We took a little break from the caves today and joined Gidien Liew, Ali Perkins and Caneron Russo for a technical dive out of Akumal. We dropped into the warm and crystal clear waters of the caribbean and descended to the edge of the drop off at approximately 56meters.
We had a great dive with a barnicle encrusted turtle swimming by allong the wall rim. We also saw a number of Lion fish - beautiful even though they area serious problem in the caribbean.
Video to follow…….
An extended cut of the GUE exploration project on the USS Atlanta, in the Solomon Islands. This is what GUE is all about.
A big thanks to Elena Konstantinou for making these videos available.
A few local GUE divers travel to the Gold Coast Seaway for a Saturday afternoon shore dive. This site is great for training and skills practise.
Humpback Whale Not Pictured
On Saturday 13 October 2012, another small group of UniDivers visited the wreck of the SS St Paul. Beautiful weather and warm water made the diving easy and rewarding, but by far the highlight of the day was sharing part of our decompression with a Humpback whale (not on film! :). A truly breathtaking and amazing experience.
Once again we spent 30min on the bottom enjoying the sites, breathing 21/35 trimix, followed by 20min of decompression on 50% oxygen.
Good luck to our GUE Fundamentals graduates Bride and Mark, who are off to Dive Centre Bondi in Sydney next week for GUE Tech 1, with Liam /cc @DiveBondi
SS St Paul
On Saturday 8 September 2012, a small group of tech trained UniDivers spent the day out on Moreton Bay diving the wreck of the SS St Paul. The weather was beautiful, the seas mostly calm and we were treated to some close encounters with the local humpback whales—unfortunately only above water!
The St Paul, a steamer, sank in 1914 after hitting Smiths Rock off Cape Moreton, Moreton Island. She sank in around 40m of water and features two large boilers, engines and a large rudder. The wreckage is covered in life and often visited by large rays and groupers.
We spent 30min on the bottom enjoying the sites, breathing 21/35 trimix, followed by 20min of decompression on 50% oxygen.
After we finished filming at The Shaft, a few of the guys jumped into Tank Cave, another of Australia’s premier cave system, and shot some quick footage while the HMI lights were still in town.
The Shaft Sneak Peek
After a week diving and a few days driving, we’re back in Brisbane after the first leg of The Shaft project. The time in Mt Gambier was a huge success and we met all our goals for the week.
We executed three video dives, a stills shoot and a series of interview; with the video dives ranging from 20–120 metres capturing a great cross section of the system. The resulting footage will make a 20 minute documentary about The Shaft, one of Australia’s most iconic cave/cavern dives.