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Dive HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 24th - 31st March 2010

Well it’s done it again. The HMAS BRISBANE HAS TURNED ON SOME GREAT DIVING.Latest Coast Weather Forecast

After all the bad weather we’ve had, rain and rough seas and we head out to the HMAS BRISBANE yesterday and find flat calm seas and 12-15 metres viz once you got under the 5-6 metres of dirty water on top. The ship was ‘going off’. There was bait fish everywhere and a number of other species (that will remain nameless), to be seen. Divers returned extremely happy with the dives.

Certainly having the MID SHIP MOORING is a winner. It makes for a nice easy dive towards the stern on one dive and the bow on the second and you’ve covered the whole ship without feeling like you’ve run a marathon.

Diving again today on the HMAS BRISBANE was great. Viz was between 8-10 metres but still heaps of life around the big ship.
The ship is in good shape after the big swells and confirms once again that the planning and research that went into the whole project of placing the ship on the bottom, was done properly and made the project a complete success.

We had some open water students diving The caves today also and they had 8-10 metres viz there. So the effects of the bad weather have moved on already.

It just shows you, you’ve got to get out there and have a look. The ones who are sitting at home and guessing, are missing out.

Dive Safe
Harry and the Blue Water Team
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

Dive HMAS BRISBANE with Blue Water.

Dive HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 18th - 25th March 2010

Rain, wind, big seas, have I said enough? Oh, I forgot to mention the cyclones!!!
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This all makes it a bit hard for even the most avid diver to get excited about going for a dive. We did manage to squeeze in a couple of trips late last week and had 10 metres viz on the Gneerings. But that was the end of it and will be until the cyclone sorts itself out and moves on. We won’t be diving on HMAS Brisbane this weekend and are hoping that it all settles in time for the following weekend and Easter. We live in hope!!!

Our sale is still in full swing with some great savings available on all lines of gear plus don’t forget, we still have a few ex hire, fully serviced, scuba sets available from $800 to $950. More at the Blue Water Dive Shop.

Drop in for a look and a chat. There’s time for all that while the weather rages.

Dive Safe in 2010
Harry from Blue Water
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

Dive HMAS BRISBANE with Blue Water.

Dive HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 9th March - 16th March 2010

We need to take heed of weather forecasts but unfortunately they don't always work out as predicted. i.e. last weekend.
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The forecast for Saturday was encouraging however it turned out rather nasty. We planned to head out, managed one dive on the HMAS BRISBANE with 12 metres viz but had to call it a day. It was not comfortable at all and on the edge as far as safety was concerned. The prediction for Sunday was worse than the one for Saturday so, after the situation on Saturday, we erred on the side of safety and canned our trip on Sunday only to awake and notice the drop in the ocean and wind..........

Conditions are improving and today we managed to get a double dive on the HMAS BRISBANE and ended up with 10 metres viz once you descended through 4-5 metres of soup. There was heaps of marine life out and about and divers came back very happy after a couple of great dives. Water temp. is still on 26C.

Tuesday and Wednesday look like being great days to be out on the water with a "wait and see" for Thursday and maybe a no no for the weekend. It is early in the week though and the opposite has happened before so we won't call it yet, we'll wait and see.

End of Summer Sale;
Don't forget that we have some great deals going at the moment with our sale in full swing. 20%-50% off many items in stock. Take a look at the dive shop and our End of Summer Sale.

Dive Safe in 2010
Harry from Blue Water
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

Dive HMAS BRISBANE with Blue Water.

Dive HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 3rd March - 10th March 2010

Last Week
In spite of wind, rain and Tsunami warnings, there is still some diving going on. Wasn't last Tuesday just a 'cracker ' of a day?
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Good dive conditions as well. (15 metres viz) We had cancelled dives late last week due to the swell but were looking forward to getting out on the water on Sunday morning. What could you do? After the tragic earthquake and the threat of a huge Tsunami, the only responsible decision was to cancel the dive. These things happen unfortunately but we can be thankful for the fact that we don't have to deal with the tragedy that faces Chile; all we had to deal with was the disappointment of not going for a dive when the conditions looked good. That is such a small price to pay in comparison. Thank you for the understanding of all of our customers except one who was not happy with the decision. I'll say no more on that one.

