The curse of Swansea struck again. This time the boat skipper suffered a family problem so was unavailable, never mind... it was a chance to get out of Sydney and do some fun diving based on improvisation. The dive shop made some useful suggestions and so off we went for the first dive. This was a sheltered beach site at the mouth of the channel. Steve did his first ever sydney dive and sorted out his weighting for wetsuit diving with his Evo, Sam did the 'I am here so I may as well dive' moment and wandered off with twin 12s for a 9m dive and Bec played around with weighting/waiting and was support diver for Steve. Becky and I started knocking off her dive leader drills. The site was avereage; a good teaching site but lets leave it at that. The next dive was a favourite from the last Swansea visit, the bridge. After sorting out the difference between the tide tables and slacks, we hopped in (possibly an hour early). It were lovely, good vis, octopus out feeding, lots of fish. It was a night dive so lots more things were active. All divers came out with a smile on their faces, except perhaps Becky who suffered from being frozen as she was in a wetsuit whilst buddying me with the camera) Then back home for tea.
The next day was bright and sunny and apart from Becky and I, the rest of the SSAC contigent suffered from CBA or other reasons so bailed from diving and so Becky and I joined the dive shop 'club' for dive at Snapper Point, also know as the dive that should not have happened... The site entry was 300m from the car park down a walking track; try doing that in twins. Then there was a slight swell but I chose the place on the shore where the waves were amplified (humm, am I supposed to be a rocky shore biologist) and ended up geting knocked onto my back, trying to protect the camera whilst being slid head first into some rocks. Ne'ver mind, got sorted and then joined shope dudes. This was diving reminiscent of another agency and was far too crowded for BEcky and I although we appreciated the spirit of the dive shop in inviting us. The vis was ok. The site was excellent, one worth visiting again but with a single 10 and the strobe fully charged. Lots of caves and swim throughs, fish abounded and we even had squid doing formation swimming over the sand. The pain was that in disrobing, I tore my drysuit seal... (not a good day, but in true BSAC fashion, the next dive would go ahead assisted by lecky tape). Dive 2 on sunday was the classic Swansea drift, aside from a quick up-periscope too early, it all went to plan; we even got out right next to the cars. The drift was fast (around 3 knots) and there was lots to see and even some turbulence to try acrobatics in.
Thanks to Julian for organising the accomodation and Bec for liaising with the dive shop.