We aim to provide certified divers with a unique adventure trip to the historic S.S.Yongala wreck, so bring your sense of adventure, passion to explore and eagerness to learn about the tragic history while you witness marine life matched by few other places on the face of this planet.
The ‘Yongala Dive experience’ takes you by 4WD transfer to the beach launch followed by a fast 30 minute boat trip, amazing diving with small groups, experienced dive staff and the day finished off with an Aussie BBQ !
From your arrival at the Dive Centre our friendly staff will assist you through your paperwork, equipment briefing and provide a thorough Dive Brief . Check out our Yongala Day Video to view our unique ‘Yongala Dive Experience.
7:30am – Check in at Dive Shop
Paperwork, Payments, dive gear
8:10am – Dive Briefing
8:30am – 4WD to beach for launch
Fast 30 min ride to Yongala (launch sometimes via tractor)
9:45 am – S.S.Yongala Wreck
2 dives – no restrictions on dive times – enjoy !!
I hour surface interval – yummy snacks, fruit, cordial/water (hot drinks/soups in winter)
2:00pm Return to Dive Centre for BBQ lunch
Showers, logbooks, dive training paperwork, Photo Slideshow (purchase photo’s, t-shirts, merchandise)
3:00pm – All over – transfers to Ayr (for 3:25 pm bus)
NB: Schedule is a guide only, times may change due to weather, tides, number of trips per day. Schedule commences 30 mins earlier on 2 trip days.
The Yongala wreck is as an intermediate dive site, it can be subject to changing conditions i.e. wave height and currents, therefore we need to ensure our divers are comfortable in the water
|This dive is for certified divers only||Minimum Open Water certification|
|Minimum of 6 logged dives|
|Divers with less than 20 dives will be accompanied by a PADI Dive Instructor|
|Any inexperienced divers who have not dived in the last 6 months must take a refresher prior to diving the yongala (due to the depth and conditions)|
|OW divers||Must complete deep dive training during the 1st dive if not previously completed (extra cost applies)|
|Will be accompanied by a PADI Dive Instructor|
|Accredit the deep dive training towards the advanced open water course by purchasing the manual and completing the PADI ‘Deep’ Adventure dive theory with the Instructor|
|Advanced divers and higher||Will be provided with one of our experienced guides at no extra cost|
|Experienced divers may be able to dive with their buddy after an orientation dive|
The wreck is located in open ocean with no protection from the reef. surface conditions can sometimes be choppy and moderate currents may be experienced. It is advised to take seasickness medication before departure as we are unable to provide refunds due to seasickness.
Lookout for the whales during June to Sept and manta rays from June to December
|Winter (June-Sept)||Summer (Dec- Mar)|
|Air temperature (almost constant sunshine with highest rainfall between January and February||Day temp – approx. 25°C||Day temp – up to 35°C|
|Evenings - down to 14°C||Evenings - approx. 25°C|
|Humidity||Approx. 70%||Approx. 70 – 90%|
|Warm tropical water temperatures allow diving all year around.||22 - 25°C||26 - 31°C|
|Check-in||Passengers MUST call the Dive Shop between 4 – 5pm the day prior to their trip to confirm departure time/details|
|Certification Cards||MUST be shown prior to diving, Please contact us PRIOR TO ARRIVAL if you do not have these to hand (a $10 fee may be charged to perform dive checks on the day of the dive due to time constraints)|
|No refunds will be made if we are unable to find your certification and you do not have your dive card|
|Paperwork||ALL Divers must complete a Liability and waiver Form, divers undertaking dive training must also complete a Medical Statement. Medical conditions which may prevent you from diving (inc. prescription medication) or any ‘YES’ answers on this statement MUST be discussed with our staff prior to booking, no refunds will be given on the day if you are unable to dive.|
|Pick-up’s from Ayr||Free pick-up’s are available from Ayr Bus Stop at 12:55 and 3:25pm|
|Pick-up’s on the morning of your dive will incur a $10 fee.|
|These MUST be booked 24 hours in advance, we are 16 km’s from Ayr and do not meet every bus|
|If the boat is delayed for any reason we cannot guarantee you will meet your bus connection in Ayr|