Dive Number: 436 08/02/2013 Point Lonsdale Pier

Conditions: ??

Visibilty: 4m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: Horrible conditions. Low vis and surgey. The only highlight was a seal encounter which suprised both me and the seal when we came face to face through the murk.

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




Dive Number: 191  04/10/11  13.31,  Pt Lonsdale Pier

Wind:   10-15knot north/north-easterlies

Tide:  Slack Water at the Heads

Conditions:  Not bad but too rough to dive the outer legdes.

Visibilty:   8m.

Water Temp: ?c

Bottom Time: 60 odd minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Air usage: 70bar/1000psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: My first dive back from 6 weeks out  of the water. Caught up with Phil, and also dived with Michael and Dave (photo editor of the Melbourne Down Under book).

N.B. My computer didn’t record this dive, so log details will be inaccurate.

Camera Details:  Tokina  10-17mm ,  SS400 Strobe




Dive Number: 167  04/07/11  10.29,  Pt Lonsdale Pier

Wind:   20knot north/north-westerlies

Tide:  Slack Water at 10.14

Conditions:   The area around the platform looked fairly choppy, but around the pier the water was behaving itself. The water clarity was amazing…best i’ve seen it.

Visibilty:   15m

Water Temp: 12c

Bottom Time: 39minutes

Max Depth: 4.8m

Air usage: 70bar/1000psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details:     After getting out from the outer legdes, we decided to check out under the pier. It was well worth it with amazing visibility.  Possibly the best local visibility i’ve ever encountered. We found a young dead draughtboard shark that had been knifed in the abdomen and thrown into the sea. A real shame. Not a lot of fishlife around, but a beautiful clear dive, and plenty of lead weight to be found.  

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

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Dive Number: 107 22/11/10 18.50 Pt Lonsdale Pier

Wind:  10knot N’s

Tide:   .29 low tide at the heads

Conditions:  Surge and current…pretty ordinary (and dangerous) diving conditions.

Visibilty: 2-3m.

Water Temp: 18c

Bottom Time: 62 minutes

Max Depth: 3.0m

Air usage: 70bar/1000psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details:  I was determined to find myself a catshark, so dove around the pier again, and towards the rock shelf. The area was very surgey and it was hard to keep in one place for long.  I finally came across a catshark, but wit the surge  pushing  the weed  continuously  over it, it made it hard to get a focus, and strobes positions so no weed was covering the subject and/or strobes. I got a couple of shots i’ll have to make do with but they really aren’t worth posting.  A very cool critter though.  After succumbing to the fact that i wasn’t going to be able to photograph the catshark to my satisfaction, i scoured the rest of the area, finding some gorgonians under a ledge in less than a metre of water…a bit of a suprise.   I then moved to the rockpools and did some under-over shots.   

Camera Details: Canon 17-40mm , dual SS200 strobes

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Dive Number: 106 17/11/10 17.00 Pt Lonsdale Pier

Wind:  10knot N’s

Tide:   .5 hour before slack water ebb

Conditions:  Water was nice and clear and not much current for the first half of the dive, but it soon got pretty messy as the bay started to flood.

Visibilty: 6-7m.

Water Temp: 16c

Bottom Time: 80 minutes

Max Depth: 5.1m

Air usage: 140bar/2000psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details:  I’ve been dying to dive around Pt Lonsdale pier the last week or so on slack to try to find some Catsharks. We got out around the pier and found quiet a few young crays. at the end of the pier, a Bronze Whaler head sat decapitated at the end of the pier.  It was a sad sight and also a little bit intimidating.   A Banjo Shark sat close by as well, and then we headed out towards the north to see if there were any decent ledges out there, and in particular any catsharks.  We did a lot of swimming and didn’t find much out there.  On the way back in Chris found a catshark, but i missed out. It was getting pretty scary with the current and surge towards the end of the dive and making our way in across the rocks was a little dicey.  

Camera Details: Canon 17-40mm , dual SS200 strobes

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