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Dive HMAS Brisbane Report 24 February 2009 to 2nd March 2009The swell dropped to nothing over the weekend with only slight residual surge. The Gneering Shoals turned on 10-15 metres visability (viz) which was great to see after all the rain we have had recently.
The diving on HMAS BRISBANE came up with improved viz as the week drew on giving the divers 15 metres (average) on Sunday morning. Heaps of fish and marine life made the dive one to remember. Water temperature was on 26C which is just perfect. The Grey Nurse shark hadn’t revisited and the manta ray was obviously just passing through. Hopefully these critters will tell there mates and the HMAS BRISBANE will become a regular ‘stop over’ for them as they treck up and down the coast.
The prediction for this week shows a few windy days. This is when we really hope that all the forecasters are wrong but we may have to wait till Friday or Saturday to get back into the water.
The PADI IDC, instructor course, is scheduled for March and there are still spaces available for anyone wishing to embark on an exciting career that gives you a qualification and hence an ability to work, that is recognised the world over. Call the dive centre
Dive HMAS Brisbane Report 12 February 2009 to 19 February 2009
Once again we have seen some beautiful conditions on the HMAS Brisbane amid some ordinary weather the past week or so. Yesterday was absolutely glorious with a good 15 metre visibility out at Shellacy Reef and 27C water temp. Congratulations to the open water students who completed their course and what a bonus to finish with conditions like that. The weather forecast had a lot of people scared off but with no wind and ‘flat as’ seas all day proved them wrong.
This weekend looks like a bit of a challenge. There is one glimmer of hope with one of the models predicting a drop off of the wind on Saturday morning, for a few hours, building again in the afternoon and then easing a bit on Sunday. The BOM prediction is for gloom and doom all weekend. As always, we’ll just watch it day by day, look at what’s happened today, what all the predictions are, and then look out the window and make a call.
The beauty of diving from here is that if the weather does go belly up suddenly, it’s a short ride back from the wreck of the HMAS Brisbane to safety into port. The other comforting thought is that our dive boat, 2EZY, can handle the seas very comfortably and being a twin hulled design, means that the vessel is quite stable and feels very safe in any sort of sea conditions. The room on the boat makes for quick and easy gearing up and entry into the water. The 3 ladders, 1 on each side and 1 at the stern, allow for quick and easy to exit the water as well.
The PADI IDC, instructor course, is scheduled for March and there are still spaces available for anyone wishing to embark on an exciting career that gives you a qualification and hence an ability to work, that is recognised the world over. Call the dive centre on for details.