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My Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
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  • My Yachting Adventures.
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    Michael's 4WD Trips
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    Home Brewing
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    "SS Myola was discovered by Peter Fields and John Riley"
    Summary of My Diving
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - A Summary of my Diving The following is a summary of my diving as at 21 May 2024. I have done 103 dives this year. I did 206 dives last year!! First time ever in 36 years I have got over 200.

    Dives per YearType of Dives (reef or wreck)Buddies
    Type of Dives (shore or boat)Depth of DivesDives Per Month
    Dive LocationsSydney ReefSydney Wreck Dives
    Interstate and Overseas
    Dive Trips

    DIVES PER YEAR - Click on the year to see dives for that year in PDF format

    YearNumber of divesYearNumber of divesYearNumber of divesYearNumber of divesYearNumber of dives
    19881419971482006194201585@@2024see above
    1989122199895**20071922016124
    199014119991312008142##201773@@
    19911392000136***20091612018105
    199213420011632010144****2019106
    1993133200213820111602020136
    1994101*2003109****20121692021110###
    19951192004131#20131382022111####
    1996116200517420141742023206
    TOTAL4,871
    Total hours underwater:4,050:00

    Notes:

    * I travelled to the UK and Ireland for a month
    ** I did not dive for almost 3 months due to ear damage
    *** I travelled to Cape York for 5 weeks
    **** I travelled to Central Australia for 5 weeks
    # I did not dive for 6 weeks after becoming sick while diving
    ## Low number due to moving to new house
    ### Went to outback Queensland and South Australia for 13 weeks during Covid
    #### Terrible weather for most of the year and no diving for 2 months due to hurt ear
    @@ Went sailing to North Queensland for 6 months

    DIVES PER MONTH

    MonthNumber of divesMonthNumber of dives
    January4721July2744
    February386August3394
    March425September386
    April444October4865
    May415November4685
    June3933December384

    Notes:
    1. High number due to having a week's holiday at this time of year.
    2. High number due to Easter Dive Weekends.
    3. High number due to June Long Weekend and some years a week's dive holiday.
    4. Low number due to Trips to UK and Ireland during these months, a trip to Cape York, two trips to Central Australia, recovery from an operation, some skiing holidays and general colder weather.
    5. High number due to traditionally taking overseas diving holidays during these months.

    TYPES OF DIVE (Reef or Wreck)

    TypeNumber of dives
    Note: Some are multi type
    Reef4,084
    Wreck764
    Lake/Quarry3
    Plane26
    Cave4

    TYPE OF DIVES (Shore or Boat)

    TypeNumber of dives
    Boat2,930
    Shore1,941
    Night471

    DEPTH OF DIVES
    DepthNumber of dives
    >30 metres1,043
    >40 metres500
    >50 metres121
    >60 metres26

    DIVE LOCATIONS

    LocationNumber of dives
    Sydney3,162
    South West Rocks164
    Indonesia157
    Queensland147
    Solitary Islands132
    Jervis Bay132
    Vanuatu122
    Port Stephens/Nelson Bay100
    Chuuk Lagoon98
    Papua New Guinea71
    Shellharbour70
    Solomon Islands63
    Philippines63
    Eden/Merimbula42
    Central Coast37
    Batemans Bay31
    New Zealand29
    Wollongong29
    Ulladulla26
    Tasmania23
    Norway19
    Forster18
    South Australia18
    United Kingdom16
    Byron Bay14
    Seal Rocks10
    Lord Howe Island10
    Rarotonga, Cook Islands10
    New Caledonia8
    Western Australia5
    Brazil2

    SYDNEY REEF DIVES

    Sydney Reef DivesNumber of dives
    Sydney Reef Total2,764
    Bare Island659
    Shiprock271
    The Split186
    Barrens Hut181
    Middle Ground162
    Pizza Reef161
    Inscription Point134
    Oak Park75
    Six Fathom Reef69
    The Leap55
    Shark Point48
    Marley Point47
    Camp Cove46
    Henry Head46
    The Monuments45
    Osborne Shoals42
    Lilli Pilli32
    The Balcony30
    Clifton Gardens22
    Magic Point Sharks21
    M & K Reef20
    Thompsons Bay20
    Parsley Bay20
    Bypass Reef20
    Mahon Pool17
    North Bondi15
    Voodoo13
    Little Bay13
    South Maroubra13
    Tumbledown12

    SYDNEY WRECK DIVES

    Sydney Wreck DivesNumber of dives
    Sydney Wreck Total378
    SS Tuggerah147
    SS Undola45
    SS Myola27
    SS Kelloe25
    SS Hilda23
    SS Annie M. Miller23
    MV Malabar21
    SS Birchgrove Park11
    Coolooli9
    SS Currajong7
    Valiant6
    SS Dee Why6
    SS Royal Shepherd5
    Meggol3
    Himma3
    Centurion2

