Rip Bank

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Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated

Rip Bank
Rip Bank | © Phil Watson

Depth: 16 metres (52 feet) to 60 metres (197 feet)

A fantastic underwater cliff just outside Port Phillip Heads on the south east side. The currents through here dictate this dive only be conducted on a slack water at the end of the flood tide and even then only when conditions are calm outside the bay. The passage of the current here runs along the wall and can be extremely fast.

Diving Rip Bank | © Andrew Siddel

There are a lot of Crayfish to be caught along the top of the wall. The wall itself is very steep with large overhangs and beautiful colours. The other great thing about this dive is that almost every dive somebody gets to see Sharks swimming along the wall. They do tend to swim about 10 to 15 metres from the wall and just cruise past checking things out. The sharks are Seven Gills and are listed as harmless. They look a little like Grey Nurse Sharks and can grow up to 3 metres long.

Rip Bank Revealed, Underwater Port Phillip Heads | © Great Southern Reef

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

Divers have the opportunity to catch crayfish (Southern Rock Lobster) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See How To Catch Crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor.

Latitude: 38° 18.153′ S   (38.30255° S / 38° 18′ 9.18″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.181′ E   (144.63635° E / 144° 38′ 10.86″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2020-08-19 02:05:52 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Outer Corsair Wall, 32 m, bearing 185°, S
Depth: 16 to 60 m.

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