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This is "Life's Better Underwater", a weblog by PRO DIVE about the Business of Diving, Great Dive Experiences and exciting new scuba diving products. Established in 1969 PRO DIVE is one of the oldest Scuba Diving business in the world and has trained over 200,000 divers in the time.

Unlocking the Depths: The Importance of Supporting Your Local Sydney Dive Shop

Meet your local Sydney dive shop, for anyone looking for the best deals and the best diving gear Pro Dive Sydney Dive Shop has you cover, from tank fiils, regulators, the latest computers, drysuits, fins masks, snorke;s, BCDs and so much more... 

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Exploring the Majesty of the Grey Nurse Shark: Australia's Endangered Guardian of the Sea

In the vast expanse of Australia's coastal waters lies a creature both feared and revered, known for its distinctive appearance and critical role in marine ecosystems—the Grey Nurse Shark. With rows of pointed teeth and a docile demeanor, this species, often referred to as the "ragged tooth" shark, holds a significant place in the hearts of marine enthusiasts and conservationists alike. Join us as we dive into the depths of knowledge about the Grey Nurse Shark, exploring its habitat, behavior, conservation status, and the crucial role it plays in Australia's marine biodiversity.

 

Scuba Diving Tips

The best scuba diving sites in Sydney from a Boat

Boat diving in Sydney offers the unique opportunity to experience the underwaterworld of this beutiful city. We explore some of the common dive sites you can do when in Sydney and the marine life you are likely to see around them. 

Scuba Diving Tips

Best shore dives to SCUBA dive in Sydney

There is lots of great scuba diving in Sydney and its surrounding area, in this blog we talk about some of the best spots to go SCUBA diving, from the Northen beaches to National Parks and much more. We talked about the dive site, potential marine life and tips on what to expect when visiting one of them. 

Scuba Diving Tips

Eric’s Dive Report for the 25th May

We enjoyed many close encounters with numerous sharks, turtle, Bull Ray, seal, etc - in near perfect sea conditions!

 

Sydney Dive Report

Eric’s Dive Report for the 4 May

Saturday was all about roller coasters.  Underwater roller coasters and above water craving for more.  Our first underwater ride was so full of loops, twists, and turns, that we could barely wait for the second one to start.  In fact, the second one was just as exciting but in novel and unexpected ways.

 

Sydney Dive Report

Eric’s Dive Report for 20 April

Saturday had all the colour and mystique of an opal.  Only it was more intense than the qualities found in that gem.  And infinitely more hypnotic.  The more you gazed at its parts, the more you felt a captive of its secret charms.  We discovered this very quickly when we dematerialised from the world above and re-appeared in a blue space under a tranquil sea.

 
Sydney Dive Report

Eric’s Dive Report for 6 April

Today, I closed my eyes to relive moments from Saturday.  That dark space behind closed eyes quickly filled with a cavalcade of images and a multitude of experiences from yesterday.  So incredible were those memories, that they remain as vivid today, as they were from the day before.  Combined they produced a kind of masterpiece of colours and shapes, shades and textures.  Except that this was an artistic canvas in which we were actually able to enter and become a part of.  The aesthetic wonders of scuba diving are immense!  And such pleasures are on top of the camaraderie, brotherhood, sisterhood, of occasional and regular divers who have all shared this same exceptional experience.

Sydney Dive Report

Eric’s Dive Report 23rd March

Were we dreaming? Did it really happen? And can narcosis conjure up wild and fanciful scenes?  None of these conjectures was the case today as videos confirmed what everyone saw and experienced.  Which did not prevent everyone, as they got out of the water from asking:  "Did you see that?" "Was that real?".  We'll come to exactly what "that" was shortly.  Suffice to say, it was definitely worth diving today.

Sydney Dive Report

Eric’s Dive Report for 16 March

The day may have ominously started with rain, but the diving was so pleasurable as to make us quite indifferent to such superficialities.  The first dive and then the second were so enjoyable as to make us forget this out of water background.  What was going on in the water was all that mattered.

