Every Saturday morning Dive 2000 runs a Dive Master guided Sydney shore dive and without a doubt this is our most popular dive activity and has been so for the past 30 years.It is very easy to understand why, Sydney’s dive sites provide encounters with a wide variety of marinelife totally unique to our local marine environment and not seen anywhere else in the World.
Add to this dive sites that provide ready access to calm, protected, shallow water and year round accessibility on the foreshores of Australia’s most spectacular city and you have a wonderful combination for a day out.
There is also great diversity of species encounters between the dive sites, although some marinelife will be consistently seen at all sites others are very site specific.
For example, Manly’s Cabbage Tree Bay is best for encounters with juvenile Dusky Reef Sharks & Wobbegong Sharks, Clifton Gardens has Sea Horses and Anglerfish, Bare Island is best for Red Indian Fish, Pygmy Pipe Horses and Nudibranchs while the stars at Kurnell are Sea Dragons among colourful Sea Tulips & Sponges.
Nothing beats interacting with our Blue Gropers, this large friendly fish welcomes divers at some of our dive sites and follows our team around like a friendly puppy.
They are not related to Groupers, they are actually Wrasse, in fact one of the larger Wrasse in the World and like most of our local species, only found in our cooler temperate water.
They are also our official NSW State Fish and a protected species, at one meter long and weighing 15 kilos they are an impressive companion on any dive, the largest recorded specimen was 40 kilos and perhaps, now they are protected, in years to come some will grow to this size again.
Our local dive sites never become routine, as the seasons change so too does the seasons in the sea. Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring produces seasonal species that arrive and depart with the seasons.
For example, Summer heralds the arrival of each seasons newly born juvenile Dusky Sharks, Autumn heralds the arrival of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish, large males stake out territory and compete with other males for females. Winter arrivals include dozens of female Port Jackson sharks attended by males hoping to mate and Spring produces Port Jackson Shark babies along with babies of many other species including Southern Eagle Rays.
During the height of Summer the East Australian current sweeps down from tropical seas delivering all sorts of tropical marinelife that attempt to take up residence. Unfortunately many of these will perish once the winter arrives but it is a pleasure to experience them during the warm season.
Our Sydney Shore Dives also feature regular night dives at many of the popular sites. An entirely different range of species occupy the night shift after many of the day time species have retired for the evening.These include Squid, Sea Pens, Giant Nudibranchs which feed on the Sea Pens, Octopus, Crabs and nocturnal fish of many varieties.
Nothing beats surfacing from an exciting night dive with thousands of stars twinkling overhead, the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminated in the distance.
Most of our regular shore divers have elected to join Dive 2000 Dive Club, this provides a huge advantage, for only $95.00 a year, all the guided Sydney day and night Shore Diving is free, hire gear is 20% cheaper and if they wish, a 20 dive all scuba equipment hire package can be purchased for just $295.00.
This works out at just $14.75 per dive in hire fees so cost will never be an issue for clients who become club members.
So what are you waiting for, come and join us for wonderful underwater encounters in Sydney’s waterfront marine wonderland.
Written by our Dive 2000 Dive Centre owner Kevin Deacon, who freely admits after writing this, felt like rushing straight down to Shelly Beach, Kurnell or Bare Island for a dive right away.