28 November 2013

Underwater Club kicks off diving season

RMIT Diving Club

Escape the hustle-bustle and go below the surface with RMIT Underwater Club

The RMIT Underwater Club’s annual dive trip to the picturesque Wilsons Prom has successfully gone off without a hitch this year.

Over the long weekend of 1 to 5 November 2013, club members escaped a horse-race-crazed Melbourne for some diving at one of Australia’s premier dive spots known for its amazing and wondrous underwater scenery.

With water temperatures averaging a brisk 12 degrees – warm for the Prom – 23 divers braved the beach swell, launched the boat out and proceeded to explore the many island reefs of the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park. All divers managed multiple dives over the weekend and were treated to good conditions and lots of underwater wonders to look at and photograph.

The Prom’s iconic beautiful sandy beaches, granite mountains and cliffs continue down below sea level creating a fantastic playground for divers with many walls, pinnacles, caves, crevices and swim-through to explore, and explore they did!

Though conditions were not ideal everyday, those who braved the cold and rough conditions were rewarded with the huge diversity of marine life the Prom is renowned for, such as a variety of brilliantly coloured fish, sharks and rays, crabs, crayfish, nudibranchs, anemones, brittle stars and sea stars. All found in and around a forest of kelp or a garden of sponges, sea tulips, sea whips, lace corals, gorgonian corals and sea fans. A resident fur seal or two accompanied most dives – their inquisitive playfulness was a delight to all.

As the diving season in Victoria is just heating up, the RMIT Underwater club will be running a wide variety of dives over the summer months. Whether you have just been certified or are an experienced diver, the club has something for you to enjoy.

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