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Dive Review of Lebens Diving Services in
Australia/Bremer Bay

Lebens Diving Services, Mar, 2005,

by Peter Donahue, MA, USA . Report 1976.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 1 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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. But...

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.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, New England
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 67-67°F / 19-19°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None, except you can't dive alone.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales 1 or 2
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was none.
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