive, we came across a shark resting in a small opening, then on ascent we ran into a playful seal which crossed past directly in front of us a couple of times inquisitively!  Fast!

- Equipment -
Suit: 7mm with Hood, Gloves, Booties (Bit Cold)
Cylinder: 12.2L Steel
Weight: 10kg (OK, maybe 0.5-1kg more)
Weather: Overcast & Slight Breeze

- Air -
Start Pressure: 230bar
End Pressure: 40bar
Used: 190bar

Dive 11 – Cottage By The Sea, Port Phillip Bay

After a short walk down to the beach and a 50m swim out to the reef, we decided to turn right and head along until we started to freeze in the 14 degree C water.

There was a bit of life about, and a Smooth Ray which I neglected to see.  As usual, Chris managed to get some good shots.  After an hour in the water we headed back to shore.

- Equipment -
Suit: 7mm with Hood (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Steel
Weight: 10kg (OK)
Weather: Sunny & Warm

- Air -
Start Pressure: 240bar
End Pressure: 90bar
Used: 150bar

Dive 10 – USAT Liberty, Tulamben, Bali

Fifth and final dive for my PADI Advanced Open Water course.  The photography portion of the course (although I already knew all the theory anyway).  It did give me a chance to test out my new camera though.  A couple of the pics are shown in the gallery below.

- Equipment -
Suit: 2mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Aluminium
Weight: 5kg (OK)
Weather: Sunny & Warm

- Air -
Start Pressure: 200bar
End Pressure: 50bar
Used: 150bar

Dive 9 – Drop Off, Tulamben, Bali

Fourth dive for my PADI Advanced Open Water course.  This was the deep dive part of the course.  The dive site was fantastic.  This was my first wall to dive on, and I’m a fan.  There was a heap of fish and plant life right up and down the wall, and the site was very easy to dive.  This was the first outing with my camera, but I forgot to take the flash diffuser and the correct strap, which was a bit disappointing.

I also managed to drop my weight down to 5kg for this dive.

- Equipment -
Suit: 2mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Aluminium
Weight: 5kg (OK)
Weather: Sunny & Warm

- Air -
Start Pressure: 200bar
End Pressure: 50bar
Used: 150bar

Dive 8 – Tulamben Beach, Bali

Third dive for my PADI Advanced Open Water course, and my first night dive.  The feeling of a night dive was totally different to a day dive!  One of the biggest bonuses is it’s very easy to keep an eye on your buddy, since he has a big light shining out of him!

- Equipment -
Suit: 2mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Aluminium
Weight: 6kg (OK)
Weather: Night & Warm

- Air -
Start Pressure: 200bar
End Pressure: 90bar
Used: 110bar

 

Dive 7 – USAT Liberty, Tulamben, Bali

Second dive for my PADI Advanced Open Water course.  This dive was to check out the Liberty wreck.  This was my first wreck dive, and the size of the Liberty was astonishing.  Some parts of the ship are well intact, and there is an abundance of life around it.

- Equipment -
Suit: 2mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Aluminium
Weight: 6kg (OK)
Weather: Overcast & Warm

- Air -
Start Pressure: 200bar
End Pressure: 50bar
Used: 150bar

 

Dive 6 – Tulamben Beach, Bali

First dive for my PADI Advanced Open Water course.  This dive was to test out my navigation and compass skills.  Didn’t do too badly!

- Equipment -
Suit: 2mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Aluminium
Weight: 6kg (OK)
Weather: Overcast & Warm

- Air -
Start Pressure: 200bar
End Pressure: 50bar
Used: 150bar

Dive 5 – St Leonards Pier, Port Phillip Bay

First dive since completing the Open Water course – and first try out with my new gear!  Saw a heap of stuff, and didn’t know what any of it was…  A couple of massive Ray’s, as well as a baby one about 30cm long.  Heaps of fun!

- Equipment -
Suit: 7mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Steel
Weight: 10kg (A bit heavy)
Weather: Cloudy & 21 degrees C

- Air -
Start Pressure: 235bar
End Pressure: 125bar
Used: 110bar

 

New Gear

It’s taken a couple of weeks – but I have pretty much all my gear now!

Wetsuit – Beuchat Focea Comfort 2 Men’s 7mm

BC – Oceanic Cruz

Regulator – Oceanic GT3 CDX5 (Second Stage/First Stage)

Tank – Faber Steel Tank – 12.2L

Dive Computer – Oceanic Veo 1.0

Dive 4 – Kelp Beds, Port Phillip Bay

A fun dive.  First time to touch the Open Water depth limit (18m).

- Equipment -
Suit: 5mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Steel
Weight: 9kg (OK)
Weather: Sunny & 27 degrees C

- Air -
Start Pressure: 210bar
End Pressure: 60bar
Used: 150bar

Dive 3 – Popes Eye, Port Phillip Bay

Another dive at Pope’s Eye.  This time outside the shelter of the rocks.  My first ‘interesting’ dive, and a dive that didn’t concentrate on doing skills.  It was good to be able to swim relatively freely!

- Equipment -
Suit: 5mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Steel
Weight: 9kg (OK)
Weather: Sunny & ? degrees C

- Air -
Start Pressure: 250bar
End Pressure: 100bar
Used: 150bar

Dive 2 – Popes Eye, Port Phillip Bay

My first dive at Pope’s Eye.  I think this is a site that every trainee diver visits.  We didn’t do much on this dive, and kept within the annulus… Fairly unexciting.

- Equipment -
Suit: 5mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Steel
Weight: 9kg (OK)
Weather: Sunny & 25 degrees C

- Air -
Start Pressure: 230bar
End Pressure: 150bar
Used: 80bar

Dive 1 – Springs, Point Lonsdale

A dive at the Springs near Point Lonsdale.  Not a very nice dive – very limited vis.  We were there mainly to test out some skills.

- Equipment -
Suit: 5mm (OK)
Cylinder: 12.2L Steel
Weight: 9kg (OK)
Weather: Cloudy & 24 degrees C

- Air -
Start Pressure: 230bar
End Pressure: 150bar
Used: 80bar