Brisbane S.A.C. has extended an invitation for our club to join them on the Australia Day long weekend at Stradbroke Island to go diving!
The attractions of diving Straddie at that time of year are the Manta rays, leopard sharks, turtles and an abundance of smaller fishy like things. This year we even had octopi bonking! See previous trips reports for more.
It is open to all, including non divers. It usually around $350-400 per person for the weekend for divers (2 dives a day Fri, Sat, Sun). This includes food, accommodation, diving, car pooling and ferry. It doesn't include alcohol or trans...
Fe, Andy , Duncan and Ben had a relaxing dive down at Bare Island. The vis wasn't the greatest, or was that just the silt kicked up by Andy's scooter?
The post dive burger at Bare Grill & Cafe hit the spot and everyone waddled home having had a fun afternoon.
This year the Christmas party was on Shark Island. Soo and Fe formed the advanced party and they set up base camp in the gazebo. Most of us came over on the 10:50 ferry and before long we were tucking in to a fine array of food. The Island is in Rose Bay, so the afternoon was spent idly watching the passing yachts go by, a round or two of boules, a dip in the sea or exploring the island’s foreshore and grottos, which were hand built in the early 1900s. A cleansing ale at the Fourtune of War rounded off a perfect afternoon.
There is nothing like a relaxing shore dive, especially in idilic spring weather, until you turn up at the chosen beach (Shelly) to find that it is hosting as major cancer charity walk and it's pandemonium. While the eager beavers (Glenn, Sam) who had arrived at 7am and managed to get a parking spot dived the plan, the rest of us bailed out to the calm of Little Manly Beach round the corner.
Al, Ben, Owen and Fe had a relaxing hour long dip, while Duncan, Sandy and Zoe provided the shore cover. A fun time was had by all.
As we drove down to Bare Island the piddling rain gave way to patchy sunshine and the wind dropped. Al, Fe and Andy were up for the dive, well, we were up anyway.
We parked at the top of a short path down to Congwong beach & faffed around getting all the usual kit together for a nice easy shore dive, The usual BSAC, three scooters, a rebreather, a side mount rig, drysuits and the kitchen sink.
We recovered Andy form the loos nearby, (He’d found a friend to chat to) and entered the cool, clear, calm water of Congwong, motored off to Bare Island bridge past the kelp and went for a spin round the island, only getting lost four or five times.
Saw a big fat groper, a bunch of recrea...
We meet after work from 6pm most Wednesday nights at the Grand Hotel on Hunter Street near Wynyard Station for dinner and a few beers.
We encourage potential new members to meet us on the first Wednesday of a calendar month as this is when most club members will be in attendance.