We managed to see Sharks, Weedy sea dragons and many other interesting sea life!. wreck of the HMAS Adelaide is located off Sydney’s Central coast. Excellent communication and easy to organise our dives. Unfortunately, the ex-HMAS Adelaide sank side on to the prevailing sea conditions and has since subsided to a depth of 37m with the top of the mast at 15m. A FORMER Navy frigate controversially sunk off Avoca Beach in 2011 has started breaking up as predicted by environment and community groups, with a large wall section that sheared away during storms in 2015 listed as “location unknown”. Jason was very knowledgeable and set us up in the best conditions as he knows the Sydney coast like no one else. I would like give my special thank Jason as I left my wallet on the boat (luckily, it didn't fall to the water) , Jason Found it and called straightway. Jason has great local knowledge, and makes safety a priority. Depending on the divers experience and level of certification they can explore deeper in to the lower levels of the ship, such as the engine and generator compartments. Today marks the beginning of a new era onboard HMAS Adelaide as CAPT Stu Watters has assumed command from CAPT Jonathon Ley. 12.30 Forrester’s Reef 26m 2.30 Adelaide wreck Sunday. Sydney Dive Charters provides hot drinks and light snacks and spray jackets during the surface interval, we also recommends that divers bring cameras for underwater photography. Divers should expect to experience a bit of surge on the wreck, in particular, instead of experiencing the significant pressure changes due to elevation were you to return to Sydney from the central coast via the M1 motorway!). Afte… This departure location saves hours of car travel for our divers and reduces the risk of decompression sickness due to the pressure change when returning by sea (instead of experiencing the significant pressure changes due to elevation were you to return to Sydney from the central coast via the M1 motorway! Recommended to everyone! By Leyland Wilkinson HMAS Adelaide I was a 6 inch cruiser built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard.She was originally laid down in November 1915 but was not commissioned until August 1922. As a memorial to HMAS Adelaide, the ship's main-mast was erected alongside the Sphynx Memorial in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Sydney, in about 1950. Will definitely book again, Great boat with a amazing crew best dive experience so far with Sydney dive charters i have being out with other dive centers boats and if conditions are not right they will all ways look for the easiest dive site . Esdaile, OBE, RAN) and turned over the escort of the British passenger (troops) / cargo ship Stirling Castle (25550 GRT, built 1936) to her. The boat was comfortable and the tanks were full. Awesome hire gear and boat. Our wreck dive will take us through many of the ship’s cabins. A Sydney woman has died after falling ill while scuba diving off the popular HMAS Adelaide wreck on the NSW central coast, police say. *** For more information about the Ex-HMAS Adelaide site see link http://www.crownland.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/644702/Adelaide_PoM.pdf. Sydney Dive Charters operates both recreational and technical dives to a large variety of dive sites, for all levels of qualifications and experience. There is a junior Sailors cafe with several corridors leading to other parts of the ship. All passengers and divers are required to obtain a permit for a fee, from the NSW Department of Industry, as this department manage the marine reserve that the Ex–HMAS Adelaide is located in. As such, divers must have completed an advanced dive certificate and it would be of benefit to have also completed a nitrox course. It was created with the help of sponsors and contributors. Sydney Dive Charters suggested all divers use Nitrox as this will make the double dive safer and also increase the divers no deco time. Middle East Region Deployments Contributing to stable, rules-based global security is one of Australia's national objectives. Catered for all abilities. A MRH-90 Taipan helicopter delivers visitors from the Timor Leste government to HMAS Adelaide in Dili Harbour, as Navy and Army landing crafts depart to deploy a mobile hospital to Dili, Timor Leste, part of a Joint Task Group 661.1 response to a multi-national Humanitarian Assistance and … Another battleship was called the HMAS Perth and was lost in 1942 during the World War II while fighting