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DoogiesWiki [doogiesdivelogbook]

Doogies Dive Logbook

PADI Open Water Dive and PADI Adventure completed in November 2003 in Cairns, Australien at Cairns Dive Company (C.D.C.)

PADI Advanced completed November 26th, 2003 in Byron Bay at Sundive

Dives Index
  • Dive No. 1, 2/11/2003, Open Water Dive 1
  • Dive No. 2, 2/11/2003, Open Water Dive 2
  • Dive No. 3, 3/11/2003, Open Water Dive 3
  • Dive No. 4, 3/11/2003, Open Water Dive 4
  • Dive No. 5, 3/11/2003, First dive without instructor
  • Dive No. 6, 3/11/2003, Night Dive
  • Dive No. 7, 4/11/2003, Deep Dive
  • Dive No. 8, 4/11/2003, Naturalist Dive
  • Dive No. 9, 5/11/2003, Underwater Navigation
  • Dive No. 10, 11/11/2003, Townsville, Yongala Wreck
  • Dive No. 11, 11/11/2003, Townsville, Yongala Wreck
  • Dive No. 12, 23/11/2003, Flenders Reef, Brisbane
  • Dive No. 13, 23/11/2003, Flenders Reef, Brisbane
  • Dive No. 14, 26/11/2003, Julian Rocks. Byron Bay
  • Dive No. 15, 27/11/2003, Julian Rocks. Byron Bay
  • Dive No. 16, 29/11/2003, Fish Rock Cave from South West Rock, AU
  • Dive No. 17, 29/11/2003, Fish Rock Cave from South West Rock, AU
  • Dive No. 18, indoor-dive.de
  • Dive No. 19, Ägypten
  • Dive No. 20, Ägypten
  • Dive No. 21, 29.11.2006, indoor-dive.de mit Patty, Robert und Andi C.
Abreviations in this text

- PG - Pressure Group according to the Recreational Dive Planer - SI - Surface Interfall, time on surface between two dives - R.N.T. - Residual Nitrogen Time. Amoumt of nitrogen still in blood from the previous dive, converted to a time scale for easier calculations. - A.B.T. - Actual Bottom Time (time under water) - T.B.T. - Total Bottom Time. sum of the previous two

/A.B.T. may be shorter then the difference between Time In and Time Out when we swam along the surface for a while. A.B.T. is just the time we really were under water at depth./

Dive No. 1

Date: - 2/11/2003
Location:       Briggs Reef, Australia
Weather:        sunny
Sea Conditions: flat
Visability:     25m
Scuba from:     Boat
Dive Buddy:     Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: F   SI: 2:05
----------+        +-----------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  13:10   |  11m   |  14:05
          |        |
          +--------+
   R.N.T.   0 min
 + A.B.T.  30 min 
 = T.B.T.  30 min  
Comments

Open Water Dive 1 - demonstrated some surface skills, swam around under water, pipcked up a pineaple sea cucomber.

Beatiful reeef off the shore of Cairns. It took us about 1 1/2 hour by boat to get out there.

Very near to the place we sat down on the ground, was a deep droping. Was scary looking down there into the black darkness.

Dive No. 2

Date: - 2/11/2003
Location: - Thetford Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny (30°C)
Sea Conditions: - flat
Visability: - 5m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: A          PG: J   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  16:15   | 12,5m  |  17:00
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.   9 min
+ A.B.T.  32 min 
= T.B.T.  41 min  
Comments

Open Water Dive 2 Skills:

  • half and full fill and empty mask
  • recover lost regulator
  • fin pivits
  • alternate air source ascent

It was pretty cold. I am always freezing in the water no matter how warm it actually is. We were filmed! Some cool clips.

Dive No. 3

Date:           3/11/2003
Location:       Thetford Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather:        sunny
Sea Conditions: flat
Visability:     15m
Scuba from:     Boat
Dive Buddy:     Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: O   SI: 1:25
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  06:00   |  18m   |  06:45
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.   0 min
+ A.B.T.  38 min 
= T.B.T.  38 min  
Comments

Open Water Dive 3 Skills: Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA) I got bitten by a little damsel fish for the first time. These little bastards really do fight for their Revier with their lives. :-) I also saw a flute fish. We swam along a great wall of reef and looked into a hugh cannyon.

