Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving Web Site
Home · Contact Me · Sydney Reef Dive Sites · Sydney Shipwrecks · NSW Dive Sites · Australian Dive Sites · Overseas Dive Sites · Dive Accidents and Incidents · My Yachting Adventures · 4WD Trips · Weather · Search 13 April 2024 15:58

About Me
My Diving
Web Links - Dive Clubs
St George Scuba Club
Some of my Best Photos
Contact Me

Dive Sites
Sydney Reef Dive Sites
Sydney Shipwrecks
Sydney Dive Visibility, Swell and Temps
Kelly Talking on ABC Sydney about Shipwrecks
NSW Dive Sites
Sydney Shipwreck Summary
NSW Shipwreck GPS/Marks
Australian Dive Sites
Overseas Dive Sites
Aircraft I have Dived
Old Bottles
Free Shipwreck Books

Dive Related Equipment
Shearwater Predator and Heinrichs Weikamp OSTC 2N
Uwatec Aladin Dive Computers
Apollo AV1 Underwater Scooter
Bauer Compressor
DIY Oxygen Stick - Nitrox
GoPro HD Hero Video Camera
My Camera Setup
Purchase of New Dive Boat
My Dive Boat - Mak Cat
My Old Dive Boat - Le Scat
My Dive Gear
GPS and Diving
Make Your Own Car Tank Rack

Marine Life
Rarer Sydney Marine Life
Bare Island Pygmy Pipe Horses
Bare Island Sea Horses
Bare Island Nudibranchs
Bare Island Marine Life
Encounter with Southern Right Whale and Calf

Other Dive Info
How Weather Affects Diving in Sydney
Visibility and Wave Averages in Sydney
Waves and Diving
Diving Weather and Sea Conditions
Tide Tables
Dive Accidents and Incidents
Dive Book Reviews
Site Map
Noel Hitchins 1951-2005
Lloyd Bridges - Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt
My Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
  • Details about Catlypso
  • Cleaning/Repairing Catlypso
  • My Yachting Adventures.
  • Login


    Forgotten your password?
    Request a new one here.
    Michael's 4WD Trips
    Click here for a list of my Four Wheel Drive and Camping Trips.
    Home Brewing
    Click here for an article about Home Brewing.
    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "By-Pass Reef was named after John Beddie"
    My Recent Dives - March/April 2012
    21 March 2012 - Bare Island Deep Wall
    First dive in 4 weeks and first in saltwater for 5 weeks. Good to get back in the water after getting over the cold I caught in USA. A bit rough getting in but timing was the key. Went to wall and a lot cleaner (5-6 m) than it has been after all the rain of the past 4 weeks. Did the normal dive. Found one PPH, one dwarf firefish, an eastern blue devilfish near RIF Reef. The yellow White's sea horse is in same spot as it has been now since early 2011. A bit dirtier in shallows (3 m). Visibility poor to fair.

    24 March 2012 - Whale Watching Platform
    Club dive, Bypass Reef, but very windy out there. Came here instead. Amazingly clear water considering how close it is to Botany Bay. Saw a blue devilfish, a sea dragon and Kelly found a pygmy pipehorse. Very nice dive. Visibility good.

    25 March 2012 - The Leap
    A bit sloppy getting in and out but not too bad. Nice easy drift in with very good visibility (17 m). Refound the 3 White's sea horses and another one. Three sea dragons, a Verco's tamja and lots of purple dragons. An excellent dive. Visibility very good.

    28 March 2012 - Pizza Reef
    Club boat dive. A bit of slop, but not too bad. Not as good as the weekend in viz terms, but lots and lots of fish. Normal bastard trumpters, and huge numbers of silver sweep, one-spot pullers, yellowtail and seapike all over the reef. Pity the sun was not out as it would have been even better. A brilliant dive. Visibility fair.

    29 March 2012 - Oak Park
    Club night dive. Had to move from Shiprock as still not reopened, maybe tomorrow. Was low tide. Went out SE to sand edge and then out to second reef. Turned back here. Saw a few large squid, one huge wobbegong, some spiders and small cuttlefish but that is about it. Others saw a striped dumpling squid at the end. Visibility varied from poor to fair, not consistent. Visibility overall fair.

    31 March 2012 - Wattamolla Point
    Club boat dive, 3 boats. Very smooth seas but a long swell running. Very clean on bottom, but a bit milky on deco. Huge numbers of seapike, silver sweep, bastard trumpeters, one-spot pullers and more. A huge bullray swam past, some cuttlefish and some saw a sea horse. Probably the best dive here I have ever had. Visibility very good.

    1 April 2012 - The Leap
    Entered water about 60 minutes after low tide. Slight incoming current. Visibility in shallows was poor but good deeper. Kelly found a small pygmy pipehorse and we saw the 3 sea horses again. A nice, easy dive. Visibility good.