against Japan in the Sunda Strait in Ind… We had such an amazing dive with Sydney Dive Charters this weekend - loads of sharks and a Weedy Sea Dragon! Adelaide was towed by the tug HMAS Reserveto Port Kembla during 1 and 2 April, where she was scrapped. Wreck diving is one of scuba divings greatest adventures. Our dive guide was great, he also made the trip very memorable. The wreck of the Ex–HMAS Adelaide has also attracted an abundance of fish life. Since 2011 a substantial amount of marine growth has covered the wreck, this marine growth includes many types of colourful sponges and soft and hard corals. The battleship has served during the Vietnam War and was under fire 4 times! Excellent boat crew, caring about the customers. The 33-year-old experienced diver, from Bronte, died at Prince of Wales Hospital on Sunday afternoon after becoming distressed during a dive at Terrigal earlier in the day. On 24 January 1949, she was sold to Australian Iron and Steel Pty Ltd for breaking up. HMAS Adelaide is the latest of a line of ships to proudly bear the name of South Australia's capital city. The HMAS Adelaide Wreck, a former long-range missile frigate, was taken out of service in 2011 and was sunk in front of the coast in Sydney. Gr8 job mate! The best part is when the divers are below, Jason makes sure that there's no other non-diving boat in the vicinity & keeps all the divers feel safe to surface. Great gear and logistic. We have done a few courses on his dive charters and have the utmost respect for him and the charters he runs. What you’ll see: Humpback whales, southern right, Best season to dive: Great in all seasons, ubsided to a depth of 37m with the top of the mast at 15m. Like many Sydney wrecks, expect to find squid eggs attached to the superstructure and handrails of the ex-HMAS Adelaide. It will take the diver many return trips to visit each deck containing the galley, crew rooms, CIC, toilets, helicopter hanger bay, engine and generator rooms, foredeck guided missile area, chart room and the wheelhouse. The Ex-HMAS Adelaide is located 1.4 kilometres from the Skillion at Terrigal and 1.8 kilometres from Avoca Beach, resting in approximately 32 metres of water. Adelaide was decommissioned for the final time on 13 May 1946. The ex-HMAS Adelaide Five Years On Posted on April 21, 2016 December 19, 2016 by Simon Mallender I first dived the ex HMAS Adelaide just six months after she was scuttled in 2011. The vessel completed 3 tours of duty off Vietnam in 1968, 2 sailors lost their life and 7 were injured when the vessel was hit by “friendly” fire. The wreck is approximately 1.4km offshore and can be reached easily by boat. SEA SICK MEDICATION RECOMMENDED Due to adverse weather conditions the Master can change dive sites on the day. The service is excellent and booking through the web is so easy that it makes the experience even better. We thoroughly enjoy the diving and information and knowledge we gain every time we dive with Sydney Dive charters. Great dive experience with Jason and Xavier. Minimum Certification – Advanced Open Water Recommended Minimum Experience – 20 Logged Dives Recommended Gas – Nitrox Depth Range – 18 - 36 metres, BOAT DEPARTS – CARREL BAY MARINA, PITTWATER. Discovered some of the most beautiful underwater creatures. Jason is very professional and has great experience that allowed us to dive in safety without giving up a more challenging dive site despite tough weather conditions. This area is one deck below and aft of the wheelhouse and easily accessible by a hole that has been cut into the deck in the wheelhouse. Mark and Sandra. The boat was comfortable and the dive sites were amazing. Your dive will start on one of the permanent moorings that are located along the length of the Ex–HMAS Adelaide. Scuttled: HMAS Adelaide off Avoca Beach. Great value ! The Australian navy guided missile frigate Ex-HMAS Adelaide was scuttled off Avoca on Sydney’s central coast on 11th April 2011 to create a dedicated … In time, this artificial reef will earn its reputation as a world class dive attraction and create substantial … Professional service with attention to detail. Jason is very knowleadgeable and he made sure our dives were enjoyable and fun. The Ex-HMAS Adelaide is a former Australian naval warship that was purpose prepared and sunk to create an artificial dive reef. The boat is very comfortable and well equipped also with a toilet available. Excellent day out! The HMAS Perth has been decommissioned in 1999 before being sunk in 2001 in