Dive 261: Curtin Artificial Reef, Brisbane

Dive time: 00:38:00
Max depth: 24.4 metres
Temperature: 26 C
Visibility: 5 metres
Surface interval: 1:24:00
Buddy: Nathan Carey

This was a much better dive after the shocking first one. I ditched my computer and just dived with the bottom timer and my reg was slightly adjusted by Nath during the surface interval so it no longer leaked. Much more comfortable dive!

We swam into a bit of current at the beginning to try to find the first wreck. We saw the concrete pipes, then swam over to Barge 25 and the Melbourne. Nath signalled to Ness and Trevor that we were going to head off in one direction so we split up from them. I think Nath was planning to head to the Estrella del Mar but we ended up off towards Lady Norman and slightly lost.

In the end Nath signalled for us to ascend from 22 metres, so I thought I’d give it a go shooting up a bag while Nathan shot up his. All went well actually, except that there wasn’t really much air in the bag when I got to the surface. I was pretty proud of myself – even Nathan gave me an underwater clap!

Dive 260: The Pines, Brisbane

Dive time: 00:33:00
Max depth: 15.4 metres
Temperature: 26 C
Visibility: 5 metres
Buddy: Nathan Carey

I should’ve known that I was in for a crap dive considering that it has been over a year since my last dive, the tank valve was really tight to crack, I almost jumped off the boat without my fins, when I was trying to change the time of my dive computer the display indicated that the battery was low, and my reg started leaking and free-flowing on the boat and needed to be slightly adjusted by twisting the face plate a little looser.

As soon as I descended, my computer started beeping like crazy and continued to beep and flash throughout the whole bloody dive, indicating that it was not logging the dive. Ness’s buddy, Trevor, ended up putting his spare bottom timer on my arm, and I just had to put up with the constant beeping and a leaky reg for the whole dive.

The current was pretty strong, and as we were cruising past we saw lots of blue-spotted rays, turtles (including one massive one wedged under a rock), wobbegongs (one swam right underneath me and made me slightly nervous) and lion fish.

I didn’t end up shooting up my new DSMB since Nathan shot up his. I chickened out!