Water Visibility & Diving Conditions for the Gold Coast
We aim to give reliable and honest information regarding water visibility during freediving courses and freediving training sessions and diving conditions on the Gold Coast – primarily of offshore diving conditions (#unfiltered #real&reliable). Offshore is where we specialise and develop you as an ocean freediver. Regrettably, we do get busy and don’t get time to update this section of the website as often as we’d like (volunteers, anyone?) Important to note: We run freediving courses regularly but we rarely run freediving courses in the Gold Coast Seaway (unless we’re desperate) as conditions are far, far more favourable to dive offshore – with less current, better dive window for you, little boat noise / traffic and far, far greater visibility and, generally, safer all round. As far as freediving courses are concerned, your real freediving action is happening offshore – poke about in the Gold Coast Seaway – but only if you have to (remember to take a good dive flag with you, hug it closely, and have a shore-based lookout to ward off the boat and jetski traffic). To get a good indication of predicted water temperatures please click on Gold Coast Monthly Sea Temperatures. On average, Gold Coast water temperatures reach a minimum of 19 degrees centigrade in July/August and a maximum of 27 degrees in February. For all dates below you can check out actual pictures of water and conditions on Facebook. We beleive the following descriptions below are the most comprehensive historical record of real water visibility and diving conditions off the Gold Coast.
27th September 2020 Water Visibility & Condtions
We were at the 37metre depth contour today and despite trhe windy condtions over the last few days we were blessed with almost no wind in the morning and certainly under 5 knots SW most of the morning. At midday when we returned it had increased to about 12 knots E. Water visibility was only about 10 metres and water temperature had decreased to about 20 degrees centiigrade though our boat depth sounder was reporting closer to 19 degrees. Seas were flat with a 0.5m swell. The highlight was the whales who came within 20 metres of our buoy and line. Even some dolphins came in close a bit later in the day.
14th September 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
We postponed from the Sunday to the Monday to take advantage of the better conditions and this was a good move (this is the advantage of having our own dive boat). A lovely day on the water with flat seas (officially 1.1m swell but it appeared much lower) and wind under 5 knots for most of the morning and only coming up a little by midday – perhaps 9 knots). We were blessed with a very comfortable 17m visibility and water temperatures are increasing to around 21 to 22 degrees centigrade depending on the depth.
30th August 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
The weather prediction looked good with 0.8m swell and with wind of 5 to 7 knots. For some reason it was rock and roll out there. Wind was 12 knots southerly when we first went out and swell was definitely greater. Once in the water it was ok with a nice 15 metres of visiblity and water temperature still around the 20 degrees centigrade mark. We had some deep divers on board (diving beyond 30 metres) and the vis was definitely much less around the 17m depth mark.
16th August 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
We were fortunte to get the best day for diving in the last week with flat seas (swells of 0.5m) and winds on average 7 to 10 knots. It became a little choppy later in the morning. We were diving at the 35m depth contour. Water visibility was about 10 metres. Water temperature was still about 21 degrees centigrade. We were blessed with blue skies and not a cloud in sight. Whale sounds underwater. A great day to be on the water.
9th August 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
A lovely sunny day with not a cloud in sight. However, a 7 to 11 knot westerly made the air temperature a little cool but water temperature was in the range of 20 to 21 degrees centigrade. Visibility was about 13 metres at the 33 metre depth contour but seemed to vary a little over the course of the morning. Swell was about 1 metre.
19th July 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
Beaufiful flat conditions with a gentle 5 to 10 knot south westerly thoughout the morning. Visibilitibility was 20 metres which was great with dives up 42m depth for the advbanced students. Water temperature 21 degrees centigrade.
12th July 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
We had an awesome 29m visibility at the 43m depth contour. Wind was low (most of the morning under 5 knots) with a swell of about 1.1m). Essentially flat conditions. Water temperature was 21 degrees centigrade.
21st June 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
Another awesome day out on the water at the 32m depth contour with 20 metres visibility, low wind (most of the morning under 5 knots northerly) and flat seas (swell was apparently 1.1m). Water temperature is still around 22 degrees centigrade. Check out Facebook for underwater shots of our divers completing their Ocean Freediver and Advanced Ocean Freediver courses.
14th June 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
We went out to the 30 metre depth contour for the Ocean Freediver course. We had a nice 17 metres visibility and 22 degrees centigrade water tempterature. Winds were southerly from 6 to 8 knots all morning. Swell was 1.3 metres.
31st May 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
Awesome diving conditions today with 28 metres plus visibility at the 47 metre depth contour. Wind was about a 6 knots southerly on the way out but dropped below 5 knots during the morning. This is also flatened the sea that was a little swelly early in the morning (predicted 0.9 m though seemed more on the way out). Water temperature remains at 22 degrees centigrade. The only downslide to the morning was the cloudy sky. Click on the picture below for an eye-witness video report on the visbility and conditions (picture taken at 20 metres depth looking up).
