Logbook Scuba Dive # 294 - Blairgowrie Pier
|Logbook Scuba Dive # 294 - Blairgowrie Pier|
|Cylinder Set #1|
|Cylinder Type:||Cylinder Size:||Working Pressure:||Supply Type:|
|Steel||12 litres||232 bar||Open Circuit (OC)|
|O2:||He:||Min. PPO2:||Max. PPO2:|
|56.6 m||56.6 m||-|
|Start Pressure:||End Pressure:||Diff. Pressure:|
|222 bar||73 bar||149 bar|
|Avg. Depth:||SAC Rate:|
|Avg. Depth:||SAC Rate:|
|3.94 m||17.82 litres/min|
|Divemaster: John Lawler, VSAG
Boat Captain: Mick Jeacle
Boat: "SS Jeacle", Mick Jeacle's Haines Hunter
On the Saturday morning of the AFL Grand Final I headed down to The Scuba Doctor to setup my newly arrived Apeks XTX200 regs for use on my single cylinder setup. I'd also got an XTX200 second stage for use as my secondary second stage (Occy). This means I've now got Apeks XTX200 second stages on every reg I breathe from. In due course I had the Miflex hoses sorted and everything connected.
I then headed home and arrived just as the AFL grand final game started. I proceeded to get my gear ready for diving on Sunday, plus make some changes to my single cylinder setup, bringing over a few ideas learnt from Mark Ryan while doing my technical courses to this single cylinder 'recreational' diving setup. During the third quarter, the footy game started to get rather interesting so I stopped fiddling with the diving gear and watched it properly. Dramatically, the game ended with a draw.
On Sunday morning I headed down to the Sorrento boat ramp, chatted with Alan Storen for a bit and started changing. Eventually the three dive boats arrived. I was assigned to Mick Jeacle's boat along with Greg Richards and Steve Lamb. We loaded our dive gear onto Mick's boat.
JL called us all over for an onshore briefing and pointed out that conditions looked marginal for getting out and diving on the ex HMAS Canberra as planned. We decided to head out anyway and take a look.
We launched Mick's boat and headed out. But even off Portsea it became obvious that the huge swells we were seeing inside the bay didn't look good for us getting outside and diving the ex HMAS Canberra. Before we reached the heads we called off going outside.
Allan Beckhurst came on the radio and said they were about to depart from Queenscliff and head over to dive Blairgowrie Pier. VSAG decide to join them. Thus we had four boats full of divers heading over to do a pier dive. It felt very strange.
Mick and Greg decided to sit the dive out. I got the impression that Mick was struggling with the concept of pier diving from a boat! I suspect its many many a year since he did a pier dive.
Steve and I rolled in and started to look around. Steve was taking photos and what with both of us stopping to look at stuff for a while, plus heaps of other divers about, we lost each other a few times. I'd never seen so many people on a pier dive. The usual variety of interesting stuff to see. It was easy to tell when something interesting had been found by the group that gathered around.
Eventually Steve and I made our way to the landing where the boats were all waiting.
Mick and JL's boats then headed out to the scallop beds off Rye. Greg went in from our group and collected a bag of scallops. Dave Kelly's boat headed down to dive an area off Portsea Pier.
Eventually we all made our way back to Sorrento boat ramp, retrieved the boats, unloaded gear and changed. Many headed back to The Scuba Doctor for air fills, drinks and nibbles. Another great VSAG dive day.