|In May 2008, the Club began a project to formally map and describe the key dive sites that it visits. While there are lots of bibs and bobs of info around (books, the internet, dive shops, old members knowledge etc), none of this information is consistently accurate nor held centrally. And while some club members have accumulated this information over a period of many years, this is not much use if they are not on the trip, or in your boat!|
The Committee has subsequently approved the idea for the club, via its members, to produce comprehensive maps/info/guides that would be totally accurate and would be easily accessible. Shorter 2 page versions of these site descriptions could then be produced and printed/laminated so they could be taken to the coast as appropriate.
As a broad template, the dive guides would include items such as the name of the mark in the club's GPS, dive site map, fish life, anchoring, location, description, dive shops and airfills, special factors, safety contact numbers, links, likely diving conditions expected etc etc.
The club's ethos towards diving safety is very much that you are responsible for your own actions and decisions. Given this, the guides will also include very detailed information on safety aspects (current, viz, depth, etc etc) in order for people (particularly Newer South Coast divers) to assess whether their training and experience are a match for some of the 'interesting' conditions that even the most sanguine dive sites can throw up (such as the 2007 Tathra laundromat dive).
Given the importance of accuracy to the success of this project, it will be undertaken over the long-term and will probably take 3-5 years to complete 50 of the easiest sites. And some sites may take many dives to complete with the resulting maps requiring ongoing iteration.
A couple of points of clarification following discussion with the Committee and others:
Please let me know if you have any questions.
The table of current assignments (May 2008) follows. Feel free to survey a site not listed below.
Completed surveys are in MS Word format for the moment, sorry!
|Lady Musgrave Island:|
|The Bommie Fields|
|Freaky Fish Cave|
|The Pillars of Hercules|
|The Promised Land|
|South West Rocks:|
|PS Agnes Irving|
|Bennett's Head Bommie||Jen|
|Skeleton Rock Nth|
|Skeleton Rock Sth|
|SFB Sponge Gardens||Scott H|
|Fly Pt - Seahorse Gdns Drift|
|Boondelbah Sponge Gardens|
|Cabbage Tree Is Trawler|
|Rocks and Weed||Ernie||2020|
|Looking Glass Is|
|2 Poles Reef|
|The Arch and Cave|
|Jervis Bay Area:|
|Sir John Young Banks||BC||2050|
|Drum and Drum Sticks|
|The Whore House|
|Ten Fathom Drop Off||Jen||2009|
|The Pleasure Dome||JW||2010|
|Bawley Point Sea Cave|
|Black Rock (East)|
|Black Rock (South)|
|Black Rock (West)|
|Black Rock (North)|
|Jimmy's Island (Sth)|
|Jimmy's Island (Nth)|
|Lake Burley Griffin - Carp Gutters|
|Mystery Bay/Montague Island:|
|The Amphitheatre (GNS Sharks)|
| Montague Island: The 'dark side'|
|Mystery Bay Front Cliffs (south)|
|Mystery Bay Front Cliffs (east)|
|Mystery Bay Front Cliffs (west)|
|Mystery Bay Front Cliffs (north)|
|Blue Pool inner|
|Blue Pool outer|
|The Ammunition Wharf|
|The Chipmill Wharf|
|The New Guinea|