Central Coast

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Dive the HMAS Adelaide with Pro Dive Central Coast - You can now book online NOW!

The ex - HMAS Adelaide was scuttled off Terrigal on NSW's Central Coast.  Come and dive this fantastic NEW DIVE Site . 
Nice and Easy - Book Online, we have real time availability and you receive immediate confirmation of your bookings
Nice and Close - Pro Dive Central Coast is only 1.5 hrs north of Sydney

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Area Info

Long a popular destination for holiday-makers from around New South Wales, this seaside resort area about two hours drive north of Sydney now draws dive enthusiasts by the boat load. The attractions include rocky reefs and shoals, caves, drop- offs and a few shipwrecks.

 One of the most interesting sires is an old mooring area littered with the rusting old car engines, steel beams and chains that once kept the fishing fleet from drifting away. Wrasse, bream, whiting, morwong, perch, flathead and small stingrays love the place.

Water Temperature:

Dec to Mar 23- 24'c
Apr to Jun 20- 22'c
Jul to Sep 17-19'c
Oct to Nov 18-20'c

Water Visibility:

Dec to Mar 15- 25m 
Mar to Oct 25- 40m
Oct to Nov 20- 30m

Rainy Season:

 

Types of Diving:

Rocky Reef with overhangs, drop- offs and swim thrus, typical Sydney sandstone dive sites.

Location:

1.5- 2 hours north of Sydney, 1.5 South of Newcastle- NSW

Currency:

AUD $

Language:

English

Unique Diving Features:

Gray Nurse sharks March to May in deeper waters, Migratory whales during season, Port Jackson sharks in winter. Being 1.5 hours north of Sydney.

With no major river systems to cloud the water, we on more than a few occasions experienced 30 to 40 metres visibility from march until October, with the water temp always 1 to 2 degrees warmer than Sydney or Newcastle regions

   

Dive Deals

Stores

Staff

Accommodation

Dive Sites

Day Date Course/Trip  am/pm  Dive Site Rating Depth
Sat 03-May-2014  Deep Diver Specialty course am Foggy Cave 
 
Sat 03-May-2014  Deep Diver Specialty course am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Sat 31-May-2014  Enriched Air Diver Course pm HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sat 12-Jul-2014  Deep Diver Specialty course am Foggy Cave 
 
Sat 12-Jul-2014  Deep Diver Specialty course am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sat 16-Aug-2014  Enriched Air Diver Course pm HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sat 13-Sep-2014  Deep Diver Specialty course am Foggy Cave 
 
Sat 13-Sep-2014  Deep Diver Specialty course am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sat 11-Oct-2014  Enriched Air Diver Course pm HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sat 01-Nov-2014  Deep Diver Specialty course am Foggy Cave 
 
Sat 01-Nov-2014  Deep Diver Specialty course am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sat 27-Dec-2014  Enriched Air Diver Course pm HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Fri 02-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sat 03-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Sun 04-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Mon 05-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Tue 06-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Wed 07-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Thu 08-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Fri 09-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Sat 10-Jan-2015  Deep Diver Specialty course am Foggy Cave 
 
Sat 10-Jan-2015  Deep Diver Specialty course am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sat 10-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sun 11-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Mon 12-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Tue 13-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Wed 14-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Thu 15-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Fri 16-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Sat 17-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Sun 18-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Mon 19-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Tue 20-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Wed 21-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Thu 22-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Fri 23-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Sat 24-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Sun 25-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Mon 26-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Tue 27-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Wed 28-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 
Thu 29-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Fri 30-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sat 31-Jan-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Sun 01-Feb-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Mon 02-Feb-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
Green
20m to 34 metres 
Tue 03-Feb-2015  Dive HMAS Adelaide am HMAS Adelaide 
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20m to 34 metres 

Foggy Cave


Foggy Cave is a thrilling dive, even more so if you happen to dive the cave when its seasonal inhabitants are home. Grey nurse sharks, both male and female cruise in and around the cave carved about 12 metres into the cliff. The roof of the cave begins at 33 metres, the bottom in approximately 36 metres - so good management of air and keeping an eye on bottom time is a must. Often sharks teeth can be found in front of the cave.
This large underwater cave and right angle cliffs is one of the most dramatic dive sites anywhere on the Central Coast. Along with the grey nurse sharks, schools of yellowtail arrive every summer to feed. Big kingfish are attracted by these yellowtail and in the blind panic to escape, many yellowtail flee, some seeking sanctuary in the cave, only to be taken by the grey nurse sharks. Action packed!

Depth: 36 metres at bottom  Rated: Advanced

Source: Scuba Diver Australasia Magazine Author: Neil Vincent




HMAS Adelaide


Dive the ex-HMAS ADELAIDE

The NSW Central Coast has quite a few wrecks spread out along the length of the coast. Many of these wrecks had a very illustrious career, whilst some had a very hard life.
The majority of wrecks meet their demise by misfortune, to this end they have become a great source of adventure and have re birthed as fish habitats, where fish have gathered and produced great fish aggregation areas for fishos.

We regularly dive local wrecks like the Valiant which lies in 27 metres of water off Barrenjoey, the Hallcaine in 54 metres off Killcare, then there is the Galava which lies in 51 metres off Terrigal, whilst the remains of the Commonwealth lays in 43 metres off Forresters and the Kiama is in 42 metres off the Entrance.

Further north the Nerong lies in 44 metres off Norah Head along with the Patersen at 10 metres just off Jenny Dixon beach. A little tug called the Advance lies in 47 metres off Catherine Hill bay.

Most of these wrecks as you can see, are in very deep water or have become wreck sites that resemble junk piles. To this end the Central Coast now has its very own ex naval ship to be sunk as an artificial reef that will become an exciting new dive site-

You are now able to dive the ex HMAS Adelaide every day of the week and with a short five minute run from the boat ramp this artificial reef will be the genesis with juvenile fish seeking hiding places, larger fish seeking ambush hideouts and predators patrolling the edge of visbility.

History
The ex HMAS Adelaide II - A frigate built as a long-range escort with roles including area air defence, antisubmarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship was capable of countering simultaneous threats from the air, surface and subsurface.

Displacing 4,100 tonnes and at around 138 metres long, this is an impressive dive site that will entertain thousands of divers from all over the world.

The HMAS Adelaide, with a top speed of 29 knots, this was a fairly sleek vessel with power to burn- the engine room will be a great area to explore-
The gas turbines didn't need steam so the HMAS ADELAIDE didn't have to get up a head of steam and would have been ready for sea in only 30 minutes from cold. This made the HMAS Adelaide a very versatile vessel and using a repair by replacement style of maintenance program allowed for a reduced crew complement of 184 personnel.

The HMAS Adelaide was instrumental in rescuing ?Around the World? yachtsmen Thierry Dubois and Tony Bullimore from the Southern Ocean in 1997 was also the first vessel of her class to fire a Harpoon missile

Being the first of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class guided missile frigates (FFG) built in Seattle, USA she was commissioned on November 15th, 1980. With a 25 year career the HMAS Adelaide was deployed in many operational activities that included:
Operation MORRIS DANCE (Fiji Coup 1987)
Operation DAMASK (I) (Persian Gulf 1990)
Operation WARDEN/STABILISE (East Timor 1999)
Operation RELEX (Christmas Island 2001)
Operation SLIPPER (Persian Gulf 2001)
Operation RELEX (II) (2002)
Operation CATALYST (Persian Gulf 2004)




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