Date: 31st January 2017
Water Temp: 20c
Bottom Time: 30minutes
Max Depth: 4m
Details: I really wanted to explore the sea caves at Second Valley after finding them on my last trip over this way. I only had about 50bar left in my tank from the previous day, so i thought i’d do a mixed snorkel/dive just to check out the caves. After snorkelling into the the third bay, i couldn’t resist dropping in on a cuttlefish. As i descended i noticed an Eagle Ray buried in the sand, so instead of the cuttlefish, i focused on the Eagle Ray. These critters always know when your watching them though, and it took off in a flash.
I continued on to the sea caves, enjoying the lighting affects. It wasn’t long before i was out of air, so i still have a nice long dive to put on the todo list here.
Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes
Water Temp: ??c
Bottom Time: 50minutes
Max Depth: 8m
Details: I hadn’t really researched Second Valley, but had heard its a nice dive with Leafies and a few caves. I headed ‘outwards’ and saw very little reef but just open expanses of weed bed and sandy plains. I looped back and eventually came across some nice reef with a few small overhangs. This area was so much more interesting than the first half of my dive that i popped up to see exactly were i was. Looking around i quickly realized that i had no idea if i was left or right of the small jetty, since it was no where in sight, and the current had made me lose my bearings. The light was fading and my air was getting low…shit..which way??? I swam along the cliff face and only after a couple of minutes i spotted the jetty…phew..crisis averted. I headed back down and along the wall, and came across one of the caves i’d heard about. The kelp covered cliff walls along this area were pretty cool too..and much ‘fishier’ than out on the grass beds. If i return to Second Valley, this is the spot i’ll return too..great little dive in the end. The thing that surprised me on my last visit here is how the Yellow Zooanthids grow in shallow water around here. A contrast to Victoria, where they usually grow in around 20m +.
Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes
Dive Number: 116 22/12/10 20.08 Second Valley
Wind: 10-15knot Ns??
Tide: 0.33 low tide at Port Lincoln
Conditions: Winds had turned to onshore and chopped up a surface a bit. Still reasonably calm in the water though
Water Temp: 19c
Bottom Time: 29 minutes
Max Depth: 3.6m
Air usage: 35bar/500psi ????
SAC: ???? litres/min
Details: A run of bad luck with the car continued when the ignition barrell collapsed in the car at Rapid Bay. This had us stranded for 6 hours, trying to get tools to fix the bloody thing. The worst part was that i only had about 60bar in my tank, so i only got to dive rapid bay jetty once. Once the car was going, we popped around to Second Valley, and i just noodled around the jetty and first bay in hope that i might stumble onto a Leafy Seadragon. No luck, but some nice vegetation. I was suprised to see zooanthids in less than a metre of water here.
Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , dual SS200 strobes