Dive No. 4

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Thetford Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - flat
Visability: - 15m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: C          PG: O   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  08:10   |  14m   |  09:00
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  19 min
+ A.B.T.  32 min 
= T.B.T.  51 min  
Comments

*Open Water Dive 4* Skills: We practised hovering at one depth in the water.<p> We made some fun in front of the camera. Everyone of us had a board with him were we had drawn something onto before. Of course I wrote "HDGDL" on it in bold letters.<p> Suddenly Lucie soptted a manta ray. Our camera man went right after it. Sadly I couldn't see it befor it swam away. But I saw a cuttle fish, which just looks like a part of the reef. It swims backwards and can change its color. And I also met "Wally" that is a resident maori wrasse, a hughe fellow, but very friendly.

Dive No. 5

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Briggs Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - little waves
Visability: - 10m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: A          PG: K   SI: 1:52
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  16:00   |  14m   |  16:50
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.   0 min
+ A.B.T.  39 min 
= T.B.T.  39 min  

Comments

My first dive on my own, without a teacher. The Briggs Reef was ok, but not as beatiful as Horseshoe Reef. Navigation under water went very well. We surfaced just at the spot where we entered. Very good!

Dive No. 6

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Moore Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - small waves
Visability: - 9m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: B          PG: P   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  18:40   | 16,2m  |  19:19
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  11 min
+ A.B.T.  30 min 
= T.B.T.  41 min  
Comments

NIGHT DIVE! It got a bit chaotic when descending. But after a while we got everything sorted and found each other again. Diving is not easy when you see absolutely nothing under water, even when you have a torch.<p> I saw a small epaulette shark. But by far the best thing was to see the moon from below the surface. A dramatic experience!

Dive No. 7

Date: - 4/11/2003
Location: - Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - small waves
Visability: - 8m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: N   SI: 1:32
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  06:10   | 26,8m  |  06:50
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.   0 min
+ A.B.T.  30 min 
= T.B.T.  30 min  
Comments

*DEEP DIVE* Lets go deep! Equalisation went very well. Gareth showed us a tomato. You could only recognize it after he lit it with his torch. Befor it just looked black like a rotten apple. He also had an egg with him. After opening it the yellow part stayed together as a ball floating in the water. And of course we had a bottle with us which was full of air at the surface. But down here it was completely squashed.

Dive No. 8

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather: - still fine
Sea Conditions: - little waves
Visability: - 12m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: B          PG: Q   SI: 1:59
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  08:20   | 14,1m  |  09:10
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  15 min
+ A.B.T.  36 min 
= T.B.T.  51 min  
Comments

*Naturalist Dive* We sawam through that big cannyon again. Its about seven meters deep and a good meter wide. Very easy swim through but offers a great experience, when you can see reef all around you. Many damsel fish, some see cucomber and a swarm of garfish. (siver long and thin.)

I've seen a turtle! - (Und hab sie sogar streicheln können.) We were already on our ascend to the back surface when I suddenly saw it down on the ground just below us. Of course I went right after it. Slowly and carefully aproached it until it was right in front of me. After surfaceing my tank was really empty :-)

On the surface a saw a turtle again. It just took a deep breath, got some air and was gone again.

Dive No. 9

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Horseshoe Reef, Cairns, Australia
Weather: - a bit cloudy
Sea Conditions: - little waves
Visability: - 9m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: B          PG: O   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  11:05   | 13,2m  |  11:54
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  15 min
+ A.B.T.  36 min 
= T.B.T.  51 min  
Comments

*Underwater Navigation* - did a distance/time estimation. How many fin kicks and how long does it take to swim 25 meters (which was the length of the boat.) Was 25 double kicks for these 25 meters. - swam a square with compass - did natural navigation I saw a long bannerfish.

Dive No. 10

Date: - 11/11/2003
Location: - Wreck of Yongala, Townsville, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - big waves up to 1m
Visability: - 8m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rooman (French)
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG:     SI: 1:05
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  11:05   |  26m   |  12:20
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  27 min 
= T.B.T.  27 min  
Comments

The cruise out to the wreck was very bumpy. Eight of the twenty one people on board had their head in a bucket :-) Luckily I did not get seasick. The staff from "Tropical Diving, Townsville" was very nice. I was so happty, that I did find a place on the boat today, since this was the only possible date I had.

