May

3

Conditions:

Visibility: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: Last timne out in the boat i sounded up some interesting terrain off Charlemont Reef. Unfortunately my strobe wasn’t firing on this dive and it was fairly dark anyway. Could potentially be a good dive on the right day, but i didn’t explore far.

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

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Mar

19

Conditions:

Visibility: 4m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 18m

Details: This was a drop the anchor and hope dive on Charlemont reef.It was fairly dark and no significant structure. Nothing to write home about.

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

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Sep

12

Dive Number: 351 12/09/12 12.08, Charlemont Reef

Wind: 25knot northerlies

Tide: high

Conditions: Northerly Swell off shore pushing the Barwon outflow over Chimney Rock

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: 12.4c

Bottom Time: 39minutes

Max Depth: 11.1m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: The winds were blowing a fierce northerly today, which had the affect of not only squashing the southerly swell, but creating a northerly offshore wind swell. We headed out in Chimney Rock direction getting sufficiently drenched everytime we hit a wave that showered us in water. As i fiddled around with the GPS the wind was pushing us further out to sea. Once i thought i had the GPS functionable i fired up the motor again and we were joined by a couple of Dolphins riding the bow. This then turned into about 5 dolphins, then quickly 10, and all of a sudden we had 20 dolphins swimming around the boat. I put the boat into nuetral and we watched as the dolphins played around the boat. We geared up in a hope they would stick around and allow us to swim with them, but they were off as soon as we hit the water. An Albatross didn’t seem to mine though..i swam within centimeters of it and it only gave me a slightly baffled look. Back in the boat, we started heading back in, and were again joined by the large pod of dolphins, who were obviously bored and just wanted to play with the boat…not us! I snapped away off the boat and the dolphins passed by without a care. We ended up spending about an hour with them, and eventually decided it was time for a dive. They rode the bow all the way back in again…magic!

Due to the wind, we headed close to shore and the sounder was showing a hole dropping from 10m to 20m. It must have been a sounder glitch since there was no 20m hole. A nice kelpy dive… but dirty vis and surgey. I spent most of it looking at my dolphin pics. ;)

Camera Details: Tokina 10-70mm, SS200 Strobe

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Jun

16

Dive Number: 318 16/06/12 12.20, Charlemont Reef

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: 13.2c

Bottom Time: 34minutes

Max Depth: 16.5m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Chris just got a new drysuit so we sounded out some reef on Charlemont Reef and went for a dive. Not a lot of structure or interest at this site, but Chris was loving the joys of drysuit diving…until he found the dodgey zip.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobes

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Apr

13

Dive Number: 296 13/04/12 19.40, South Milton Wreck Search

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions:

Visibilty: -m

Water Temp: 17.2c

Bottom Time: 36minutes

Max Depth: 17.3m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: After Chimney Rock, we decided to try to find the wreck of the South Milton. We had marks but sounding around the area didn’t turn up anything. We just jumped in a had an explorer, but the terrain wasn’t that interesting. A beautiful sunset on the way back in through the estuary.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobes

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Mar

9

Dive Number: 274 09/03/12 7.20, Charlemont Reef

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions: Dark and surgey

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: 16.5c

Bottom Time: 61minutes

Max Depth: 16.5m

Air usage: 170bar/2500psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: This was just a random spot off charlemont reef. I got a bit lazy with the sounding and the area was fairly monotonous with a gentely sloping terrain. It was a fairly dark and surgey dive with not a lot of interest in it. Always good to get wet though.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobes

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Jan

17

Dive Number: 256 17/01/12 ???, Charlemont Reef, Barwon Heads

Wind: northerly

Tide: ???

Conditions: low swell

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ???

Bottom Time: ???minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Air usage: 170bar/2500psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Chris and myself took the boat out to sound around charlemont reef. We found a really nice dropoff that turned out to be a 4-5m high wall running parallel to the shore. It was a really great dive, until we took off and i realised my camera was still on a line hanging over the back of the boat. It did a great job of waterskiing, unfortunately my ss400 strobe wasn;t as talented and went plummeting into the depths. If anyone finds a SS400 around barwon heads, let me know! ;)

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS400/SS200 Strobes

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