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HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 24th - 31st May 2011

The winter dive conditions are here. On Thursday we had a dive trip to Wobby Rock on the Inner Gneerings and the viz was a wopping 25 metres with water temp on 22C. Latest HMAS Brisbane Weather Forecast

Friday and over the weekend we saw viz from 15 to 25 metres on the HMAS BRISBANE and a lot of happy divers. Seas have settled with the southwesterlies and with the water being that lovely blue colour, it looks like we’re in for a good winter of diving.

This is the time to enjoy an afternoon/night dive. Grab a beanie and a light spray-jacket to throw over your wetsuit for the boat trip out and back, and you’ll be sweet. There are 3 spots available for this Sat. for anyone interested.

The various stories of the Truk Lagoon trip are filtering through and it certainly sounds like they had a great time and from the pics and video I’ve seen, the diving was just unbelievable.

Dive Safe in 2011
Harry and the Blue Water Team
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

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HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 17th - 24th May 2011

Well winter diving has arrived. We’ve already experienced a taste of the flat calm conditions that we expect from this time of the year onwards.

There’s still a little bit of “influence’ with the weather and some of that caused us to have to cancel our dive trips on Sunday. But the night dive on Saturday night on the HMAS BRISBANE was superb. The wind just kept dropping out all day long until there was virtually no wind at all when the divers hit the water for their night dive. Viz was much the same as during the day with 10 metres up to 15 metres in places. Water temp is an even 22C throughout the water column now. There’s plenty of marine life around which just makes the dive. Visibility on the Gneerings on Saturday was 12-15 metres with water temp. on 22C as well.

The group is back safely from Truk Lagoon and early reports seem to be saying that the diving was great and everyone had a fantastic time. New experiences is what makes life interesting and exciting. As the days roll by we will no doubt here more detailed reports on the trip. Not long now for Kelly’s group who will be heading off to Tonga to snorkel with the whales and sample the scuba diving in Tonga’s beautiful clear water. This trip is chockers.

Then at the beginning of October, Matt will be leading his group to the Philippines to dive with the Thresher Sharks. This trip is almost full too.

Our 1st July trip on MV Venus to Lady Musgrave is 3/4 full. Only 3 spots left so get in now of you’d like to go.

Winter Diving has it’s rewards. We traditionally see flatter seas and clearer water during these cooler months. Queenslanders, generally don’t dress for the cold be it above the water or below. On a cold day, a pair of shorts, T-shirt, thongs and a fleece is not really the best set up if you want to stay warm. Hence we tend to “feel the cold”. Likewise, when diving during winter, wearing a 5mm wetsuit is part of the answer in keeping warm but there are a few simple things you can do to make diving a lot more comfortable. Firstly, you need a pair of gloves and a hood. If you don’t like the feeling of a neoprene hood then you should try a Lavacore hood. You don’t even realise you are wearing one. Try a pair of Lavacore sox inside your boots. Add a vest under your wetsuit, either a Lavacore or neoprene one. These things will make a huge difference to your warmth. The next important point to remember is to maintain your warmth while on the surface on the way out to the dive site, between the dives and on the way back to port. Grab a cheap spray jacket and throw it on over your wetsuit when on the surface, wear a cap or beanie as well and you will be amazed at how much warmer you will be on your dives during these few cooler months.

If all this fails, then come along to our Dry Suit try dive day on 4th June at Kawana Pool. You will need to register at the dive centre if you wish to come along.

Dive Safe in 2011
Harry and the Blue Water Team
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

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HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 3rd - 10th May 2011

Taking a careful approach after some gloomy forecasts about swell and wind, we cancelled our dives for Sunday only to wake to find that there was very little wind and what was there was from the south west and very little swell. We could have dived.

So we didn’t intend to miss another day so headed out on Monday to find that once again there was virtually no wind and just perfect surface conditions with only a gently rolling swell with a good 10-11 secs between swells. Visibility was 20 metres easily on the first dive. Divers saw the giant Queensland Grouper, Leopard Sharks, rays, a small moray eel and the usual prolific fish life on the HMAS BRISBANE. What a pleasant surprise it was to find the visibility so good. The viz dropped to 15 metres on the second dive and then a little further to 10-12 metres on the afternoon trip. This may be due to the outgoing tide (high tide was 7.30a.m.) and some of the run off from all the rain we’ve had, on top of the rain, if you know what I mean.

On Thursday, Tony leads his troop of excited divers off to Truk Lagoon for 10 days of diving. We’re really excited for them (not). Someone has to stay at home and hold the fort, I guess.

Kelly’s Tonga trip in August has been extremely popular and we managed to squeeze 2 extra divers on last week. Matt’s Philippines dive trip is almost full as well.

Jim is on his way back from Bundaberg after spending the long weekend on board MV Venus11 with his wife and a few other divers from Blue Water. The initial report was” great weekend, great conditions, had a glassout”. Looking forward to his more detailed report on his return.

Spots are filling for the Byron bay weekend 17th, 18th & 19th June. There is still room there if you’d like to dive Julian Rocks and no doubt see some Grey Nurse sharks.

Dive Safe in 2011
Harry and the Blue Water Team
HMAS Brisbane dive specialists Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia

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HMAS Brisbane Dive Report 27th April - 4th May 2011

What a mixed bag we’ve been experiencing lately. We have had some really top dive conditions on HMAS Brisbane in between the rough stuff that has been plaguing us over these past months.

The first couple of days over the Easter break were fantastic with calm seas and 7-10 metre visibility. After that though, it started to go a bit pear shaped and will stay that way during this week. Looks like an improvement on the weekend with the May day holiday and early next week looking really good. Don’t miss those good days, get in and book a dive now.

May is shaping up to be a busy month. With the long weekend to start off with, we have a group heading to Bundaberg to head out on MV Venus to Lady Musgrave Island plus our local trips here and an open water course commencing too.

Thursday sees 19 divers heading to Truk for 10 days and on Friday night we have a single night dive planned.
The following weekend we have a rescue course starting 7th & 8th.

We also have an Enriched Air course starting the following weekend (14th & 15th), an open water diver course on the Monday 16th with a search & recovery course the weekend 21st & 22nd May.

Dive Safe, Harry and the Blue Water Gang.

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