DIVE ADDICTS  

 SCUBA DIVING CLUB

Welcome to the Dive Addicts Australia web page. This page is supplied by BAS as a service to its many customers and also some of the members work for BAS which comes in handy when something goes wrong when away.

Phone 49567790 for any Club details and to add your contact details to our list.

Also the Sheds opening Hours are as follows. MONDAY,WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY 9am to 5pm.

Due to our services being required out in the field TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS the shed may be closed.

If you require assistance please phone Paul 0417247900.

Yes, we can fill OXYGEN to 250 bar , no problem.

Below will be where we will be diving on the weekend and also an email address etc. to volunteer to come along. Also we will be having monthly meetings probably on a Friday evening at the shed for a start and then later on a bit more civilized at a pub or restaurant. The Club usually goes overseas once a year so check out the Dive Holiday page.

 
 

 Check below for the latest news......

 
 
Dive dive dive!
Where did the summer go? Did anyone notice the weeks flying by, or was it just me that was half asleep, as usual? March is almost over and next weekend is Easter, when daylight saving finishes and it all begins to look a little gloomy. Now don't misunderstand me, winter (do we really have a winter?) is one of my favourite seasons; it's just a pity that water temperatures drop to chilly levels and I begin to feel less and less like going for a dive. Mind you, that's often when a lot of dive-related reading gets done and I get a chance to show off my skills as an armchair diver. It's not bad, really - a comfy chair, a glass of something agreeable and a good book, or magazine, and you can be off diving the world's oceans, battling with depth and decompression sickness. The best bit? - no gear to wash afterwards and it's (almost) free!
 
In spite of the moaning above, we've enjoyed some great dives recently, at both familiar and new sites. Conditions have been mixed, but the marine life continues to entertain and amaze. Last weekend was the Dive Addicts weekend away, ably organised by Len and enjoyed by all. I stuffed up bigtime and missed it all, since I was too busy doing work-type things to even remember that it was all happening. Even so, we did manage to run into the gang at Fly Point on the Sunday, where the conditions were good.
 
As the summer season draws to a close locally, another gang of intrepid addicts are checking their gear in preparation for another overseas trip, this time to Palau. I'm always available to carry bags if somebody would like to pay my fare!
 
As always, you can send comments, news items, photos, etc. to optimal.eng@bigpond.com (please enter “Dive Addicts” on the subject line). Of course, Paul is always happy to receive your input at the shed, as usual (paul@baservices.com.au)
 
     
 

                          News 

Been the busiest season yet at the shed, 2011 flying along,we have moved a little to larger premises,will be expanding our services in the next few months.Stand by.Dive travel will become a feature as we have a direct link with the best dive travel outfit in the world,come and see me for your best price.

      PALAU 2010 Return.

 All returned safe and well from our 19 day adventure. 36 of the most varied dives in one Trip.

Walls,reefs,Caves,Sharks ,Mantas,Mega Drift dives,Swim with a few million Jellyfish, Micronesia's largest wreck,Sea plane,Zero fighter, 6 different ship wrecks,dived every day due to protected waters,

  27/5/10.

Back from PALAU.36 dives done,Manta Rays,9 wrecks,5 walls, 2 cave systems,turtles and

lotsa big Fish.Margaritas,great food.

 Interesting place.Population 20,000, Modern Country,great facilities,friendly people, highly recommended.

                           

       Who That???

This year so far .

  travel

Members have 2 trips planned.

 1. Chuuk Lagoon

 2. Timor

 Please contact Paul for details

 

        

 

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I have recently installed our famous booster pump and upgraded the panel so now we can supply Oxygen to 250 bar consistently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
 

Where & When [May]

Goodbye April (where did THAT one go?) - here are the predictions for May, with predictions for high tide at the Swansea bridge. The entry times aren't THAT terrible, good enough as a turn-up-then-and-have-a-look figure. Enjoy.

 
 Always a good idea to turn up a bit early and be prepared to jump in at short notice! All care, but no responsibility taken, as usual..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 

Dive reports

Send us your reports from around the sites:- tell us about the conditions, the viz., what you saw and who you saw. If you took any decent photos, send us a copy to post on our photos page.

Let's see some reporting! Let's be hearing you!

Gone west...  (Simon)
Well, not really, but Helen and I were gone west a couple of weeks ago, to catch up with some old friends in Perth. We decided not to drag bags full of diving gear with us, but packed our wetsuits, masks and fins just in case! As soon as a side trip to Margaret River was proposed, I thought that a look underneath Bussleton jetty would be in order. Now, I can hear the laughter from here – I must have been the last person in Australia to learn that diving under Bussleton jetty has been stopped indefinitely, pending completion of repair work. In fact, it all sounds rather like the Rapid Bay jetty saga in South Australia, with mumblings of a permanent ban on diving, etc.. Anyway, every silver lining has a cloud (or something), because my first telephone enquiry unearthed a single boat dive (one boat was enough for me) to a local reef on the Saturday afternoon, so we could experience the joys of diving in Geographe Bay after all. “Just call into the shop on Friday to confirm”, I was told.
 
