Shiprock, one of the best (if not the best) dive sites in Sydney, has been closed since the end of August for a major upgrade and facelift. According to Sutherland Shire Council,the work is due to be completed at the end of February, 2012. For more information about the upgrade see the link above.
While waiting for the work to be completed, I thought there might be some value in reminding people who have dived Shiprock what the path looked like before the upgrade and to show those new to Shiprock what we had to put up with. I must say that while the trips down the path and especially the trips up the path were difficult, the dive more than made up for it. Even on a bad day, Shiprock is a great dive.
The old path was steep, slippery and at times dangerous, especially after rain. As Kel recently commented, if you were one of the last to leave the water and had to make your way up the path after 20-40 divers had just trudged up, it could be quite a challenge.
Here’s what the path looked like while heading down. For those that have never dived Shiprock, remember that you’d be wearing full dive gear including weights…
And here’s what the path looked like when you were heading back to the car after a dive. Again, you had full dive gear and you were usually dripping wet making the path quite slippery, even if it hadn’t rained…
Looking at the work they have done so far and the plans they have for the upgrade, diving Shiprock is going to be much easier… I hope this doesn’t mean it will become even more crowded when the tides are right.
We have a number of PADI and SDI courses scheduled over the next couple of months that may whet your appetite.
- SDI Advanced Open Water Course + Nitrox Course – 19 – 22 January 2012 – $498
- SDI Nitrox Course – 19 January 2012 – $199
- PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course – 29 January 2012 – $199
- PADI Advanced Course + Nitrox Course – 2 – 5 February 2012 – $498
- PADI Nitrox Course – 2 February 2012 – $199
- PADI Rescue Diver Course – 17 – 19 February 2012 – $399
Click on the links above for more information or call or visit the shop. Books are essential.
You wouldn’t guess it from the air temperature but it truly is Summer here in Sydney and the diving has been outstanding. If you don’t like diving in cold water, you’ll be pleased to know that the water temperature has finally increased with 20 to 22ºC in shallow water and usually above 18ºC in deeper water. I should admit that my first dive of the year it was just above 17ºC at 18 metres off Bare Island, but I think that was an exception.
Not only is the water warmer, but there is a lot of life around. On dives so far this Summer, we have see Port Jackson sharks, blue groper, many nudibranchs, octopus (including a blue-lined octopus that George saw at Salmon Haul Bay, Cronulla), weedy seadragons and seahorses.
Visibility for most of the dives has been good, although as usual it depends on the dives, weather and the tides. Last Saturday was a pretty ordinary day, overcast and windy, and yet we had over 15 metres at The Leap (Kurnell). Even the viz at Bare Island has been OK.
If you have been hesitant to get out for a dive I recommend you come and join us on one of the club dives. There’s a dive on every Saturday and Sunday, as well as a night dive every second Friday. If you can get Thursday mornings off, we even have a mid-week dive most weeks. The dive schedule is usually posted on our Facebook page, with meeting times and the dive’s location.
Come and get wet and join in the fun.
The crew from St George Underwater Centre have just returned from Hideaway Island, Vanuatu. Over 50 people headed to the gorgeous island off Port Villa and had a wonderful week of diving and partying as we celebrated the New Year on the sand!
One of our divers Grant Camper put together this great snapshot of our trip featuring some great pictures of some of our best moments! Take a look and keep your eyes peeled soon for more photographs and videos from our trip here on our website and on our FaceBook page!
Thank you to Grant Camper for sharing this video.