Not familiar with our local area, or don't have a buddy available and really want to get in the water for a dive? Then let The Scuba Doctor organise to have your own Dive Professional in the water with you guiding you around a local shore dive site and making sure you are safe in the waters of an unfamiliar area.
A professional guide will acquaint you with one of our local shore dives (e.g. Blairgowrie Pier or Rye Pier) so that you feel more comfortable in the local underwater environment after your dive.
A guided dive is for divers of all levels, designed to assist you with applying what you already know about Scuba Diving and apply this to the local environment via a fun, relaxed dive.
Our Discover Local Diving Experience includes a Dive Professional supervised dive in an area (normally a local pier) on the Mornington Peninsula.
You can meet some of the rarest local marine life on our great local shore dives. You can see Weedy Seadragons, Seahorses, Stingrays, Giant Spider Crabs and much more. Popular favourite shore dive sites include:
For information about other local pier dive sites, please see our Melbourne Pier Dives web page.
For our Melbourne guided dive prices and booking details, please see Discover Local Diving Experience.
We will run with only one diver booking for just one guided dive, but we will accept up to four (4) people for a guided dive, and do up to three guided dives for the day. The third dive must be on the same day and at the same dive site as the second dive booking.
Melbourne is a world class temperate water scuba diving destination. Water temperatures typically peak in the range 16°C to 20°C (61°F to 68°F) on around the middle of February. They are at their coldest on about the middle of August, in the range 10°C to 14°C (50°F to 57°F). Most local divers use a 7 mm full-length wetsuit in summer, adding a hood and gloves plus extra layers of warmth underneath their wetsuit in winter. Some local divers switch to using a drysuit in winter. While the water is colder in winter, the visibility is typically better, which is why so many people dive in Victoria all year round.
Guided shore dives start and finish at our dive shop in Rye, Victoria — see Visit Our Rye Store. You will need your own transport: for getting to the dive shop; from the dive shop to the dive site; back from the dive site to the dive shop; and home from the dive shop. You won't be able to use public transport for this, and we can't pick you up or transport you.
If you're travelling from interstate or overseas and don't have your own means of transportation, we recommend you hire an appropriately sized car for the day. Allow at least two hours for getting from the Melbourne CBD to the dive shop in Rye.
The price for Guided Dives DOES NOT include scuba hire gear. That's extra.
If you don't have all of the scuba equipment you need for a guided or unguided boat or shore dive, then please take a look at our range of Hire Equipment. We have available for rental:
Please note: We can provide hire masks, snorkels & full foot fins. Unfortunately, for health & hygiene reasons, we typically do not hire dive boots, gloves, or hoods. We would however love to provide you with our expert services in fitting you out with any of these items to ensure you get best fit possible..
The Scuba Doctor is committed to diver safety and safe diving practices, at all times. When visiting our local dive sites and diving in temperate waters, diver safety is critical. As well as our professional dive crew providing detailed dive briefings, a Divemaster or Instructor will be in the water with with you on every dive, and insisting you stay close to them at all times.
Our Divemasters and Instructors take a comprehensive First Aid Kit to all shore dive sites. They are also equipped with an Emergency Oxygen Kit.
These safety kits meet the requirements of commercial divers, researchers, film crews etc. who require them to be available while undertaking diving activities.
In many parts of the diving world most dives are conducted with a local dive guide leading the way. In Melbourne the diving culture is more independently minded, and most dives are done without dive guides.
Thus, divers who are more comfortable diving with a guide who are new to Melbourne, or visiting from interstate or overseas, often struggle to be able to find a local dive guide. Via our Dive Resources web pages we endeavour to provide you with information about local dive sites, such that you and your dive buddy might feel okay about undertaking some of the local dives without a dive guide.
See our Facebook for Melbourne Divers web page, which provides a list of Facebook Resources for Melbourne Dive Sites. You can use these to obtain more information about local dive sites and up-to-date condition reports. You might also use them to hook up with local divers who, if you ask very nicely, just might let you join them on a local dive.
Please Note: We strongly recommend that unguided divers have recent experience of diving in temperate (aka cold) waters. If you've only dived in warm, benign tropical waters in nothing but shorts and a T-shirt, adapting to cold water diving in a 7 mm wetsuit is quite an adjustment.
When booking onto a boat dive in most parts of the world, you might expect a dive guide to be provided. But that's not so here in Melbourne. Our local dive boat charter operators are usually catering for our more independently minded local divers. So if you want to have a dive guide, you're going to need to ask for one when you book your boat dive, and pay extra if one is available. We suggest booking as far in advance as possible, so the dive boat operator has ample opportunity to organise a dive guide for you.
For those visiting us from overseas and interstate, we've put together some help. Please see FAQs About Melbourne Diving.
What is this litres, metres and bar stuff?
In Australia we dive using the metric system of measurements (i.e. litres, metres and bar), not the imperial system (i.e. cu ft, feet and psi) which is what most Americans use. If you normally dive using the imperial system, you might like to check out our Litres, Metres and Bar web page for some more information about the differences. It could save your life!