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 Sir John Young Banks

1-9 May 2010 

Coordinator: Chris Bloomfield 

The original trip notice has been archived.

Peter, Kim and Gail have provided photos.

Peter did only attend the first weekend, which had great conditions as can be seen from his videos and photos below.

A brief trip report:

The first weekend offered fairly calm seas and gentle winds, and most importantly, currents out at the Banks were minimal. Water temp was ~19C with good viz, and everyone got a good dive in. On Monday, the EAC had just reached the Banks - water temp 22.5C and a 2-3 knot current. A couple of people got an arm-wrenching dive in, but it was clear that the Banks would be not be diveable for a few days at least.
The rest of the week was spent diving around Currarong, Jervis Bay, Drum and Drumsticks, Croc Head, and a trip down to Stoney Creek. Conditions were excellent - good viz and little current. The current was forecast to decrease a little on Sunday - so a last attempt at the Banks was made. The current had indeed decreased - to a mere 1.5-2 knots. Again, those few who managed to get down the anchor line got a reasonable dive in, but the safety stop was a rather violent affair.


Peter's videos (MP4):

Banks scenery (2.4 MB) Cuttle fish (1.7 MB) Banks scenery (1.8 MB) Whip corals at 50 meters (0.7 MB)
Seal (1.7 MB) Boat drive (1.3 MB) More boat drive (1.4 MB) It was a very long boat drive (1.6 MB)
Weedy sea dragon (2.1 MB) Seals and fish (3.2 MB) Banks scenery (1.8 MB) Banks scenery (2.3 MB)
Wobbegong (1.9 MB) Banks scenery (3.2 MB) Banks scenery (3.0 MB) Anchor line and Chuck (2.2 MB)

Peter's videos (WMV):

Banks scenery (3.5 MB) Cuttle fish (2.4 MB) Banks scenery (2.5 MB) Whip corals at 50 meters (0.9 MB)
Seal (2.4 MB) Boat drive (1.6 MB) More boat drive (1.7 MB) It was a very long boat drive (2.2 MB)
Weedy sea dragon (2.9 MB) Seals and fish (5.0 MB) Banks scenery (2.8 MB) Banks scenery (3.5 MB)
Wobbegong (2.9 MB) Banks scenery (4.6 MB) Banks scenery (4.4 MB) Anchor line and Chuck (3.1 MB)

Peter's videos (FLV):

Banks scenery (1.2 MB) Cuttle fish (0.8 MB) Banks scenery (0.9 MB) Whip corals at 50 meters (0.4 MB)
Seal (0.8 MB) Boat drive (0.5 MB) More boat drive (0.6 MB) It was a very long boat drive (0.6 MB)
Weedy sea dragon (1.0 MB) Seals and fish (1.6 MB) Banks scenery (0.9 MB) Banks scenery (1.2 MB)
Wobbegong (0.9 MB) Banks scenery (1.6 MB) Banks scenery (1.5 MB) Anchor line and Chuck (1.1 MB)


Kim's photos


Gail's photos


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