23rd May 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
This was probably one of the coldest days we have ever experienced diving on the Gold Coast. Air temperature was 14 degrees centigrade all morning and not helped by the cloudy conditions. Fortuantely, water temperature was warmer at 22 degrees centigrade (even all the way down to 30 metres depth) but the boat trip out and back was defintely cool because of the wind chill factor. We would recommend all students to wear a jacket of some sort in winter over their wetsuit for this trip out and back. Wind speed was on average 10 knots; visibility was unexpectedly “average” at 12 metres; and the sea a little lumpy with a slight swell of 1.1m..
8th May 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
Another awesome day of diving off the Gold Coast with 22 metres visibility, 24 degrees centigrade water temperature and flat seas (according to the BOM under 5 knots of southerly wind). I (Clinton Laurence) did a dive to 41.8 metres and it was still 24 degrees down at that depth. Similar conditions are expected on Saturday 9/5/20.
26th April 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
Another awesome day off the Gold Coast with about 20 metres visibility, winds under 5 knots all morning and flat seas (about 0.5m swells). Water temperature was about 24 degrees centigrade.
22nd April 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
We were blessed with very pleasant and flat sea conditions with winds uder 5 knot westerly all morning and 0.3m swells. We were diving at the 42 metre depth contour. Unfortuantely water vis had deteriorated to about 8 metres looking down vertically (with sun above us) and perhaps as bad as 3 metres at 20 metre depth. Water temperature is now decreasing with about 23 degrees centigrade on the surface and all the way down to 20 metres. See the Youtube video below to see actual surface conditions.
18th April 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
Today we had very good conditions with almost no wind by 10am and flat seas (0.6m swell). We did a bit of exploration today and wanted to see how long it took to get out to 50 metres of depth. This was 30 minutes from the Gold Coast Seaway. See Facebook for a video of this exploration. Interestingly the 40 metre depth contour is within 15 minutes of the Gold Coast Seaway making this very accessible for most of our diving. We did some diving at the 40 metre depth contour and was rewarded with 18 metres visibility and 26 degrees temperature on the surface and 25 degrees at 20 metre depth. Visibility would have been better except for a layer of particle matter some 10 to 15 metres down. Once past this layer the visibility cleared up again.
14th April 2020 Water Visbility & Conditions
Today we visitied the 120 year old wreck of the Scottish Prince some 800 metres offshore. We were hoping for good visibility close in. It was reasonable with just 10 metres of visibility. Vis was better closer to the bottom (12 metres depth). Surface water temperature close to 26 degrees still.
30th March 2020 Water Visibility & Conditions
Another awesome day on the water with 22 metres visibility, almost no wind (BOM stated a southerly under 5 knots with a 1.1 metre swell). We went out a bit deeper to the 47m depth contour and this partly helped the better visibility. Water temperature was from 26 to 27 degrees centigrade. We have a video on Youtube (below) and on Facebook of AIDA Instructor Cristy Gearon doing a very relaxed free immersion dive to 20 metres. This video shows off the great visibility for the day.
22nd March 2020 Water Visbility & Conditions
A great day of freediving at the 45 metre depth contour with our advanced freedivers. Visibility was about 18 metres in this deeper water and very good even all the way down to 34 metres. Water temperature remains at about 27 degrees centigrade. We had almost no wind (3 to 5 knots southerly) and flat seas with 0.7 metre swell. Just beautiful out on the water. In our opinion the best dive day this year.
21st March 2020 Water Visbility & Conditions
We had a full boat of freedivers at the 30 metre depth contour. Slightly windy when we went out with 11 knot NE but this dropped off to about 3 knots mid-morning making a great day of diving in the 1 metre swell – essentially flat seas. Water visibility was about 13 metres and water temperature 27 degrees centrigrade.
1st March 2020 Water Visbility & Conditions
Awesome visibility today with 20 metres from the top and it was still about 20m horizontal visibilty at 20 metres depth. We were at the 32m depth contour. Combined with at least 27 to 28 degrees water temperature at the surface and at 20 metres you couldn’t have asked for a much better underwater dive day. A bit choppy at the surface in the later part of the morning as SE winds increased from 5knots to 12 to 14 knots by 11am (with swells at 0.8 metre).
16th February 2020 Water Visbility & Conditions
From the 4th to the 14th February the Gold Coast Seaway recorded over half a metre of rain (actually 566mm of rain) which apparently was some kind of record. As a result of the run off from this rain we would not expecting good visibility. We think it was 4 to 5 metres out at the 33m depth contour. Perhaps a lot better than the Seaway which was just brown! Nevertheless the surface conditions were brilliant with almost flat seas (1.1 metre swell) and no wind at 7am but slowly picked up to 9 knots SE by 11am. Finally, the water temperature was a comfortable 27 degrees centigrade. Unless there is a lot more rain we expect March to May to be very good diving.