    MY BUDDIES

    NOTE:I have done 167 solo dives
    DiverDivesDiverDivesDiverDives
    Kelly McFadyen1,061
    Eddy Labour349Ross Mackay19
    Andreas Thimm268Mark Simpson19
    Ron Walsh250Mike Scotland45Nick Windle18
    Les Caterson208Dave Casburn18
    John McPherson197Carole Harris45Colette Wasson17
    Ian Gowan 153Gary Perkins43Jo Edney17
    Kim Dinh143John Conolly43Kristin Johnson17
    Heinz Bendinger134Peter Trayhurn41Shaun Reynolds16
    Donna Walsh134Bram Harris39Stacey Bryce16
    Daryl Gibbs118Kyle Hendry3818
    Mandy Durand37
    Eddie Ivers92Leon Betts37John Gordon16
    John Fowden79Bob Trudgeon33
    John Beddie72Leo Bergagnin32Dick Fish18
    Gary Dunnett72Simon Hoad32
    Gwen Corbett72Ken Ridley30Paul Pacey17
    Adam Florence67Geoff Ward30Zorka Jakupec15
    Chris Connell15
    Stephen McFadyen63Robyn Hewitt 28Mark Ranft14
    Eda di Camillio63Keith Edwards28
    Phil Rose27
    Tamara Fleet55Brian Bennett26Jodi Watchorn14
    Phil Short52Michael Wright24Shaun Hampton14
    John Prior50Tim Rigg24John Black13
    Riki Virc22Steve Shaw12
    Peter Flockart48Robbie Mapstone22Rhonda Kay11
    Jason Coombs46Gail McFadyen22
    Le Hammer16Carol Martin22Brian Clark11
    Sheila Baldock46Paul Wildish21
    Dave Burns45Terry Bartlett19Russell Stoker11
    Therese Duncan19Glenn Townsend11

    INTERSTATE AND OVERSEAS DIVE TRIPS

    DateCountry/State of OzLocation
    June 1989QueenslandHeron Island
    October 1989QueenslandHeron Island
    September/October 1991VanuatuPort Vila and Santo
    November 1991Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    November 1991PalauPalau
    April 1992New ZealandPoor Knights
    August 1992Solomon IslandsHoniara
    October 1993New CaledoniaIsle of Pines, Noumea and North Grande Terre
    February 1994Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    February 1995Papua New GuineaMadang and Tufi
    August 1995IrelandTralee
    September 1995VanuatuPort Vila and Santo
    October 1996Papua New GuineaMadang
    March 1997PhilippinesCoron, Cebu and Bohol
    November 1997Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    March 1998AustraliaNorthern Territory - Darwin
    June 1998AustraliaWestern Australia - Perth and Dunsborough
    October 1998VanuatuSanto
    September 1999VanuatuSanto
    October 2000NorwayRunde Island
    October 2001Solomon IslandsGizo and Tulaghi
    October 2002VanuatuSanto
    February 2003South AustraliaFleurieu Peninsula
    November 2003Papua New GuineaPort Moresby
    September 2004Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    February 2005Melbourne, VictoriaPortsea
    June 2005Cook IslandsRarotonga
    September 2005Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    November 2006QueenslandOsprey Reef and Ribbon Reefs
    December 2006QueenslandGold Coast
    May/June 2007VanuatuPort Vila and Santo
    October 2007 QueenslandOsprey Reef and Ribbon Reefs
    February 2008TasmaniaRocky Cape, Hobart, Eaglehawk Neck, Bicheno and other locations
    September 2008Papua New GuineaRabaul and Kavieng
    February/March 2009TasmaniaEaglehawk Neck, Bicheno
    September 2009Solomon IslandsTulaghi and Honiara
    May 2010VanuatuPort Vila
    March 2011New ZealandPoor Knights and Bay of Islands
    October/November 2011Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    November 2011USAGuam
    February 2012USAAlabama
    September 2012IndonesiaBali (Tulamben) and Komodo
    August 2013ScotlandScapa Flow
    August 2013EnglandSwanage wrecks
    August 2014IndonesiaBali (Tulamben)
    November 2014QueenslandTownsville (SS Yongala and GBR)
    July to September 2015 QueenslandGreat Barrier Reef (on my yacht) and SS Yongala
    November 2016QueenslandCape York area
    May to September 2017 (on my yacht)QueenslandGreat Barrier Reef
    December 2018South AmericaArraial do Cabo near Rio de Janerio in Brazil
    March 2020PhilippinesTicao Island
    April 2022South AustraliaGreat White Sharks - Port Lincoln
    May 2022NSWLord Howe Island
    April/May 2023IndonesiaTulamben
    August/September 2023PhilippinesAnilao and Puerto Galera
    April/May 2024IndonesiaTulamben/Amed
    October 2024PhilippinesDumaguete
    March/April 2025PhilippinesAnilao

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