Yesterday (1.03.10)
The good news is that we did get out for a dive on the HMAS BRISBANE yesterday and divers reported 15-20 metres visibility. With only 1 metre of sea we had a boat load of very happy divers after completing 2 great dives with unreal visibility. On their second dive the surface couple of metres clouded over but once you descended through that, it opened up to 20 metre viz again.

This week: Doesn't look like we'll be out until the weekend again now. Most likely a rainy weekend but it looks like the sea conditions will ease right down and give us a chance to get out diving once again.

End of Summer Sale:
Oceanic's "Money Madness":

Some good news for divers.............. To coincide with Oceanic's "Money Madness" promotion for March and April, Blue Water has launched its End of Summer Sale with 20% to 50% off just about everything in the shop.

E.g. Ladies Cressi 5mm Comfort wetsuits were $485.00.....now only $242.50 50% off Mens and Ladies 3.5mm Cressi Summer wetsuits were $330 ...now $231 30% off Not all items are discounted however, the bulk of our floor stock is on sale while stocks last.
Dive computers, masks, fins, gear bags, Spear fishing equipment, it’s all on sale.

Oceanic’s Money Madness: Purchase an Oceanic Scuba Package at retail price and receive 30% of the value of the sale back in Oceanic Dollars which are yours to spend in store on Oceanic product or on items that Oceanic Australia supply. Dollars are to be spent at the time of the original sale and no other discounts or promotions apply. Choose from, Princeton Tec, Lavacore, Rob Allen, Ocean Hunter, McNett and of course Oceanic.

Dive trips and courses, overseas holidays and Great Barrier Reef trips are not available on either of these offers.
It might be time to have a look at updating that gear.

Dive Safe in 2010
Harry from Blue Water
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

Dive HMAS BRISBANE with Blue Water.

Dive HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 22nd February - 29th February 2010

It is great to see the rain which is something we need on a regular basis but divers quite often get disgruntled when it appears.
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No sun does take a little from the visibility but not much. The run off out of the rivers and creeks can play havoc with visibility on our close in reefs.
The HMAS BRISBANE is just that little bit further north east of the river outflows and seems to miss the effects of the rainwater run off. Sunday was a prime example. A number of divers made their own assessment that it would be lousy and so canned their dive or decided not to book. Those brave souls who ventured out were rewarded with 15 metres of visibility and marine life that was “just going off’ to quote a couple who joined us. The swell had dropped quite quickly too so it ended up being a great day’s diving.

Tuesday looks like being a pearler of a day with virtually no wind predicted, the seas flattening right out and good viz. We’ll have to adopt a wait and see attitude for the weekend. The long range forecasts can sometimes be a little inaccurate.


We have a Rescue Course scheduled to start on Friday evening 1st March running over the weekend 2nd & 3rd March.


Ex hire equipment, Oceanic SP5 reg, Alpha 8 Occy, Veo 100nx Nav Con. Oceanpro BCD
All gear in use less for than 2 years and has been fully serviced and checked Price: $900.
Blue Water dive shop.

Dive Safe in 2010
Harry from Blue Water
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

Dive HMAS BRISBANE with Blue Water.

Dive HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 12th February - 19th February 2010

Deep indigo blue water, flat seas and 15-20 metres of visibility. This is what our divers reported on our first venture out to the HMAS BRISBANE since our last trip on Sunday morning 7th Feb.
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The big swells that were pushed up along the coast caused us to cancel the Sunday afternoon dive and dives all this week till yesterday, Thursday. After all of the rain we had dumped on us, who would have expected the conditions that the team experienced yesterday. They all came back pumped after 2 fantastic dives on the HMAS BRISBANE and promising to return to dive it again.
We haven't dived the Gneerings yet but the blue water was there, on the eastern side of the Inner Gneerings so it all looks good for the weekend. Virtually no wind predicted and seas that have flattened right looks like the right recipe for some great diving this weekend.


We have a Rescue Course scheduled to commence on Fri. 5th March/ Sat6th/ Sun 7th. Rescue course info.


Our next Instructor Development Course conducted by Tony Fontes, here at Mooloolaba, will commence on Thursday 26th August. Tony has been conducting these programs for over 20 years and is very experienced in all aspects of instructor training. Tony has the ability to quickly target any weak areas in a candidates ability and then put extra work into those areas to strengthen them to produce a strong and able instructor candidate who is ready for the I.E. and then the diving world. Contact the dive centre for detail.

