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A photo from Fantastic Forster
Photo by Unknown SSAC Member
A photo from Fantastic Forster
Photo by Unknown SSAC Member

The weather looked ok for the weekend so the trip was all ok to go. The Sevan apartments were excellent. Most of us squatted on the second floor whilst the Penthousers had ocean views, although level snobbery was put aside for the diving and Saturdays bbq.

The diving experience was a mixed bag. The dive sites provided the expected sharks, eels, rays and much more wonderful wild life. The Dive staff from the shop was what can be described as critical of the set up and dive styles of the group. The remarks about drysuits started on the jetty before the trip to Seal Rocks for the first dive. It was down to a temperature that caused another dive group to comment that drysuits would be nice! Also the staff had vocally negative views on rebreathers. It appears that any style differing from the usual is considered unnecessary.

The first dive required a swim out to the boat. They were on a tight schedule to get back to pick up another group to take out. We were a little late getting sorted due to not fully understanding the process and were rushed through the whole first dive. The dive was good, not great viz, but many critters. It was unfortunate that being told we were running late did not actually assist us getting back on schedule. More assistance would have been the better option for the boat crew.

Back on time the second dive was more relaxed, we knew the procedure although not fully briefed on the regime for shark diving which was done on Sunday morning after the shark diving! This dive provided the serious sharkie action. Close up with 8' Grey Nurse, Wobbegongs, and Port Jackson Sharks.

Saturday evening was fun packed with more food than a Roman Army needs. Five guys at one stage were poking the 10 burner bbq. Enough left over for Sunday lunch snacks.

Sunday and the diving was as good if not better than Saturday. The sea was unkind with a large swell and choppy not a good combination. Those that dived saw life galore. The second dive was exceptional from large Grey Nurse, rays, Wobbegongs, Port Jacksons, eels, Nudi's, Crays and many many more. Great dive to finish on and the weather held off for us.