2nd February 2020 Water Visiblity and Conditions
Conditions are improving compared to a week ago with a good 10 metres visibility. Water temperature was about 25 degrees on the surface but about 23 degrees at 20 metre depth. Surface conditions similar to last week with a 7 knot north easterly wind most of the morning but picking up to about 10 to 11 knots by 11am. Swell was about 1 metre.
27th January 2020 Water Visiblity and Conditions
Back out after the big rains and seas of a week ago. We went out to the 42 metre depth contour. Today we had a pleasant 0 to 8 knot NE wind all morning with most of the morning almost no wind at all. Visbility was a poor 4 metres at the beginning of the morning but this improved to about 8 metres as the morning progressed. Water temperatures similarly started at 23 degrees but warmed up to 26 degrees by 11am. It seemed as if a warmer and cleaner water current came in mid-morning.
5th January 2020 Water Visiblity and Conditions
Our first Deep Dive Day for 2020 with relatively flat seas of 0.8m swell and winds northerly/north westerly from 7 knots to 14 knots by the time we finished. As a result seas were flatter for the early morning dive session. There was a drop off in wind mid-morning. We managed to just get 10 metres visibility (looking vertically down the dive line) with water temperatures about 24 degrees centigrade on the surface though there was a colder thermocline at around 8 metres and bit colder again by 16 metres. Full pics on Facebook.
22nd December 2019 Water Visiblity and Conditions
Visibility a pleasant 12 metres and 24 degrees centigrade water temperature. We were blessed with flat seas and low winds of around 5 knots most of the morning.
10th November 2019 Water Visiblity and Conditions
Another awesome day on the water. This was a “By Special Arrangement” Day (i.e., not listed on our website calendar) as conditions looked so great and we were not dissapointed. We went out to the 45m depth contour as seas were almost flat and no wind (under 5 knots until about 10am). We were drift diving so no current. By the end of the morning we were in about 39 metres of water. Visbibility was about 14 metres and sea temperative was 21 degrees centigrade at 38m depth and 22 degrees centigrade at the surface.
4th November 2019 Water Visiblity and Conditions
It was a bit of a lucky dip before going out this morning as winds of 14 knots were predicted so we went out at 6.30am instead of our usual 7am. Good move as winds were only 4 knots making seas relatively flat (see Facebook pics of this day) despite the 1.3 metre swell. Even when we came back in at 10.30am the winds had only crept up to a 11 knots north easterly. Water temperatre remains around 21 degrees centigrade and a visibility of 10 metres.
19th October 2019 Water Visiblity and Conditions
The great conditions are being maintained. We had around 16 metres visiblity at the 32 metre depth contour), no winds (certainly under 5 knots), and flat seas (0.7 metre swell). However, we read the weather forecast very well and changed our dive day from the Sunday to the Saturday. This is the advantage of having our own dive boat and not going out on a scuba boat. We have the flexibility to change our dive days to get the best dive conditions for the satisfaction of our customers. We would have had to cancel the Sunday because of the 20+ knot winds predicted.
6th October 2019 Water Visiblity and Conditions
We had the best conditions imaginable -17 metres water visibility, almost no wind and certainly uinder 5 knots (generally a SE direction) and flat seas (predicted swell was 0.7m) with 21 degrees water tempterature. On top of all that we have never seen so many whales and dolphins within 100 metres of the boat while anchored. We were diving in 43 metres of water and we must have been exactly in the middle of the whale highway as they were heading south. Perhaps 6 whales went past. A pod of dolphins came so close I saw one swimming just underneath us while on the buoy. Just an amazing morning.
22nd August 2019 Water Viiblity and Conditions
Back to 4 metres water visibility today. Luckily for us freedivers we spend more time looking inwards and exploring the self rather than outwards. We were fortunate to have only 6 knots of northerly wind when we went out at 7am and this dropped down to almost zero at 8.30am. While the swell was large at 1.4m or so the low wind kept the white tops away. Water might be warming up with 22 degrees centigrade at 20 metres depth.
14th August 2019 Water Visiblity and Conditions
I think we got to 8 to 9 metres visibility today. We went out further to the 40 to 46m depth contour and this might have helped with the slightly better visibility. The poor visibility was made up by the spectacular surface conditions – very sunny (25 degrees), slight wind of 7 to 10 knots, and almost flat seas with 0.6m. Water temperature has increased slightly to 20 degrees.
8th August 2019 Water Visiblity and Conditions
Well absolutely amazing visibility today – NOT. Sadly we only managed 6 metres visibility. This is the worst visibility all year. Not sure why. Positively there was absolutely not current. There was a mild chop as such with the on average 10 knot westerly winds. Water temperature still cold at around 19 degrees centigrade though all divers had 5mm wetsuits with complimentary vest/hood combo. Conditions can only improve from here.
