As we move into Winter, we’re awaiting the return of our annual SPIDER CRAB migration, clumps of the crabs were spotted a few days before lockdown on “The Plateau” and at “Rip Bank” indicating that they’re on their way but the sad part of that is depending on their movement and the duration of this lockdown, divers may very well miss out on this truly amazing spectacle, the upside of that is that the lockdown will also affect the indiscriminate fishing practices that take place and at the same time we will also negate the pollution that is associated with the dumping of hundreds if not thousands of raw chicken carcasses used as bait and left to rot on the ocean floor.
Colder waters are always the catalyst that drive people to staying warm, cooler waters create a mind-shift to diving in drysuits. Drysuits have in the last few years become more and more mainstream with improvements in design technology. We’re now seeing more and more divers using their drysuit all year round, staying warm and comfortable regardless of the water temperature, depth or bottom time spent underwater. The advent of the SCUBAPRO Evertec drysuit has been an amazing revelation for the diver looking to own the one suit that can be used all year round due to its’ breathable construction characteristics. Competitively priced, this product delivers features and benefits by the bucketload and like everything else at the moment is in very short supply in Australia due to the shut down of manufacturing plants around the world, but we do have reasonable stock at SCUBA CULTURE.
We also have access to bespoke custom designed suits with FOURTH ELEMENT from the UK (approximately 10 weeks turn around) and SANTI from Poland (approximately 16 weeks turn around), both FOURTH ELEMENT and SANTI have an Off The Shelf model, FOURTH ELEMENT with a crushed neoprene suit and Santi with a light weight shell suit.
Looking back over the last few months, we’re over the top happy to have been able to get a trip away to South West Rocks (NSW) and a trip away to Rottnest Island (WA), once again, we’ve been forced to push back our dive trip to Fiji as a result of COVID, but looking ahead in a positive sense with the roll out of vaccinations, the chances of being able to travel more within Australia in the near future looks promising, so… being the proactive bunch that we are at SCUBA CULTURE, we’ve set up a dive trip to CHRISTMAS ISLAND from the 24 May to 1 June 2022.
We have literally booked out all available accommodation and the dive operator for that period of time for our dive club members and we will very soon be releasing details of that trip. We can tell you that this is an all inclusive package that will cover air fares, twin share accommodation, 10 boat dives, 2 shore dives, the use of our own mini bus for our transfers and getting around, tanks, weights, and guides.
Obviously, we’re there for the diving and this location promises to not disappoint with marine life action for all tastes from the massive to the miniscule. Shark lovers are in for a treat, whilst the macro fans are also well catered for with Ghost Pipefish, Harlequin Shrimps, and Dragon Moray Eels all this whilst enjoying coral proliferation of unrivalled abundance and massive deep ocean drop offs which attract more than their fair share of pelagic marine life.