Kayak Diving in Australia off Dicky Beach Queensland #ScubaDive #ScubaDiving


Hey people of the interwebs it is Q with
another scuba diving adventure. It is Sunday morning 7:30, I’m running a little
bit late. 13 degrees outside and I have the kayak on top of the car heading down
to Caloundra once again going to do a kayak dive with Wildcat divers and today
I might even get the chance to try out the new dive site at the end of Bell
Street. We’ll find out when I get down to the coast. So here we are again at the
end of Bell Street hopefully it’s third time lucky before we take the kayaks off
the car we’re actually gonna take a walk down a pathway and check out the
conditions. So right on the water’s edge, this ahh
little bit of a wreck, that we can see peeking out of the sand is the wreckage
of the SS Dicky and that’s why this is called Dickys beach. We are at the end of
Bell Street, we are going out here today on our kayaks those waves even though
they’re rolling in quite rapidly will be quite easy to get through on our kayaks
and we’ll head out probably about four or five hundred meters drop an anchor
and see what we can find. Getting the kayaks and the gear to the
shoreline is a bit of a relay event but between the three of us it’s not too bad
Steve was diving on twin tanks in a side mount configuration and good tonight
we’re diving on the standard single tank attached to a BCD. With kayak diving it’s
vitally important to make sure everything is attached to the kayak,
nothing can be tucked in somewhere in the hopes that it’s going to stay there
because if that thing rolls over you’re going to lose it that’s for sure once everything was stowed attached and
checked we headed off into the water the waves weren’t too big and this
particular beach is quite handy because it stays shallow for quite a fair
distance out which allows us to get past most of the breaking waves and that
still be able to easily hop onto the kayaks. Once Stephen and Gordon were safely away, I paddled out to join them. We ended up paddling out around the
seven/eight hundred meter mark, it’s very difficult to be precise when you’re
looking at it from the surface back to the beach. Each kayak is equipped with its own
anchor but with the surface conditions being the way there were nice and smooth
we just dropped the one anchor over and then tethered the other two kayaks to
the anchored kayak looking over the side it was easy to see the visibility was
absolutely fantastic and just couldn’t wait to get into that water once we’re
on site the first thing we do is inflate the BCD and throw it overboard
making sure it’s tethered to the kayak then put on your fins and your mask and
throw yourself overboard swim around to your BCD
put it on on the surface detach from the kayak and deflate the BC generally we
drop down the anchor line as a group but with the visibility being as good as it
was it was quite easy for us to see each other for quite a distance we dropped in
to 5.9 meters of water which is nineteen point three feet whilst we were on the
surface Gordon had told me that he dropped his muck stick but with the
visibility being as good as it was it was an easy job to swim over and located
for him once he had everything firmly attached
we headed to the anchor line, which is our rendezvous point on any kayak dive for two reasons. One it is something that every diver can find from the surface by
following the anchor line down and number two we always want to do a visual
check of the anchor to make sure it is secure and those kayaks are going to be
where we expect them to be when we finish our dive with everybody good to
go we took heading and set off in search of adventure Gordon was the first to
spot something interesting while he was looking underneath the overhangs he spotted this little shrimp
unfortunately this was the very best shot I could get of it it simply had a
great hidey hole and wasn’t coming out no matter what we did spurred on by such
an exciting find early on in the dive we continued to look under crevices and
into nooks and crannies and one thing I noticed about this particular site that
never dived here before that the variety was absolutely amazing lots and lots of
different hard and soft corals sea urchins feather stars sea fans and
pretty much all of them right close together such as this example here on
this dive that once again it was good to see that we were joined by our fishy
security detail the go fish they swam with us hoping to pick up a morsel or
two if we disturbed any sediment for them I did see a lot of these bivalves on
this dive and these are fascinating in the fact that they’re really quite small
but they do a lot to clean up the ocean they’re also quite sensitive this one
decided to close just by me blowing out my air bubbles there were also some cute
sea stars the size of this one compared to my finger and of course the
ever-present brown sea stars now we all know that
it’s illegal to go fishing while you’ve got scuba gear on
but Goodin is one of those guys that just likes to break the rules as there
wasn’t too much fish life in this particular dive location we decided to
pass the time and play a little bit of frisbee along the way most of the fish we did see were quite
small these guys are about the size of the palm of your hand and they were
quite happily grazing away on the algae after 41 minutes we decided to hit the
surface our max depth on this dive was 7 meters which is 23 feet the water
temperature was a very comfortable 21 degrees Celsius which is 70 degrees
Fahrenheit visibility I would estimate at a minimum 14 meters sometimes as much
as 16 or maybe 18 meters if you’ve enjoyed today’s scuba diving adventures
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