4th August 2019 Water Visiblity and Conditions
Visibility about 17 metres today at the 43 metre depth contour. Awesomely blue sky with air temperature around 22 degrees and relatively flat seas (0.6 metre swell). Winds 5 to 10 knots. Water temperature was 21 degrees centigrade but perhaps slightly warmer at the surface.
16th June 2019 Water Visiblity and Conditions
Another great dive day with about 20 metres visibility and water temperature of 22 degrees at the surface and about 21 degrees at 23 metre depth. Wind was a nice 6 knots and flat seas with a swell of 0.5 metre.
9th June 2019 Water Visibility and Conditions
While we weren’t too sure of the conditions a few days earlier the weather forecast said a constant 10 knots of wind but it was about half of this for the first two hours. The wind increased to an 8 knots southerly by midday. Swell was 1 metre. Water temperature seemed a constant 22 degrees all the way down to about 35 metres depth. Visbility had decreased from our last dive trip to about 15 metres. This seemed a little unusual as the water seemed quite blue but there was a cloudiness to it that decreased the visbility.
26th May 2019 Water Visibility and Conditions
We are on a roll with another 22 to 25 metres visibility at the 43 metre depth for one of our Deep Dve Days. Water temperatures are holding up to the 24 degrees centtigrade and was pretty consistent throughout the depth ranges of 5 to 20 metres. On average wind speed was 7 knots with a 1 metre or so swell.
28th April 2019 Water Visibility and Conditions
Another awesome day of freediving. We were blessed with almost no wind (average 5 knots), relatively flat seas (1.1 metre swells), and no current. Water temperature was a constant and comfortable 26 degrees on the surface but 24 degrees at 30 metres depth. Water visibility was 20 metres plus but some particle matter reduced the visibility compared to Anzac Day diving.
25th April 2019 Water Visibility and Conditions
We were at the 38 metre depth contour for Assitant Instructor training. While swelly on the surface (1.5 metre swell) there was no current and an amazing 25 metres plus visibility. Wind was a constant 10 knots but it did not interfere with diving or preperation on the surface.
14th April 2019 Water Visibility and Conditions
We were a little unsure about diving today because of predicted weather conditions but we had two very keen Assistant Instructor students (Jack and Jono) urging us to go out so what the heck. We were glad we did as we were met with some 25 metres visibility. Water temperature was still around 26 degrees centigrade. It was choppy in the boat with SE winds from 7 knots at 7am but up to 14 knots at one stage with a 1.4 metre swell. Neertheless, the choppy conditions did not affect dive preperation on the surface and overall they were very comfortable diving conditions.
17th March 2019 Water Visibility and Conditions
Absolutely amazing conditions today with 22 metres visibility at the 36m depth contour. We knew we were in for a cracker of a morning when we took our lifejackets off just outside the Gold Coast Seaay. We could easily see the bottom in about 8 metres depth We were blessed with flat seas (Burea of Meteorology stated 0.8 metre swell), almost no wind (under 5 knots) and a very comfortable temperature of 26 degrees centigrade at all depths. All pics on Facebook.
10th March 2019 Water Visibility and Conditions
Our first day back out after Cyclone Oma. We headed out to our usual dive site at the 30 metres contour but had significant current. so after about 30 minutes of diving headed into shallower water of 22 metres depth. Here we had no current at all. Visibility was about 8 to 10 metres with a water temperature of 26 degrees centigrade.
26th January 2019 Water Visibility and Conditions
We manged to get out and celebrate Australia Day diving at the 32 metre contour. Water visibility was improving at about 12 metres from the surface though a bit hazy down at 30 metres. But the big plus was finally the warmer water conditions had arrived with 27 degrees on the surface and 25 degrees at 30 metres. Wind was a low 3 or 4 knots at 7am but picked up to about 11 knots by 11am. Overall, a great day of freediving with 7 freedivers in the water enjoying the summer conditons. Full pics on Facebook as usual.
20th January 2019 Water Visibility and Conditions
This was our Deep Dive Day for advanced freedivers. We were diving from 40 to 45 metre depths. Water and visibility conditions had been atrocious with an influx of blue bottles some two weeks earlier. Luckily conditions had improved with a minimum of 7 to possibly 10 metres visibility and no blue bottles to be seen or more importantly felt! The water temperature was still surprisingly cold with 23/24 degrees on the surface but 21 degress down at 45 metres. This was compensated by the flat seas and almost no wind.
