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For those of you unfamiliar with these extremely useful dive tools, dive slates (plastic tablets) and wetnotes (notebooks of waterproof paper) can be written on underwater and passed back and forth between divers. Instructors can use dive slates and wetnotes to communicate complex ideas with students underwater as well as to record survey data when exploring new caves. Writing on underwater writing utensils is just as easy as writing in dry air and there is no miscommunication with your buddy - a must on every dive. Easily cleaned off after the dive, a diver slate or note book should be with you on every dive.

Technical Tip

Divers have tried a lot of ways to clean their slate and/or wetnotes: kitchen cleansers like Ajax and Jif, as well as toothpaste and sandpaper. But they all pretty much make a mess and are not very handy either. The solution is Trident Erase-A-Slate. It looks like a small sponge, but it's not abrasive and it's not soapy. To remove your carbon/graphite pencil notes in a moment just wet it and wipe. We aren't talking elbow grease... just wipe. We don't know how it works, but it works great and there is no soapy residue so you can just throw them in your dive bag or dry box.

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Altona Pier

Pier Dive Pier Dive | Shore access Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site

Altona Pier
Altona Pier | © Unknown

Part of Altona Pier has been closed until further notice due to structural concerns. The first 150 metres of the pier remains open. 17 July 2021

Recent dive inspections found that the outer section of Altona Pier, including the pier head, is not safe for public use due to failing piles and immediate closure of this section was recommended as a safety precaution while investigations are underway. For more about the Altona Pier closure, please see https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/news/2021/07/15/04/42/altona-pier-partial-closure-due-to-structural-concerns.

Plans for a new concrete pier are well underway. Construction is set to commence in the first half of 2022, with the new pier expected to be welcoming visitors by late 2023. For more information about the new Altona Pier, please see https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/altona-pier-redevelopment.


Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 5 m (16 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Altona Pier, in Hobson's Bay, runs out over shallow water almost to the end where the sandy bottom finally deepens to 5 metres or so. Good for both day and night diving with lots of sand dwellers and small fish.

The pylons are covered in muscles and at the end of the pier there lies a supermarket trolly. An excellent training ground for new divers close to the city of Melbourne.

Artificial reef at Altona Pier
Altona Pier

Fairly boring site with not much to see. Entry is best done with a back roll off the lower landing as it is very shallow.

The pier is very sandy and has a black muck towards the end. Marine life, what little of it is there, is very skittish. Puffers and fish like that around the pier. The most interesting sea creatures are found as statues at the start of the pier.

Probably better as a snorkelling site.

Don't forget to check out the artificial reef 40 to 65 metres seaward from the end of Altona Pier. As they are more than 30 metres away from the pier, you can go spearfishing on them.

Location: Altona
MELWAY Ref: Page 54 H11

Weather Required: N, NE, NW and W winds should be ok, or light S, SW and E winds. Not sure if it is affected by rain.

See WillyWeather (Altona) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Access: Short walk from the car park near the beach. the car park is busy in summer.

Facilities: Free parking, toilets, lots of shops, park with benches to eat.

Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) Shore Based Reefs in Port Phillip

The artificial Port Phillip Shore Reefs were installed with the aim of improving recreational fishing opportunities for shore based anglers. The reefs are in a water depth of between 3 to 4.5 metres.

The shore based artificial reefs are:

  • Altona Pier — Artificial reef 40 to 65 metres seaward from the end of Altona Pier.
  • Frankston Pier — Articial reef approximately 40 metres seaward from the end of Frankston Pier.
  • Portarlington Pier — Artificial reef 40 to 70 metres seaward of Portarlington Pier's rock wall section.

What Do The Reefs Look Like?

Each reef consists of 99 hollow dome shaped reef modules of different sizes arranged in three reef complexes of 33 reef modules each. The reef modules range between 170 and 340 kg in weight and 50 to 60 cm height, and have numerous external openings to allow movement of currents and fish through the modules.

See also, VFA: Shore Based Reefs.

Spearfishing is illegal within 30 metres of any pier or jetty and in Marine National Parks. See Spearfishing Laws.

Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country
Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes parts of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilson's Promontory in the south-east, including the Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Phillip Island, plus Western Port. We wish to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.

 

Altona Pier Location Map

Latitude: 37° 52.384′ S   (37.873071° S / 37° 52′ 23.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.812′ E   (144.830199° E / 144° 49′ 48.72″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-07-25 14:36:10 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Seaholme Reef, Altona, 1,447 m, bearing 67°, ENE
Altona, Hobson's Bay, Port Phillip.
Depth: 1 to 5 m.



DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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