Scuba Diving

"Diving is like bushwalking underwater" Neil McLennan

My amazing friends got together for my 30th birthday and chipped in for me to get my Open Water Licence in 2016. I did my course through Abyss, which at the time was the only place I knew of in Sydney that had DDI trained instructors. Since then, I’ve done around 30 dives, mostly around Sydney (although we did take a sneaky quick trip up to Cairns for some Great Barrier Reef diving).

I’m going to put it out there right away – I am by no means a diving expert. Heck, I’d say that I’m probably worse than your average beginner! The thing that I’ve found the hardest is sorting out my buoyancy, and getting comfortable with dealing with the ocean. It’s taken me a long time to work out what sort of gear is right for me, and only now (8 months on from my first dive) am I starting to get the bug and am looking into getting my own gear.

We’ve loved diving with the Underwater Research Group, a group of passionate outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists that participate in dive surveys and cleanups around Sydney. They have taught us so much already about choosing dive sites around Sydney and we love seeing all the incredible photos that their members take.

Camp Cove

Camp Cove is a great little dive site that is the fallback option for all dive schools around Sydney if the weather conditions are less favourable. It has three dive sites: one right in front of the kiosk, middle reef half way along the beach, and another site at the...

Clifton Gardens

The Clifton Gardens dive site attracts divers from around Sydney to look at the wildlife that grows on and lives around the pier structure. The pier extends out from the beach for about 100m and has a few side branches with plenty of critters growing and using the...

Bare Island

Bare Island is a popular dive site at the southern tip of La Perouse. Connected to the mainland via a 50m wooden bridge, it's a really easy roll down from the car park until you get to the 20 or so steps that actually take you down to the rock shelf height. I found it...

Oak Park

Oak Park has steps, lots of steps, but they're not so bad as long as you take a group of willing people out with you that don't mind carrying a bit of gear (thanks guys!). Park at the end of Jibbon St (one mobility parking bay) and gear up here. Roll down to the top...