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Safety First
Attract attention to yourself, from a humble Whistle, to the more advanced Personel Locating Beacon, we can make it happen.

Compasses
A standard magnetic compass is a good back up to a GPS. There's no point in replicating, just use your diving compass.

Safety Beacons
Satellite based personal distress, location and tracking beacons. In the event of an emergency these provide the best possible chance of being found. They are very much a last resort and should only be used in situations of EMERGANCY. Unwarranted activation can lead to prosecution.

Strobe lights/torches
They're not a distress signal but will aid your location when used in conjunction with other signals or devices also very handy at night. A good quality depth rated dive strobe light/torches are a necessary for divers, but kayak fisherman can also benefit from the strength, durability and waterproof qualities in such a wet environment.



Cunningham Pier, Geelong

Pier Dive Pier Dive | Shore access Shore access

Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Spearfishing Site

Cunningham Pier
Cunningham Pier | © Bernard Spragg

Depth: 3 m (9.84 ft) to 10 m (33 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

In the central harbour area of Geelong there is the historic Cunningham Pier. It features mostly introduced marine pests and stinking anerobic mud. The depth under the pier is 3 metres, dropping down to dredged 10 metres on each side. The pylons have silt covered sponges, ascidians and sea cucumbers struggling to survive against the Northern Pacific stars and sabellid fanworms.

Nearby are the remains of Steampacket Wharf, the remains of Yarra Pier, and the wreck of the sailing clipper ship Lightning.

Location: Geelong
MELWAY Ref: Page 452 C2

Protected from southerly and westerly winds. See WillyWeather (Cunningham Pier) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Corio Bay Map
Corio Bay Map | #169; Parks Victoria

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

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.

 

Cunningham Pier, Geelong Location Map

Latitude: 38° 8.534′ S   (38.142239° S / 38° 8′ 32.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 21.725′ E   (144.362077° E / 144° 21′ 43.48″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-22 14:21:53 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Lightning, 266 m, bearing 96°, E
Geelong, Corio Bay.
Depth: 3 to 10 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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