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Logbook Scuba Dive # 391 - Merimbula Wharf

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Logbook Scuba Dive # 391 - Merimbula Wharf
Date: Entry Time: Dive Time: Max. Depth:
Sun, 07-Apr-2013 11:16:00 58 minutes 13.6 metres
Dive Location: City / Island:
Merimbula Wharf Merimbula Bay, NSW
Country: Dive Master:
Australia Rick Carey
Dive Center: Dive Trip:
Merimbula Divers Lodge -
Buddy/Buddies:
Cheryl Lees, Richard, Rick Carey
Dive Details:
Entry: Boat Name:  
Shore -  
Start PG: Entry Time: Exit Time: End PG:
- 11:16:00 12:14:00 -
Altitude: Rep. Dive: Surface Interval:  
0 m No -  
Max. Depth:     Avg. Depth:
13.6 metres     7.78  m
  Dive Time: Deco. Dive:
  58 minutes No
Conditions:
Weather: Air Temp.: Water Temp.:  
Sunny 21 °C 19 °C  
Water: Waves: Current:  
Salt No Waves No Current  
Visibility: Horizontal Vis.: Vertical Vis.:
Good Good 7 7  
Equipment:
Weight: Dive Suit: Dive Computer:
12 kg Wetsuit 7 mm Suunto HelO2
Equipment used on this dive:
Apeks XTX200 Regulator - Single Primary | Apeks XTX200 Regulator - Single Seconary | Apollo ATB Multi Purpose Boots | Apollo Bio-Fin Pro | Backscatter Custom GoPro Underwater Housing | Buddy Surface Marker Buoy SMBCi - Self Inflating | Faber 15L Steel Cylinder | GoPro HD Hero2 outdoor edition | Halcyon Titanium Knife Sheath - Rec | Kent Tooling Ratchet Reel - 75 metres | Nautilus Lifeline | Neptune Scorpion Gold 7mm SemiDry Wetsuit | Northern Diver KN14 Titanium Dive Knife - Rec | Northern Diver Superstretch 2mm Neoprene Gloves | Northern Diver Thermalskin | Ocean Suits 3mm Hood | OMS Compact Quick Dump Weight Pockets | OMS Dual Bladder, Banded Wing - Rec | OMS IQ Pack BC Harness | OMS Silicone Necklace Secondary - Rec | OMS Stainless Steel Backplate | OMS Stainless Steel Single Cylinder Adaptor Plate | Patriot3 Maritime Ops-Core Base Jump Sport Helmet | Sonar Explorer Black Silicone Mask - Backup | Sonar Explorer Black Silicone Mask - Primary | Suunto CB-Two-In-Line Combo Console - 2 | Suunto HelO2 Dive Computer | Suunto SK-7 Compass Wrist - 1 | Suunto Transmitter - Rec | Suunto Vytec DS Dive Computer | Waterborne Safety Strap - HelO2 | Waterborne Safety Strap - Vytec
Cylinder Set #1
Cylinder Type: Cylinder Size: Working Pressure: Supply Type:
Steel Single Cylinder 15 litres 232 bar -
O2: He: Min. PPO2: Max. PPO2:
21% 0% - 1.4 bar
EAN 21 EAN 21 MOD: EAD: END:
56.6 m 56.6 m 56.6 m
Start Pressure: End Pressure: Diff. Pressure:  
214 bar 78 bar 136 bar  
Avg. Depth: SAC Rate:    
- -    

Avg. Depth: SAC Rate:    
7.78  m 19.78 litres/min    
Gas Mixture:
-
I joined Cheryl Lees at Pambula Beach for the second part of her annual 2 week Easter stay there. On the Saturday 6 April, we checked out the Merimbula Divers Lodge to see if anything was happening. No boat dives were availble, but they were running a shore dive the next day. So on Sunday morning we fronted at the dive shop keen to go and get wet.

Rick Carey was the divemaster and he was also looking after Richard from Albury on the dive. We all drove down to Merimbula Wharf which was busy with divers. After gearing up, we made our way across the rocks and to the entry point to the east of the wharf. A giant stride in without fins on was a new experience. Eventually we all had all put our fins on in the water and were ready to go.

Richard had trouble descending due to lack of weight. I offered Rick some of my lead but he had some spare as well. And with Richard suitably weighted, we all headed off on the dive.

The underwater terrain was a lot like many of the dive sites I'd seen previously in Jervis Bay (further north on the NSW south coast) with plenty of bare rock, probably due to the sea urchins that were everywhere. Some large grouper were hanging about with us for much of the dive, obviously used to being fed sea urchins by divers.

I found Richard a few times having problems staying down. I dumped air from his BC using the back bottom dump valve on his BCD which improved things for him.

I was bringing up the rear of the four divers. I wanted to stop and look at stuff, but everytime I did I'd look up to see the others disappearing out of sight.

There was plenty of maine life and it was a very easy dive site, which is no doubt why it's used a lot for Open Water student training.

When we got back to the entry/exit point there was a large group of other divers coming in, so I went back under and looked around a bit more while waiting for them to clear the area.

The climb up the rock ledge to get out was a bit of a struggle. We were intending to do a second dive there in the afternoon, but my right knee was sore as result of doing something to it on the climb out from the first dive, so that option was abandoned. Cheryl and I had lunch at the Merimbula Wharf Restaurant and then we headed back to the dive shop for air fills.

It was a shame that there weren't enough divers around for the dive shop to be able to run boat dives that week because the conditions were perfect all week. I should have towed my boat to Pambula because it turned out there were people around who would have diven the boat for us while we dived.
 
 

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