1st December 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
We have missed the last few diving reports. Apologies for this. Today we went out early at 7am to make the most of the calmer conditions. Wind was perhaps about 10 knots at this time but dropped down to 5 to 6 knots mid-morning before increasing again by 11am but we were dived out by then. Visibility was around the 10 to 12 metre mark with some particle matter. Water surprisingly cold for the beginning of December with about 23 degrees centigrade at 20 metres depth.(in fact last week we had an unseasonal 19 degrees at the 20 to 30 metre depth mark). Fortunately warm on the surface with 30 degree air temperatures, blue sky, and gentle swell. Some dolphins swam by some 15 metres away too. Pics as usual on Facebook.
28th October 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
Another great dive day. We got out early at 7am to avoid the anticipated increase in winds (which was 30 knots by 6pm) and we were rewarded with 20 metres visibility. Divers reported the visibility dropped off dramatically at the 20 metre mark but this was only a minor concern to the two 30 metre depth divers. There was also a thermocline at about the 15 metre depth with possibly a 3 degree drop in water temperature. Nevertheless, my dive watch was reporting 23 degrees centigrade at 24 metres depth and 24 degrees centigrade at about 5 metres. Slightly choppy at about 8am but the wind dropped off completely by 10am giving us flat seas again.
21st October 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
After some two weeks of wild weather and rain including 4 metre swells the previous Sunday it was good to get out but we weren’t too sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised with almost no wind which tended to flatten the predicted 1.2 metre swell. From our perspective the seas were flat. There was no current which made diving from the buoy a pleasure. The million dollar question what was the visibility like? It was pretty good depending on what depth you were diving to. From the surface looking down the line we perhaps had 8 metres of visibility but once under the 5 metre top layer we had vis almost all the way to 20 metres. The two divers who dived to 30 metres reported that it dropped dramatically after that with maybe only 3 to 4 metres vis. The water is getting nice and warm with 23 degrees centigrade. Back to our 3mm open cell wetsuits. Full pics on Facebook as usual.
Diving Conditions Gold Coast Saturday 18th August 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
Conditions report. Well, we went out on the Saturday to avoid to winds that were predicted to come up on the Sunday. At 8:30am the offshore visibility was at 15m but slowly declined by midday and a slight chop forming on the surface. Slight current at the 32m depth point but nothing concerning. Sunny skies all day with a water temp (so the dive watch said at 20m) of 19 degrees.
Best Diving Conditions Gold Coast 5th August 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
Conditions today were great. A full boat – dolphins are getting used to our divers and their curiosity is bringing them over more regularly and they seem to be comfortable just hanging around. 16m+ vis. 19-20 degrees water temp. Calm, calm, calm seas. Mirror like. No wind. Loggerheads around and a few mantas jumping out of the water. Busy floats. Plenty of sunshine and … an Ex Australian Freediving Champion on board – Ben Noble. How do you like that? The Gold Coast’s standard conditions are living up to their usual wonderful winter conditions.
22nd July 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
Perhaps not the best day for freediving from a boat with 11 to 13 knot winds and one metre swells which for some reason made it a bit jiggly out there and not the best for those prone to sea sickness. Vis was about 13 to 15 metres with water temperatures still at 21 degrees centigrade (which was excellent given some of the recent overnight air temperatures getting down below 10 degrees on the Gold Coast). This was a depth diving day and given that we were diving up to 40 metres in depth we were further out from the coast than usual perhaps exposing us to rougher conditions.
1st July 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
Another awesome day freediving with at least 22 metres water visibility, 0.9m swell and very flat/no wind when we first arrived at about 8.30am though the wind picked up to about 8 knots by midday. Water temperatures slowly dropping to about 21 degrees centigrade which was not helped by the cloudy day. A big plus was the total absence of current which was perfect for freediving on a buoy and line at the 33m depth contour. All pictures on Facebook.
17th June 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
We had a great 20 metre visibility, 22 degrees water temperature, 0.6 metre swell and an on average 8 knot westerly wind. All great conditions for freediving.
20th May 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
Very pleasant conditions offshore with maximum south westerly winds of 8 knots and half metre swells resulting in almost flat seas. Water visibility varied from 12 metres when we first arrived to about 16 metres later in the morning (and towards the top of the tide). Water temperature was 23 degrees centigrade. Still comfortable diving in our 3mm open cell wetsuits. The surprise of the morning was a visit by a pod of dolphins which swam by to check us out at several metres below the surface.
6th May 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
Conditions were blown away offshore with 20 knot plus winds so we headed inshore to the Blue Lagoon. While the water was colder at 23 degrees centigrade, there was no current or wind, and we still had a good 7 metres visibility to finish our course. This photo was taken just below the surface but gives a good indication of visibility.
25th April 2018 Anzac Day Water Visibility and Conditions
Conditions were awesome to say the least with the best diving conditions of the year with 25 metres plus visibility, no wind and sea temperatures around the 25 degrees centigrade mark. Video of surface conditions and dive photos are on our Facebook page. The improvement in conditions becomes apparent when you look at the pictures from our last dive report.
