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Dive Review of Lebens Diving Services in
Australia/Bremer Bay

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Donahue, MA, USA
Report Number 1976
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, New England
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
67   to 67    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None, except you can't dive alone.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
There was none.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Lebens Diving Service in Bremer Bay is a six hour drive from Perth.  We
carried our own tanks and had them filled at his store in a water bath
(dangerous at best) and found out we would be charged double if we returned
with less than 30 bar IN OUR OWN TANKS!  This was for "my
protection" and was never adequately explained to me.  I was afraid I
was in for a long couple of days with a dictatorial dive master.  Australia
is a country where divers still dry dust caps with a blast of air from
their tanks...a dangerous and unsafe practice and bothersome to my ears. 

Craig took us in a Zodiac in search of leafy sea dragons - an exotic
creature that only lives in this part of the world.  Within five minutes,
on the first dive, he pointed out two.  A small school of weedy sea dragons
was nearby.  It was great!  I couldn't take pictures fast enough.

At this point in the dive, we all ended up going separate ways and each of
us returned on their own to the boat.  My dive buddy had been with Craig
previous to this and he really left us alone.  We dived our own profiles
and did whatever we wanted.  In fact, on the second dive, his ears acted up
and he never even came in with us.

One of his fishing buddies spotted a blue whale near where we were and we
hunted high and low, but never saw it.  But the excitement was palpable.  I
was so cold that Craig rented me his brand new dry suit for $10.  The deal
of a lifetime.  

The water was cold and not as clear out on the reefs he took us to.  But
there were so many small animals that it really didn't matter.  Diving was
$100 AUS for two single tank boat dives with weights.  Air fills were $8
and we brought our own weights.  There was no food served, but there was
fresh water on the boat.  

We dived the marine trail which was interesting and Craig sent us on our
own afternoon shore dives.  We found leafy sea dragons, weedy sea dragons,
and spent one dive in the harbor with a sea lion.  It was a long ride, but
well worth it.
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