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Diving in Adelaide, South Australia
« on: 26 May 11, 12:41 »
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  • Hey sorry to hook on your thread.Hope you don't mind  ;D

    Most probably I will be going to Adelaide south Australia next year.

    Any places there worth diving? How bout day trips there? How does much it cost?

    Will be there staying at the campus for 2 weeks, thought of staying a few days more if i am diving there.   8)
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    « Reply #1 on: 26 May 11, 13:14 »
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  • Not really sure about diving around Adelaide but the closest will be either Shark Cage diving at Port Lincoln or Kangaroo Island. You can dived for leafy sea dragons, seal and sea lion. However, if you dont see any of these, then there are not much to see except sandy bottom. The water pretty cold but you'll survived with 5mm. In Kangaroo island, you can snorkel at the jetty and freedive to collect scallop and razor fish. Its about 5 or 6 meters deep only. However, be warned that there are blue rings octopus hiding in the razor fish so you have to be very careful.
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    « Reply #2 on: 26 May 11, 13:43 »
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  • Henry, with every major australian university there will be a dive club readily available. They will be your best friend and diving will probably be cheap as*. Here's something to help you along.

    http://www.adelaidescuba.com/

    Just let them know an friend from the friendly university of western australia Underwater Club recommended you to check them out and a night of beer will sort out the formalities to go diving.

    Alternatively, there will be dive clubs / operators that conducts free Sunday shore dives at a local site. Go along dive for free and pay for gear rental. Failing which, you can always look for a dive charter to go out for the day.

    Shore dives are in abundance if you know where to look.

    Where there are seals, there will be sharks so watch yourself (dum dum dum dum) :D
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    « Reply #3 on: 26 May 11, 15:31 »
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  • Hi Fusion,

    Since you are going to Adelaide and if time is on your side, IMHO that you should do the Shark Cage Dive - a once in a lifetime experience. You would have to go to Port Lincoln though. You can either drive there (about 6 hours from Adelaide) of fly there (about 30 mins tops via Qantas Link or REX).

    There are only two operators there, namely, Rodney Fox and Calypso Star Charter. Rodney Fox does a 4 Night Charter similar to a LOB while Calypso Star does a day trip to the Neptune Island which is about 2.5 hours from Port Lincoln by boat. Do book ahead though as seats are usually snapped up and not many. It is a bit on the expensive side but well worth it. Not to mention food onboard is fantastic - they feed you non stop with gourmet-licious food.

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    « Reply #4 on: 26 May 11, 15:57 »
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    Not really sure about diving around Adelaide but the closest will be either Shark Cage diving at Port Lincoln or at Kangaroo Island. You can dived for leafy sea dragons, seal and sea lion. However, if you dont see any of these, then there are not much to see except sandy bottom. The water pretty cold but you'll survived with 5mm. In Kangaroo island, you can snorkel at the jetty and free dive to collect scallop and razor fish. Its about 5 or 6 meters deep only. However, be warned that there are blue rings octopus in hiding in the razor fish so you have to be very careful.

    Thanks bro , Never been to Australia. Doesn't really know whats the water temperature there, or maybe I need to dive in dry suit?  ;D  I was asking some friends that been diving in Australia, they told "Aiya" Henry don't waste time la. haha Will find some time to travel to Kangaroo Island since you mention it.
     
    I will be the only 1 diver in my group of classmate lo.So maybe if i want to dive i have to explore alone  :( Since I am there why not spend more days to explore. Air ticket is already paid, rather than next time i want to dive there have to fork out air ticket & time again  :D

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    Henry, with every major australian university there will be a dive club readily available. They will be your best friend and diving will probably be cheap as*. Here's something to help you along.

    http://www.adelaidescuba.com/

    Just let them know an friend from the friendly university of western australia Underwater Club recommended you to check them out and a night of beer will sort out the formalities to go diving.

    Alternatively, there will be dive clubs / operators that conducts free Sunday shore dives at a local site. Go along dive for free and pay for gear rental. Failing which, you can always look for a dive charter to go out for the day.

