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Freediving Snorkels

Freedivers spend a great deal of time breathing through snorkels while preparing to dive or watching their buddies so snorkels are an important piece of gear. Freediving snorkels should have the following attributes:

  • Mouthpiece fit: The mouthpiece should be comfortable and fit the diver's mouth well.
  • Rigid: The snorkel should be rigid.
  • Purge valve optional: The advantage of choosing a snorkel with no purge valve is that water is less likely to enter the snorkel from the valve during deep breathing.
  • Float: Freedivers sometimes attach a small float to the snorkel to avoid loosing it on the surface.

Tip: Remember to remove the snorkel from your mouth during the dive so you'll be able to inhale when you reach the surface!

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Keefers Boatyard

Shore Dive Shore Dive | Shore access Shore access

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

Keefers Boatyard, Fossil Beach
Keefers Boatyard, Fossil Beach
Source: Museum Victoria

Depth: 0 m (0 ft) to 6 m (20 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Keefers Boatyard is best dived with north-westerly to easterly winds. Avoid diving with strong south-easterly to westerly winds. As this dive site is sheltered under the cliffs to some extent, it can be a good dive when the winds are unfavourable elsewhere. Just before the high tide will give the clearest water. See WillyWeather (Keefers Cove) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

What To Expect:
The Keefers Boatyard dive site, located in Keefers Cove, Beaumaris Bay, is an interesting dive, especially for the scrounge diver. There are bits and pieces in the area of the old Keefer's Boatyard jetty, plus the nearby Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron jetty.

Fossilised lovenia (heart urchins) are often found here, plus it is rumoured, other finds. It is a shallow and interesting dive, with a small wreck littered beach.

There is no parking on Beach Road. You'll need to park in Cromer Road, Beaumaris and carefully make your way across Beach Road. Walk down the access road to the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron and then west along the fences to Keefers Cove.
Melways 86 F8.

Dive Entry:
Entry and exit is from Keefers Cove. There is likely to be small boat and dinghy traffic at this dive site, so always take a dive float with a dive flag!
Beaumaris Bay Map
Beaumaris Bay Map | © Parks Victoria
Sea Urchin Dive Site
Sea Urchin Dive Site
© Julian Finn, Museum Victoria

Divers have the opportunity to catch Sea Urchin at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, dive gloves and Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch Sea Urchin.

See article-catching-sea-urchin for practical Sea Urchin catching advice from The Scuba Doctor, and melbourne-sea-urchin-dives for other dive sites where you can catch Sea Urchin near Melbourne.

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.


Keefers Boatyard Location Map

Latitude: 37° 59.467′ S   (37.991114° S / 37° 59′ 28.01″ S)
Longitude: 145° 2.587′ E   (145.043109° E / 145° 2′ 35.19″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-22 15:10:14 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Sea Scouts Jetty, 601 m, bearing 216°, SW
Beaumaris Bay, Bayside, Port Phillip.
Depth: 0 to 6 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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