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My Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
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    Michael's 4WD Trips
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    Summary of My Diving
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - A Summary of my Diving The following is a summary of my diving as at 27 November 2022. I have done 101 dives this year.

    Dives per YearType of Dives (reef or wreck)Buddies
    Type of Dives (shore or boat)Depth of DivesDives Per Month
    Dive LocationsSydney ReefSydney Wreck Dives
    Interstate and Overseas
    Dive Trips

    DIVES PER YEAR - Click on the year to see dives for that year in PDF format

    YearNumber of divesYearNumber of divesYearNumber of divesYearNumber of dives
    19881419971482006194201585@@
    1989122199895**20071922016124
    199014119991312008142##201773@@
    19911392000136***20091612018105
    199213420011632010144****2019106
    1993133200213820111602020136
    1994101*2003109****20121692021110###
    19951192004131#20131382022 see above####
    199611620051742014174
    TOTAL4,552
    Total hours underwater:3,685:03

    Notes:

    * I travelled to the UK and Ireland for a month
    ** I did not dive for almost 3 months due to ear damage
    *** I travelled to Cape York for 5 weeks
    **** I travelled to Central Australia for 5 weeks
    # I did not dive for 6 weeks after becoming sick while diving
    ## Low number due to moving to new house
    ### Went to outback Queensland and South Australia for 13 weeks during Covid
    #### Terrible weather for most of the year and no diving for 2 months due to hurt ear
    @@ Went sailing to North Queensland for 6 months

    DIVES PER MONTH

    MonthNumber of divesMonthNumber of dives
    January4381July2654
    February364August3234
    March393September352
    April4052October4755
    May354November4525
    June3703December355

    Notes:
    1. High number due to having a week's holiday at this time of year.
    2. High number due to Easter Dive Weekends.
    3. High number due to June Long Weekend and some years a week's dive holiday.
    4. Low number due to Trips to UK and Ireland during these months, a trip to Cape York, two trips to Central Australia, recovery from an operation, some skiing holidays and general colder weather.
    5. High number due to traditionally taking overseas diving holidays during these months.

    TYPES OF DIVE (Reef or Wreck)

    TypeNumber of dives
    Note: Some are multi type
    Reef3,773
    Wreck749
    Lake/Quarry3
    Plane26
    Cave4

    TYPE OF DIVES (Shore or Boat)

    TypeNumber of dives
    Boat2,841
    Shore1,707
    Night467

    DEPTH OF DIVES
    DepthNumber of dives
    >30 metres1,019
    >40 metres497
    >50 metres121
    >60 metres26

    DIVE LOCATIONS

    LocationNumber of dives
    Sydney2,989
    South West Rocks164
    Queensland147
    Jervis Bay128
    Solitary Islands124
    Vanuatu122
    Chuuk Lagoon98
    Port Stephens/Nelson Bay95
    Indonesia74
    Papua New Guinea71
    Solomon Islands61
    Shellharbour62
    Eden/Merimbula42
    Central Coast37
    Batemans Bay31
    New Zealand29
    Wollongong29
    Philippines27
    Ulladulla26
    Tasmania23
    Norway19
    Forster18
    South Australia18
    United Kingdom16
    Byron Bay14
    Seal Rocks10
    Lord Howe Island10
    Rarotonga, Cook Islands10
    New Caledonia8
    Western Australia5
    Brazil2

    SYDNEY REEF DIVES

    Sydney Reef DivesNumber of dives
    Sydney Reef Total2,603
    Bare Island582
    Shiprock264
    The Split182
    Barrens Hut178
    Pizza Reef156
    Middle Ground156
    Inscription Point93
    Oak Park75
    Six Fathom Reef69
    The Leap50
    Shark Point48
    Camp Cove46
    Marley Point46
    Osborne Shoals42
    Henry Head40
    The Monuments38
    Lilli Pilli30
    The Balcony30
    Magic Point Sharks21
    M & K Reef20
    Thompsons Bay20
    Parsley Bay20
    Bypass Reef19
    Clifton Gardens19
    Mahon Pool17
    North Bondi15
    Voodoo13
    Little Bay13
    South Maroubra13
    Tumbledown12

    SYDNEY WRECK DIVES

    Sydney Wreck DivesNumber of dives
    Sydney Wreck Total377
    SS Tuggerah146
    SS Undola45
    SS Myola27
    SS Kelloe25
    SS Hilda23
    SS Annie M. Miller23
    MV Malabar21
    SS Birchgrove Park11
    Coolooli9
    SS Currajong7
    Valiant6
    SS Dee Why6
    SS Royal Shepherd5
    Meggol3
    Himma3
    Centurion2

