Last Weekends Dives

2 weeks 1 hour ago #303658 by AB
AB created the topic: Last Weekends Dives
As we batten down the hatches for a deluge over this coming weekend in Melbourne, I can re live the dives we did last weekend. Strangely we didn't get many club divers putting up their hands last week, even though the conditions were pretty good, and there is only a couple more weeks to get that Xmas cray! We didn't have convenient slack waters in the bay so we went through the Rip to the sandstone reefs off Point Lonsdale. The water was blue, and with reports of water temps above 18 degrees, we rolled in at Golden Arch. Every few minutes a 2 metre swell would roll through, and it lifted some sediment into the water, reducing the vis to 10 metres or so. The usual reef fish were around, though not yet in big numbers. The significant thing was the temperature - on the bottom at 18 metres, it was just 15 degrees. We stayed for 45 minutes and I didn't get cool at all.

The second dive was at a site called Ledges, and although it looks like perfect crayfish territory, not a feeler was sighted, and not a lot of fish either. Among the gutters between the reefs of multi level, deep ledges, lost sit in various states of decay. Help to explain why there aren't any crays here. The reef structure includes arches and caves, so it's still an interesting spot to explore. After another 45 minutes, I was regretting deciding on a wetsuit today. Flat seas made the trip back in comfy, and we cruised past Queenscliff Pier with the sounds of the music festival drifting out over the water. Back at our dive lodge, we unpacked the boat and washed gear while having a refreshment, and settled down to review the videos of the dives.

All up another great day, pity there weren't more divers to enjoy it with us! Here is the video of the day: vimeo.com/244429038

Alan

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