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Hookah breathing air hose is made of a special vinyl plastic construction, which is resistant to the effects of oil, gasoline and sunlight that exists in the environment. Conventional rubber scuba hose should never be used for hookah diving because it will gradually deteriorate and become toxic. Hookah hose commonly has an inside diameter of 8 mm or 10 mm. It is constructed of an inner liner of food-grade vinyl wrapped with a nylon webbing reinforcement and covered with a heavy-duty PVC abrasion resistant wall. Hookah hose is designed to prevent kinking and collapsing which could cause the flow of breathing air to be shut off.

A quality surface supply diving systems hose will be coloured a bright yellow or orange, for a high degree of visibility. It will also float, so that any excess hose not actually being used will float on the surface, completely away from the diver, reducing the possibility of entanglements on the bottom. For example, if you are diving in three metres of water but are using a 10-metre length of air hose, the excess seven metres will float on the surface, completely away from you. A quality Hookah air will not impart any flavouring to the air and should meet AS2299 and AS1716 standards.

We recommend the use of high-quality, Australian made Barfell® Divers Air Breather Hookah hoses with an inside diameter of 8 mm for recreational diving and 10 mm for commercial diving. The Barfell hookah hoses meet Australian Standards AS2299 and AS/NZ1716.

We also recommend the use of commercial-grade lockable Unoflow® quick couplings for safe hookah diving. We think the Unoflow product is superior to the equivalent TEMA product. The Unoflow is fully marine-grade Stainless Steel AISI 316, while the TEMA is chrome-plated brass. The Unoflow quick connect is not compatible with the TEMA product. Don't risk your life by using inferior hookah hoses and quick couplings.

Hose Configuration: A hookah breathing air hose is normally set up with a Male quick coupling at the compressor end, and a self-sealing Female quick coupling at the diver end. Thus when a hose is disconnected the female end self-seals and prevents air loss.

For specialist commercial diving Hookah gear, we recommend you contact Eric Percival at Airdive Equipment on 03 6273 3125, or airdive@airdive.com.au.

Technical Tip

Warning: Using general-purpose air hoses (e.g. as used with workshop compressors and found at hardware stores) that are not certified for breathing air can potentially damage your lungs and is in breach of Workplace Health and Safety regulations. The lining inside many air hoses often deteriorates with age, oil and heat, potentially releasing toxic particles straight into the users breathing air supply. Incorrect hose connector fittings are also often easily damaged and accidentally disconnected, thereby cutting off the operators breathing air supply.

Please read Introduction to Hookah Diving for more information about things you need to consider with a hookah diving setup.



Murrells Beach

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Murrells Beach, Cape Nelson
Murrells Beach, Cape Nelson

Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 15 m (49 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Murrells Beach (aka Bridgewater Bay 1 Beach) is a shore diving and snorkelling site on the western side of Cape Nelson, nine kilometres south-west of Portland on Victoria's Discovery Coast.

Bridgewater Bay is located between 50 metre high Cape Nelson and 130 metre high Cape Bridgewater. Both capes have basalt cores, that are remnants of an extinct volcano, and are capped by extensive dune calcarenite. The bay faces south and receives high waves and strong winds. The eastern 1.5 km of the bay contains three south-west facing beaches. They are backed by dune-capped calcarenite slopes and bluffs rising to 100 metres.

Bridgewater Bay Beach 1 (aka Murrells Beach), is 1 km long and swings around to face south-west against Cape Nelson. It receives some protection from the cape and extensive offshore reefs, with waves averaging between 1 and 1.5 metres. These result in a single attached bar, which is more sheltered toward the cape, but has higher waves and rips toward the north.

Diving and Snorkelling at Murrells Beach, Cape Nelson

Location: Murrells Beach Road, Cape Nelson, Portland, Victoria 3305

Parking: There is a car park at the western end of Murrells Beach Road, Cape Nelson. It's roughly 200 metres from the car park down onto the beach. Before gearing up check out the water. If you see lots of white water, head on home.

Entry/Exit: Enter and exit from Murrells Beach.

Ideal Conditions: Best dived in good conditions with a low swell with light offshore winds. See WillyWeather (Murrells Beach) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

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Abalone Dive Site
Abalone Dive Site
© Mark Norman, Museum Victoria

Divers have the opportunity to catch Abalone at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, legal abalone tool, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, and abalone measure. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch abalone.

See article-catching-abalone for practical abalone hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor, plus melbourne-abalone-dives for a list of other Abalone dive sites near Melbourne.

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.

Gunditjmara country
Gunditjmara country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Gunditjmara people of far south-western Victoria which continues over the state border into a small part of south-east South Australia and is bordered by the Glenelg River to the west and the Wannon River in the north. This truly ancient Country extends 100 metres out to sea from low tide and also includes Deen Maar (aka Lady Julia Percy Island) where the Gunditjmara believe the spirits of their dead travel to wait to be reborn. We wish to acknowledge the Gunditjmara as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging.

 

Murrells Beach Location Map

Latitude: 38° 24.182′ S   (38.403032° S / 38° 24′ 10.92″ S)
Longitude: 141° 31.702′ E   (141.528362° E / 141° 31′ 42.1″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2022-05-20 11:44:40 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-23 16:17:18 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Murrells Reef, 945 m, bearing 242°, WSW
Cape Nelson, Portland, Discovery Coast.
Depth: 2 to 15 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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