This is what Vic divers hope for in summer: flat sea, clear water, warm air
When we’re heading out for the dive around Warrnambool, these are the conditions we hope for: no wind, minimal swell and low tide to expose the main rock platform near the breakwater. To make it better, temperatures reached nearly 40 degrees Celsius across the state.
This though was the best conditions I’d seen all year. Shallow caves I never knew existed were visible from 20m away underwater and the variety of fish, including the ever-present wrasse and sweep, made it a great experience. The inshore reef in the middle of the shot – usually a swell magnet and difficult to get around – seemed to be holding a convention for large sweep.
Without my handspear, which was lost in rougher conditions further down the coast, it was a good chance to just take in the scenery.