16th April 2018 Water Visibility and Conditions
Well finally a break in the seas and we went out to be met with almost flat seas and no wind. It was flat as a millpond on the surface. Visibility was only about 5 metres at the surface looking down from the buoy but some 15 metres visibility once beyond the 5 metre layer of poor vis. Water temperature was about 24 degrees centigrade. Check out Facebook where we have a video of the surface conditions.
18th March 2018 Water Visibility & Conditions
Probably the best day for going out in the ocean since our last time out on the 4th (though should be good for tomorrow too). The Gold Coast has been feeling the effects of a cyclone some 1500 kms away for the past two weeks. The water was a nice 27 degrees according to my dive watch, winds under 10 knots, and a jiggling one metre swell. Visibility was a nice even 10 metres throughout but some particle matter stopped further visibility (from the cyclone seas stirring things up). We were a bit closer to shore diving on the 25 metre depth contour.
4th March 2018 Water Visibility & Conditions
Conditions were much better this weekend compared to last weekend. While a little choppy when we first got out around 8am and some current this settled right down to flat seas and only a slight current at the surface and no current past the 5 metre depth. In fact, water visibility was about 10 metres from the surface looking down but when we got past the 5 metre layer the water was really blue to about 15 metres visibility. Depending on rain levels over the next week or two we would like to think this top “dirty: layer will disappear.
25th February 2018 Water Visibility & Conditions
We were very fortunate in being able to get out on this Sunday despite the previous two weeks of big seas and rain. We had relatively flat seas (1.1 metre swells), manageable winds, mostly sunny, little current in the water, and comfortable water temperatures around 26 degrees. The only downside was water visibility of around 6 to 7 metres. Nevertheless, a big effort by some freedivers including Damian Papworth completing his Advanced Ocean Freediver (AIDA 3 Advanced Freeediver certification) with a number of dives around the 30m depth.
18th February 2018 Water Visibility & Conditions
With swells of 2.5 metres today no boats were going outside (except submarines) so our course was conducted around Wave Break Island. Unfortunately, there was a very strong current exacerbated by the surges at the entrance to the seaway. In fact, high tide was 10am but there was a only a small window of no current around 11am. Water visibility was also poor with at best 3 metres looking down (with the sun behind me). Far from ideal conditions for a freediving course and which is why we prefer to head offshore whenever possible. Despite the seaway being popular with scuba divers, the best freediving is clearly offshore.
21st January 2018 Water Visibility & Conditions
Water visibility was about 10 metres today which was slightly unusual as no particle matter and very good until about 10 metres but then just dropped off. Because of the somewhat lumpy seas caused by the 13 to 15 knot winds we only went out to the 26 metre depth contour – some 3 kilometres out to sea. Nevertheless very pleasant diving conditions with no current and quite comfortable on the buoy with a 26 degrees water temperature on the surface. Jamie McCulley was very happy with his 25.5m constant weight dive.
23rd December 2017 Water Visibility & Conditions
Today was our last AIDA 2 Ocean Fun Day for 2017 and we were fortunate to be blessed with calm seas (apparently 0.5m swells) and almost no wind at 8am though it picked up towards lunchtime. As you can see flat as a pancake at about 8am when this picture taken. Visibility was about 10 metres though improved with less particle matter around the top of the tide (11am).
Flat as a pancake at 8am on 23/12/17
15th December 2017 Water Visibility
Friday freediving was in full swing this morning with 16 metres water visibility and a more comfortable 25 degrees centigrade water temperature. Diving conditions were very pleasant earlier in the morning but winds started coming up towards the end of the diving. Fortunately, we got out early to take advantage of this window for diving. We expect similar conditions for diving tomorrow.
4th December 2017
Finally weather and ocean conditions appear to be improving and we expect largely sunny days, and flatter seas by the coming weekend for our Ocean Freediver course on Saturday 9/12/17 and Sunday 10/12/17.
26th November 2017 Ocean Freediving Course
Ocean conditions have been poor for freediving since the 18th of November with unseasonal large easterly swells and these are predicted to continue for at least one more week with easterly swells of 1.5 metre plus. In fact, the swell could build up to 2 metres by Sunday 3rd of December. But it seems this is a great time for surfing with waves of 1.5m off popular Gold Coast beaches. We hope to get back on track with regular ocean freediving by the weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th of December. Nevertheless all our courses are continuing as per normal. If for some reason you have enrolled in a freediving course which includes the the best part of freediving – fun ocean diving, then we will make this available to you as soon as weather conditions improve for ocean freediving.
17th November 2017 Ocean Freediving Course (Friday ocean day)
Rougher conditions expected for the weekend so we gave our students the option of ocean diving on the Friday. Only 2 nautical miles offshore we had warmer waters with 24 degrees water temp and 16m plus visibility. It’s the end of whale season but we saw three hanging about the surface while they were heading south. Sunday ocean diving was cancelled – unfortunately – as it was well chopped out with all white caps so Friday was definitely THE day. Well done to the ‘Big B’ for his personal bests on the float.
