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Streamlining is the name of the game for recreational, technical and commercial divers. Here, you'll find all the hardware needed to mount and stow all of your gear in a clean, efficient manner. From stage bottles, to reels, to backup lights, and whatever else you might need to rig.

Need some help figuring out how to rig your gear? Give our staff a call or drop us an email.

We sell premium high-quality heavy-duty (316-series) stainless steel hardware specifically for use in marine diving applications. We stock only the designs and sizes listed. We reserve the right to limit order quantities because our supply is appropriate for the demands of individual divers, but not bulk orders. Large volume bulk orders will not qualify for free shipping.

Technical Tip

Stainless does not mean Stainproof

A common misconception among divers is that stainless steel does not corrode at all. There are various types of stainless steel, each with different corrosion properties, that make a specific grade more or less suited to a particular application. Because there is no perfect stainless steel, the selection of the grade is often a compromise between corrosion resistance and malleability. Stainless grades selected because they hold a sharp cutting edge will corrode relatively fast compared to other grades. The most corrosion resistant grades are not usually a good choice for bolt snaps and hand tools because depending on the use application they may not offer the best wear resistance or may be too brittle.

Stainless does not mean Stainproof and all diving products made of stainless steel must receive some basic care to help minimize corrosion. Rinse any stainless steel components in dive equipment with fresh water after diving or when otherwise in contact with salt water, allow them to dry and do not store them in damp or moist environments. Make sure any storage sheath or pouch is also rinsed and allowed to dry before returning the stainless item to the pouch. When rinsing bolt snaps, be sure to work the bolt action several times to eject any saltwater trapped in the slider and spring mechanism. In particular, avoid storing stainless steel near or in contact with other metals having strongly dissimilar electropotentials, especially aluminium, such that moisture can induce galvanic corrosion. In cases of galvanic corrosion where the stainless item is in close proximity to some types of metals, rust or other colour stains will electrolytically transfer to the surface of the stainless item.

An invisible film forms on the surface of stainless steel when it's in contact with oxygen. This allows it to withstand damage from corrosives including many acids, bases, and detergents, as well as salt water. However, depending on envirionmental conditions you may notice some surface 'stains' that can form on various stainless items. In general these are cosmetic in nature and we recommend you allow the cosmetic stains to remain when practical. Using an abrasive is more likely to remove the invisible corrosion resistant film that forms on stainless, allowing corrosion to spread and ultimately making the corrosion worse.

Properties of Stainless Steel

  • Hardness - As hardness increases, metals become more wear resistant but they may be less malleable. Some types of stainless steel harden by cold working, and others can be heat treated. The 300 series hardens by cold working, many in the 400 series can be hardened by heat treating.
  • Formability - Stainless steel is generally formable and bendable, but types that harden by cold working can require more force to bend than carbon steel.
  • Machinability - During machining, stainless steel can become gummy and stick to cutting tools, making it typically more difficult to machine than steel.
  • Weldability - Take care to clean stainless steel before and after welding operations. Contaminants, such as lubricants and particles from grinding tools, will reduce corrosion resistance at welded points.
  • Finish - Stainless steel does not always have a shiny finish. In fact, stainless steel is available in a number of finishes, ranging from an unpolished, dull surface to a reflective mirror-like shine.

Snorkelling in Melbourne

Snorkelling in Melbourne

Put on a mask, snorkel and fins and venture into the remarkable world that lies beneath the water's surface in and near Melbourne. Snorkelling is a fun and accessible activity for anyone who can swim and breathe through a snokel.

Mornington Peninsula Snorkelling

Mornington Peninsula Snorkelling

The Mornington Peninsula with its crystal clear waters, sandy shores and sheltered bays make it a safe and an ideal environment for the entire family to snorkel and see first-hand the magic, sheer diversity and colour that abounds. Itís safe to snorkel from Frankston right down to Portsea. The more adventurous might even take on the Back Beaches.

