There is some sad news to start with this week. A long and close friend of Frog Dive, Steve Wayne, was spearfishing around south head on Sunday and was run over by a boat travelling at speed. The boat is similar to our Omega 2 inflatable, but with 3 outboard motors. As you can imagine the injuries Steve has suffered are horrific. He underwent surgery to repair his shattered hip yesterday, and he has more operations to follow to somehow repair the tissue damage to his leg. We wish Steve a fast and speedy recovery, and to his family our best wishes………the photo shown is of Steve [left] and his father Adrian. Steve has represented Australia in the past, and has been vigilant in the policing of the use of dive flags for spear fishermen. Please take care whenever you are boating, keep an eye out for divers and travel at reasonable speeds. Make sure you display a flag when diving. As always, Steve had a float and flag with him and the boat he was diving from also displayed a large flag.
FROG DIVE YEARLY DIVE PLANNER
We have finally put the calendar together for 2011 and you can view it by opening this attachment.Link To PDF All our trips, weekends away, team dives, ski trip etc are listed for you to plan your diving year. Be early to book on any event as this year we are seeing more divers venture to exotic sites like no other year. Be aware that the regular shore dives each week will continue throughout the year, and the locations will be announced each week via the email. You can save this file or pick up a hardcopy at either store.
FORSTER / SEAL ROCKS
On a lighter note, the group that dived out from Forster last weekend were treated to 4 fantastic dives. Up to 40 grey nurse sharks were seen on a dive, along with so many other species of fish. The weather was good although there were a few that suffered with a little bit of seasickness. We have heard rave reviews about the boys Kevin and Glen…..who tirelessly work to ensure everyone’s diving comfort. Thanks fellas! These weekends can really excite the divers that attend them as the sites and marine life are so different to our local Sydney locations. I believe there are some photos listed on our facebook page.
TEAM DIVE KURNELL – APRIL 10TH
In last week’s email I put the wrong date for the team dive ….sorry. It is to be this Sunday at Kurnell national park [end of Captain Cook drive]. The recently revamped BBQ trailer will be there and forever enthusiastic Duane French will organise the day . Omega 2 will be running boat dives from 8am, so if you would like to do a dive with a little bit more excitement call either store to secure a spot on the boat. Remember that team members only pay $35 for a boat dive on a team day!! The brief for the shore dive will be at 9am, and we ask that you email firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday afternoon so that we can accurately cater for the food. The weather is going to be great! There is little to no swell predicted, light winds and the temperature should be around 26 degrees…..the water is still at 21 degrees also. Your food and drinks are catered for on these days for a cost of $15 / $8 team.
JERVIS BAY – MAY 7/8
Elliott Cura has kindly volunteered to run this trip. After the success of the Forster trip, the interest in going away for a weekend of scuba diving has increased, and Jervis Bay is only 2.5 hours drive south. Now we usually cater for all level of divers, but this weekend will be very different. Jervis Bay has some great advance dives, such as Cathedral Cave, The Arch, Spiders Cave and Drum and Drumsticks. We regularly are asked to do something a little unusual, and this weekend is certainly that! You will need your torches for this weekend, and you must be an advanced diver at least! 2 night’s accommodation, 4 boat dives, air fills and your second tank are all included for only $345 / $325 team. This opportunity to do Jervis Bay’s best dives does not come around regularly ……so call either store asap to book.
DIVE THE BRISBANE WRECK – AUGUST 26-28
This dive site has changed so dramatically since it was first sunk. The growth of coral and the marine life has increased so much that you would just dive the site as a normal reef dive. If you have done this before and would like to see the changes, or if you have just wanted to do it for some time……join us on what is always a great fun filled weekend away. Our price has dropped significantly to only $545 [ex Maroochydore] and the accommodation is 5 star apartments! Join John Warner……everyone loves butthead, whilst the boys from Sunreef dive take you out and usually bring you back! Call either store to book.