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Underwater Compasses

Many divers take diving compasses for granted, considering them just an accessory to an overall dive gauge console system. Trying to navigate with a poorly designed or improperly functioning compass can be one of diving's more frustrating events.

Compasses vary in greatly in where they are worn/attached and this is down to personal diver preference. From wrist mounted compasses with straps or bungees to a gauge mounted compass, we have every variation

We only stock the very best underwater and diving compasses to ensure that you are on track at all times. We use and recommend the Suunto range of wrist mount dive compasses, but have plenty of options from other brands like Cressi as well.

Technical Tip

Compass Balance Zones

Compasses are designed for use within a certain area of the globe because the earth's magnetic field not only varies horizontally, but also vertically, causing the needle to dip downward when the case is held level. The compass needle card is balanced with a small weight to counteract the downward dip so the needle card does not drag or stick on the top or bottom of the capsule. If you take any compass to a significantly different part of the globe than where it was balanced, check the compass carefully before relying upon it. The compasses we sell are balanced for the southern hemisphere.

Digital Compasses

Note that digital compasses, like the ones becoming popular in dive computers, do not have balance zones. Digital compasses are universal because they have a user 'calibration' feature, which is performed in the region where the diver plans to use the compass. A change in region simply requires a recalibration before use in the new location

Point Ormond Reef

Shore Dive Shore Dive | Shore access Shore access

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

Point Ormond Reef
Point Ormond Reef
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Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 5 m (16 ft)

Point Ormond Reef is a snorkelling and diving adventure out to a reef off from Point Ormond in Elwood, facing west into Port Phillip.

Point Ormond is the northern end of the 1300 metre long Elwood Beach. The Elwood Sailing Club and the Elwood Life Saving Club are on Elwood Beach south of Point Ormond. There is a PWC prohibited zone that starts at Point Ormond running south.

Diving and Snorkelling on Point Ormond Reef

Follow the breakwater out, then turn right and follow the reef out in the same direction as the beach, roughly north-west. While the reef is quite shallow on top, the sides will see you in depths of three to five metres.

Point Ormond Reef Dive Sie Map
Point Ormond Reef Dive Sie Map | © The Scuba Doctor
Point Ormond Reef Parking
Point Ormond Reef Parking
© Google Street View

Location: Point Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria 3184
MELWAY Ref: Page 67 A3

Parking: There is a car park near the Elwood Park and Elwood Foreshore Reserve on the Port Phillip side of Ormond Esplanade between Buff Avenue and Normandy Road. Parking is metered so please make sure you get a ticket.

Warning: Always go with a buddy and be careful. There can be plenty of boat traffic so always tow a buoy with a dive flag displayed.

Point Ormond
Point Ormond
© Stuart McGregor

Entry/Exit: From the car park, walk along the beach and enter the water when you get to the break wall at the northern end.

Ideal Conditions: Point Ormond Reef is best dived with light north-easterly to south-easterly winds. Avoid diving with strong southerly to northerly winds. Just before the high tide will give the clearest water.

See WillyWeather (Elwood) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

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.


Point Ormond Reef Location Map

Latitude: 37° 52.978′ S   (37.88297° S / 37° 52′ 58.69″ S)
Longitude: 144° 58.598′ E   (144.976639° E / 144° 58′ 35.9″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-01-30 13:24:29 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-09 21:33:22 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: St Kilda Pier, 2,168 m, bearing 341°, NNW
Elwood, Bayside, Port Phillip.
Depth: 2 to 5 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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