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Sidemount Gear at The Scuba Doctor

Experience the freedom and flexibility of diving sidemount with the right equipment configuration for side mount divers from The Scuba Doctor.

Side mount diving gear is not just for tight spaces in a cave anymore. Sidemount diving has evolved into a mainstream method of diving anytime you want to be streamlined and carry cylinders on the side (or front) of your body instead of on the back. This could be for ease of logistics, managing multiple gasses, ease of entry to water, cave, cavern, or shipwreck diving. The possibilities are endless.

We have put together in one place the sidemount diving gear for use by the active, or soon-to-be active, sidemount diver. Everything from sidemount BCDs and harnesses, to wings, clips and hoses, to gauges, regulators and valves for the perfect sidemount setup for you. Much of this sidemount equipment is also applicable to decompression diving in a bi-lateral carry mode, and can be used for rebreather divers who carry bailout cylinders as well.

Looking for the right length dive hoses for your sidemount setup? The take a look at our huge range of Miflex regulator, inflator and high pressure diving hoses.



Pillar Point Bommie

Bommie Dive Bommie Dive | Shore access Shore access

Advanced Open Water Rated Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Reef Dive Site Slack Water Wilsons Promontory

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

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.

Pillar Point Bommie is an awesome diving and snorkelling site located close to Tidal River, off Pillar Point, at the north-western end of Norman Bay, on the western side of Wilsons Promontory. This dive site is suitable for both snorkelling and scuba diving from the shore or boat. While this area is close to the Tidal River camp ground, it's still a stiff walk in full scuba gear.

Pillar Point separates Norman Bay to the south, from Leonard Bay and Squeaky Beach to the north, and lies in the Wilson Promontory Marine Park.

Diving and Snorkelling at Pillar Point Bommie

For a shore entry you walk from Tidal River to the the northern end of Norman Bay Beach. You head out into the water staying parallel to the rocks on the southern side of Pillar Point. to Then you head out about 75 metres from the tip of Pillar Point to the bommie. If scuba diving, it would be best to snorkel out on the surface and leave exploring Pillar Point, South for the return journey.

The tip of Pillar Point has a large and spectacular granite bommie that lies about 75 metres offshore and rises to within 7 metres of the surface. This bommie lies off a "V"-shaped rock onshore with a large rounded boulder to its right.

The deeper sections of Pillar Point Bommie have very rich and colourful arrays of invertebrates, especially hydroids and anemones. Long-finned Pike, Magpie Perch, and Wrasse are common. Weedy Seadragons are also sometimes seen.

The water shallows closer to the base of Pillar Point, but still offers good diving, especially on the southern side ̬ see Pillar Point, South. These areas are popular with anglers and fish can be small and timid.

Be aware that there can be strong surge and currents away from the shoreline, especially at the tip of Pillar Point.

Ideal Conditions: Pillar Point Bommie is best dived with calm seas, no swell and no wind. Light offshore north-easterly to south-easterly winds may be acceptable. Avoid diving with moderate to strong onshore south-westerly to north-westerly winds. Because of the sometimes strong currents, Pillar Point Bommie is best dived at slack water. See WillyWeather (Pillar Point) 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.

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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.

 

Pillar Point Bommie Location Map

Latitude: 39° 2.413′ S   (39.040219° S / 39° 2′ 24.79″ S)
Longitude: 146° 18.335′ E   (146.305576° E / 146° 18′ 20.07″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2022-04-23 16:43:38 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-23 17:17:38 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Pillar Point, South, 255 m, bearing 41°, NE
Wilsons Promontory Marine Park.
Depth: 2 to 25 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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