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Whether you have bad blood circulation and require some additional thermal protection for your hands or are a cave diver and require protection again sharp or abrasive surfaces we have a set of gloves to suit your needs. So here is some information to help you decide what you need.

Scuba gloves do what any gloves do, keep your hands warm and protected.

All those little fingers hanging way out there on their own can get cold, plus they make great little targets for the biters and scratchers.

For the most part gloves are gloves and there isn't much to picking out a pair. Still, there are a couple things to think about before buying a pair of dive gloves.

Types of Scuba Gloves

Mitten or Lobster Claw

Good for cold water. These bad boys are usually made of thick (5-7 mm) neoprene and will keep your hands as warm and protected as it's possible to be.

You do lose some function as most of your hand is in the bigger mitten part, but how much freedom of movement do you actually need for your fingers.

Five Finger Gloves

These can be thicker for colder water, or thinner for warmer. No matter how thick they are they aren't as warm as the lobster claw style.

Still a thick 5-7 mm neoprene glove will keep you plenty warm.

Even in warm water, wearing 1-2 mm thick dive gloves are a good idea to keep your fingers and hands protected.

Warm water will still leech the heat out of your body and make you cold after awhile.

Dry Gloves

Dry gloves have a wrist seal and keep your hands completely dry. This of course keeps your hands warmer.

However, if they leak for any reason they can be very uncomfortable and distracting to the point of ruining a dive.

And they aren't cheap.

They're not bad gloves and they may make sense for you, so give them a try and make your own decision.

There isn't much else to say about scuba gloves. They can be like other dive equipment and come with all the bells and whistles, zippers, Velcro, Kevlar palms, yadda yadda yadda, or as simple as a glove.

Consider what conditions you dive in and buy a dive glove that suits your needs. Other than that, stay warm and watch out for those things that bite and scratch!

Southey Street Groyne

Shore Dive Shore Dive | Shore access Shore access

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

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

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Southey Sreet Groyne, Sandringham is a convenient dive on the eastern side of Port Phillip. The 80-metre long groyne was built at Southey Street beach in December 2006.

Access is just off the path down to the beach, which begins a little south of the groyne. Enter on the southern side of the groyne, head out to the tip and follow the dive path on the dive site map.

There is plenty of marine growth around the end of the groyne. Head westerly out to the reef and follow it in a north-westerly direction. When the reef finishes head towards shore and follow the inner edge of the reef back to the groyne. Take a look at the end of the groyne again, and then head towards the beach on the northern side of the groyne, and exit onto the beach.

There is enough marine life here to keep a beginner interested. A good spot for a shallow day or night dive It's also a good place to start children snorkelling.

Location: Opposite the intersection of Southey Street and Beach Road, Sandringham. Close to the Bay Road shops and the Sandringham Railway Station.
MELWAY Ref: Page 76 G11

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.

Access: Parking is available on the eastern side of Bay Road. Carefully cross the road and head to the southern side of the groyne.

Facilities: The Bay Road shops are close by.

Southey Street Groyne Dive Site Map
Southey Street Groyne Dive Site Map | © The Scuba Doctor
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.


Southey Street Groyne Location Map

Latitude: 37° 57.415′ S   (37.956924° S / 37° 57′ 24.93″ S)
Longitude: 145° 0.401′ E   (145.006685° E / 145° 0′ 24.07″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-02-05 17:24:47 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-22 15:03:00 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Sims Street Reef, 259 m, bearing 331°, NNW
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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