29th October 2017 Ocean Freediving Course and Freediving Training Sessions
We were 3 nautical miles offshore. Despite rains during the week and northerly winds, we had lovely 16+ meters visibility. Whales were still hanging around as they continue to head south. High tide at 1230. Winds came up, as predicted so nice to start the day early. Water temp was a fresh 22.9 reading on the sounder but Clint’s watch was registering 24 degrees on the surface. Well, the sun was out shedding plenty of warmth. Best place on the Gold Coast to be, as always. Quiet out there. Just a pack of freedivers exploring the depths and listening to the whales singing out the last of their season. Zip current until 1130. (When we say ‘no current’ people always seem surprised. That’s right – we mostly have no current – the Gold Coast coastline is almost, essentially, a ‘bay’ – we aren’t the furthest eastern coastal area in Australia so we have plenty of ocean to be in without us being in the EAC (East Oz Current).
27th August 2017 Ocean Freediving Course and Freediving Training Sessions
North westerly winds changed the visibility to 10m plus+ on the Sunday. The westerlies flattened out swell. Some chop on the seas 2 nautical miles offshore but nothing to distract from the quality diving and breathups. No whales sighted but they, as usual, were heard loud and clear on the line. Water temperature was 1 degree warmer at 20.4 degrees.
13th August 2017 Ocean Freediving Course and Freediving Training Sessions
Visibility offshore is phenomenal at 25m + plus. Water temperature was 19.4 degress Celcius. No current. Smooth seas. Light chop later in the day. Perfect training conditions. Perfect conditions for beginner freedivers and advanced training freedivers. Two whales sighted and a pod of dolphins but the highlight was the magnificent blue water and visibility. It was peaceful out there and totally conducive to a peaceful freediving mindset.
6th August 2017
Perfect conditions today. 18m+ visibility at the 40m contour. A couple of whales passed by us (when we were on the boat). Flat seas for the whole morning. Water temp was a fresh 19 degrees Celcius.
30th July 2017
Lovely dive conditions on the weekend for the AIDA 2 Ocean Freediver Course and open water sessions for certified freedivers. Plenty of winter sun, 15m + plus visibility and a curious dolphin popped on over. Here we all were – 2nm offshore on a perfect Gold Coast Sunday day. Congratulations to Andre, from Brazil, for his 3mins 40sec breath hold during the AIDA 2 pool session and 20m depth dives. Thank you everybody for joining us on the Sunday and enjoying the Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, offshore. No whales seen Sunday, but our divers assure us they were sung to at depth.
16th July 2017 Ocean Freediving Course & Freediving Training Sessions
Mmm no whales sighted today. Dredging happening close to the coastline and, perhaps, impacting on visibility today. Current at the 35m contour. Visibility was about 10m. Closer in, no current but the visibility was less than 10m. Water temperature was 21 degrees Celcius. Storms were predicted to happen during the morning or afternoon – but our morning opened up to rays of sunshine and we had the winter sun on our backs all day which was … bloody lovely. Rare sighting of a seabird from east Asia – the black tailed gull. Yes, the divers on float 2 had a very close inspection. It happily placed itself on the float. That was unexpected. But, then again, I don’t think it was expecting us out there floating around either. So we kind of just studied each other. The experience, like most of them in freediving, was… unique.
9th July 2017 Freediving Training
Very pleasant conditions in the water and on board today due to little breeze. We did dive in an outgoing tide but, even still, visibility was fairly poor at less than 10m at the 42m contour – even less so much closer in (less than 5m on a 20m contour). Little breeze on the water so just winter sun, sun, sun. Dolphins and whales – a plenty. Green turtle sighting. Hammerhead passed on through. Well, such is the sea when it’s little over 0.5m and you can see for miles. Still 22 degrees water temperature outside which is warmer than inside for divers who dive the Seaway. You’ll notice… it’s always warmer outside. About 115 boats counted – simply whale watching and doing the usual Sunday outing but we kept clear of the crowds. This always makes for pleasant diving.
8th July 2017 Freediving Training
Saturday…our on board lookout counted 30 whales moving north so things were pretty noisy under the water. Visibility at the 42m was 12m plus and then at the 20m it cleared up to see the bottom. Diving outside on a low tide. Cool breeze on board so it was warmer to stay in the water. Very comfortable breath ups in water. Just stillness on the ocean. 22 degrees. Expecting no winds tomorrow and less sea state. Seas were under 1m.
