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 met up at Gary's place in Currarong on Friday night and for beers 'n pizza (or wine and cheese for the ladies) with some cheese before turning in for the night at a reasonable hour as it was a 7:15 am departure the next day.
Saturday started with a quick breakfast and then the 40 min drive to Dive Jervis Bay. We were on Genesis, the faster, smaller boat, which the 6 of us shared with two other divers and the dive guide. The stiff southerly had the waves breaking on the shore in Huskisson...which didn't boad well for getting out side the heads. After a lot of phaffing (the dive shop was a man down) we pushed away from the dock, only to be hailed by a...
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.