J4 Sub Dive Report – 27 December 2016

Divers: Simon, Ray, Scott, Lawrence, Frans Andrew & Mark

After our first dive this morning everyone was pumped about doing a second dive. Although the viz wasn’t quite as good as the Coogee it was still very good. Scott and i decided we would swim through the wreck, we entered at the bow and made it almost to the rear bulkhead. The slight amount of surge meant we had to focus as we swam out the opening but apart from that the surge had little impact.

Mark

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Coogee Dive Report – 27 December 2016

Divers: Simon, Ray, Scott, Lawrence, Frans Andrew & Mark

Finally the great diving weather is here! Warm but overcast, water temp is 18 degrees, seas flat and visibility is 20 plus metres. We could almost see the wreck from the surface, as we descended the shot the wreck soon came into view. We had descended on to the boilers so we decided we spend this dive at the bow of the ship, the guys with the cameras weren’t disappointed, as the Coogee makes for a fantastic subject when the viz is this good. Once we reach our planned bottom time its time to ascend, the slight current drifts us off the wreck as we complete our stops.
Mark

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Coogee Dive Report – 28 August 2016

Divers: Dimi, Youri, Ben, Giullian, Scott, Des, Mark & Andrew

A great wreck dive for anyone with at least an Advanced Open Water cert, the Coogee lies about 30 meters down. The bow and stern are mostly intact so there are plenty of features to look at. And, Melbourne’s winter diving conditions did not disappoint with fairly still water and pretty good viz.

Even with a couple of last minute changes in buddy teams we all had a fun dive. Back on the boat discussion soon turned to lunch. What better way to end a great day of diving?

Andrew G

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Courier Dive Report – 28 August 2016

Divers: Youri, Ben, Spike, Giullian, Scott, Des, Mark & Andrew

It was an early start for the dedicated team of Wreck Divers. The conditions were set to be terrific and there was a buzz of excitement as we geared up for the dive. For some it would be the first visit to the Courier and for others it was another opportunity to explore more details of the former steamship.

The conditions were almost as good as expected. There was a bit of surge at the bottom but the visibility was great. With 40 meters depth our bottom time was over all too quickly but back on the boat after our deco stops we had plenty of new stories to share.

 

Andrew G

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J4 Sub Dive Report – 26 June 2016

Divers: Dimi K, Des M, Giullian N, Leo L, Push G, Youri C, Mark R & Andrew G

The J Class submarines are always a great dive and today was no exception.

With improved visibility we were able to explore the whole sub, inside and out. Those of us that were certified to penetrate the sub did so, while some team members were happy exploring the external features of the J4.

It was a great dive and as teams ascended and boarded the boat we started chatting about everything we saw. However, the topic soon changed to lunch plans. Discussion about the days dives continued over a pub meal and we agreed that we should do it all again soon.

Andrew G

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Milora Dive Report – 26 June 2016

Divers: Ben J, Youri C, Push G, Leo L, Mark R & Andrew G

It was an early start but it didn’t matter because we were excited about the first Wreck Divers outing. The conditions on the surface looked pretty good as the boat drove out thorough Port Phillip Heads.

As we approached the dive site we started gearing up in anticipation of the dive ahead. Once the shot line was in the water, team by team we stepped into the water and made our descent down the line.

The Milora is the largest wreck in the Ships Graveyard, but clearly not big enough because the shot line missed the wreck all together. That didn’t detour the Wreck Divers though. At 40 meters depth were swimming around the bottom and soon enough some team members found the wreck.

There was too much wreck to explore in a single dive and as we started our ascent I knew we would have to get back to Milora soon to take another look.

Andrew G

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