I am surprised that there are not more reviews for Dive Forster on Trip Advisor! I booked a double boat dive for myself, partner and his brother for Easter Saturday to Seal Rocks.
* Dive shop is easy to locate with plenty of off street parking nearby
* Rental equipment appeared to be of good quality and well maintained. Mid range BC's, regs and computers. BC's were mostly weight integrated from what i could see (i have my own gear, partner hired though)
* Plenty of steel tanks available for hire
* Diving was fantastic. First dive at Big Rock with the Grey Nurses was amazing. We saw at least 20 sharks, up to three metres, in very close proximity. Informed that there are approx. 200 in this area
* Plenty of time to relax and observe the aquatic life. Didn't feel rushed to move on quickly
* Having never dived with Grey Nurses before, our DM Gary made us feel comfortable and confident
* Diving experience will depend upon a number of factors but weather was ideal, water was warm, visibility was great (15 metres plus), little surgey though on second dive
* Maximum depth approx. 25 metres. Good for all divers. No need for AOW
* DM was very safety conscious and knew where all group members were at all times
* Boat skipper Gabs was great. Really knew what she was doing (according to partner who is a skipper also, i know very little)
* Good wash area at dive shop
* We were not told that we needed to drive to Seal Rocks ourselves when we booked
* Decent wait for boat to arrive from Forster to Seal Rocks
* There are no food facilities on board. Tea and coffee is provided in between dives and basic biscuits. For the price, something more substantial would be appreciated given the amount of time you are out on the water (e.g fruit platter)
* Boat felt small for the number of divers and amount of equipment on board. Felt a bit chaotic at times and not a lot of space to gear up and load weights etc
* No formal introduction or welcome by crew that i can remember
* Book early, especially if it is for diving on a long weekend as it books out early
* If you are prone to sea sickness, take something before you get on board. It can get quite rough and numerous divers were vomiting on our trip
* Eat a good breakfast in the morning and bring a light snack to eat before you get on the boat at Seal Rocks whilst you are waiting for it to arrive
* Bring a camera if you have one. You'll be kicking yourself if you don't!
Would i recommend Diver Forster to fellow divers? Yes, and i'll be back with my brother and his partner next time. Diving with the Grey Nurse Sharks at Seal Rocks is not a dive you could get sick of at all.
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