Michelle decided to celebrate the arrival of a sunny summer with a shore dive Camp Cove. The trip plan did remind people parking was a nightmare anywhere near this penultimate harbours side beach on South Head, so to get there early. What it left out is that Ross & Michelle were aiming for a pre-dive breakfast and so got one of the last spots at 7am! I arrived 45 minutes later, and had 10 min wait for a spot to come up, so not too bad considering it was a gorgeous day. The others appeared to be missing in action, or maybe just stuck in traffic so we went in and followed McFadyen’s guide. The abridged version is: head from the carpark down to the beach and straight into the water, surface swim to the big post, and if organised take a bearing on the harbour bridge/city. Descend (~4m), head east, and after ~10m you will hit a low rocky reef (depth 5-6m). Swim, keeping the reef on the right, if you are good on air you will make it all the way down the beach, but you can follow any of the gullies that cut across the reef if you want to turn around sooner. Towards the SE end of the reef someone has tied a rope into the reef that leads off into the sand, we followed it >30 m but it didn't appear to go anywhere. On the way back (with the north side of the reef now on your right) make excursions into the seagrass (sadly well scared by dragging anchors) to see what critters you can find. Once the reef breaks up into a boulder field you are back where you started, so head into the shallows and you should surface near the cafe, and safely way from the boat traffic.
Post dive we headed down to Green Point Reserve at the opposite end of the beach and bumped into Paul, Lynn and Conner as well as Martin, Alastair and Calum who had just been in for a dive as well. Lynn and Conner took their fancy new Decathlon full facemask snorkels in for a dip, while Martin and the lads went in for a second dive of the day.