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One day free for Sydney Dive- Yay or Nay?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Jose Luis Marques, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Griffo

    Griffo DIR Practitioner

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    IMHO the diving in Sydney is definitely worth it. Most of the GBR is over-rated, there is some fantastic diving but also a lot of dead sites.

    This was posted this week. This is a shore dive near where you are staying in Freshie

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    You can also join this FB group and check out the photos of many of the popular sites that people post regularly:
    SCUBA Dive Sydney

    The water should be mid 20's (mid 70's) by the time you are here. Whether you can get away with a 3mm is up to you, but getting a rental (or even dirt-cheap surfing wetsuit) is not an issue. There's a number of great shore-dives near where you are staying, and some great ones not too far in a car.
    To save money, you could sign up with a dive-club with one of the stores (Dive Manly, Frog Dive, Pro-Dive). Generally it's a nominal fee, then you can tag along for free to any of their shore dives. Do 2 dives and it's cheaper than paying the "customer" fee. Just rent some cylinders from them, rock up, and do the dive.
     
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  2. bowlofpetunias

    bowlofpetunias Giant Squid Staff Member

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sydney Australia
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    Not much of a hijack as you are asking about diving Sydney. griffo is right on the money. There is excellent diving in Sydney with some creatures that you won't see anywhere else including the GBR! I remember coming back from a trip to the GBR to dive "at home". It happened to be Bare Island and I was actually stunned to realize that the sponge gardens, growth and critters were just as good!

    If you link up with one of the local dive groups you will be able to see some stunning stuff. There are some sites where specific creatures are almost a guarantee. Seahorses at Clifton Gardens, Weedy seadragons at Kurnel, Wobbygong sharks at Shelly beach, cuttlefish at Bare Island and with luck Red Indian fish and Anglerfish. I recently found out about a spot to almost guarantee Blue ring octopus. We have heaps to see here and you can save your money and just do shore dives to see it! Pop us a pm when you are here and maybe we can meet up..
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  3. bowlofpetunias

    bowlofpetunias Giant Squid Staff Member

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sydney Australia
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  4. btscott

    btscott Angel Fish

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    Thank you. Nice photos. Will try and hit you up in December. How about wetsuit? 3mm okay or need a little more?
     
  5. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver ScubaBoard Sponsor

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  6. btscott

    btscott Angel Fish

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    Sorry, missed that part for some reason. Thanks again!!
     
  7. clownfishsydney

    clownfishsydney Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Sydney Australia
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    Maximum Sydney water temperature is only 22C. Normal maximum in summer is 20C. December can be very cold, warmest is actually March or April.

    In 2013 I analysed all my dives in Sydney from 1988 to 2013 (at that time over 2,200 dives) for temperature. The minimum and average for each month in degrees Celsius was:
    • January - 11.7/18.7
    • February - 13.0/19.3
    • March - 14.0/19.7
    • April - 14.5/19.7
    • May - 15.2/18.8
    • June - 12.7/17.0
    • July - 12.0/16.0
    • August - 13.0/15.7
    • September - 15.2/15.7
    • October - 11.3/16.0
    • November - 13.5/16.9
    • December - 13.2/18.1
    You will want more than a 3 mm suit, even in summer.
     
  8. btscott

    btscott Angel Fish

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    Thanks everyone. Sounds like 5mm is the way to go. Will definitely make time for some dives while in Sydney.
     
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  9. Kid_Swell

    Kid_Swell Angel Fish

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    Fairly new to posting but have done most of Sydney's dives.
    My favorite as a one day experience is the double boat dive Sydney dive charters does to the Apartments and Seals. Not sure about November, but it's essentially a free whale watching trip at the moment too.
    The shore dives are lovely too though, but If I only had one day, that would be my personal choice by far! :D
    Good luck!
     
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  10. bowlofpetunias

    bowlofpetunias Giant Squid Staff Member

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    Location: Sydney Australia
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    I just checked my logbook and it seems that we regularly dive in Sharkskin bodysuit and vest in November. All to do with your heat cold tolerance and bioprene as to how much neoprene you need to dive that time of year. We primarily do shore dives and I find the wetsuit too hot for the longish walks to and from the entry/exit points.
     

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