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Heading north to the Marmion Marine Park

Perth Scuba Manta Club Dive Marmion Marine Park 23Feb2014

written by Sarah Toohey – Perth Scuba PADI Divemaster

Intel from some early divers we met coming out of the water just before 7am on Sunday 23 March 2014…”It’s a great navigation dive….”

Manta Club divers are never to be deterred and despite little grumbles on the visibility, we still managed to buddy up some 30 divers for our Sunday morning shore dive at The Marmion Angling and Aquatics Club. And it really was an amazingly glorious morning which may have been a contributor to some interesting calls in judgement…

FYI: If ever you hire gear and ‘someone-who-will-remain-nameless’ tells you the hoses are back-to-front, just turn the first stage 180 degrees, I think you’ll find it was upside down!

For the newbies; Inflate your BCD full and walk into the water WITHOUT your fins on. I do say this with love, it was a little bit funny to watch people walk down the beach in full outfit flopping along wearing their seawing novas but it is easier to put on fins on IN the water and so much safer.

For those divers that got dumped in those waves heading towards the outer reef; Don’t lose confidence! This can actually be part of the experience and the adventure stories for later. Myself and a few others were lucky enough to find some great protected channels from the surge which were full of life and there was even a Port Jackson Shark sighting. So very jealous, Jess.

So many divers fresh from their Open Water Course, it was great that Brett Cook on hand to help us out and lead a group after a hectic entry. We always have divemasters or trainees on hand to help so don’t be scared to ask the Perth Scuba team for assistance, we really want to see you enjoy diving as much as we do! And there were reports of stingrays, groper and octopus coming back from the group so don’t think I won’t try this spot again! I believe it’s got real potential.

Catch you in a couple of weeks while I hit the beaches in Bali. Ryan and Brett will be taking you to some exciting locations, so enjoy your bubble-blowing wherever you might end up!

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