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Dive Finger/Jump Spools

A dive finger or jump spool is the most compact way of carrying a guideline. A finger spool makes deploying a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) very easy as there is no way for line to get caught in any sort of mechanism. Jump spools are also useful for make jumps and gaps in caves. They are also a handy way of mapping a dive site as they are quick to deploy and re-stow.

If you're looking for a dive reel, please see Dive Reels.

Tech Tip:
Finger Spools Are Not Guideline Reels

The skills required to deploy a finger spool are different than those required to use a typical guideline reel. At first glance the simple spool looks easier, but compared to guideline reels the finger spool requires specific techniques for successful use. If this is your first finger spool then seek advice, get a demonstration, and most importantly you should practice under controlled conditions.

A common usage mistake is rewinding a finger spool in a manner that applies a lot of tension to the line, such as when hanging under a lift bag, causing the line to be very tightly wound on to the spool. Upon re-use the line doesn't smoothly unwind and sticks, causing the entire spool to be jerked out of the fingers or disappear with the lift bag.

Another consideration is the method used to rewind the line on to the spool. Hold the line loosely and use the spool to take up the line; if you hold the spool in a fixed position some wrapping motions with your hand will put a 'twist' in the line with each wrap around the spool. Depending on how you later unspool, you might wind up with a tangled mess of line (aka 'birds nest') if you hold the line in your hand while it unspools.

Although your finger spool is not a guideline reel the basic care is very similar. You should rinse your finger spool with fresh water following each dive. We recommend pulling some or all of the line off the spool before each dive, then rewinding it neatly but not too tightly, so as to help prevent problems during line deployment. If the line on your finger spool is new or very dry, we recommend pulling the line off into a bucket of water. This will moisten the line, precluding it from swelling on the spool and causing further issues or damaging the spool.

Finally, too much line on the spool can cause tangles during initial deployment, if you are having a consistent problem deploying your finger spool try removing a few metres of line.

Seafarers Beach

Reef Dive Reef Dive | Shore access Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site

Seafarers Beach
Seafarers Beach

Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 10 m (33 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Seafarers Beach is an interesting shore diving and snorkelling location on Victoria's Otway Coast facing south-east into Bass Strait. It lies right beside the Great Ocean Road (B100) between Apollo Bay (to the west) and Skenes Creek (to the east). Seafarers Beach is 700 metres long, backed by a low foredune and the road, with rocks and reefs scattered along the beach. There are usually low to moderate beach breaks amongst the reefs and rocks.

Diving and Snorkelling at Seafarers Beach

Seafarers Beach can be very swelly and thus rarely dived. On the rare days when conditions are flat, calm, with no swell, it's fun for divers and snorkellers to explore the underwater reef terrain and marine life. On a perfect day, with no wind, no swell, and no current, it's really worthwhile.

The dives here are about exploring the underwater reef terrain to the east and west of the beach entry point.

Seafarers Beach Parking
Seafarers Beach Parking
© Google Street View

Location: 6080 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233

Parking: There is a car parking area on the side of the Great Ocean Road (B100), opposite the entrance to Seafarers Getaway. From Apollo Bay to the west, the car park is 7 km. From Skenes Creek to the east, the car park is 2 km. Before gearing up check out the water. If you see lots of white water, head on home.

Warning: Weather conditions at Seafarers Beach vary considerably with very strong winds and squalls frequently occurring. When conditions aren't right, this can be a hazardous area. Always go with a buddy and be extremely careful.

Entry/Exit: From the beach down from the car park.

Ideal Conditions: Seafarers Beach is a very exposed shore dive site, so it should only be dived when the seas are flat and calm with very little swell. Conditions are best with light offshore winds, after a few days of westerlies to northerlies, as surface conditions remain calm. See WillyWeather (Skenes Creek) 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.

Eastern Maar country
Eastern Maar country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Eastern Maar people of south-western Victoria between the Shaw and Eumerella Rivers and from Yambuk in the south to beyond Lake Linlithgow in the north. This truly ancient Country extends as far north as Ararat and encompasses the coastal townships of Port Fairy in the west, Warrnambool, Peterborough, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay, Lorne, and Airies Inlet in the east, including the Great Ocean Road area. It also stretches 100 metres out to sea from low tide and therefore includes the iconic Twelve Apostles. "Eastern Maar" is a name adopted by the people who identify as Maar, Eastern Gunditjmara, Tjap Wurrung, Peek Whurrong, Kirrae Whurrung, Kuurn Kopan Noot and/or Yarro waetch (Tooram Tribe) amongst others. We wish to acknowledge the Eastern Maar as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging.


Seafarers Beach Location Map

Latitude: 38° 43.837′ S   (38.730615° S / 38° 43′ 50.21″ S)
Longitude: 143° 41.914′ E   (143.698568° E / 143° 41′ 54.84″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2022-04-13 12:57:56 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-25 09:11:30 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Casino, 1,956 m, bearing 231°, SW
Apollo Bay, Otway Coast.
Depth: 1 to 10 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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