After 2 1/2 h we finally arrived at the site. Once you were in the water it was like entering another wowrld. Up on the boat it was rough, windy and shaky. But down here everything is beatifully calm and quiet. But still there was a strong current at ab about 15m. So we had to go down a line. Suddenly the bow of the wreck appeaered right in front of me. At first I only saw hunderts of fish before I could recognize the sunken ship. Around the site was just sand. So the whole sea live was conentreated on that one ship. It was completely covered in corals. Even more colorful than on the reefs I have seen so far.

History of the Yongala

The Yongala was a passanger ship and sank about a 100 years ago. Although one of the biggest rescue searches in the history of Australia was started immediately no survivor or dead body of the 120 passangeres was ever found (except for one horse corpse that was found later ashore). The wreck itself was discovered only by chance some 40 years ago.

We were diving along the side of the ship. At many places you could see into the ship and along the gangways. I really thought I saw one of the passangers walking along the corridor into his room :-)

Near the end of the dive we saw a hughe turtle. The biggest I've ever seen. (Ok I admit, there were only two altogether till now.)

Dive No. 11

Date: - 11/11/2003
Location: - Wreck of Yongala, Townsville, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - big waves up to 1m
Visability: - 8m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Roman (French)
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG:            PG:     SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  13:17   |  25m   |  13:57
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  28 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

At this second dive I had more time to concentrate of the sea live around the wreck. Our group was smaller and everybody was much more calm, since we new the premise already. So we had enough air to go around the complete shipwreck. Right at the beginning near the place were the turtle had been there was a hughe fish. A Queensland Groper. I'd estimate as long as I am, but of course much heavier.

At the back end of the wreck we saw a 2m shark like looking fish. For some seconds it just sat there and looked directly into my eyes. But then I won and it swam away.

On the way back to the line up, I saw many maori wrasses and even some sea snakes.

Dive No. 12

Date: - 23/11/2003
Location: - "The Pinackles" in Flenders Reef, Brisbane, Australia
Weather: - clowdy
Sea Conditions: - little waves
Visability: - 12m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Andrew (AU)
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: L   SI: 1:49
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  10:27   |  14m   |  11:11
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  41 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

I went diving with "Pro Dive" which is one of the biggest dive companies here in Australia. 180 A$ for two dives an the trip here including all meals is a pretty good price IMHO. Especially because Pro Dive really had very good and new equipment. For the first time I got a thick long wet suit so that I did not get cold under water as during all my last dives.

I saw a long yellow flute fish, a very nice turtle and two lobsters, ech hidden deep in their caves. Our guide was very good. Without him pointing to the spot I would have never spotted the lobsters.

There where some very strong under water currents that I had to learn to cope with at first. But after a while I stopped fighting it and from then on it was just nice and easy floating under water.

Dive No. 13

Date: - 23/11/2003
Location: - "The Trenchus" in Flenders Reef, Brisbane, Australia
Weather: - clowdy
Sea Conditions: - flat
Visability: - 15m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Andrew (AU)
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: B          PG: N   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  13:00   | 10,3m  |  13:43
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  17 min
+ A.B.T.  43 min 
= T.B.T.  60 min  
Comments

A very beatiful and realxed dive. Never before was I able to relax so much under water. It is not good if you are to exited or if you swim to fast, because then you simply use to much air form your tank. Then you won't have as much bottom time compared to a very calm and relaxed dive where you breath constantly and slowly.

I saw three turtles, a nudibranch and a small manta.

Our guide Dave showed as a *swimthrough with overhead environment"!!! That is a place where the coral formed a bridge that was just high enough so that you could swim underneath it through a small tunnel. Right at the exit on the other side there was a lobster hidden in his cave on the right hand side. Was a marvelous experience!

Dive No. 14

Date: - 26/11/2003
Location: - Julian Rocks, Byron Bay Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - choppy
Visability: - 2-3m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich + Heike
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: N   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
   9:00   |  20m   |  9:40
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  30 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

This was my *Boat Dive - with Sundive in Byron Bay which I needed to finish my *PADI Advnace - Certification. For the first time we entered the water from a really small boat. Just let yourelf fall backwards into the water as you mostly see in on TV. Was gereat fun.

Although the visability was the worst I had so far it was still a beatiful dive. There were strong currents under water. I kept bumping into rocks. But after a while after you stopped fighting it you just float through the water.

