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Strobes / Focus Lights

Choose from a wide selection of underwater strobes and flashes, as well as underwater focus lights from various manufacturers. Adding light is the single most important improvement you can make to you underwater photography or video setup.

External underwater Strobe Lights, also known as an underwater flash, are very important in underwater photography. There is no better way to increase the quality of your underwater photography than by adding strobes. Using strobes will help bring out the brilliant colours of the ocean in your images. They allow you to reduce backscatter, and enable you to try different lighting options. Strobes range in power and quality and it is always recommended that you get the most powerful strobes in your budget range.

Underwater Focus Lights aren't necessary in all situations, but are highly recommended. Digital cameras, both compact and DSLR, focus by detecting contrast at the focusing point. Water absorbs light quickly, so using a focus light allows the camera to see the contrast and quickly focus. Using a focus light is critical for shooting at night (it also serves as a primary dive light), for shooting super-macro and often times for shooting macro. Many experienced photographers use focus lights while shooting wide-angle into bright sunlight as well.

The Scuba Doctor is one of the largest dive retailers and mail order suppliers in Australia of new Underwater Strobes and Underwater Focus Lights. The best combination of quality services, vast selection, knowledgeable staff and everyday low pricing.

Kanowna Island, Seal School

Reef Dive Reef Dive | Boat access Boat access

Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Marine Park - No Fishing Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory

Play With The Seals!

Kanowna Island, Seal School
Kanowna Island, Seal School
© Phil Watson

Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 25 m (82 ft)

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.

The Kanowna Island, Seal School dive site at the northern end of Kanowna Island and is all about seeing the Australian Fur Seals that are found here. There are so many playful, curious seals that diving with them becomes an exciting and thrilling experience as they speed past and play with you.

Kanowna Island is part of the Anser Group of islands at Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia. It's an active, protected Australian Fur Seal colony and lies within the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

Kanowna Island is named after the SS Kanowna, once a hospital ship for wounded soldiers from Gallipoli, which sank off Wilsons Promontory after striking nearby Skull Rock in 1929.

Diving the Kanowna Island, Seal School

This dive site is fairly well sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds. The rocks in the area form crevices and gullies which are interesting to explore if you can take your attention away from the seals. The rocks feature a very thick covering of various kelps.

Maximum depth in the rocky area is about 25 metres, but drops off to 40 metres quite close by. Surge can be an issue at this dive site.

Kanowna Island is an important breeding site for a significant colony of over 9,000 Australian Fur Seals, and a small number of New Zealand Fur Seals, which feed in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park and surrounding waters. These species were once more widely distributed around the Prom and are still recovering from near local extinction as a result of the sealing industry of the 1800s. This dive site is one of the seal colonies on the island.

Motorised and non-motorised vessels including sea kayaks are prohibited from within 200 metres of Kanowna Island during the breeding season from November to January (inclusive), and within 50 metres of the island at other times of the year.

Scuba divers diving from boats anchored outside the seasonal exclusion zones around Kanowna Island may approach closer to these islands provided that they are underwater and observe any other restrictions applying to approaching marine mammals.

See also the nearby Kanowna Island, South East dive site.

Ideal Conditions: This Kanowna Island, Seal School dive site is best dived with calm seas, no swell and no wind. Light offshore south-westerly to south-easterly winds may be acceptable. See WillyWeather (Kanowna Island) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Bass Strait Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive in Bass Strait on Victoria's coastline. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-in-bass-strait before diving or snorkelling this site.

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park

This site lies in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park, Victoria's largest marine sanctuary. There is a huge diversity of marine life within the waters at the Prom. Brilliantly coloured fish are present such as the Red Velvetfish, Eastern Blue Groper and Wrasse as well as Leafy Seadragons and schools of Barber Perch. Intertidal molluscs such as limpets and snails, as well as anemones, brittlestars and seastars, are also common within the waters.

Divers will experience fascinating sponge gardens which consist of a techni-coloured assemblage of sponges, sea tulips, sea whips, lace corals and seafans. Octopus emerge at night whilst sharks and rays roam the sandy areas.

The offshore islands support many colonies of fur seals and oceanic birds such as Little Penguins, Fairy Prions, Silver Gulls and Pacific Gulls.

See also, Parks Victoria: Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park,
Park Note: Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park, and
Wikipedia: Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

You are not permitted to carry a spear gun while snorkelling or scuba diving in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

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.


Kanowna Island, Seal School Location Map

Latitude: 39° 9.049′ S   (39.150817° S / 39° 9′ 2.94″ S)
Longitude: 146° 18.385′ E   (146.306417° E / 146° 18′ 23.1″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 11:58:56 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-23 17:37:36 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Kanowna Island, Seal Colony, 707 m, bearing 123°, ESE
Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
Kanowna Island, Bass Strait.
Depth: 2 to 40 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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