Nov

27

Date: 27th November 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: After diving the City of Launceston, we had a taste for more local wrecks so did the shallow shore dive of the Ozone wreck.

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

Photos:

Jun

20

Conditions:

Visibility: Night

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: For something different we tried a night dive at the Wreck of the Ozone off Indented Head. The night was freezing, but beautifully still. The first critter off the rank was a Sand Octopus on the sandy shallows on the way out. Plenty of dumpling squid around and lots of gobies. Not a bad night dive.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes

Photos:

Apr

28

Dive Number: 300 28/04/12 2.13, Ozone Wreck

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions:

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: 16.0c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Some of the BSAC crew were diving the Ozone, so i tagged along and shot some under overs. The vis was pretty ordinary.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobes

Photos:

Jun

28

Dive Number: 163  11/06/11  13.24, Ozone Wreck 

Wind:   10knot South- South-Easterlies

Tide:  3.5hr after 0.97 high tide  at Geelong

Conditions:    The area is slightly protected from southerlies, but the slight easterly aspect spoiled the vis. Surface was generally calm though.

Visibilty:   4m

Water Temp: 12c

Bottom Time: 42minutes

Max Depth: 2.8m

Air usage: 50bar/750psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details:   Vis was shite and it was very shallow. I’ve been having battery issues with my strobes too, and one of them died immediately.  This left me with one strobe for this dedicated wide angle dive.  After playing around with a little stingaree,  i just tried a couple of under over shots and called it a day. Very uninspiring diving in the bay lately..cold, overcast conditions with poor vis.  Hoping for some more settled weather over the next few weeks.   

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

Dive Report:

Feb

1

Dive Number: 130 29/01/11  13.36 , Ozone and Dominion Wrecks, Indented Head

Wind:   5-10knot SE’s

Tide:  3hrs after 0.97 high tide at geelong.

Conditions:  Light chop of the surface, but generally pretty good. Nice day.

Visibilty: 6-8m

Water Temp: 22c

Bottom Time: 113 minutes

Max Depth: 3.1m

Air usage: 105bar/1500psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details:     This turned out to be a nice dive.  I wasn’t expecting the vis to be any good, and there were kids everywhere jumping off the wreck, so i thought the dive could only be annoying. I decided to explore some of the sheltered areas of the wreck, so i wouldn’t get jumped on. Spent a fair bit of time in the old boilers trying to work with ambient light, and under some of the wreckage where the fish were hiding.  The dominion was covered in hincksi algea like curlewis and a pipehore was hanging out in some of it.  I also found a speargun which someone had managed to tightly wedge the spear into parts of the wreck.  

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

Dive Report:

Oct

12

Dive Number: 83 19/09/2010 14.23 Ozone Wreck

Wind: 10 knot W.

Tide: 3hr after 0.87  high tide at Geelong

Conditions:  Cant remember..trying to catch up on dive logs!

Bottom Type: Wreck structure ansd scattered debris on sand base.

Visibilty: 5-6m

Water Temp: 12c

Bottom Time: 88 minutes

Max Depth: 3.4m

Air usage: 120bar/1800psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: I’d just got some new strobe arm gear and had some hideous arm extensions going on for this dive. It was awkward to say the least, but fun trying to light the wreck with two strobes. I fnally switched to RAW for this dive after not being very happy with results from Byron. I dont think i’ll be going back to JPG now. I’ll just have to buy more harddrives.

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

Dive Report:

May

19

Dive Number: 36 08/05/2010 13.26 Ozone Wreck, Indented Heads

Wind: ??????

Tide: 4hrs after 0.85 high tide at Geelong

Conditions: Blowing westerlies , so reasonably protected but the tide was going down and nearling low. Reasonable vis.

Bottom Type: Semi submerged steel/wood wreck on sand base.

Visibilty: 4-5m

Water Temp: 16c

Bottom Time: 58 minutes

Max Depth: 3.3m

Air usage: 70bar/1000psi

SAC: 12.5 litres/min

Details: I got in to find my strobes not working due to my old nemesis, the hotshoe adaptor being pushed off. So i had to settle for ambient light shots, which required pumping up the ISO at some stages.

Camera Details: Canon 17-40mm , no strobe.

Dive Report:

The main paddle wheel:

I’m not sure exactly what this is..maybe part of the boiler.

I had to enter the wreck to get this shot:

A touch of light on the top of the wreck:

This is the wooden hull of the Dominion wreck:

Mar

23

Dive Number: 21 21/03/2010 16.00 Ozone Wreck

Wind: 20-30 knot southerlies

Tide: 2.5 hour before 1.00 high tide at Geelong

Conditions: Strong southerlies blowing all day with a hint of westerlies kicking in to. Wind was a 20knot southerly in the evening, making Portarlington the only reasonable choice, however i checked out St Leonards Pier on the way, and there was too much sidewards water movement from south to north, so ended up at the Ozone wreck which is protected slightly from southerlies by a nearby point.

Bottom Type: Sandy bottom, with scattered metal and wooden wreck artifacts.

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: 21c

Bottom Time: 86 minutes

Max Depth: 3.6m

Air usage: 100bar/1400psi

SAC: 10.4 litres/min

Details: This was my first dive at the Ozone wreck, and conditions weren’t ideal, so i was sure what to expect. I’d only snorkelled here maybe 2-3 times in the past, and the waters had always been mucky and i wasn’t overly impressed with what i’d seen freediving. To my suprise when i entered, the water was fairly clean. There were a couple of spearo kids out, but it was generally a pretty quiet, cold and windy evening.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm fisheye, DUAL SS200 strobe. I’d recently come across a cheap SS200 strobe, but hadn’t yet got a second strobe arm. I thought i’d bring it on this dive and hand hold it, so i rigged up a quick method of attaching the strobe to my harness to carry around with me.

Dive Report: On decent i was immediately impressed by the size and scope of the Ozone wreck. The structure of the paddle steamer wheel lets a lot of light penetrate it.

Beneath the wheel is a couple of old boiler tanks. A few fish hung out here, and a small ray.

Out to the north lies another wreck, The Dominion. It consists of a series of wodden uprights that formed the hull of the boat.

A small collapsed room-like structured area had some amazing light filtering through it, so i tried some high ISO long exposure shots, but i didn’t really pull it off.

Overall i really enjoyed my first ever wreck dive!