2nd July 2017 Ocean Freediving Course
Freediving courses weekend dive report? Water visibility’s cleaning up 2 nautical miles offshore after the rains with a 12 metres plus+. Water temperature was a fresh 22 degrees and was warmer in the water than out. Blue, blue skies. Zero current at the 30m contour made for some very pleasant diving. Rug up in your winter warmers with a steamer under your 5mm scuba suit, if you only have a scuba suit. For males, 3.5mm Cressi Apnea suits are handling the cooler waters at the moment with only a lava core vest underneath.
28th May 2017 Ocean Freediving Course
Condition’s report? 20 metres plus+ for visibility and sun, sun and more sunshine for this Ocean Freediving Course (AIDA 2 Level). We were 2 nautical miles offshore on the Gold Coast on this fine Sunday. Zero current and unaffected by tides (neap) made for some very easy conditions and some lengthy dive sessions. Complimentary 5mm hoods for our divers are making for toasty winter warmers – albeit, only 2 of our students felt the need to wear them (water temp 22 degrees celcius). Whale watching boats were out for sight seeing but no whales that we could hear and if they were around we always know about it. The deeper we go, the louder their song. Well, no singing today from whales but everything else was worth singing about.
14th May 2017 Freediving Course
Today was cloudy all day with intermittent rain. Nevertheless we had 12 metres water visibility some 2 kilometres offshore at the 20 metre depth contour. No current so a very long and nice window to do skills – no rushing. We also did some diving off Wavebreak Island at the top of the tide to finish off skills (swell did pick up outside). It was surprisingly good for this overcast day to finish off at Wavebreak Island and after recent rains with about 7 metres water visibility (Wavebreak Island). Water temperatures were around 22 degrees centigrade. Fortunately, we are offering 5mm hoods as a special throughout winter and all our freedivers were toasty warm in their 5mm wetsuits and 5mm hoods. Don’t let a bit of overcast weather put you off ocean diving or a freediving course – there’s a stillness that comes with rainy days on the water – boat traffic stays away, allowing for peaceful dives at Wavebreak and, well, offshore diving is generally always peaceful – more like mid-week traffic – but less boats on the water is always synonymous with wildlife visits and a calmer, quieter environment all round.
30th April 2017 & 1st May 2017 Freediving Courses
We have had awesome water visibility over this long weekend running two courses: Ocean
Freediving Course and the Advanced Ocean Freediving Course. On the 30/4/17 in about 30 metres of water we had 15 metres plus water visibility. On the 1/5/17 we went further out (6 to 7 kilometres) in 40 metres depth of water. I think we were close to 24 metres visibility. The picture of the two freedivers at the yellow float shown here was taken over 5 metres away and gives a good indication of the great water visibility and clarity for freediving in winter on the Gold Coast when you go well offshore in our dedicated freediving boat. The 1st May was better as the wind had dropped and there was literally no current so perfect conditions for advanced diving. Water temperature is now closer to 23 degrees centigrade requiring a good 5mm scuba wetsuit or a good 3mm freediving wetsuit with a hood.
16th April 2017 & 17th April 2017 Freediving Training Camp
We dived over the Easter weekend and water visibility is recovering from Cyclone Debbie. We were getting approximately 13 metres visibility and 24 degrees centigrade water temperatures. However, at depths of 35 metres the visibility had decreased to about 5 metres due to settlement of particles in the water. At that depth, who cares? Freefalling into oblivion from well before this depth and just enjoying the ride.
5th March 2017 Freediving Courses
Conditions today were in excess of 15 metres visibility 2 nautical miles off the Gold Coast. We had a group of AIDA 2 and AIDA 3 Star students
and these conditions were ideal in helping them achieve personal bests. As usual the dive report in the Gold Coast Bulletin the day before suggested 10 metres visibility. Perhaps. But we seek out the best visibility for our students and have a choice of locations off the Gold Coast where currents are minimal. Some photos from the day are on Facebook Freediving Gold Coast. Thanks to our boat captain Cristy in getting the conditions right for learning to freedive. Very sweet conditions. This is the Gold Coast.
29th January 2017 Freediving Courses
We had close to the best conditions possible for our Open Water Freediver Course today (see picture of 7 freedivers on the two floats). Surface temperature was 26.7 degrees Celsius. We had in excess of 16 metres visibility looking down from the float. Visibility and water temperature decreased at the 20 metre mark. There was little wind with a swell of 0.8 metres – essentially flat as the picture shows. A full dive report and pictures are on our Facebook Page for Freediving Gold Coast.
13th January 2017 Freediving Course
Conditions off the Gold Coast have been unpredictable lately with strong northerly winds and swells . On our last Open Water Freediver course on the 13/1/17 we had very flat seas and little wind but water visibility was limited to about 5 metres. Checkout out our Freediving Gold Coast Facebook video of the freediving conditions of the day. We suspect freediving conditions in the Seaway and at the Pipe are very poor especially given recent rains adding to very short dive times with a rip-roaring