On the Friday we called in at the shop as promised, which was an entertaining experience in itself… I parked in the shop’s customer parking area and a young chap in the dive shop’s uniform popped out and looked at us warily as we climbed out of the car. “OK if we park here?”, I asked, immediately adding that we wanted to come into the shop anyway. “….Why do you want to come into the shop?” he asked, standing in front of the door! Excuse me, but this must be some sort of new retail approach that I haven’t heard of, because the last time I worked in a shop we were trying to encourage people to come in, not drive them away! Eventually he allowed us in, then stood with his arms folded (very telling body language that) while we explained ourselves. Nothing doing – we should just turn up at the marina the next day and the people there would “look after us”. Which is what he did, as we filed out of the shop again (without buying anything, surprise surprise).
 
Our experience at the marina the next day was quite different, very welcoming and everything ran smoothly. Even better, nobody else had booked in, so there was one student plus instructor and the two of us, all in a boat big enough for about fifteen divers!
 
A fifteen minute boat ride saw us anchored over the reef in less than ten metres of water and we were told to be back in about an hour, or when our air ran out. Conditions were good, with reasonable viz. and we spent the next hour spotting more new fish and invertebrates than we could adequately remember. There weren’t huge numbers of fish, but there was plenty of variety. It was a real pleasure to see lots of species endemic to the west coast, having previously known them only from books. Helen found a western Blue Devil fish hiding under a ledge, which I followed with a Chinaman cod, sitting on a sponge (the fish). We saw two of the biggest sea hares ever, which made the local specimens look like tiddlers in comparison. Throughout we were accompanied by plenty of Magpie Morwong, Yellow-headed Hula fish and Wrasse of various types. Just before we called it a day, Helen spotted a giant cuttlefish lurking under an overhang. All of this was over a backdrop of spectacular sponges and ascidians.
 
After a quick wash-up back at the marina, we were on our way, with more happy dive memories to take home with us.
 
Back to Halifax  (Simon & Helen)
Saturday 14th March saw the Addicts turn out in force (well, in large numbers, anyway) for day one of the Nelson Bay end-of-season expedition thingy. In fact, some of us turned out a little earlier than others (remember that old daylight saving/tide tables thing?), but that meant that we could grab the best parking spots. I tried not to look too smug as the latecomers manoeuvred around, trying vainly to find a spot that wasn't actually in the ocean. One old bloke gave me the finger a couple of times, but I suppose it made him feel better, so no harm done (yet).
 
When we finally made it into the water the viz. was a little disappointing, with plenty of suspended gunk to block the view. We made our way down to about sixteen metres and stopped, as it was getting gloomier by the metre. I began to think that we must have wandered away from everyone else, as we didn't see anyone for about twenty minutes. As it turned out, they were only about five metres below us. After about ten minutes I wondered if I'd zipped up my suit properly, as the water was starting to feel very cold; turns out it was a bit cold! There was plenty of fish life to see, including wobbies, rock cod, rays, wrasse and the inevitable blue grouper that starts out cute and finishes up being something of a nuisance. Well, not really, but they do have a habit of head butting you just when you're looking at something really, really interesting.
 
A good time was had by all (apparently). We didn't make it to the lunch afterwards, or to day two, as we had other things requiring our attention. Thanks to everyone who organised it all and came along on the day(s).
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 The Majestic Grey Nurse Shark. 

 

 

Rod was doing some Macro shots ,looked up and !!!!!!!!!!!!!! (2 feet away,just curious!!!!!!)

How he got the Shark to Smile ?????( must be a good tickler)

Best Ever.Great  work.

A copy of the DVD is at the shed for a loan.

 
     
 

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Wreck Of the Advance

The Advance was dived by members of DIVE ADDICTS on Saturday the 26th may. The aim of the dive was to see if there was any damage done to the wreck by the Coal ship that was anchored above it. There is no damage to report but the Anchor chain was within 20 meters of the wreck. The dive was fairly tough due to a fairly strong northerly current. Vis was good and more of the wreck is exposed so some return visits are to be expected.

I used half my back gas just to get to the bottom , coming back was easy but hanging on the Deco line, like a Flag flapping in the breeze was not real pleasant.

The sea was flat and a beaut sunny day.

 
     
 


Boiler and Divers and lots of Fish
 

 
 


Bow
 

 
 


Great Vis
 

 
 


Coal Ship
 

 
 

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  The Kiama was dived again on Saturday the 26th May and the Bow was located west of the main part of the wreck so we will try and get some pictures as well in a fortnights time.  
     
 

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The wreck of the Kiama was successfully done on Saturday the 28th of April, vis at the surface was approx 10 meters and on the bottom 15 mtrs. A good dive to get the lay out of the wreck. As can be seen on the attached pictures the wreck isflattened out and spread over a large area.

 
     
 


Two divers above the wreck with the boiler in the foreground
 

 
 


Lots of broken Hull sections to explore
 

 
 


Paul M with the deep gear on
 

 
 


A sleeping Wobbygong blends in to the back ground really well
 

 
 

Finally starting to find my way around the wreck, the bow section is broken off and we are yet to find it, which will be done shortly.

Thanks again to the guys from BWAC and Paul M, Andrew, for getting me in and out etc, Paul

 
 

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southwest rocks 2007

Andrew at work
southwest rocks 2007

Persistance
Deco Stop Hotel pool

Magic Place
SW Rocks March 2008

The A Team.
SW Rocks March 2008

Waiting Waiting
SW Rocks March 2008

Da Shark
SW Rocks March 2008

Head On
SW Rocks March 2008

A Couple of Fish
Mk 5

Leonardo

Leonardo 2

Andrew in the Coolidge



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