On the way out to the dive site I already heared that there are some *swimthroughs - here also. My favorite thing in diving! Swimming through a cave! :-) Even with that bad vis our dive master found the so called "pod hole". After some minutes under water, he uddenly pointed downwards. First I only saw a black whole in front of me. But after my eyes had adjusted to the darkness I saw a hughe school of hundreds of small fish nearly filling the cave completely. Hidden near the wall, nearly unnoticable was a hughe groper. I really only saw it when it was just right in front of my eyes. Even from just two meters away, there was no way of spotting it in the darkness. It was really hidden very well there. I also saw three turtles along the way. One suddenly was right in front of me when I swam around a rock.

Dive No. 15

Date: - 27/11/2003
Location: - Julian Rocks, Byron Bay Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - choppy
Visability: - 6m
Water Temperature: - 21 °C
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich + Heike
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: N   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
   9:00   |  20m   |  9:40
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  32 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

From the beginning on we paid for two dives. Normally Sundive goes out the the Rocks three times a day. But since the visability was so bad yesterday, we decided to gamble on today. And it should have been worth it. Today the see was much calmer and the vis was much much better below. We swam about the same way as yesterday again. Right after descending to the ground along the anchor line we discovered a 1.2m long brown fish on the ground. The other descending divers nearly stepped on it since it camouflage against the brown sand was so good. :-)

I saw a sting ray and a beatiful lion fish (some of them are even poisionous).

Dive No. 16

Date: - 29/11/2003
Location: - 'Fish Rock Cave' from 'South West Rock', AU
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - good, large flat waves
Visability: - 20m !!!
Water Temperature: - 20 °C
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Heike
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG:     SI: 2:05
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
   9:20   |  30m   |  9:55
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  35 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

We went out with South West Rock Dive Center on a nice diving boat. Since three other people didn't show up, Heike could also come diving with us. The trip out to the rock was nice and calm on a beautiful sunny morning. Original comment of our skipper: "Today you really cached the best conditions of the whole year!" Already from the boat I could see the school of fish below us. I couldn't wait to suit up and get into the water. While waiting on the surface on the water there were like four or five hughe batfish right below the boat. One of them the biggest was plain white! On this first dive we went along the rock. There were several parallel deep valleys up to 30 meters. Just when we came over one of the walls in between two of those valleys we saw a 2m 'grey nurse shark' on the other side. At once our dive master signaled us to stay close to the wall and we were told not to make any sudden moves! Later on we saw to more sharks.

There were also many "wobbe gong sharks". These brown fish grow up to 1.5m and most of the time the just seem to sleep on the ground. But as I already said their camouflage is that good, that they are hard to spot despite their size. One swam accross our group right behind me. I was really shocked when I turned backwards and suddenly saw this hughe thing right above me. I wasn't able to move an inch. Luckily it just calmly swam past us.

Dive No. 17

Date: - 29/11/2003
Location: - 'Fish Rock Cave' from 'South West Rock', AU
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - good, large flat waves
Visability: - 20m !!!
Water Temperature: - 21 °C
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Heike
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG:     SI: 2:05
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  11:15   |  23m   |  12:00
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  41 min 
= T.B.T.     min
Comments

This time we went *through the cave*! The Fish Rock Cave is 100m long! Its entrance is just below 20m at the upper end of a valley. It looks like a split in the wall as if two hughe rocks lean against each other. Of course we all needed torches to see anything. Luckily I was second in the row to enter just right after our guide, because he had a huge bright daylight torch :-) Again some wobbe gongs on the ground and many lobsters hidden in small gaps. After a few meters into the cave we had to ascend into a chimney before we could keep on going forward. We had to swim rather quickly through this first part. Because in this deapth you use up you air very fast. But now, higher up near the exit we could take our time. On the ceilling I saw something that looked exactly like a horizontal plane of mirrow. It was an air bubble that I saw from below. Heike and I went up and sticked our head into the small airspace for a small chat in 15m depth :-)

They other divers that had been here before told us amazing stories about the exit of the cave. Sometimes, they tols us, its covered with sharks. Grin, typically exagurated divers stories :-) Sadly today there were not so many of sharks here. We did see one more gray nurse shark just a bit later. I was so exited that I kept breathing stronger and faster. But like this you use up your air faster and that diminishes your dive time. So I tried everything to calm down and to realx. But just after I just had closed my eyes for a second we spotted a big brown ray! Flat as a disc, brown a on top and brigth white on the bottom with a long tail behind it. I'd estimate about 50-80cm in diameter.