    MY BUDDIES

    NOTE:I have done 159 solo dives
    DiverDivesDiverDivesDiverDives
    Kelly McFadyen1,053Ross Mackay 19
    Eddy Labour349John Prior48Tim Rigg20
    Andreas Thimm268Le Hammer46Dave Casburn19
    Les Caterson208Mike Scotland45Nick Windle18
    Ron Walsh156Jason Coombs46Kristin Johnson17
    Ian Gowan 151John Conolly43Colette Wasson17
    Heinz Bendinger134Gary Perkins43Jo Edney17
    Kim Dinh123John Gordon16
    Daryl Gibbs118Peter Trayhurn41Shaun Reynolds16
    John McPherson87Bram Harris34Stacey Bryce16
    Eddie Ivers91Leo Bergagnin32Mark Simpson18
    John Fowden79Kyle Hendry22
    Gwen Corbett72Ken Ridley30Bob Trudgeon25
    John Beddie72Simon Hoad30Dick Fish18
    Gary Dunnett72Keith Edwards28Paul Pacey17
    Robyn Hewitt28Chris Connell15
    Adam Florence67Geoff Ward28Zorka Jakupec15
    Donna Walsh66Phil Rose27
    Stephen McFadyen63Michael Wright24Mark Ranft14
    Brian Bennett26
    Leon Betts24
    Eda di Camillio60Carole Harris24Jodi Watchorn14
    Gail McFadyen22Shaun Hampton14
    Tamara Fleet55Carol Martin22John Black13
    Riki Virc22Rhonda Kay11
    Phil Short51Robbie Mapstone22Brian Clark11
    Peter Flockart48Paul Wildish21Steve Shaw11
    Sheila Baldock46Bob Trudgeon20
    Dave Burns45Terry Bartlett19Russell Stoker11
    Therese Duncan19Glenn Townsend11

    INTERSTATE AND OVERSEAS DIVE TRIPS

    DateCountry/State of OzLocation
    June 1989QueenslandHeron Island
    October 1989QueenslandHeron Island
    September/October 1991VanuatuPort Vila and Santo
    November 1991Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    November 1991PalauPalau
    April 1992New ZealandPoor Knights
    August 1992Solomon IslandsHoniara
    October 1993New CaledoniaIsle of Pines, Noumea and North Grande Terre
    February 1994Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    February 1995Papua New GuineaMadang and Tufi
    August 1995IrelandTralee
    September 1995VanuatuPort Vila and Santo
    October 1996Papua New GuineaMadang
    March 1997PhilippinesCoron, Cebu and Bohol
    November 1997Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    March 1998AustraliaNorthern Territory - Darwin
    June 1998AustraliaWestern Australia - Perth and Dunsborough
    October 1998VanuatuSanto
    September 1999VanuatuSanto
    October 2000NorwayRunde Island
    October 2001Solomon IslandsGizo and Tulaghi
    October 2002VanuatuSanto
    February 2003South AustraliaFleurieu Peninsula
    November 2003Papua New GuineaPort Moresby
    September 2004Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    February 2005Melbourne, VictoriaPortsea
    June 2005Cook IslandsRarotonga
    September 2005Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    November 2006QueenslandOsprey Reef and Ribbon Reefs
    December 2006QueenslandGold Coast
    May/June 2007VanuatuPort Vila and Santo
    October 2007 QueenslandOsprey Reef and Ribbon Reefs
    February 2008TasmaniaRocky Cape, Hobart, Eaglehawk Neck, Bicheno and other locations
    September 2008Papua New GuineaRabaul and Kavieng
    February/March 2009TasmaniaEaglehawk Neck, Bicheno
    September 2009Solomon IslandsTulaghi and Honiara
    May 2010VanuatuPort Vila
    March 2011New ZealandPoor Knights and Bay of Islands
    October/November 2011Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    November 2011USAGuam
    February 2012USAAlabama
    September 2012IndonesiaBali (Tulamben) and Komodo
    August 2013ScotlandScapa Flow
    August 2013EnglandSwanage wrecks
    August 2014IndonesiaBali (Tulamben)
    November 2014QueenslandTownsville (SS Yongala and GBR)
    July to September 2015 QueenslandGreat Barrier Reef (on my yacht) and SS Yongala
    November 2016QueenslandCape York area
    May to September 2017 (on my yacht)QueenslandGreat Barrier Reef
    December 2018South AmericaArraial do Cabo near Rio de Janerio in Brazil
    March 2020PhilippinesTicao Island
    April 2022South AustraliaGreat White Sharks - Port Lincoln
    May 2022NSWLord Howe Island

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