the King George Sound to create a wreck diving site. Boat was spotless and well maintained, rental equipment good quality. Thanks again! HMAS Adelaide berthing at Fleet Base East. New high quality gear, no ripped wetsuits and a good briefing on how to use it all! *** Check out our dive calendar to see availability for this dive site. wreck of the HMAS Adelaide is located off Sydney’s Central coast. Jason knows where to find the best spots in Sydney bay and how to improvise when schedule doesn’t go as planned. As you descend, the corals’ colours will fade starting with the reds down to the blues and greens. The site is a Crown Reserve and as such, permits must be obtained prior to diving the wreck. Jason runs a solid operation. Great diving experience. The wreck has been prepared for scuba diver safety so many holes have been cut into the hull for easy entry and exit. Great double dive. It was a perfect first dive in Australia, you set a very high standard for us. We saw heaps of sharks and a really giant cuttlefish. Scuba divers will descend down to the upper and bridge decks and then dive along and through the upper superstructure. We also suggest technical divers that plan to dive the Ex–HMAS Adelaide on one long dive, which can have a total run time of over hour including decompression. We will exit via the stern either in the hanger deck or through one of the holes which have been cut into the ship to make the ship safe for divers. the Commonwealth of Australia for the Ex-HMAS Adelaide to be prepared and scuttled as an artificial reef and recreational dive site in Bulbararing Bay, approximately 1.87 km offshore from Avoca Beach, NSW. The ex HMAS Adelaide is located near Terrigal, on the Central Coast. This was our third time diving with Jason & Sydney Dive charters and we're looking forward to many more. 10.00 Adelaide wreck, but we do need numbers for this dive. Looking forward to diving with them again. We had a great day diving out to the apartments and Coral gardens. I look forward to coming back for more dives with this professional, passionate and kind team. If you are keen wreck diver and wish to attain the WRECK DIVER Certification or working towards your Master Scuba Diver Certification, here is your opportunity to complete your training on one of Australia's newest Wreck Dive Sites - the Wreck of the HMAS Adelaide with Pro Dive Central Coast. Great day out & a diving experience with Jason. I look forward to diving with Jason and his team again soon. I will be back again 100%. ), Loads of free parking, easy access for your car to drop off your dive gear straight onto the wharf.). I learnt a heap from his advice and experience as well... he was also very caring and considerate... which I really appreciated . HMAS Newcastle, named for the city of Newcastle, New South Wales, the largest provincial city in Australia, was an Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). As the depth range varies from 15m to 37m, this dive is designed for advanced open water divers. Thanks mate . [citation needed] An information plaque with a diagram of the ship and information about its histo… Andrew, Had a great day diving with Kate. Highly recommended! As Sydney wreck dives go, it is one of the most famous and a relatively recent one at that! Thanks Jason and Kate. The NSW department tasked with environmental monitoring of the wreck was twice warned it faced possible criminal action for failing to comply with monitoring requirements. The ship was also used for training and visit to other countries during its long carrier. Sydney Dive Charters operates both recreational and technical dives to a large variety of dive sites, for all levels of qualifications and experience. Sydney Dive Charters can arrange this on your or your group’s behalf at time of booking. Great experience with a professional, friendly, and helpful dive team. Adelaide was originally scheduled to be paid off in November 2006, but delays with the project to upgrade four of Adelaide's sister ships required that she be kept in service for another fourteen months to minimise the impact on the fleet. HMAS Adelaide (FFG 01) was the lead ship of the Adelaide class of guided missile frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy, based on the United States Navy 's Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates. All Rights Reserved | Site by PixelFish, http://www.crownland.