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31st October 2018
You have your favourite dive spots. But, are you ready to explore spots you’ve never been to before. There are so many gorgeous places around Tasmania. The mild climate and the exceptionally clear waters help make the area perfect for diving.
Here is a list of places you have very possibly missed. Exploring new places is a thrill that most scuba divers crave. Don’t miss out on that kind of excitement and joy. See what you might’ve have been overlooking and make plans for your next dive.
Sea Dragon Alley is located at the Tasman Peninsula. Divers from beginners to experts can dive there. The maximum dive depth is 12m. Unfortunately, since there has been a drastic decline in the sea dragon population, divers do not see these amazing creatures all that often anymore. Yet, just think about the exciting experience of diving there and actually seeing one.
Betsey Island and the shipwrecks around Betsey Island offer an amazing place to scuba dive. A popular place, this paradise is a great dive for divers of all levels of experience.
If you haven’t yet dived with Fur Seals, it’s time. The Lanterns is a well-known spot and well worth diving. All diver levels work well here with dive depth levels ranging from 5 - 25m. You’ll most likely swim with the majestic Fur Seals.
Divers can find the SS Nord near Pirates Bay off of the Tasman Peninsula. The shipwreck sits on the ocean floor at 39m. This is a dive for experienced divers and ones who have a Deep Diver Speciality qualification. Not only is it a deeper diver, but the weather can be tumultuous.
The Waterfall Bay area is known for having numerous sea caves. Cathedral Cave is the largest cave. From the main entrance, there are a lot of narrower tunnels. Divers can find invertebrates that are usually only found in deeper water. Only experienced divers should dive this location and the caves. It’s of utmost importance to have excellent buoyancy control in this location.
Cape Sonnerat has cliffs that go down to 40m and beyond. This is a gorgeous location to dive, but with a shear wall and being a deeper dive it’s not for inexperienced divers.
No matter how excited you might be over a new dive site, you must always remember to practice safety when diving. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, you should follow every safety precaution and the correct protocol. Here are just a couple of things to remember:
• Always check your dive equipment. Are there any broken buckles or air leaks? Does your air taste and smell normal?
• Beginner divers should focus on diving and what to do or not to do vs. taking pictures. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to use an underwater camera on your first dives.
• Never dive if you have nasal congestion. It makes it too difficult to equalise pressure.
• Get your certification (and re-certified when needed) through a highly qualified dive school as this will better prepare you and help you know all the tips and advice you need to implement.
• Always be willing to ask questions of your guide or your instructor. No question is stupid or foolish.
Be willing to explore new dive spots. Every single dive can be different, but when you get out of your comfort zone and explore new places, you’ll be amazed at what you might find. With that being said, remember always to practice proper safety. When travelling to these new places make your journey easier by getting the best outdoor and adventure equipment and accessories. Visit Yakima now!