San Remo Bridge is the gateway to Phillip Island. The bridge spans the gap between the mainland at San Remo, and Newhaven on Phillip Island, which is known as The Narrows.
Warning: Do not even think about diving this site unless you are an extremely fit diver who is highly competent diving in very fast currents.
The purpose of this drift dive is to leave the shore at the San Remo Jetty near the end of a flood tide, head out to the rocky reef mid-channel under the bridge, and then quickly head back to the San Remo Pier and beach as soon as you get an indication of the ebb tide current change. Thus you might get 10 minutes to explore the reef mid-channel during slack water.
The reef is covered in corals and supports lots of marine life. Everything gets a rich feast from the nutrients delivered on the strong currents in The Narrows.
To successfully drift dive the San Remo Bridge you need to take your time and carefully observe the current flow. Be ready to enter the water from the beach just as the flood current is about to end. Head out to the bridge pylons mid-channel. If you get the timing of your return right, you should be able to safely return to the San Remo Jetty and beach. If not, you'll be in big trouble, drifting at up to 6 knots past Cape Woolamai and on your way to Tasmania.
Do not underestimate the fitness, skills and experience required to do this drift dive.
Dive Type: Drift Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor