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My Diving
Web Links - Dive Clubs
St George Scuba Club
Some of my Best Photos
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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.
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    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
    "The Gullies has a feature called The Marble"
    Catlypso - Toys for Boys (and Girls)
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Catlypso's Toys


    Over the past few years we have purchased a few items, possibly considered toys by some, but things that we think have made our sailing easier and safer. Over the coming weeks we will add details about these items.

    Spot DeviceCatlypsoThis device enables us to let our family and friends know where we are at any time. It utilises GPS technology and the satellite phone network to transmit our location to Spot and then via email, SMS to people we nominate. We can also link it into our Facebook page and this web site.
    The device is relatively cheap (this one is a Spot 2 and no longer available) and costs about AU$200 per year for the service.
    Portable GPSCatlypsoThis simple GPS is used for navigating our dinghy in and out of shallow or reef areas, especially when it is darker. We also use it for locating dive sites.
    RangefinderCatlypsoThis is a golf rangefinder. We use it to check distances to other boats when anchoring and also to the shore to make certain we are not too close.
    CatlypsoThis is the screen you see, the distance is given above the cross-hairs, a bit hard to see in this photo. Very simple to use. Cost was about AU$130 from Ebay.
    Night VisionCatlypsoThis is a night vision device we purchased from Aldi. It not only intensifies the weak night time light, it has infrared for closer viewing. It shows up mooring buoys clearly as well as dimly lit boats. You can also take photographs and video to a micro SD card.

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