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/644702/Adelaide_PoM.pdf. The wreck is now covered by colourful hard and soft corals; an added bonus to feast your eyes on throughout this amazing Sydney wreck dive. Amazing diving trip with Jason and his crew! Once inside the wreck visibility will be good, irrespective of how it is outside the ship. Thank you Jason and Kate for an amazing diving experience. Sydney Dive Charters operates double boat dives to the Ex-HMAS Adelaide marine reserve. Dive the Old Adelaide with Sydney’s best scuba diving team. Well organized, we hired equipment, was good and thrustworty. Our journey to the wreck may feature humpback and southern right whales as they make their way north or south. It takes about 1h30 min to drive there from Sydney. At no stage was anyone rushed to get into the water. Over the last year we have been commonly seeing large numbers of big grey nurse sharks and several Australian fur seals on the wreck, this maybe due to the large number of pelagic fish which now call the wreck home. Very impressed. They took great care of me and all my gear was all top notch. The diving equipment was all new and state of the art, which made a world of difference, and the dives and visibility were spectacular. See you next time Jason ! *** The wreck itself was prepared for divers before she was scuttled so there are many cutouts in the hull so divers can enter and exit all areas with ease. Quick Facts about our Ex-HMAS Adelaide dive Ex-HMAS Adelaide the day of her scuttling off Avoca on 13 April 2011. Being over 138.1 metres long and 15 metres wide, this is a huge vessel- purposely scuttled as a … As such, divers must have completed an advanced dive certificate and it would be of benefit to have also completed a nitrox course. She was built in the United States of America and commissioned into the RAN in 1980. The HMAS Perth was build by the USA and was bought by Australia in 1963. It's the third Royal Australian Navy ship to bear this name - the first was a light cruiser in 1918, and the second was a frigate which served from 1980 to 2008. Quality rental gear and a capable crew. Highly recommended. J.C.D. Ex-HMAS Adelaide Dives - Double Boat Dive. Notable events involving Adelaide include: 9 Aug 1942 At 1200 hours, in position 38°06'N, 115°44'E, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. Excellent dive, Jason and kate are very professional and friendly. Highly recommend. Giant Cuttlefish are found on the wreck and scuba divers can see large clusters of white Cuttlefish eggs hanging from the upper superstructure. Great addition to the team with the Dive Master Matt that perfectly guided our dives today. The wheelhouse which houses the captain’s chair is a great spot for a keepsake photo as is the combat information centre (CIC). Location: Off Sydney’s Central Coast (Avoca Beach). Amazing experience! Great diving. Jason gave clear briefings, had a great boat set up that is perfect for diving, and provided top of the line hire gear. In addition the rental gear available from Jason is excellent quality. Sydney wreck diving doesn’t get much better than this! Enthousiast crew and good dive sites and diving. All overhead cabling etc on each internal deck level has been removed for diver safety. The Ex HMAS Hobart was a Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyer in the Royal Australian Navy, built in the USA and commissioned in Boston in 1965. Once at the wreck site marine park, we can expect huge schools of, The wreck’s bow points in an eastern direction, Part of the wreck’s superstructure has already broken off (large side sheet metal panel), The hull is steel, whilst the superstructure is made of aluminium, Divers will need to sign a waiver from Crown lands before they dive. He is always dedicated to the customers happiness and safety and always goes an extra mile to help out. The Australian navy guided missile frigate Ex-HMAS Adelaide was scuttled off Avoca on Sydney’s central coast on 11th April 2011 to create a dedicated wreck dive site and artificial reef for marine life. They delivered on everything they said. The wreck has a total length of 138m/452ft and can be penetrated from different sides. Jason and his dive boat are a 5-star AAA operation that won’t disappoint. The ex HMAS Hobart was a Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyer in the Royal Australia Navy (DDG 39), built in the United States of America and commissioned in 1965 in Boston. Such a good time diving with Sydney Dive Charters. Located approximately 1.8km off Avoca Beach near Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales, in 