Of course during the ascend we did our safety stop at 5 meters for five minutes on both dives.

Thank you very much Janelle for sending me these beautiful pictues!

wobigong.jpg grey_nurse_shark.jpg

at Cairns Dive Company (C.D.C.)

PADI Advanced completed November 26th, 2003 in Byron Bay at Sundive

Dives Index
  • Dive No. 1, 2/11/2003, Open Water Dive 1
  • Dive No. 2, 2/11/2003, Open Water Dive 2
  • Dive No. 3, 3/11/2003, Open Water Dive 3
  • Dive No. 4, 3/11/2003, Open Water Dive 4
  • Dive No. 5, 3/11/2003, First dive without instructor
  • Dive No. 6, 3/11/2003, Night Dive
  • Dive No. 7, 4/11/2003, Deep Dive
  • Dive No. 8, 4/11/2003, Naturalist Dive
  • Dive No. 9, 5/11/2003, Underwater Navigation
  • Dive No. 10, 11/11/2003, Townsville, Yongala Wreck
  • Dive No. 11, 11/11/2003, Townsville, Yongala Wreck
  • Dive No. 12, 23/11/2003, Flenders Reef, Brisbane
  • Dive No. 13, 23/11/2003, Flenders Reef, Brisbane
  • Dive No. 14, 26/11/2003, Julian Rocks. Byron Bay
  • Dive No. 15, 27/11/2003, Julian Rocks. Byron Bay
  • Dive No. 16, 29/11/2003, Fish Rock Cave from South West Rock, AU
  • Dive No. 17, 29/11/2003, Fish Rock Cave from South West Rock, AU
  • Dive No. 18, indoor-dive.de
  • Dive No. 19, Ägypten
  • Dive No. 20, Ägypten
  • Dive No. 21, 29.11.2006, indoor-dive.de mit Patty, Robert und Andi C.
Abreviations in this text

- PG - Pressure Group according to the Recreational Dive Planer - SI - Surface Interfall, time on surface between two dives - R.N.T. - Residual Nitrogen Time. Amoumt of nitrogen still in blood from the previous dive, converted to a time scale for easier calculations. - A.B.T. - Actual Bottom Time (time under water) - T.B.T. - Total Bottom Time. sum of the previous two

/A.B.T. may be shorter then the difference between Time In and Time Out when we swam along the surface for a while. A.B.T. is just the time we really were under water at depth./

Dive No. 1

Date: - 2/11/2003
Location:       Briggs Reef, Australia
Weather:        sunny
Sea Conditions: flat
Visability:     25m
Scuba from:     Boat
Dive Buddy:     Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: F   SI: 2:05
----------+        +-----------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  13:10   |  11m   |  14:05
          |        |
          +--------+
   R.N.T.   0 min
 + A.B.T.  30 min 
 = T.B.T.  30 min  
Comments

Open Water Dive 1 - demonstrated some surface skills, swam around under water, pipcked up a pineaple sea cucomber.

Beatiful reeef off the shore of Cairns. It took us about 1 1/2 hour by boat to get out there.

Very near to the place we sat down on the ground, was a deep droping. Was scary looking down there into the black darkness.

Dive No. 2

Date: - 2/11/2003
Location: - Thetford Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny (30°C)
Sea Conditions: - flat
Visability: - 5m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: A          PG: J   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  16:15   | 12,5m  |  17:00
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.   9 min
+ A.B.T.  32 min 
= T.B.T.  41 min  
Comments

Open Water Dive 2 Skills:

  • half and full fill and empty mask
  • recover lost regulator
  • fin pivits
  • alternate air source ascent

It was pretty cold. I am always freezing in the water no matter how warm it actually is. We were filmed! Some cool clips.

Dive No. 3

Date:           3/11/2003
Location:       Thetford Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather:        sunny
Sea Conditions: flat
Visability:     15m
Scuba from:     Boat
Dive Buddy:     Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: O   SI: 1:25
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  06:00   |  18m   |  06:45
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.   0 min
+ A.B.T.  38 min 
= T.B.T.  38 min  
Comments

Open Water Dive 3 Skills: Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA) I got bitten by a little damsel fish for the first time. These little bastards really do fight for their Revier with their lives. :-) I also saw a flute fish. We swam along a great wall of reef and looked into a hugh cannyon.