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report 9 March

How good is it to do two dives at two great spots and be back on land before the weather changes, bringing cloudy skies and rain.  Not that that would have dampened our experience given everything we saw and did underwater.  Instead, we had good weather and two, nearly hour long dives.  Two long dives which were not long enough to see everything there was to see at both dive sites.  Nevertheless, what we did see was more than enough to make us feel elated until our next adventure underwater.

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report for the 2nd March

Last Saturday, the diving at Long Reef was incredible.  The water temperature was about 25 degrees (someone recorded 26!); the water was blue, and the visibility was amazing.  There is a video by Tim Roberts which provides a glimpse of the second dive (late morning) when the vis was still great but not quite as extraordinary as it was on our first dive.  
 
 
After finishing the first dive, people just wanted to get back into the water to experience again the sights and scenes from our first dive.  So following some negotiations with Tony, it was agreed that we would stay there.  This meant two dives with sharks around us throughout both dives and massive schools of fish, etc.  It was an unforgettable day's diving.  Here is the report from that dive.  I hope you enjoy it:
 
(Shelley Xia has kindly allowed us to use her photo of the octopus taken on Saturday and Tim Roberts has allowed has to use the screen shots from his video to help to illustrate the dives).
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Eric's Dive Report for 23 February:

Only by going to sea can you truly experience an impressionistic canvas; only by diving underwater can you swim within the brush strokes of that canvas.  In this way, you become a part of a Cracker Jack painting Nature has produced.  Nature imitating Art, is better than anything any artist, no matter how good, can produce.  Dropping below the surface at Blue Fish Point, we were soon able to experience this first hand.  
 

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report for 16 February

Eric's Dive Report for 16 February
 
Diving today was magnificent.  It was one of those days where you truly had to pinch yourself to know that you were not dreaming and that this particular experience was real.  Magic Point was a delight as it always is but the real gem was Blue Fish Wall!  The water there was a delicious blue that the tropics can only dream of having.  Visibility was clear as flawless glass, something, no doubt, an optometrist, tucked up in bed, dreams of seeing (Trust me, I've seen how they fuss over a mere smudge on a pair of glasses).  Best of all was the amount and variation in aquatic life.  Some days demand that you stop whatever you are doing to experience an amazing and unforgettable moment or two which will stay with you for ever.  Today was one of those days! 
Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report for 9 February

"Hope springs eternal in the human heart" - well, we did not have to "hope" for anything diving today: it was all delivered to us on a regal platter and in seemingly unlimited abundance.

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report for Saturday, 2 February: A fish called "Slimey" and other things.

Today it was rough outside the Heads.  The waves we saw were flanked by streaks of green glass rising to a zenith.   Those peaks then subsided into a trough followed by yet more waves.  Each successive wave rudely disorganised the previous one's patterns of swirls and colours of old toy marbles.  It was pleasing to look at but it rudely disorganised our plans as well.  Those same sea conditions proved, however, to be an excellent reason to rediscover and explore Flagstaff.  Especially since we had not visited this site for some time.  Flagstaff is an underrated dive site, a dive site replete with innumerable gems.  

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report for Saturday, 26th January

The smiles on everyone's face describe better than anything else today's diving.  Underwater, we witnessed sights and scenes as spectacular as they were refreshing - especially, on a warm summer's day.  Everything today, underwater and above, conspired to produce much exhilaration and valuable memories!

 
 
Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report for 5th January

Eric's Dive Report for 5th January:
 
A southerly was kept at bay on the horizon, appearing to be a landmass.  It seemed as if New Zealand had indeed got much closer to Australia.  With a RORO ship appearing on the horizon like a large tabular iceberg.  Despite these strange atmospherics today, the sun sprayed us with dazzling sunshine making our entry into the water even more enjoyable. 
Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report for 15 December

As this year's end fast approaches, birthdays are celebrated (including today!) and end of year's festivities crown a year full of spectacular diving.  So it seems only natural and fitting that last week's Bull/Smooth Ray extravaganza should continue today - but with even more surprises:
Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report for 8th December