Dive Safe in 2010
Harry from Blue Water
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

Dive HMAS BRISBANE with Blue Water.

Dive HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 8th February - 15th February 2010

We've had some good weather/bad weather this past week or so.
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Conditions served up caused us to put a hold an a few trips during the week but we were back out on the water later in the week and over the weekend. There was some swell and chop but once again the visibility was good. Before the weather came in we had 20+ metres of viz and then Friday thru to Sunday the viz hovered between 8- 25 metres. Every day is different out on the wreck of the HMAS BRISBANE and if the viz is not the high point then the marine life is in abundance as it was this week. Queensland Grouper, big rays, octupus, the pelagics and reef species were all out in force making for a good dive and very happy divers.

Viz on the Gneering Shoals was from 8-10 metres and a reasonable amount of surge in the shallower areas which is expected after the swell that has been pushing through. No diving for a couple of days but we’re hopeful that we’ll be back out on the water by Thursday.

Thanks Simon for looking after the guys on the recent trip to South West Rocks to dive the famous Fish Rock Cave. The boys came back smiling after experiencing 25 metre viz and encountering 25-30 Grey Nurse Sharks, they were pumped. Keep your eyes peeled for news on the next trip in July.

This weekend, 13th/14th Feb we have Nigel Marsh and Helen Rose coming our way to conduct an informative workshop on how to get better underwater digital pics. The wealth of knowledge and experience that these 2 folk have is worth tapping into. Contact the dive centre if you would like to attend and haven’t yet booked. Workshop Saturday 1pm, HMAS BRISBANE dive Sunday 7a.m. Get directions to Blue Water at Mooloolaba Queensland.

We still have a number of sets of our ex hire equipment. We replace this gear every 18-24 months. The packages consist of
Oceanic SP 5 or CDX 5 1st stages
Alpha 8 second stages and occy’s
Veo 100 Nx Nav Con gauges
Oceanic Oceanpro BCD
All equipment has been fully serviced with new batteries fitted to computers and all computers have been pressure pot tested. Cost; package with SP5 1st stage $900
Package with CDX5 1st stage $1050

Dive Safe in 2010
Harry from Blue Water
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

Dive HMAS BRISBANE with Blue Water.

Dive HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 27th January - 3rd February 2010

What a fantastic run we've had with the weather to date. Calm seas, great visibility and warm water, what more could a diver ask for?
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Needless to say, we have had many very happy divers who have seen what the "Sunny Coast" has to offer underwater and also on top as well.

The HMAS BRISBANE has been hostess to a tremendous variety of marine life with Murtle the turtle still gracing the area with her presence, the huge Queensland Grouper have been seen time and time again as well as the many other varities of fish that have made their home on the ex HMAS BRISBANE. Hard and soft corals are now a real site to be seen as they take a good hold on the ship.

Dive sites on the Inner Gneerings have been serving up good viz too with reports of 12 and up to 20 metres viz on some days.

There may be a change to these stable conditions Sunday or early next week. We'll keep a close watch on developments.

The South West Rocks trip gets underway this weekend so we'll have a report on that next issue.

The Munda/Solomon Islands trip is now full and there are 2 spaces available on the Borneo dive trip.

Bookings are now open for the Vanuatu trip in November this year. Check the site for details on these trips.

We have a number of fully serviced ex hire scuba sets (regulator, occy, nav con computer and BCD) available for sale from $900.00. All of these units have had less than 2 years of use and are in excellent condition.

Dive Safe in 2010
Harry from Blue Water
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

Dive HMAS BRISBANE with Blue Water.

To dive the HMAS Brisbane you must complete appropriate paperwork. Spend more time in the water. Mooloolaba Queensland Australia 4557

HMAS Brisbane Blue Water Dive are one of only two South East Queensland scuba diving charter operators who are permitted to dive on the wreck of the ex-HMAS Brisbane off Mooloolaba.

For more information on Australia's Number One wreck dive site, follow this link to our ex-HMAS Brisbane web page.

By the way, we're diving on the wreck of the ex-HMAS Brisbane daily from our new centre at Mooloolaba.

This is a 'must see' Queensland wreck dive, so don't miss out, book now!

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