Dive No. 4

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Thetford Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - flat
Visability: - 15m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: C          PG: O   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  08:10   |  14m   |  09:00
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  19 min
+ A.B.T.  32 min 
= T.B.T.  51 min  
Comments

*Open Water Dive 4* Skills: We practised hovering at one depth in the water.<p> We made some fun in front of the camera. Everyone of us had a board with him were we had drawn something onto before. Of course I wrote "HDGDL" on it in bold letters.<p> Suddenly Lucie soptted a manta ray. Our camera man went right after it. Sadly I couldn't see it befor it swam away. But I saw a cuttle fish, which just looks like a part of the reef. It swims backwards and can change its color. And I also met "Wally" that is a resident maori wrasse, a hughe fellow, but very friendly.

Dive No. 5

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Briggs Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - little waves
Visability: - 10m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: A          PG: K   SI: 1:52
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  16:00   |  14m   |  16:50
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.   0 min
+ A.B.T.  39 min 
= T.B.T.  39 min  

Comments

My first dive on my own, without a teacher. The Briggs Reef was ok, but not as beatiful as Horseshoe Reef. Navigation under water went very well. We surfaced just at the spot where we entered. Very good!

Dive No. 6

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Moore Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - small waves
Visability: - 9m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: B          PG: P   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  18:40   | 16,2m  |  19:19
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  11 min
+ A.B.T.  30 min 
= T.B.T.  41 min  
Comments

NIGHT DIVE! It got a bit chaotic when descending. But after a while we got everything sorted and found each other again. Diving is not easy when you see absolutely nothing under water, even when you have a torch.<p> I saw a small epaulette shark. But by far the best thing was to see the moon from below the surface. A dramatic experience!

Dive No. 7

Date: - 4/11/2003
Location: - Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - small waves
Visability: - 8m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: N   SI: 1:32
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  06:10   | 26,8m  |  06:50
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.   0 min
+ A.B.T.  30 min 
= T.B.T.  30 min  
Comments

*DEEP DIVE* Lets go deep! Equalisation went very well. Gareth showed us a tomato. You could only recognize it after he lit it with his torch. Befor it just looked black like a rotten apple. He also had an egg with him. After opening it the yellow part stayed together as a ball floating in the water. And of course we had a bottle with us which was full of air at the surface. But down here it was completely squashed.

Dive No. 8

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Horseshoe Reef, Australia
Weather: - still fine
Sea Conditions: - little waves
Visability: - 12m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: B          PG: Q   SI: 1:59
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  08:20   | 14,1m  |  09:10
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  15 min
+ A.B.T.  36 min 
= T.B.T.  51 min  
Comments

*Naturalist Dive* We sawam through that big cannyon again. Its about seven meters deep and a good meter wide. Very easy swim through but offers a great experience, when you can see reef all around you. Many damsel fish, some see cucomber and a swarm of garfish. (siver long and thin.)

I've seen a turtle! - (Und hab sie sogar streicheln können.) We were already on our ascend to the back surface when I suddenly saw it down on the ground just below us. Of course I went right after it. Slowly and carefully aproached it until it was right in front of me. After surfaceing my tank was really empty :-)

On the surface a saw a turtle again. It just took a deep breath, got some air and was gone again.

Dive No. 9

Date: - 3/11/2003
Location: - Horseshoe Reef, Cairns, Australia
Weather: - a bit cloudy
Sea Conditions: - little waves
Visability: - 9m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: B          PG: O   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  11:05   | 13,2m  |  11:54
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  15 min
+ A.B.T.  36 min 
= T.B.T.  51 min  
Comments

*Underwater Navigation* - did a distance/time estimation. How many fin kicks and how long does it take to swim 25 meters (which was the length of the boat.) Was 25 double kicks for these 25 meters. - swam a square with compass - did natural navigation I saw a long bannerfish.

Dive No. 10

Date: - 11/11/2003
Location: - Wreck of Yongala, Townsville, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - big waves up to 1m
Visability: - 8m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rooman (French)
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG:     SI: 1:05
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  11:05   |  26m   |  12:20
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  27 min 
= T.B.T.  27 min  
Comments

The cruise out to the wreck was very bumpy. Eight of the twenty one people on board had their head in a bucket :-) Luckily I did not get seasick. The staff from "Tropical Diving, Townsville" was very nice. I was so happty, that I did find a place on the boat today, since this was the only possible date I had.