32 meters of water* this site has been prepared and optimally located to make it attractive to divers of all levels of experience. Diving this relatively new and well-preserved military shipwreck is a unique privilege. Ex-HMAS Adelaide the day of her scuttling off Avoca on 13 April 2011. We also offer this dive to technical certified divers so as they can do this dive in one long continuous dive of well over 70 minutes. Our journey to the wreck may feature humpback and southern right whales as they make their way north or south. His boat dive instructions are very clear and precise and helps every diver before entry and exit. Sydney was relieved by HMAS Adelaide on 13 December, and sailed to Cockatoo Island Dockyard in Sydney for a maintenance docking. Divers should expect to experience a bit of surge on the wreck, in particular, We operate our boat from Careel Bay Marina located in Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern beaches. Large numbers of schooling Kingfish and Yellowtail, will be encountered on  the wreck, because of the protection the structure of the wreck provides. I highly recommend these guys for a great dive experience in Sydney. The HMAS Adelaide is the largest naval warship to be sunk off the NSW coast. Adelaide was decommissioned on 19 January 2008 at HMAS Stirling, before she was towed to Sydney and given to the New South Wales Government, which planned to sink her as a dive wreck off the coast near Terrigal: the first military ship dive wreck in New South Wales. At 138.1 metres in length and over 15 metres wide- Four lower levels and three upper decks, this equates to a whole lot of ship to explore. On time, will organised, friendly and warm people. This technical type long dive can be done at the same time as other recreational advanced divers who will be doing two separate dives. Phone: 0417 417 295 Email: bookings@sydneydivecharters.com.au, © 2020 Sydney Dive Charters. *** There can be a strong surge found on the wreck at times so divers must be experienced. The ship was deployed in the Gulf War in 1990 and in East Timor in 1999. As Sydney wreck dives go, it is one of the most famous and a relatively recent one at that! J.B. de Meester, RNN) made rendes-vous with the Australian light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. The last ship of the class to be constructed, Newcastle entered service in 1993. Phone: 0417 417 295 Email: bookings@sydneydivecharters.com.au, © 2020 Sydney Dive Charters. The HMAS Adelaide was a long-range escort frigate with roles including air defence, anti- Jason, a true dive professional, has an enormous wealth of diving knowledge and runs the dives smoothly and safely. I will definitely be going out with him again. Strong surges may be encountered on this wreck, even in small seas, as the vessel was sunk side onto the prevailing waves. The HMAS Adelaide has three top deck levels and four below deck levels. I was considering going with another company, and was very happy I chose Sydney Dive Charters instead! The Ex–HMAS Adelaide is located in a marine reserve which is a no fishing zone. Thanks again Jason! Adelaide was decommissioned on 19 January 2008 at HMAS Stirling, before she was towed to Sydney and given to the New South Wales Government, which planned to sink her as a dive wreck off the coast near Terrigal: the first military ship dive wreck in New South Wales. Knowledgeable, professional and fun. I would highly recommend his service. Once at the wreck site marine park, we can expect huge schools of kingfish, tailor (bluefish) and yellowtail. Loads of free parking, easy access for your car to drop off your dive gear straight onto the wharf. 8.00 Sweep City 24m 10.00 Adelaide wreck if there is sufficient interest 12.30 2 Poles Reef 15m – 21m 2.30 Adelaide wreck Please call us at the … I will definitely go with them in my next dives in Sydney! After conversion to oil fuel she saw war service on the Australia Station, she then paid-off into reserve and was scrapped at Port Kembla in 1949. I’ve never seen such a well organised, clean and tidy boat which to me, means someone really knows what they’re doing, I’m in good knowledgeable, safe hands and they take pride in their work and I respect that. Depending on the conditions, expect visibility to range from 5m to 25m. The Adelaide is located off Avoca Beach, near Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast, about 1.5 hours north of Sydney. Thank you guys! 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