New to Melbourne, a beginner Diver

6 months 1 week ago #303464 by sanjaysoni2k1
sanjaysoni2k1 created the topic: New to Melbourne, a beginner Diver
Hi All,

I recently migrated to Australia (Melbourne) from Singapore, so new to Melbourne diving scene. Also wonder whether there's a diving in the current winter season.

I am a novice diver, have logged 11 dives. (OW from Tioman Islands and AOW from Similan Islands). Looking to
- continue my diving journey and get better at it
- learn and get acquainted with diving in winters
- network and make diving friends

Appreciate pointers and suggestions...

Cheers
Sanjay

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6 months 1 week ago #303465 by lloyd_borrett
lloyd_borrett replied the topic: New to Melbourne, a beginner Diver
G'day Sanjay,

Yes, there is plenty of winter diving to be had in Melbourne. Shore dives are popular, especially at locations like Blairgowrie, Rye and Flinders Piers. Redboats.com.au is also running boat dives.

There are plenty of independent dive clubs you could also look into, e.g. VSAG.

See https://www.scubadoctor.com.au/dive-site-selection.htm for a list of Facebook resources about Melbourne dive sites.

Best regards, Lloyd Borrett.

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6 months 1 week ago #303467 by mark225
mark225 replied the topic: New to Melbourne, a beginner Diver
Owwww your going to feel the cold :ohmy: diving in Melbourne over winter, great place to learn though with current & poor vis.
Building on your 11 dives straight away is the way to go and get comfortable and improve your skills, buoyancy is one of hardest to master.
All the best with your diving endeavour's.

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6 months 1 week ago #303468 by AB
AB replied the topic: New to Melbourne, a beginner Diver
Sanjay,
Diving in Melbourne is significantly different to the tropics. You will need a thicker dive suit, more lead and greater buoyancy skills. To this end, responsible dive operators will ask you to do an orientation dive with an instructor before they will take you diving. Drop into your local dive shop and talk to them to ensure you have the right dive suit, and skills. Ocean Divers and other shops organise shore dives and may be able to quickly ensure you are safe.

Your skills will quickly develop diving in this area, and we are blessed with some of the best reef and wreck diving there is, so an investment in getting it right now will pay huge dividends in the future. Some of the most spectacular dives are in the 20 to 40 metre range, and there are dozens of wrecks in 40 to 70 metres. There are also plenty of piers to provide shallow dives with lot's of macro critters, so you will have plenty of options.

Alan

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6 months 1 week ago #303483 by sanjaysoni2k1
sanjaysoni2k1 replied the topic: New to Melbourne, a beginner Diver
Thanks Lloyd, Mark and Alan for the inputs....

I will start with orientation dive with the local operator to begin with...

Thanks
Sanjay

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