    Shore dives are in abundance if you know where to look.

    Where there are seals, there will be sharks so watch yourself (dum dum dum dum) Cheesy

    Oooooooooooooooo did you mention free dives?  ;D Haha .

    Actually I will staying near the campus of University of South Australia, doing just a 2week work shop there.
    If I am diving, most pro I will extend my stay there. Any way thanks for the website Jason.Will email them next year when i was about to go,Btw I am going  there in Jun. Whether if it boat or shore dive its fine with me  :D

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    Hi Fusion,

    Since you are going to Adelaide and if time is on your side, IMHO that you should do the Shark Cage Dive - a once in a lifetime experience. You would have to go to Port Lincoln though. You can either drive there (about 6 hours from Adelaide) of fly there (about 30 mins tops via Qantas Link or REX).

    There are only two operators there, namely, Rodney Fox and Calypso Star Charter. Rodney Fox does a 4 Night Charter similar to a LOB while Calypso Star does a day trip to the Neptune Island which is about 2.5 hours from Port Lincoln by boat. Do book ahead though as seats are usually snapped up and not many. It is a bit on the expensive side but well worth it. Not to mention food onboard is fantastic - they feed you non stop with gourmet-licious food.

    Cheers

    Hey thanks for letting me to hook of your thread  :D

    Hmmm Shark Cage dive, that's exciting but I not sure my time & budget allows. :-[

    Will see my schedule & budget.
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    « Reply #5 on: 26 May 11, 16:15 »
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  • @fusionx99 bro u also student from UniSa? I am thinking to take courses from there too... wat degree program u taking there?



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    « Reply #6 on: 26 May 11, 16:42 »
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  • @fusionx99 bro u also student from UniSa? I am thinking to take courses from there too... wat degree program u taking there?




    Haha now I think quite "IN" UniSa part time degree.. I am taking Mechanical  ;D
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    « Reply #7 on: 26 May 11, 16:59 »
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  • With June you'll freeze your balls off. It's normally off peak diving season (except in Darwin, Broome & Northern Territory) in australia during that period. It's recommended you consider (renting) or borrowing a semi dry suit. I sold my semi dry and switched to the budget option of a 2 piece farmer john suit (7mm - 10mm) and instantly regretted it cos the moment you enter the water in a wet exposure suit you need the water to "warm" up with your body whereas the benefits of the semi dry suit with it's drysuit cuffs minimises water movement and needs lesser body heat to warm up. Water temperature will be a nice and warm 14 deg in adelaide around that period of time ;D

    Oh just to note, dun be sua ku like me go there use 6.5mm and then tell them I need 6 lbs of weight then blur blur stratch head "how come cannot sink ah?!" It's because you'll probably need more lead to sink!!! ;D

    Last thing, found two sites with a couple of wreck spots off adelaide.

    http://www.adelaidedivewreck.com.au/diving_sites.html
    http://www.gooddive.com/diving-australia/adelaide-diving.htm
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    « Reply #8 on: 28 May 11, 01:18 »
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  • I used to study in adelaide for 3yrs.  my hallmate, coursemate, local guy who dives a lot tried in vain to pull me to the uni underwater club.

    a good second hand tank cost A$70, refills is A$5.

    good & cheap.



    I have spoken to a very experienced instructor who dived in victor harbour during winter with 7mm, hood and full of weights. conclusion, no fun, no color, too color.

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    « Reply #9 on: 28 May 11, 01:56 »
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  • I will be the only 1 diver in my group of classmate lo.So maybe if i want to dive i have to explore alone  :( Since I am there why not spend more days to explore. Air ticket is already paid, rather than next time i want to dive there have to fork out air ticket & time again  :D


    alone a bit hard i think cos you need to travel a good 5 to 6 hour just to get to the site .. was there last year, the water there is fffffffffreezing......... we should study together then can buddy together to go dive ... lol