Trip to Phillip Island and the George Kermode Wreck 21/9/18

Words from Annemiek via Facebook...

The aftermath of a club weekend to Phillip Island. 3 members already went over on Friday morning and did 2 dives each as the weather was perfect.

Saturday morning, the weather wasn’t any good for diving (windy and raining) so we delayed going out until the end of the morning. Our group of 8 all managed to do a dive on the George Kermode (a dredging barge wreck off the coast close to the circuit). The seas were getting choppier, the waves bigger and the wind was picking up, so we decided to head back.

Today started with rain again, but thankfully that stopped soon enough. The boat was launched at Newhaven boat ramp again and we set off for the Pinnacle. The swell was considerable and after a bit of searching for the dive site, the first group went in. It was an interesting dive, but the surge was so bad, that we also only did one dive here. It was time after this to find a sheltered spot as your social officer was feeding the fish at expert level by now ? 3 of our group of 8 did a second dive just off Cape Woolamai, while the rest on the boat sheltered from the wind.

After this, it was time to head back to Melbourne. At the shed we cleaned gear, the boat, the trailer and Jacky. All in all, this was a wonderful weekend with great dives, albeit in cold water? Thanks again to Andrew for organising, Andrea, Andrew (again ?) and Chi for being wonderful boat handlers and the rest of our group for being there. This was amazing!

Our boat getting a proper clean after the trip

Andrea working hard to get all the tanks filled again with our own compressor

Inside the George Kermode Wreck by Rob Williams.

Our dive boat "Blue Devil". Photo taken from the water level by Chi Wong.