Logbook Scuba Dive # 391 - Merimbula Wharf
|Logbook Scuba Dive # 391 - Merimbula Wharf|
|Cylinder Set #1|
|Cylinder Type:||Cylinder Size:||Working Pressure:||Supply Type:|
|Steel||15 litres||232 bar||-|
|O2:||He:||Min. PPO2:||Max. PPO2:|
|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|
|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.