A language of underwater needs to be invented as it is not what we see out of water.  Furthermore, swimming underwater is pictorial - it is not linguistic    All of which makes describing today's underwater experiences somewhat of a challenge.  Here is an attempt to record some of the things we saw:

Sydney Dive Report

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Eric's Dive Report: 1st December 2018

Colour deceives continually - but nowhere more so than underwater.
However, this has nothing to do with our ability to count below the surface where, today,  I counted roughly 500 Kingfish!  Nevertheless, seeing 500 Kingfish, packed tightly, tests even one's own credulity and perception - yet that is exactly what we saw and that scene was real.  It was just one of many unbelievable scenes we saw today.
Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report: 17th November, 2018

No Great Whites dwelt within the Cathedral at Long Reef - and nor would you expect to find them there.  Instead, we were greeted by more gold and silver than could be imagined in Broken Hill.  Pomfrets in numbers which always surprise me, gathered around the Cathedral as if to make it even more ornate than one could imagine.  Each visit to this swim through is almost a religious experience. The breathtaking approach, of thousands of fish, through which one must navigate in order to eventually reach the entrance of the Cathedral.  Then finding its dark entry as a precursor to seeing the glorious sight of a resplendent blue light emanating from a stained glass effect at its far end.  Moving slowly inside, we noticed we were not alone.  The silvered features of Immaculate Damsel and other fish within, flashed shades of silvers and blues in every direction.  The overall effect of darkness and luminous light, with trinkets of suspended silver, gave a holy effect to this place which inspires both awe and reverence.  On leaving this swim through, the magic of that space continued when one transcended from the darkness within, to a blinding light outside.  Here, swirling above and around us, brightly illuminated Pomfrets filled both that scene and our hearts with a yearning for this experience to last forever.  I have little doubt that people who refer to  'heaven on earth' would revise this expression to 'heaven underwater' if only they were as lucky as we were yesterday when we make our pilgrimage to Long Reef.

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report: 3rd November, 2018

 This dive trip had everything:  whales, seals, turtle, Giant Cuttlefish, Weedy Sea Dragon, Lobster, etc!

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report 27th October 2018

This morning we had some indelible experiences, especially at Magic Point.  

The start of this dive was the perfect beginning where Pomfrets hovered like a magically suspended blanket over an extended kelp bed.  Meanwhile, Yellow Tail produced a flourish right next to us.  It was difficult to resist the temptation to lie back in that water bed of fish and look up at others weaving patterns around you.

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report 20th October 2018

Our first dive was at Sydney's number one dive site.  Once underwater, we had this confirmed from the beginning of our dive to its end. We first came across a school of Pomfrets through which we had to pass. Its size was such that it was impossible to gauge just how big it was.  Like an underwater Milky Way, you could see just an edge, but the school went on and on, as far as the eye could see.  Limitless is the best way to describe it.  We located the approach to the Cathedral, which meant swimming amidst yet more gold and yellow Pomfrets.

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report 13th October 2018

It can and should be said, that a part of the pleasure of scuba diving is encountering the unexpected.  This was well and truly the order of yesterday's diving.  
 

Sydney Dive Report

Eric's Dive Report 22nd Sep 2018

Unexpected underwater surprises were the order of today.  Magic Point began with a waterbed of gold and silver fish spread out below us.  Rust coloured kelp merged into golden Pomfrets, the latter swaying in tune with the kelp underneath.
Sydney Dive Report

15th September Sydney Dive Report

The two dives today were most enjoyable.  The first dive was at North Bondi, where we headed east to the very tip of the point (past Ben Buckler):  this produced a sensational dive.  The visibility was 35+ metres and clear as glass. 

 

Sydney Diving

1st September Sydney Boat Dive Report

The building blocks that make up a great day's diving were all there today.  In fact, so much so, in respect to the second dive, as to make it a stand out experience in one's diving.  

