Diving is dangerous. We know that, so we get training to ensure we have the right skills, we carry alternate air sources, dive with a buddy, and so on to improve safety. For a while now we’ve been testing and selling the Nautilus Lifeline device, though I think it’s time to let everyone know exactly what these little guys can do.
Put simply, the Nautilus Lifeline (NL) is a small, affordable (AU$345 inc GST) marine VHF DSC radio in an underwater housing that is depth rated to 130m. You can use it to talk to a dive boat, your buddy who has another NL, organised shore based support, or any of the emergency maritime services that exist in Australia (e.g. Marine Resuce NSW). In addition to voice communications, the NL is equipped with a GPS and distress beacon system known as Digital Selective Calling (DSC). If activated, a DSC distress call with communicate your real-time coordinates to rescue services or a dive boat up to 12nm. Read More
We are pleased to announce that we now an office Shearwater Research dealer and currently have the awesome Shearwater Petrel in stock. The Shearwater computers are a specialty product and have a highly reputable history int he technical diving community. Described as being as easy to use as an old Aladin, but with all the latest Air, Nitrox, Trimix and CCR support – these computers are arguably the best available on the market. The standalone Petrel retails at $995, however we have introductory specials so call us today. More information on the Shearwater computers can be found on our product page.
We are proud to announce that we are the first Australian dealer of the Underwater Light Dude range of primary canister lights. From our tests to date we can say that these lights are the best in terms of technology and quality. These lights are for serious divers and have been field tested to 200m. CNC milled out of solid Delrin and hard anodized aluminum, the lights have no moving parts to fail and switch on using the latest piezo technology. Add the best in LED and lithium battery technology, these lights will be the envy of any diver whether in a cave or wreck, or just swimming around a reef.
Two models are available, with more information available on our website:
- LD-26 RRP $1695 – an 8 degree beam that produces 2600 Lumen of light on setting one at 25 watts. It has top and side mount gland options with two Li-Ion battery pack options of 96 & 144 watt hours. Setting two produces over 1750 Lumen at 14 watts. Setting three produces over 750 Lumen at 5 watts. Setting three can be used safely out of the water.
- LD-15 RRP $1495 – a 6.0 degree beam that produces over 1500 Lumen of light on setting one at 16 watts. It has top and side mount gland options with a NiMH 54 watt hour and two Li-Ion 96 & 144 watt hour battery pack options. Setting two produces over 1100 Lumen at 10 watts. Setting three produces over 800 Lumen at 5 watts. Setting three can be used safely out of the water.
Although it’s been hard keeping these units in stock, we have one LD-15 left after a busy Oztek weekend. More units are coming next week, as well as demo models for any serious about buying.
Call us for our best discounted price and you won’t be disappointed!
Our end of year trip just keeps getting better. I’m happy to announce that the underwater photography will be run by Damien Siviero, who many of you will know from around the shop. Damien is an award winning photographer, who has published images in magazines, marketing campaigns and all manner of stuff online. He’s typically found diving on a rebreather, shooting sharks or off on a cave/wreck expedition, but we have him on this trip! If you want to learn how to take photos underwater, here’s an opportunity to learn from one of the best.
I asked Damien the other day what the workshop would cover, here’s what he said:
“I think we can all fall victim to wanting/needing the newest camera model, more megapixels, higher ISO, etc… whilst that’s important, I want to take things back to basics and focus on light. It might sound simple, but that is what photography is all about. Subject, framing, shutter aperture – these are the key to a great image. Read More
Hey there divers!
We know you’r social butterflies, and you flt around on facebook, so why not add the BRAND NEW FaceBook page for St George Underwater Centre? The page is fresh on the web because our last page was changed into a group (even I don’t understand what happened and I thought I was a techno-kid!) so we’ve made a fresh new page for you to add your photos, share your fave dive sites and check out our events. Our FaceBook page is going to be updated all the time with trips, events, dives and lots, lots more! It’s great way to keep up to date with our dive club and to get involved.
You find our new St George Underwater Centre FaceBook page at the following link. Remember to log into you FaceBook account and click the ‘Like’ button at the top of the page. We’d love to put some of your photographs up on the page also, so send some pictures to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will tag the up on the page!
Add our FaceBook page here.
Driving into the small hamlet of Coral Bay seemed to be as normal as all the other towns that we encountered along the way, with one exception this was the place to swim with those wonderful creatures known as Whale Sharks. After visiting a couple of the shops in the area we decided to try Coral Bay Adventures for our experience.
At the decent hour of 7.45am we turned up at the shop for our wetsuit fitting and a brief on the day’s events. All 10 of those onboard were excited at the prospect of swimming with these graceful creatures of the deep. Tania and I in particular as divers who had never seen them in the wild wanted this day to be one to remember as the chance to see them would be once in a lifetime.
Have a look a the stunning images imagery to come back from our recent trip to Palau. Perhaps the most beautiful of all the places I’ve been, the islands of Palau offer some of the most spectacular drift diving in the world.
Checkout the photos on Flickr.
Damien Siviero & Fil Gray diving Fishrock on what they called a “bad day”! Damien shot the footage as a test of the Canon 7D’s video capabilities in shallow water. Let us know if you’re keen on a Fishrock weekend as we’re thinking of organising a trip after seeing this video.