Dive site spotlight – Voodoo

South Sydney's Hardest Shore Dive

Dive Site Spotlight – Voodoo

This is South Sydneys’ only black rated (hardest) shore dive. A 300m walk from the car park to the rock pool. Climb down the rocks and swim out in the channels between the boulders and you’re on your way. The swell must be less than 1m in order to dive this site! Many divers have experienced problems here trying to dive this site in less than ideal conditions. So please, talk to us at Pro Dive if you are in any doubt and we will let you know.

Critical Info:

Best time to dive: High tide

Experience Level: Experienced

What can you expect to see: Typography of this site is crazy good! Swim-thorughs everywhere! Oh, and Grey Nurse Shark have been spotted here amongst the huge schools of fish.

Getting there

Head towards the desalination plant in Kurnell, continue on down to the very end of the road which changes into a single track road with passing points. Carry on down the road to the car park at the end.

Getting In/out

From the car park make your way down to the large rock pool, its really obvious. Walk out on the big flat rock  and step off the edge into the rock pool. Time your swim to let the ebb of the wave pull you between the rocks.

The Dive

 

Take a bearing of a roughly SW after you have swam for around 30m (there is a row of houses on Loftus street along the hill at Jibbon Point, take your compass bearing from these). The site always has a lot of surge, the first 5-7 minutes of the dive are at 3-5m so be prepared to move side to side, a lot.

Follow your heading out and you should quickly find yourself in a long gutter with a prominent wall on the either side. If any of you reading this have ever dived Longreef, parts of this site are very, VERY similar. Within 10 minutes further swimming you should arrive at the ‘cathedral’ – a rocky overhang that is connected at either end, you can lie down on your back and watch the white water break on the top of or continue on down to 15m where the huge schools of fish hang out with the Weedy’s, Cuttlefish and Sharks.

Whilst there are many other routes you can take at Voodoo, this site is extremely easy to get lost at. So following the route outlined in this post is your best bet as the Cathedral is the prime feature of this dive site.

Following your reciprocal heading back up the gutter and ascend when you reach the 4-5m mark. The rock pool will be very obvious, fin hard and let the waves push you in.  Climb on to the flat rock and make your way out having completed South Sydney’s hardest shore dive!

This is a strong reminder not to dive this site if swell above 1m and dive with an experienced diver.

Happy Diving!

Pro Dive

 

Pro Dive’s Top 5 Winter Diving Tips

There is nobody out there who particularly enjoys being cold – and the idea of being cold in the water is what can put people off diving during the winter. If you are reading this and feel like that might be you, let me tell you that you are missing out on some of the best diving conditions that Sydney has to offer. These colder periods produce water that transforms to an amazing shade of blue, wth days when visibility can reach up to 20m are not uncommon. So get yourself out there and avoid being cold by following our top 5 winter diving tips.

  • Layers

For exactly the same reason you wont be heading to Threadbo in your swimmers, layering up is a sure fire way to stay warm in the water. You lose between 30-40% of your body heat through your head, hands and feet. Adding a hood/hooded vest, gloves and socks will significantly reduce the amount of body heat lost in the water – meaning a warmer, happier diver!We recommend the Mares Flexa Vest combined with the Mares Classic 3mm gloves and 2mm socks.

Another option is using a Dry Suit. Dry Suits are an amazing piece of technology but also require correct layering to remain warm in the water. Using a Dry Suit does require some specialist training, if you already own a dry suit and want to learn more about how to use it please contact your local Pro Dive.

  • Start the Dive warm

Arrive at the shop/boat with plenty of warm clothing and a dry bag to store it all in. Remember, when you finish your dive you will want a change of clothes that is easy to put on. Track pants, sloppy joe, beanie etc. Bring extra with you just in case. If you are diving from the boat, wind-chill will be a big factor you must consider. We recommend wearing a Sharkskin Chillproof vest, these are wind proof, fleece lined and rapid drying making them the perfect layer to beat the chill on the boat.

  • Poncho towel/Surf Coat

Ideal for the time on the surface when you are refuelling between dives. Taking your wetsuit off to half way and putting one of these on means your wetsuit gets a chance to dry out a bit and so do you. Drying out between dives slows down the cooling effect in the water on your subsequent dive. Stay dry and sip your halftime soup in style just like the team at Pro Dive Cronulla, they love them that much the whole team has one.

The face you make when your poncho towel fits just right
  • The Thermos

The holy grail of winter diving is a thermos filled with soup. Refuel and reheat from the inside out with a warm cup of soup. The physiological and psychological benefit of eating/drinking something warm between dives will mean you enjoy the second dive significantly more! Try not to eat anything too heavy between dives to avoid stomach discomfort – making soup the perfect winter diving companion.

  • The Travel Shower

Alright readers, the part you’ve all been waiting for. You are about to learn to a dive professional’s winter diving secret. This is a game changer.

Step 1

Get a large water bottle (4 or 5L) fill with very warm water before you head out – think hot tap only in the shower.

Step 2

Put it in a Esky to insulate

Step 3

Check the water isn’t too hot (don’t want anyone burning themselves) if its good to go, take your wetsuit off to half way, pour the water all over you, then throw on your poncho towel and get into dry clothes ASAP. By the time the warming effect of the water wears off you should be in the car or back in your clothes at the very least!

 

And there you have it, the Pro Dive top 5 winter diving tips. Simple stuff but it WILL keep you warm in the water this winter. If you liked the blog, please share with your dive buddies.

 

Thanks,

 

Pro Dive Sydney