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Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Andy Stevenson, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Andy Stevenson

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    So I'm sitting waiting to jump off the back of the boat for the first dive on the GBR. The skipper, bless him, is doing fins and mask rinse for everyone as we shuffle along. It comes to my turn:
    Skipper: "[looking at my mask] where's your snorkle?"
    Me: "Still in the shop"
    Skipper: "You're supposed to have a snorkle"
    Me: "Why? I'm going diving, not snorkeling"
    Skipper: "It's a legal requirement"
    Me: "[sighs heavily] fine, give me a snorkle I'll stick it in my pocket"
    Skipper: "Nah, in you go"
     
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  2. Wibble

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    What was the dive like? Deep? Shallow? Flora & fauna? Geology?
     
  3. minus273degrees

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    I pulled several snorkels off the reef when I was diving that people had lost, I'm pretty sure the dive boats will leave them there too
     
  4. furryman

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    I've heard this before about Oz. Anyone know if it really is a Law, or just an "industry guideline"?
     
  5. hawk

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    It's PADI bollox.

    It's certainly not law (although they are strict on the Gold Coast re quals and dive logs). Last time I was out in Sydney, the local dive shop was quite happy to rent me gear knowing I was solo diving.
     
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    Made me and the Missus have one (borrowed from them) on GBR. Ours went into pockets as well and were handed back unused at the end of the trip.
     
  7. Andy Stevenson

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    Loadstone reef. Vis around 20m, max depth 15m, masses of life although no big shoals. Just as I was clipping the camera off to start the ascent for dive two my first shark sighting swam passed, White tip. The reef appears to be in good shape. I was impressed with the skipper and crew's attitude towards conservation, not so much some of the other divers. There was more than a little sitting on the bottom a coral kicking going on.
     
  8. Andy Stevenson

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    Where did you dive? I might be able to sneak a day in while I'm there.
     
  9. hawk

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    Gordons Bay is the easiest place to dive.

    There's a dive shop in Coogee (name escapes me) and from there it's a 5 min drive to car park. You enter via a slip way. Local divers have a chained route in Gordon's Bay - nothing deeper than 12m IIRC.
     
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  10. minus273degrees

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    I was walking above Gordan's Bay I think on the walk from Bondi to Coogee could see some of the chained dive was itching to get in but no kit :(
     
  11. hawk

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    Pro Dive is the name of the shop - just come back to me :)
     
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