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Streamlining is the name of the game for recreational, technical and commercial divers. Here, you'll find all the hardware needed to mount and stow all of your gear in a clean, efficient manner. From stage bottles, to reels, to backup lights, and whatever else you might need to rig.

Need some help figuring out how to rig your gear? Give our staff a call or drop us an email.

We sell premium high-quality heavy-duty (316-series) stainless steel hardware specifically for use in marine diving applications. We stock only the designs and sizes listed. We reserve the right to limit order quantities because our supply is appropriate for the demands of individual divers, but not bulk orders. Large volume bulk orders will not qualify for free shipping.

Technical Tip

Stainless does not mean Stainproof

A common misconception among divers is that stainless steel does not corrode at all. There are various types of stainless steel, each with different corrosion properties, that make a specific grade more or less suited to a particular application. Because there is no perfect stainless steel, the selection of the grade is often a compromise between corrosion resistance and malleability. Stainless grades selected because they hold a sharp cutting edge will corrode relatively fast compared to other grades. The most corrosion resistant grades are not usually a good choice for bolt snaps and hand tools because depending on the use application they may not offer the best wear resistance or may be too brittle.

Stainless does not mean Stainproof and all diving products made of stainless steel must receive some basic care to help minimize corrosion. Rinse any stainless steel components in dive equipment with fresh water after diving or when otherwise in contact with salt water, allow them to dry and do not store them in damp or moist environments. Make sure any storage sheath or pouch is also rinsed and allowed to dry before returning the stainless item to the pouch. When rinsing bolt snaps, be sure to work the bolt action several times to eject any saltwater trapped in the slider and spring mechanism. In particular, avoid storing stainless steel near or in contact with other metals having strongly dissimilar electropotentials, especially aluminium, such that moisture can induce galvanic corrosion. In cases of galvanic corrosion where the stainless item is in close proximity to some types of metals, rust or other colour stains will electrolytically transfer to the surface of the stainless item.

An invisible film forms on the surface of stainless steel when it's in contact with oxygen. This allows it to withstand damage from corrosives including many acids, bases, and detergents, as well as salt water. However, depending on envirionmental conditions you may notice some surface 'stains' that can form on various stainless items. In general these are cosmetic in nature and we recommend you allow the cosmetic stains to remain when practical. Using an abrasive is more likely to remove the invisible corrosion resistant film that forms on stainless, allowing corrosion to spread and ultimately making the corrosion worse.

Properties of Stainless Steel

  • Hardness - As hardness increases, metals become more wear resistant but they may be less malleable. Some types of stainless steel harden by cold working, and others can be heat treated. The 300 series hardens by cold working, many in the 400 series can be hardened by heat treating.
  • Formability - Stainless steel is generally formable and bendable, but types that harden by cold working can require more force to bend than carbon steel.
  • Machinability - During machining, stainless steel can become gummy and stick to cutting tools, making it typically more difficult to machine than steel.
  • Weldability - Take care to clean stainless steel before and after welding operations. Contaminants, such as lubricants and particles from grinding tools, will reduce corrosion resistance at welded points.
  • Finish - Stainless steel does not always have a shiny finish. In fact, stainless steel is available in a number of finishes, ranging from an unpolished, dull surface to a reflective mirror-like shine.


The Basin

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Ideal For Snorkelling Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site

The Basin
The Basin

Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 5 m (16 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The Basin (aka Pelicans) diving and snorkelling site is a south-east facing, protected section of beach in the lee of Sisters Point, off the Princes Highway near Killarney between Port Fairy and Warrnambool on Victoria's Shipwreck Coast. The low basalt points and offshore barrier reefs reduce the waves, and form two beaches bordered by the low points and backed by grassy dunes. This site features sheltered beaches and rock pools.

To access The Basin beach, take the unsealed Basin Track from Mahoneys Road, near Killarney Beach. Long vehicles are not recommended as the track and car park are narrow. Boat launching is permitted at The Basin. It is across beach sand, so a 4WD vehicle is recommended. Please return all vehicles with trailers to the car park after launching and retrieving boats, to keep the beach clear and safe for visitors and wildlife.

The 600 metre long The Basin East beach receives waves averaging about 1 metre, which break across a wide bar. A few rips exist along the beach and there is a permanent rip against the basalt rocks below the car park.

The smaller, 100 metre long The Basin West beach has lower waves and usually a continuous, shallow bar with no rips.

The safe entry points provide dive and snorkel sites over lush seaweed beds. Snorkellers can take advantage of the occasionally crystal clear blue waters alive with magnificent underwater kelp habitat and its residents. It is worth a look in poor weather.

The Basin can be dived as a shore dive off the beach, or as a boat dive launching at the Killarney Bay East Boat Ramp. Diving The Basin requires calm conditions and a very low swell. See WillyWeather (Killarney Beach) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

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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.

 

The Basin Location Map

Latitude: 38° 21.322′ S   (38.35536° S / 38° 21′ 19.3″ S)
Longitude: 142° 20.140′ E   (142.335664° E / 142° 20′ 8.39″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-06-23 17:34:09 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-23 19:16:11 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Rogers Rocks, 661 m, bearing 66°, ENE
Killarney, Shipwreck Coast.
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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