Sydney Dive Report

4th August Dive Report from Eric Wohl

Our first dive was at Blue Fish Wall, a favourite of diving stalwart, Tony Pantamise: and, once again, one could see the reasons why.  Large schools of Pomfret and Yellowtail each competed with each other for the most spectacular display of fish together.  The fish in those schools wrapped themselves around us as we ventured on our way

Sydney Dive Report

21th June Sydney Dive Report

Today was a wine and roses day of diving.  Magic Point was intoxicating in a dreamy sort of way.  A school of Yellowtail with no beginning and no end greeted our arrival.  Its seemingly limitless size was varied by the sculptural shapes it produced.  Threads of Yellowtail appeared next to us until the weave they produced made us a part of their school.  It was exhilarating to be enveloped, in this way, into its dynamic form.  

Sydney Dive Report

30th June Sealife V Dive Report

Without any exaggeration, diving today was extraordinary.  Grey Nurses were back at Magic Point and the schools of fish there were impressive as they were varied - even Fusiliers were to be seen there(as well as Moorish Idols, a Lion Fish, a school of Old Wives, and so much more!.  
 

Sydney Diving

Seal Encounter on 9th June 2018


At least one diver booked for Saturday rues the day he rescheduled and, as a consequence, missed everything that day!  
One of the chief pleasures of diving in Sydney is not knowing what you will see.  Saturday proved this in abundance.  

Sydney Diving

News from the Reef

News from The Great Barrier Reef - what divers saw last week

Marine Life

Feature Dive Site of the Week Old Man's Hat

Dive Sites

Leopard Soup at Byron Bay

During PRO DIVE Manly's Annual Leopard Safari we hit the mother load at Julian Rocks near Byron Bay

Dive Holidays- Escorted Tours

Manta Rays at Julian Rocks with Pro Dive

Dive Holidays- Escorted Tours

Sydney Dive Site of the Week March 25 2014 Long Reef

 

 

Dive Sites

Dolphins at Camp Cove NSW

Check out the Video of Dolphins checking out our Divers at Camp Cove in Sydney.

Course

Dive and Stay Packages

Check out the Great Barrier Reef on one of our Short Break packages. These packages include 2 nights accommodation and the 3 Day/ 2 nights Outer Reef Liveaboard trip on MV Scuba Pro. Advanced Openwater Courses is an optional extra.
Liveaboard

5 Scuba Diving Apps

5 useful scuba dive and marine life apps
Technology

Coral Reef Sunscreen Pill

A sunscreen pill developed from compounds found in coral
Marine Life

Learning to Dive on the Great Barrier Reef

My trip to the Great Barrier Reef with Pro Dive!
Trips

Beached Whale at Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Beached Whale
Marine Life

Welcome Tommy Christmas

PRO DIVE Starter
New Starter

Prince William loves Scuba Diving

Prince William mentions that he loves scuba diving
Current Events

MICK's 5000th Dive

PRO DIVE travels to Fly Point at Nelson's Bay for Course Director Mick Todd's 5000th dive
Club Event

Marine Life Sightings on March 12 and 13

Exciting marine life sightings
Marine Life

Real Dive Master Experience

The third installment about what it is like to go through Divemaster training with PRO DIVE
Careers

SOCIAL SNORKELING

A new idea in the making... have a look and leave your comments if you would be interested in being part of a social snorkeling group facilitated by PRO DIVE!
Club Event

Clean Up Australia Day

Divers help to keep Australia beautiful in Manly and Coogee
Club Event

DM Training - Part 2

Our first challenge -- map-making
Careers

The Scuttling of the H.M.A.S. Adelaide

She's going down on Sunday, March 13. This is a legendary event you do not want to miss!
Club Event

A Day in the life of a Dive Master

The first look into what Dive Master training is like...
Careers

PRO DIVE teams up with Planet Shark!!!

PRO DIVE has been fortunate enough to get a FREE look into the Planet Shark exhibition in the Australian National Maritime Museum located in Darling Harbour. The tour will take place on Saturday, March 6th at 11:00am and will be led by Planet Sharks curator, Steven.  There are thirty spots available to anyone who would like to join.

Club Event