Sunday, November 21, 2010


Port Noarlunga jetty at low tide (Sources:

The ladder on the divers’ steps at Port Noarlunga jetty broke off on 21st November. As it was low tide when some divers returned to exit at the steps, they had to swim towards shore to exit. Presumably, they were able to exit at the shore steps. The matter was reported to the SDFSA that same day and we were able to send an email message straight off to the Onkaparinga Council, asking them to investigate the matter.


The (3 years old) web page found at says, “it is not unusual to be confronted by schools of sweep waiting for the bread that many divers bring with them”. If this is so, it needs a big re-think when one considers the following details: -

Tim Folwell and his wife were snorkelling at the Port Noarlunga reef last summer when someone threw a loaf of bread off the jetty. All of a sudden, the fish that they had been swimming with before suddenly turned on Tim and started biting him all over the body. (It is assumed that Tim was not wearing a wetsuit at the time of his snorkel at the reef.) A few days later he got very sick. The wound became infected, the bacteria spread to his aorta and developed into staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, which resulted in him losing 80% of his skin. Once the infection got into his blood stream, it caused a septic shock in which all the organs in the body were starved of essential oxygen and blood and began to fail. Tim’s kidneys failed, his liver began to fail and his heart wasn't working properly. After months in intensive care in the burns unit, he had a leg amputated and had to learn to walk with prosthesis at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. Tim’s story was told on ABC TV’s “Stateline” program and it can be seen at .

We tried to contact the owner of the web page found at, but the email address was invalid.

On Sunday 21st November, it was reported that snorkellers were in the water (a.m.) with bread (one person had 2 loaves).

Saturday, November 20, 2010

World Record underwater broadcast in open water

Cam Williams from Channel 9 TV’s Weekend Today show successfully completed the longest underwater broadcast in open water at Great Keppel Island. Visit to see some video footage of the successful world record attempt by Cam.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Last meetings for this year

The Marine Life Society held its last meeting for 2010 on 17/11. Neville Skinner gave a talk about a recent dive trip to the Nullabor.
The next Scuba Divers Federation of SA meeting on 14/12 will be their last one for this year. Both organisations will start up again next February.

Climate change corporate plan for DENR

This is part of a page out of the new corporate plan for the SA Department for Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). It is spruiking all about climate change.