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Dive The Adelaide

Dive the Adelaide
Ex HMAS Adelaide
Is now home on the Central Coast...

The Ship: Adelaide (II) was commissioned on 15th November 1980 and was the first of six Adelaide Class guided-missile frigates to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy.

Adelaide (II) was the second ship in the RAN to carry this name. Adelaide (II) was the first guided-missile frigate to become home –ported in Western Australia.

The ship participated in 1990/91 Gulf War, peacekeeping operations in East Timor in 1990 and was deployed to the Arabian Gulf as part of the International Coalition against Terrorism in 2001 and 2004.

A successful bid: The Australian Government has accepted the NSW Government bid to sink HMAS Adelaide of Terrigal as a dive wreck, Federal Members have revealed today.

The HMAS Adelaide an “enormous boost to tourism. ‘Mr Lloyd thanked all involved in getting the Central Coast a dive wreck. Particularly the Central Coast Artificial Reef Project (CCARP) committee, whose members had worked very hard for over eleven years despite a number of setbacks, and never gave up.

The Scuttling:After extensive and careful preparation ,the ship was towed for its last journey to the Central Coast. With the expertise of a crew who had extensive experience in scuttling ships for artificial reefs, explosives were carefully positioned inside locations hard against inside walls of the ship ,below the waterline. On the 13TH April 2011 she went down, Located only 1.5Km from Terrigal Haven. The site is only a short 5 Minute boat ride on our vessel Buddy line ,departing from the Terrigal boat ramp.

The Dive: Discover how easy and safe it is with Dive Imports Australia. Dive Imports Australia has access to the the 2 x casual commercial moorings .We usually use Mooring number 4 being ajacent to the Bridge and allows easy exploration of this beautiful ship and the best possible mooring position to start your dive and make it a easy and relaxed dive. Make your descent down to the Bridge, why not get your photo in the captains chair and take a look behind you to see on old scuba tank mounted on the bulkhead (wall) with a commemorative bottle of port inside. This was donated by Sue Dengate (a member of the CCARP committee) as it was given to her by her son when he served on the Adelaide. The CCARP committee mounted it on the bulkhead after the ship was scuttled as a reminder of the joint feelings of the Navy crew and the CCARP committee for the ship. When we moore to the Funnel Mooring, you can move downward to the ships helicopter hangers and take a look around, slowly moving along to midship to the mast for your safety stop. This allows for 2 relaxed dives that covers the whole wreck. No frantic rushed swim from one end to the other which is the case from the other moorings.

See a video here

The wreck now serves as a world—class artificial reef and diving site. She will attract divers from all over the world. Dive shop owners all over have taken up Dive Imports Australia for there great customer service focus, as well as making your day a pleasurable one, with one of our experienced dive guides,available at a charge of $40.00 per dive.

Getting there: Dive Imports Australia gets you out to the Adelaide in 5 minutes safely and comfortably on our Gemini purpose built dive Rib Buddy line. She is Surveyed to carry 12 passengers and has a sun shade to make your time more pleasurable on those hot summers days.

Dive Imports Australia runs dive trips Daily (weather permitting) and regular afternoon dives out to the Adelaide..

What will the dives cost? For the month of August 2020 - special price of $35

I Have my own Gear Single dive $60 and at the moment there is NO Government park permit fee

I need all gear - $90 including 1 air tank

I only need a tank - $22.

If you are Nitrox certified, why not extend your bottom time and make the most of your trip for $35.

Call ahead to arrange any requirements for the day.

Technical divers and re-breather divers are all catered for .We have TDI technical Instructor trainers and rebreather guides to come along with you.Call Dive Imports Australia on 0243675512 to arrange,any special dives you would like to conduct and well see what we can do .

Click the link below to book your dive or click here....

To dive the HMAS Adelaide you must complete appropriate paperwork. Please download and Fill out the Liability paperwork before you arrive on the day to save time. Please click here to download the paperwork and fill it out. Don't forget to bring it with you on the day.



Qualification and skill levels: Please supply log books and certification cards to one of our staff members so we can organise the dive to that of your experience level

Advanced open water divers have open penetration with a Dive Imports Australia dive guide. Wreck cave and specialty divers or divers with appropriate experience may independently penetrate the wreck.

You need and must show your certification card for your level of training.

Please note ; Divers must carry a dive computer and an underwater torch for penetration. We highly recommend all divers to wear gloves to avoid any cuts or abrasions. Dive guides are available at a charge of $40.00 per dive and are there to make your day pleasurable and safe, as well, of course point out all the bits you may miss .