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The Scuba Doctor has dive accessories to make your diving more enjoyable, plus help you to clean and care for your scuba equipment.

There has yet to be a diver who submerges without some kind of accessory to make the dive go just a little easier. It could be a stainless steel clip to hold a light, a jon-line to make the decompression just a little bit more comfortable. At The Scuba Doctor we have consulted with divers from around the world, tapped into our own service technicians, and scoured the globe for the best manufacturers to bring you the most comprehensive and complete collection of accessories of any company in Australia. If there is something you need that is not on the site drop us an e-mail or give us a call and we will be happy to source it for you.

Tech Tip:
Take Only What You Need, No More and No Less

New divers have a tendency to use equipment to replace skills, which is a reasonable approach to maximise enjoyment of the early dives. However, we have seen divers looking like they walked through a dive shop with a magnet and we wonder who recommended all that stuff.

Experienced divers know that every tool, gadget or feature they add to their configuration increases the complexity and also increases failure points. As the diver develops improved skills, they begin to shed gear and elaborate features in favor of streamlined high-quality equipment configurations. The huge knife strapped to the leg disappears along with the snorkel, instrument console and retractor, most of the lead, tank banger, eventually the jacket style BC and even the split fins.

When gearing up, the experienced diver will take only the tools really needed for the specific dive. They know that simple and quality equipment together with practiced skills are the most elegant and reliable configurations.



Captain Nitro Drop Off

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Captain Nitro Drop Off
Captain Nitro Drop Off
© Ian Scholey

Depth: 16 m (52 ft) to 60 m (197 ft)

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.

Captain Nitro Drop Off (aka The Drop-Off) is a dive site located on the Western end of Spec Reef, and consists of a series of walls that plunge to over 60 metres in 5 to 10-metre increments. This makes it a great dive for advanced levels.

Huge boulders the size of houses are scattered over the area, lying where the ancient Yarra River deposited them. Midwater, large fish can often be spotted as they make their way into Port Phillip, and if you are lucky seals and dolphins are also occasional visitors.

Look for large Crayfish and Red and Blue Morwong, a rare Victorian sight.


Diving Captain Nitro's Dropoff from Allie Beckhurst on Vimeo.

Crayfish Dive Site
Crayfish Dive Site | © Ian Scholey

Divers have the opportunity to catch Southern Rock Lobster (aka Crayfish) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Once you get back to the dive boat, or shore, make sure you clip the tail and tag your Crayfish as per Fisheries requirements. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See article-catching-crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor, plus melbourne-cray-dives for a list of other crayfish dive sites near Melbourne. For tips on cooking your Crays, please see article-cooking-crayfish.

Finding Captain Nitro Drop Off

Over the years we've been provided with different GPS marks for Captain Nitro Drop Off. The GPS marks we know of in circulation for Captain Nitro Drop Off are:

  • GPS:
    Latitude: 38° 17.330′ N   (38.288833° N / 38° 17′ 19.8″ N)
    Longitude: 144° 39.716′ E   (144.661933° E / 144° 39′ 42.96″ E)
  • Dive Victoria:
    Latitude: 38° 17.280′ S   (38.288° S / 38° 17′ 16.8″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 39.790′ E   (144.6631667° E / 144° 39′ 47.4″ E)

    142 m, bearing 49°, NE
Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country
Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes the coastline of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-east, the Bellarine Peninsula, and down to Cape Otway in the south-west. We wish to acknowledge the Wathaurong 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.

 

Captain Nitro Drop Off Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.330′ S   (38.288833° S / 38° 17′ 19.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.716′ E   (144.661933° E / 144° 39′ 42.96″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-07 23:28:47 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: North Wall, 102 m, bearing 95°, E
Depth: 16 to 60 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.



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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