    4 April 2012 - Middle Ground
    Club boat dive. Saw a pod of dolphins on the way there. A long rolling swell, so decided to dive deeper. Even at 32m we were being pushed around. Viz was down on the weekend. Huge numbers of yellowtail, one very fat wobbegong, lots of leatherjackets. Nice dive. Visibility fair.

    4 April 2012 - Shiprock
    Club night dive. First dive here for over 6 months as the work on the walkway only finished yesterday. So easy to walk up and down! Current was running wrong way for first third of dive, then okay. Lots of fan-bellied leatherjackets, a few large squid, a tiny cuttlefish, a parrotfish in the shallows, 3 pineapplefish near N end and lots of decorator crabs. Good to be diving here again. Visibility poor.

    12 April 2012 - Shiprock
    Club night dive. Low tide as open ocean hugh seas. Very dirty. Saw a dwarf firefish, a pineapplefish (not one of the ones seen last week), lots of decorator crabs, normal fish. Not a great dive. Visibility very poor.

    14 April 2012 - Barrens Hut/The Split
    Club boat dive. Smooth seas but a reasonable swell and long period meant a bit surgy. Went along The Split and just outside I found a bright red pygmy pipehorse. I have never seen one this colour. Kelly then found another normal red coloured one. Went down to the cave and then back to anchor. Lots of bastard trumpeters, one-spot pullers, trevally, yellowtail and seapike. An excellent dive. Visibility very good.

    15 April 2012 - Shark Point
    Entered at the slot and went east to sand. Followed 22 me level, saw two blue devilfish, a wobbegong. Normal fish. Lost Jason and Rox who were leading, so headed west. Ended up back at the point. Exited here. Nice dive, but better done the way we normally do it. Visibility very good.

    21 April 2012 - Shiprock
    Too windy and large seas so boat dive cancelled. Eight members dived, we did normal route. Current was strange, swam into it all the way till we turned around. Saw 3 wobbies, 1 huge, 1 horned shark, 3 pineapplefish we saw before Easter, a frogfish, a large moray with no teeth, lots of big numbrays and large octopus and some small cuttlefish. Also a few opera house nudis. Nice easy dive. Visibility fair.

    22 April 2012 - Shiprock
    Again too rough to go anywhere else. Got there an hour before high and were at least 20 other divers already there. Decided to go in early as yesterday the current was running out even at start. Today, it went with us for about 20 minutes and then turned. Weird! Saw 3 pineapplefish again, no wobbies, more than a dozen opera house nudis, lots of large moray eels and numbrays, octopus, cuttlefish and more. Two frogfish and about 50 sand whiting. Nice dive again. Visibility fair. 

    25 April 2012 - Bare Island Left
    Club dive and BBQ. Dirty and cold on top. Over 50 attended. Went off back left and headed SE to sand. Kelly found a pygmy pipehorse here. Then S. Found a small boxfish, at least 10 big squid, lots of yellowtail. Went S till 20 mins and then back N. Back near where Kelly found the pipehorse I found a tiny one and then Kelly found another. One more boxfish seen. A bit further on I went off the reef and refound the large Admiralty anchor, has sunk into the sand a lot. Then continued N. Found a blue devilfish in the cave. I had found an anchor near where we turned around and had taken the chain. It was heavy and I used a lot of air carrying it. Saw a large flathead on the sand and then back to shore. Very nice dive, visibility a lot better than expected considering the rain of the last week. Visibility good.

    28 April 2012 - Barrens Hut/The Split
    Club boat dive, 5 boats. A bit of swell so we did not go to Marley Point. Could not find the pygmy pipehorses we found two weeks ago. Kelly found some small cowries on Gabo Island soft coral. Lots of red morwong and bastard trumpeters as well as a few large bream. Very nice dive, bluish water. Visibility very good.

    29 April 2012 - Inscription Point
    Went looking for the strange anglerfish others have seen but could not find. Kelly found a pygmy pipehorse. A large dead numbray, some tiny boxfish. Nice easy dive. Huge groups entering water as we exited. Visibility fair. 

    For more details about these dives and other dives this year, click here

    Written by Michael McFadyenMichael on 01 March 2012 00:003478 Reads - Print
    Copyright © Michael McFadyen 1990 to 2024
    Non-commercial use of an article or photograph is permitted with appropriate URL reference to this site.
    Dive shops, dive operators, publications and government departments cannot use anything without first seeking and receiving approval from Michael McFadyen.
    This web site has been wholly thought up, designed, constructed and funded for almost 30 years by Michael McFadyen without any help from the Australian Dive Industry.
    Website created 1996!