The exciting aspect of snorkelling in the waters off of the Mornington Peninsula is that every time you immerse yourself, you are guaranteed to see something new and spectacular. The change in seasons also bring with it new marine life to experience. In winter thousands of spider crabs converge in Port Phillip (see Giant Spider Crabs Melbourne), while in spring and early summer you can be witness to male weedy seadragons carrying their precious eggs on their tails (see Weedy Seadragons Melbourne).

The Mornington Peninsula provides an ideal playground for novice snorkellers through to the more adventurous ones. Beginners can snorkel the 200 metre long Octopus Garden Trail with its underwater signs at Rye Pier.

Blairgowrie Pier is really good for snorkelling. We suggest you walk to the landing and divers platform abot two-thirds of the way out, enter the water and duck under the sea wall. You'll come up under the pier. Then snorkel back to shore between the pylons of the pier with the sea wall on your left. The sea wall and pylons are covered in colourful sponges, with plenty of fish around.

For added fun try a night snorkel adventure, and witness the nocturnal sea animals that come out to play and feed when the sun goes down. All you need is an underwater torch, and many creatures attracted by light will quickly emerge. Rye Pier, Blairgowrie Pier, and Portsea Pier are ideal to see intriguing creatures such as delicate dumpling squid, octopus and garfish.

Named to commemorate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, Diamond Bay is a sparkling ocean beach tucked away behind several blocks of holiday homes. It has many rock ledges and overhangs, kelp beds, reefs and small walls. In these is a variety of life including the odd crayfish! You'll also find old wives, boarfish, abalone, and schooling fish.

Head to Pearseís Beach, Blairgowrie on the ocean side of Mornington Peninsula. It's a world away from the bustling shopping strips, with sandy trails that connect to even more remote beaches, where the only rush hour is on the waves when the tide's up.

Mushroom Reef is famous for its diversity of marine life and has attracted scientists for over 100 years. The intertidal soft sediment is an important feeding and roosting habitat for many birds. When searching the rock pools one can find many crabs, multicoloured cushion seastars, numerous species of snails and delicate anemones. See also, Parks Victoria: Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary and Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary Visitor Guide (Adobe PDF | 628.2 KB | 27-Feb-2021).

Snorkelling with Weedy Seadragons

Snorkelling with Weedy Seadragons

Flinders Pier is the Weedy Seadragon capital of the world! The BBC Natural History Film Unit spent three weeks at Flinders Pier in January 2016 to get footage of Weedy Sea Dragons for Blue Panet II, episode 5, Green Seas. There are dozens of them here and during the right season you might see the adult males carrying eggs around.

Weedy Seadragons can also usually be found at Portsea Pier. There are many people who think Portsea Pier has been somewhat ruined as a snorkelling site by the Port Phillip channel deepening programme carried out by the Port of Melbourne in 2009. Since the dredging, the swells at Portsea Pier are more frequent and more intense. Indeed, the once lovely Portsea Beach has now been totally destroyed.

For more information, please see Weedy Seadragons Melbourne.

Snorkelling in Melbourne's Marine Parks

Snorkelling in Melbourne's Marine Parks

There are quite a number of marine parks in Port Phillip, along the Surf Coast, around the Mornington Peninsula, and further east too. Most of these are great for snorkelling.

One favourite is Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary at Beaumauris, not far down the east side of Port Phillip. There are actually a number of snorkelling and diving sites here including:

Some other ideas are: Sandringham Pier Breakwater, Point Cooke Beach, The Jawbone, and Williamstown Beach Breakwater.

Jawbone Marine Sanctuary, Williamstown is often overlooked and its a great snorkelling spot. Most beachgoers choose to hit Williamstown's humming main beach, but a haven for snorkellers is less than a kilometre away. This forgotten seaside pocket is the closest marine sanctuary to Melbourne CBD, with jellyfish, banjo sharks, sea stars and other underwater critters to be discovered in 30 hectare of protected waters.

