Rye Pier Diving

Rye Pier holds a special place in my heart – it’s where I took my first breath underwater in the ocean as part of my Open Water course, it’s where I returned to do part of my Advanced Open Water, and it’s been the host to many other magical dives.

This is the first time I’ve dived it in the daylight with my camera though, so welcome to Rye Pier! Highlight for sure was the rather large stingray – at the end it sweeps along directly underneath me. Slightly amusing because overseas we were chasing Mantas, attempting to catch even a glimpse, and here at Rye and the other piers, we’re often visited by these underwater giants!

Location: Rye, Victoria, Australia
Water Temperature: 17°C
Average Depth: 4m
Maximum Depth: 7m

Portsea Pier Sunrise Dive

**nb: try watching HD, much clearer!**

Life has been hectic, so I thought I would spend some time today trying to catch up on my Dive Videos, all the way back from March, the Sunday prior to my Epic Africa Trip!

After 2 months of diving every weekend, I was concerned that it would be some time before I would get a chance to dive in Africa (it ended up being a full 18 days 😱), so I made the most of it and managed 4 dives in one day!

The first was a rather spiritual sunrise dive with the lovely Jane, underneath the Portsea Pier (first time for me!). An easy dive, with lots to see under the pier, and magical as the sun came up above the waters.

Location: Portsea, Victoria, Australia
Water Temperature: 20°C
Average Depth: 3m
Maximum Depth: 5m

Blairgowrie Pier Reunion Dives

Dives 2 and 3 that Sunday were a set of Reunion Dives with my buddies from my Open Water course so many moons ago! It was nice to see how far we’ve all come since those nervous first breaths underwater.

Conditions at Blairgowrie started out fantastic, but turned sour by the end of our second dive, with barely 1m viz on the way back.

Highlight was the magnificent octopus showing off for me, first up in the video 🐙🐙 When we were still wading out into the water for our second dive, someone poked their head under the water and saw it… At only 1m deep, I quickly threw in my regs and dropped below the surface to film it, following it back to the shallows until my knees were dragging in the sand

Location: Blairgowrie
Water Temperature: 21°C
Average Depth: 3.4m
Maximum Depth: 5.4m