After 2 1/2 h we finally arrived at the site. Once you were in the water it was like entering another wowrld. Up on the boat it was rough, windy and shaky. But down here everything is beatifully calm and quiet. But still there was a strong current at ab about 15m. So we had to go down a line. Suddenly the bow of the wreck appeaered right in front of me. At first I only saw hunderts of fish before I could recognize the sunken ship. Around the site was just sand. So the whole sea live was conentreated on that one ship. It was completely covered in corals. Even more colorful than on the reefs I have seen so far.

History of the Yongala

The Yongala was a passanger ship and sank about a 100 years ago. Although one of the biggest rescue searches in the history of Australia was started immediately no survivor or dead body of the 120 passangeres was ever found (except for one horse corpse that was found later ashore). The wreck itself was discovered only by chance some 40 years ago.

We were diving along the side of the ship. At many places you could see into the ship and along the gangways. I really thought I saw one of the passangers walking along the corridor into his room :-)

Near the end of the dive we saw a hughe turtle. The biggest I've ever seen. (Ok I admit, there were only two altogether till now.)

Dive No. 11

Date: - 11/11/2003
Location: - Wreck of Yongala, Townsville, Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - big waves up to 1m
Visability: - 8m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Roman (French)
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG:            PG:     SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  13:17   |  25m   |  13:57
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  28 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

At this second dive I had more time to concentrate of the sea live around the wreck. Our group was smaller and everybody was much more calm, since we new the premise already. So we had enough air to go around the complete shipwreck. Right at the beginning near the place were the turtle had been there was a hughe fish. A Queensland Groper. I'd estimate as long as I am, but of course much heavier.

At the back end of the wreck we saw a 2m shark like looking fish. For some seconds it just sat there and looked directly into my eyes. But then I won and it swam away.

On the way back to the line up, I saw many maori wrasses and even some sea snakes.

Dive No. 12

Date: - 23/11/2003
Location: - "The Pinackles" in Flenders Reef, Brisbane, Australia
Weather: - clowdy
Sea Conditions: - little waves
Visability: - 12m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Andrew (AU)
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: L   SI: 1:49
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  10:27   |  14m   |  11:11
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  41 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

I went diving with "Pro Dive" which is one of the biggest dive companies here in Australia. 180 A$ for two dives an the trip here including all meals is a pretty good price IMHO. Especially because Pro Dive really had very good and new equipment. For the first time I got a thick long wet suit so that I did not get cold under water as during all my last dives.

I saw a long yellow flute fish, a very nice turtle and two lobsters, ech hidden deep in their caves. Our guide was very good. Without him pointing to the spot I would have never spotted the lobsters.

There where some very strong under water currents that I had to learn to cope with at first. But after a while I stopped fighting it and from then on it was just nice and easy floating under water.

Dive No. 13

Date: - 23/11/2003
Location: - "The Trenchus" in Flenders Reef, Brisbane, Australia
Weather: - clowdy
Sea Conditions: - flat
Visability: - 15m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Andrew (AU)
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: B          PG: N   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
  13:00   | 10,3m  |  13:43
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.  17 min
+ A.B.T.  43 min 
= T.B.T.  60 min  
Comments

A very beatiful and realxed dive. Never before was I able to relax so much under water. It is not good if you are to exited or if you swim to fast, because then you simply use to much air form your tank. Then you won't have as much bottom time compared to a very calm and relaxed dive where you breath constantly and slowly.

I saw three turtles, a nudibranch and a small manta.

Our guide Dave showed as a *swimthrough with overhead environment"!!! That is a place where the coral formed a bridge that was just high enough so that you could swim underneath it through a small tunnel. Right at the exit on the other side there was a lobster hidden in his cave on the right hand side. Was a marvelous experience!

Dive No. 14

Date: - 26/11/2003
Location: - Julian Rocks, Byron Bay Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - choppy
Visability: - 2-3m
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich + Heike
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: N   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
   9:00   |  20m   |  9:40
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  30 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

This was my *Boat Dive - with Sundive in Byron Bay which I needed to finish my *PADI Advnace - Certification. For the first time we entered the water from a really small boat. Just let yourelf fall backwards into the water as you mostly see in on TV. Was gereat fun.

Although the visability was the worst I had so far it was still a beatiful dive. There were strong currents under water. I kept bumping into rocks. But after a while after you stopped fighting it you just float through the water.