Chances are you've driven past Kerferd Rd Pier, Albert Park, a bayside haven on scenic Beaconsfield Parade but never thought to stop. It's a 15-minute jaunt from Melbourne CBD and has a playground, cafes and toilets nearby, making this an easy snorkelling destination for families.

Gippsland Snorkelling

Bunurong Marine Park, Inverloch has a number of great spots to snorkel such as Flat Rocks with its profusion of large rock pools and The Caves which has a large pool opening out to the sea that is accessible at low tide. See also, Parks Victoria: Bunurong Marine National Park and Park Note: Bass Coast Parks and Reserves (Adobe PDF | 379.69 KB | 24-Feb-2021).

Shelley Beach, Kilcunda:
If you're more of an active person that a sunbather, the aptly-named Shelley Beach is about a 90-minute drive down the South Gippsland and Bass highways. Walk past swimmers at the main beach and round the western headland for a private slice of paradise, complete with rock pools, crystal clear water and yes, plenty of seashells to sift through for the perfect take-home souvenir.

Fairy Cove, Wilsons Promontory:
It'll take more than a day trip, plus two hours of trekking by foot before you reach Fairy Cove, but hikers will say it's worth the walk. The undulating 3.8 km walk that leads to the anatomically named Tongue Point from Darby River will get the heart rate up, but it's this tiny secluded bay that's worth stopping at for a refreshing snorkel. At low tide, you'll be able to swim over to its neighbouring cove, which is so secret, it doesn't even have a name.

Protecting Yourself While Snorkelling

When snorkelling it's of paramount importance to consider safety. Some things to consider are:

Display a Dive Flag: You should display a dive flag at all times to ensure you're visible to all water craft. Be aware of 'boating zones', and any other areas where boat traffic is likely.

Never Snorkel Alone: Always snorkel with a buddy. Stay within close proximity of each other to ensure safety.

Consider Conditions: You need to take into account your level of snorkelling experience for each particular site. The depth, tide, currents and wind direction also need to be considered. Never take weather conditions for granted and always check the BoM weather forecast before entering the water.

Wear Appropriate Gear: In the colder months you should consider wearing a wetsuit, hood and gloves. The right fins maximise your swimming capability. Short stumpy fins are okay on the surface. You might need longer fins if you want to leave the surface and explore the depths.

Don't Touch Stuff: Avoid disturbing unfamiliar marine life. Some of what you'll see is dangerous to touch. Many marine organisms in the area possess venom and toxins which can be lethal.

Other Snorkelling Safety Considerations

  • Make sure your mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit (5mm or 7mm recommended in Melbourne), hood and gloves fit properly
  • Seek advice from experienced snorkellers or a reputable dive shop if you need it. Practice in a pool or in the shallows until you are confident
  • Know your limitations and snorkel within them. Snorkelling with a buddy is recommended
  • Enter the water over sand, not rocks or seagrass. Shuffle your feet to avoid stepping on Stingrays or other marine life
  • Don't rush, take time to 'smell the roses'
  • Look but don't touch. Some marine life is poisonous
  • Avoid damaging marine life with your fins
  • Look out for boats and tow a dive flag if necessary
  • Many snorkelling sites are also popular with fishers. Carry a dive knife and/or line cutter

See also, Melbourne Snorkelling Sites,
Snorkelling the Intertidal Zone,
How To Assess Visibility Before Heading To Snorkel Sites In Port Phillip / Western Port (Adobe PDF | 956.25 KB) — by Simon Mustoe, 20 January 2022, and
How do Bay Water Quality Reports Work (Adobe PDF | 726.45 KB)
— by Simon Mustoe, 4 February 2022.

If you don't have your own snorkelling gear yet, or think you need to upgrade some of it, please take a look at our Snorkelling Guides in the Trusted Snorkelling Advice section of this website.

Please also check the great range of Snorkelling Gear in our online shop.

Please note: We DO NOT hire out masks, snorkels, fins, dive boots, gloves, hoods or vests for snorkelling.


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