Bicheno Camping Weekend
Date(s) - 10/Dec/2021 - 12/Dec/2021
|Dive Coordinator:||Sean Boucher|
|Meeting Place:||Dive Shed (40 Olinda Grove)|
|Minimum Dive Qualifications:||Open Water|
|Day/Night Dive:||Day Dive|
|This trip consists of||5 Dive(s)|
|Location of Dive||Statewide|
|Cancellation Policy||A full refund will be given if the dive is cancelled by the club, e.g. due to bad weather or equipment unavailability. A 50% Refund will be given if a diver cancels between 1 week and 12 hours of the start of the dive unless a replacement diver is available in which case a full refund will be given. Before this time a full refund will be given except for trips where long lead times are involved (eg Interstate Trips/Long weekend trips etc) where refunds are at the discretion of the Dive Coordinator.|
We’re packing the tents and heading to the Bicheno for 2 nights (3 days) of camping and diving! We’ll be camping at Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park , these campsites have access to toilets and warm showers but you will still need to bring your own tent or swag. For more information about the site follow the link http://www.bichenoholidaypark.com.au/
This will be a relaxing weekend with a number of dives run around the Bicheno area. We will only be running Thumper, so we will be diving in groups of 4 or 5.
Friday 4pm: Leave the Uni dive shed and head up to Bicheno (If you need assistance with transport just let us know!)
Fri Evening: Anyone that can’t make it up early joins us for a shore night dive at Waub’s bay.
Sat Morning: Amazing boat dives
Sat Afternoon: Dinner and drinks at the Pub!
Sunday Morning: More amazing boat dives
Sunday Afternoon: Head home
You will need to bring:
- your dive certifications;
- your own swag/tent (or share with a friend);
- your personal diving gear (wetsuit, fins, mask, gloves etc.)
- sleeping bag;
- drinking water;
- warm clothes;
- food; and
- a torch if you want to do a night dive
Also please ensure you organise what dive gear you need from the club.
As with all trips this event is weather dependant.
Trip is limited to 10 divers only so get in soon!
Possible Dive Sites:
Bicheno has some of our favorites dive sites:
The Castle: Two large boulders lying against each other form the structure known as The Castle. They shelter plenty of small marine life; and also attract boarfish; butterfly perch; banded morwong and large schools of bullseyes. At the base of these rock spires is a long cave filled with enormous lobsters. This opens up to a large sloping flat rock covered with anemones and seawhips bearing large basket stars; and is sheltered by a zoanthid-encrusted overhang.
Hairy Wall: A potentially 40+m dive the Hairy Wall gets its name from an incredible array of sea whips and sponge outcrops that cover a steep rock drop-off running parallel with Governor Island. While many of the area’s other dives start or end on this wall; it’s worth dedicating a dive to exploring the remarkable variety of invertebrate life that collects amongst this sea whip garden. The visibility is often better at this site due to moderate currents that flush the area.
Waub’s bay: beneath the fishing boat moorings in the bay is the large “Fish Rock” – a large granite spire about 6 metres high. The rock is split almost in two; and this split is a sanctuary for large numbers of fish. Trumpeter and other school fish are often found circling the rock while seahorses hide in the weed. The rock is covered in short cray weed; while coralline algae and delicate green seaweeds grow underneath. Plenty of invertebrates such as tunicates; sea spiders and hydroids are found on the rock and the reef nearby.
Muir’s Rock: a collection of granite boulders lying about 200 metres from the shore just south of Bicheno township. The rock is visible in all weathers. Many of the crevices allowing for lots of swim throughs; but don’t push your luck in a tight gap.
If you need assistance with transport just let us know!
Anyone unwell must not attending club events.
Club dive gear to be washed with approve solution at the end of dive.
Hand sanitiser will be available at the dive.
Please maintain social distancing of 1.5m wherever possible during the event