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The Scuba Doctor offers a large variety of manifolds and gas switch blocks for recreational, technical, rebreather, sidemount and commercial diving applications.

Warning

Every time we sell a manifold or switch block, we shudder a little bit. The gas switch block is used in primarily by hookah surface supply divers to switch from surface supply to emergency bailout gas. Manifolds are primarily used in gas distribution systems. But the key here is that there are not different gas mixtures involved.

Unfortunately divers sometimes get the idea to match these products up with multiple cylinders and/or or quick disconnects to create some type of elaborate system for rapid switching between different gas mixtures and/or cylinders. Gas switching errors are very often involved in technical diving accidents. Over the years we've learned about several near misses and fatalities that were directly attributable to mistakes with switch blocks that were connected to different gas mixtures. No matter how careful the diver, or how many safeguards, we think using switch blocks with different mixtures is a very bad idea.



The Far Side

Wall Dive Wall Dive | Boat access Boat access

Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping Technical Rated

The Far Side
The Far Side | © Gary Larson

Depth: 20 m (66 ft) to 60 m (197 ft)

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.

The Far Side lies halfway between Shortland's Bluff and Point Nepean and it sits inside the shipping lanes. The Far Side is a fantastic wall dive. The wall starts at 18 metres and drops down with overhangs and steps to a depth of 40 meters. The wall runs from East to West with the very sheer wall drop-off to the North.

Some fantastic rock formations can be seen on the wall along here. While swimming down to the overhangs and steps ensure you take a torch so that you can light up the hard and soft corals and appreciate their many colours. Crayfish and Blue Devil fish call these overhangs home, so you're sure to see plenty of them. Can be dived during slack water only.

Crayfish Dive Site
Crayfish Dive Site | © Ian Scholey

Divers have the opportunity to catch Southern Rock Lobster (aka Crayfish) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Once you get back to the dive boat, or shore, make sure you clip the tail and tag your Crayfish as per Fisheries requirements. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See article-catching-crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor, plus melbourne-cray-dives for a list of other crayfish dive sites near Melbourne. For tips on cooking your Crays, please see article-cooking-crayfish.

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.

 

The Far Side Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.434′ S   (38.290567° S / 38° 17′ 26.04″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.891′ E   (144.66485° E / 144° 39′ 53.46″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-08 03:45:28 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: North Wall, 239 m, bearing 320°, NW
Depth: 20 to 60 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.



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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