On the way out to the dive site I already heared that there are some *swimthroughs - here also. My favorite thing in diving! Swimming through a cave! :-) Even with that bad vis our dive master found the so called "pod hole". After some minutes under water, he uddenly pointed downwards. First I only saw a black whole in front of me. But after my eyes had adjusted to the darkness I saw a hughe school of hundreds of small fish nearly filling the cave completely. Hidden near the wall, nearly unnoticable was a hughe groper. I really only saw it when it was just right in front of my eyes. Even from just two meters away, there was no way of spotting it in the darkness. It was really hidden very well there. I also saw three turtles along the way. One suddenly was right in front of me when I swam around a rock.

Dive No. 15

Date: - 27/11/2003
Location: - Julian Rocks, Byron Bay Australia
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - choppy
Visability: - 6m
Water Temperature: - 21 °C
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Rich + Heike
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG: N   SI: 6:00+
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
   9:00   |  20m   |  9:40
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  32 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

From the beginning on we paid for two dives. Normally Sundive goes out the the Rocks three times a day. But since the visability was so bad yesterday, we decided to gamble on today. And it should have been worth it. Today the see was much calmer and the vis was much much better below. We swam about the same way as yesterday again. Right after descending to the ground along the anchor line we discovered a 1.2m long brown fish on the ground. The other descending divers nearly stepped on it since it camouflage against the brown sand was so good. :-)

I saw a sting ray and a beatiful lion fish (some of them are even poisionous).

Dive No. 16

Date: - 29/11/2003
Location: - 'Fish Rock Cave' from 'South West Rock', AU
Weather: - sunny
Sea Conditions: - good, large flat waves
Visability: - 20m !!!
Water Temperature: - 20 °C
Scuba from: - Boat
Dive Buddy: - Heike
=== Dive Profile ===
     PG: -          PG:     SI: 2:05
----------+        +------------------
 Time In: | Depth: | Time Out:
   9:20   |  30m   |  9:55
          |        |
          +--------+
  R.N.T.     min
+ A.B.T.  35 min 
= T.B.T.     min  
Comments

We went out with South West Rock Dive Center on a nice diving boat. Since three other people didn't show up, Heike could also come diving with us. The trip out to the rock was nice and calm on a beautiful sunny morning. Original comment of our skipper: "Today you really cached the best conditions of the whole year!" Already from the boat I could see the school of fish below us. I couldn't wait to suit up and get into the water. While waiting on the surface on the water there were like four or five hughe batfish right below the boat. One of them the biggest was plain white! On this first dive we went along the rock. There were several parallel deep valleys up to 30 meters. Just when we came over one of the walls in between two of those valleys we saw a 2m 'grey nurse shark' on the other side. At once our dive master signaled us to stay close to the wall and we were told not to make any sudden moves! Later on we saw to more sharks.

There were also many "wobbe gong sharks". These brown fish grow up to 1.5m and most of the time the just seem to sleep on the ground. But as I already said their camouflage is that good, that they are hard to spot despite their size. One swam accross our group right behind me. I was really shocked when I turned backwards and suddenly saw this hughe thing right above me. I wasn't able to move an inch. Luckily it just calmly swam past us.


Todo: insert dives in Egypt!

Dive No. 21

Date:              29. 11. 2006
Location:          www.indoor-dive.de, Aufkrichen
Weather:           n.a. (indoor)
Sea Conditions:    pool
Visability:        until the pool wall :-)
Water Temperature: 23 °C
Scuba from:        pool and boat

Robert T. made his OWD during his last holiday in the Dominican Republic. Of course he wanted to go diving again soon. So we decided to go to the www.indoor-dive.de Center in Aufkirchen. We had two very funny dives there.

During our first dive, we played underwater frisbee and underwater volleyball. At first I had forgotten my writing pad. So I quickly had to surface again and fetch it from my bag. It was great fun communicating under water with it.

After the first dive we went to the welness area and had some chilling and relaxing. Robert made an infusion in the sauna that gaves us back some warmth.

In the second dive I took of my jacket under water and swam through the 6m tunnel, pushing my jacket in front of me. I always wanted to try that.

After the dives we were very hungry of course. There is also a restaurant at the indoor-dive Center. Luckily they had a buffet today. I think I ate about five cakes and two chocolat creams :-)

 
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