While some of the club were out with Southern Cross Divers to do the paddle steamer Koputia, 8 miles off shore and 78m down, a few of us took the more leisurely option of a dip at Bare Island. The day got off to cracking start with hazy winter sunshine and barely a breath of wind. Alas, Stuart blew a hose, thwarting his planned dive, but Paul’s recently (twice) repaired drysuit and newly services tank/reg’s all behaved themselves. Ben C was there to take his shiny new JJ in for its first dive since passing his MOD1, and Duncan was just there for giggles.
With Stuart and Crossett senior providing shore cover, we set off 5 min a head of schedule (no phaffing with this crew!), about hour before high water. There were so many other divers around you would have been forgiven for thinking that this must be the most popular dive site in Sydney. Underwater it was more relaxed, and the 5m vis made for easy navigation as we headed out to the rocky wall at ~10-14m. Plenty of sponges, nudibranch and fish, as well as the odd cuttlefish and octopus.
While we were underwater Gary W dropped by for a chin wag with the surface cover. Thank you to Tom C for the photos.