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Safety / Signaling Devices

Safety First
Attract attention to yourself, from a humble Whistle, to the more advanced Personel Locating Beacon, we can make it happen.

A standard magnetic compass is a good back up to a GPS. There's no point in replicating, just use your diving compass.

Safety Beacons
Satellite based personal distress, location and tracking beacons. In the event of an emergency these provide the best possible chance of being found. They are very much a last resort and should only be used in situations of EMERGANCY. Unwarranted activation can lead to prosecution.

Strobe lights/torches
They're not a distress signal but will aid your location when used in conjunction with other signals or devices also very handy at night. A good quality depth rated dive strobe light/torches are a necessary for divers, but kayak fisherman can also benefit from the strength, durability and waterproof qualities in such a wet environment.

Sims Street Reef

Shore Dive Shore Dive | Shore access Shore access

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

Sims Street Reef
Sims Street Reef | © David Reinhard

Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 3 m (9.84 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Sims Sreet Reef (aka Sandringham Reef) is a convenient dive on the eastern side of Port Phillip.

Access Sandringham Beach from the car park and continue to walk along the beach about 5 to 10 metres. Then enter the water and head straight out to sea (perpendicular to the beach). You'll swim over sand for about 50 to 60 metres or so. Then you'll find the reef.

Location: Off Sandringham Beach, opposite the intersection of Sims Street and Beach Road, Sandringham.
MELWAY Ref: Page 76 B11

Access: Parking is available on the western side of Beach Road, opposite the intersection with Sims Street, Sandringham. Walk down to the path to the beach, which begins on the left (southern) side of the car park (when looking out to sea).

Weather Required: The site is fine on a Northerly wind, or the slightest of Southerlies. Avoid Westerlies and strong Southerlies. Better conditions usually prevail in Summer and Autumn. Avoid for 24 to 48 hours after local heavy rains which wash street water and more into Port Phillip via drains.

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

Facilities: The Bay Road shops and Sandringham Railway Station are reasonably close by.

Thanks to David Reinhard for providing the information about this diving and snorkelling site.

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.


Sims Street Reef Location Map

Latitude: 37° 57.292′ S   (37.954871° S / 37° 57′ 17.54″ S)
Longitude: 145° 0.318′ E   (145.005294° E / 145° 0′ 19.06″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-03-11 22:25:35 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-22 15:02:27 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Southey Street Groyne, 259 m, bearing 151°, SSE
Sandringham, Bayside, Port Phillip.
Depth: 2 to 3 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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