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Stanvac Single Point Mooring

Whiskey Thong and Alan set out for a dive at the Stanvac Single Point Mooring
on the way to the dive site the conditions were not good with choppy seas and a brisk breeze blowing from the South West.
Once under the water everything was calm. The sea was a bright blue with good visibility and there was no current.
On the bottom we easily found the mooring that was teaming with fish of various species.
There was a school of whiting hanging around as well as the usual reef fish such as the Old Wives and Bulls Eyes.
Whiskey lost two of his reels at the start of the dive. So when it was time to surface Whiskey then spent some time looking for them after Thong and I started our ascent.

 

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Stanvac Pontoons

Whiskey, Dong and Alan had a great day out diving at the Stanvac Dump
Today we dived the sunken pontoons just north of what used to be Port Stanvac. Although the pontoons are in close proximity of each other each has its own unique eco system. The first we came across was inhabited by Old Wives. Then there was Leather Jackets and the third was home to Bore Fish. In-between was a school of Silver dromond and I found nudiebranchs on the way back to the boat. During the transit to the pontoons we lost Dong however he did eventually make find his way to the pontoons.
It was a great day out finished with a pie and a beer.

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Stanvac Dump

Today four members of Seawolves Dive Club, Whiskey, Dong, Thong and Alan went for a dive at The Dump just north of where Port Stanvac used to be.
Conditions were good with smooth sea and blue skies. In the water there was good visibility that was out to 10 meters and temp at 18c with negligible current.
There was plenty to see as we found an area where several pipes had been dropped. For the locals these provided a sanctuary for the bigger predators. There was the usual collection of fish life including Silver Drummond Leather Jackets and Old Wives.
A enjoyable day on the water.
 
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Thursday 25 Jan 2019

Expecting extreme temperatures on Thursday seven members of the Sea Wolves Dive club decided to cool down with two excellent dives. The first was at the disused Single Point Mooring about two miles out of O’Sullivan Beach Boat Ramp.
Just before departure the wind picked up causing a small wind chop which made it very wet for those using the inflatable. As we prepared for the dive at the Single Point Mooring, surface conditions where a bit lumpy. However, once in the water conditions were excellent.  On the mooring at about 23 meters there was millions of fish in various sizes and several large schools. There was also a large Wobbegong Shark lying between two of the tanks. Several large blue swimmer crabs were seen and collected.
Once back on the surface the wind had dropped out completely and the sea was calm. This allowed for a comfortable ride to the second dive at the Dump. This site is several hundred meters north of what is left of the Port Stanvac Jetty.
Conditions were perfect at the dump. Very little current and good visibility made for a great dive. The water temp was around 23C and visibility at least 10 meters. All the pontoons were alive with fish. Swimming around the area schools of different fish came and investigated the divers.
There was also several anchors recovered whilst at the dump.
Unfortunately with air running low after nearly 80 minutes in the water we returned to the surface and then headed back to the boat.

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Club Members dives last week

Over the past week there have been several dives. Firstly Whiskey, Thong, Alan and Grant went to the Dump and then the Sea Wolf / Lumb to dive. Conditions were excellent there was plenty of fish life at all sites with water temp around 220 and visibility out to 10 meters plus. Whiskey recovered two anchors from the dump and Thong got his knuckles smacked when he tried to get between Whiskey and his newly acquired anchor.  The Lumb is showing signs of age with the passageway almost completely collapsed but still providing shelter to local fish population.
 Whiskey Alan and Grant ventured to Aldinga Reef for a dive on the Drop Off. Along the way a pod of dolphins playing close to the surface were seen and a slight detour was made. The diving at the Drop Off was good with plenty of interesting swim throughs, holes and crevasses prior to arriving at the Drop Off. Once on the sandy area it was very easy to cause the silt to rise by fin kicks and the slight current was also stirring up the silt. Despite the poor visibility there was plenty of interesting fish and small critters to see. On the return to O’Sullivan Beach Grant was lost overboard when the duck was hit side on by a somewhat larger than normal wave. Eventually Grant was recovered and we all made it back to Whiskey’s house for a beer.
 Donghyun, Ash and family went for a dive at Port Noarlunga they made it out to marker 7. Along the way they saw crabs and plenty of fish in quiet clear water. However it was hot work getting to the water.
 Congratulations to Pat and Helen who have now completed their Cave Diving course. Their last dive was in Kilsby Sink Hole with crystal clear waters that are somewhat cooler than the ocean at the moment.
 Peter had a couple of dives while on holiday in Bali. He spent more time in travel than diving and had to change sites due to weather conditions. However the dives were good with warm water and good visibility.

 

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Membership can be renewed by direct debit to the following account. Please ensure you print out your transfer receipt and bring to the next meeting.
Name: Sea Wolves Dive Club      BSB: 015208      Acc: 417913534

We meet every Tuesday evening, doors open from 7:30pm, meeting starts 8:30pm, 10 Bayford Rise, Morphett Vale, New Members Welcome!

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