Jan

29

Date: 29th January 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty: 30m+

Water Temp: 16c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: Ewens pond is a busy little place in Summer…the local swimming pool. And despite the signs saying no flotation or water craft, there were kids with boogie boards, lilo’s, floaties etc..you name it. At one stage while i was doing under over shots, a kayaker even paddled passed. Now, kids with their boogie boards don’t bother me, but kayaking through these little channels while there is scuba divers below is pretty daft. Anyway, it did give me a nice under over subject so i shouldn’t complain.

I always seem to spend too much time in the first pond when i dive Ewens and am either too cold or run out of air by the time i hit the last. So i spent most of this dive in the last little pond, exploring the small limestone cave where a few bream and fresh water crays hang out. Always a fun dive.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jul

3

Conditions:

Visibility: 30m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: On a road trip with Chris and Jarrod down to see the Cuttlefish Aggregation at Whyalla, we stopped in at Mt Gambier to break up the long journey from Geelong. Chris and Jarrod had never dived any of the ponds in the area, so Ewens Ponds seemed like a good choice. Its always nice to dive in the crystal clear water of the ponds and explore the colourful fresh water vegetation in the channels. The chilly fresh water really woke us up and put us in good stead for the next leg of the journey.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes + YS-D1

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Jan

2

Conditions:

Visibilty: 40m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60 minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: We went to Ewens Ponds on a scorching 40c plus day with howling northerly winds, and it seemed that this was the local spot to keep cool. Lots of people around, and a new (since id been there last) buoy anchored to the bottom for people to hold onto…highly annoying for photography. Its such a great dive though and it was nice to kick back with no current or surge to contest with. After finishing the drift it was tempting to go in for another, but a large bush fire burning to the north mean that the pond was also going to act as a water source for the local fire brigade. I didnt want to be water bomber fodder, so we went coastal.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jan

11

Dive Number: 117 23/12/10 12.51  Ewens Ponds, Mt Gambier

Wind:   15knot  SE’s??

Conditions:   Still fairly windy, but a nice sunny day. 

Visibilty: 30m+

Water Temp: 16c

Bottom Time: 122 minutes

Max Depth: 9.8m

Air usage: 140bar/2000psi ????

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details:  We decided to make our way homewards from Rapid Bay and headed back through  Mt Gambier. W gave Ewens Ponds another try, but this time with a macro lens to try to concenrate on some of the marine life.

Species seen included Ewens Pygmy Perch (Nannoperca  variegata), Black Bream (Acanthopagrus butheri), Common Galaxid (Galaxis Maculatus), River Blackfish(Gadopsis Marmoratus), a fish i’m yet to ID (maybe a young australian grayling???) and Spiny Crayfish (Euastacus bispinosus).  Of the smaller variety Freshwater Shrimp  (Paratya australiensis) and  some tiny bright red pod things.

Camera Details: Sigma 17-70mm , dual SS200 strobes

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Jan

6

Dive Number: 113 21/12/10 16.59  Ewens Ponds

Wind:  ??? Strong winds..possibly 15-20 SE’s

Conditions:  Windy conditions..overcast with patches of sunlight when clouds cleared. 

Visibilty: Awesome…maybe 30m+

Water Temp: 16c

Bottom Time: 64 minutes

Max Depth: 9.8m

Air usage: 140bar/2000psi ????

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Well..if Piccaninnie ponds gave me a taste for this sinkhole stuff, being able to scuba in Ewens Ponds took that craving to a new level.  It could only be described as diving some other planet…maybe a moon of Jupiter, except your guaranteed to see life on this dive. The first pond puts you straight into 10m ampitheatre witha pure white sand bottom which the springs feeds out. The springs bubble away beneath and the walls of the ampitheatre are lined with bolders cover in mud and bizaar weed structures.  A small shallow channel leads you through vibrant green and yellow vegetation  to the second pond,  contrasting amazingly with the unearthly blue and grey hues of the first pond. The second pond is shallower than the first and you quickly get lead into the second channel, again with vibrant reeds and vegetation. The last pond is another deep one, and has a small cave under the exit point which is a good place for sheltering bream and blackfish.   

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , dual SS200 strobes

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