Welcome to the January 2023 Jetty Dive Debrief! This is our newest addition to the blog – the “debrief”. Here we are going to let you know how the water has been, what the season showed us, any interesting or noteworthy details, and what we’ve achieved as a shop!

Seasonal Marine Life Activity:

January was a beautiful month for us, with beautiful conditions and beautiful sightings in abundance!

There were the usual January sightings of turtles, nudibranches, eagle rays, and tropical fish all through the month, we saw a consistent pair of ornate ghost pipefish, and a few exciting and fresh creatures in the mix!

We spotted a Honeycomb Moray on the 2nd, getting a picture of it on the 4th. Oh the 5th we saw our favorite little Orangutang Crab, spotting him throughout the month. On the 9th there was massess of Grey Nurse Sharks, which is less common in warmer months. We found a gorgeous little Mantis Shrimp on the 10th of January, along with a clown triggerfish which is not super common. On the 12th we saw a fever of Spotted Eagle Rays circling the bottom.

On the 15th 7 leopard sharks were the notable sight at North Solitary! This was only touted by the sights of approximately 20 leopards on the 26th. The 17th provided an interesting sight with one wobbegong eating a smaller wobbe – click here to see the picture of that! The 26th of Jan also provided a Manta Ray at North West Solitary Island.


PADI Open Water Divers

January is a big month! Congratulations to our newly certified PADI Open Water Divers:

Aidan, Alexei, Amelia, Archie, Ava C, Ava R, Bailey, Brooke, Calee, Charlie, Chelsie, Clover, Cooper, David, Delenn, Emma, Eva, Harry, Hugh, Jamie, Jordan, Judy, Lodewyk, Malachy, Mikayla, Peter, Rhys, Scott, Sofia, Stephen, Susie, Thomas, Tiina, Ty, Verner, Vincent, William, Zoe

– Good work, divers!

PADI Advanced Open Water Divers

Congratulations to our newly certified PADI Advanced Open Water Divers:

Evan, Emily, Paul, Phalayna

– Congratulations!

Congratulations are also in order for Mitchell Toy for completing his Enriched Air Nitrox Certification, and Aaron Victor for completing his Deep Diver!



For the month of January visibility was quite good! Our high was 30m+ on the 16th, and low was 5m on the 1st and 2nd. The visibility varies even from site to site which is why we have two variables when tracking. Take a look at our graph below for a more detailed and visual look at our month’s visibility.


Generally Temperature sits around 23-24°C in January, but we experienced a few days where there were thermoclines. Check out our charting of the temperatures below.

Sustainability and the environment

This section we are dedicating to showing what steps we are taking to reduce our environmental impact. It might include incentives we have implemented or tried through the month, or programs we have participated in. We intend to expand upon our conservation efforts page with everything we have implemented in store – as we are doing much more than this page shows!

Bins under the bathroom sink
Bins under the bathroom sink

I also updated our bathroom bins! We did just have one bucket and it would frustrate me, as most of the waste was recycling (toilet paper rolls, toilet paper wrapping) and would be thrown out into normal waste. So I separated that, and made signage so people knew which was which. Tada! ✨

Recycling Customer's Single-use Coffee Cups
Recycling Customer’s Single-use Coffee Cups

We did it!! We sent away some single-use coffee cups to be recycled! You can read more about that on my blog post here.

Photo of the Month

Peacock Mantis Shrimp - Odontodactylus scyllarus - North Boulder (N Frippo January 23)
Peacock Mantis Shrimp – Odontodactylus scyllarus – North Boulder (N Fripp January 23)

From the Blog!

Coffee-Cup Recycling

As mentioned above, I’ve made a post about how I sent away coffee cups to be recycled. You can check it out the post here: We Recycled customers’ single-use coffee cups!

Coffee Cups Recycling Blog Post

The Month Ahead!

February is a quieter month for us at Jetty Dive Centre! We still run plenty of courses and dive charters however. We are also trying to plan a Rescue Course. If you would like to do your rescue, click here and add in your name and email and click the “Rescue Course” button. We will the notify you of any rescue courses we have coming up! (We will not subscribe you to our newsletter unless you click that option)


We are starting a monthly newsletter with updates similar to this blog post. Some of our favorite customer pictures, new product releases or favorite products. If you want to hear from us (we wont spam you, I promise!) sign up here, and click “Newsletter”.

If you have anything you would like to hear about in this debrief, or in our newsletter, or even any suggestions for another name for this debrief, please contact us and let us know!

Thanks for reading the January 2023 Jetty Dive Debrief! We appreciate you 🙂

About the Author

Tara is Jetty Dive’s Office Manager and IT Lady, Social Media Queen, Crazy-Fish-Lady, and as she likes to say – “Self-Appointed CEO”. You’ll find her sitting at her desk surrounded in pink, but happiest either on or under the water.

Tara on Mega Wild, with a grin on her face

Where to find us.


Jetty Dive Centre Dive Shop is at 398 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450. This is where you begin your experiences with us! All Scuba Dives and Snorkelling must check-in before moving to departure point.


All our boats leave from the Public floating pontoon wharf opposite the “Attitude Burgers “ building.

Jetty dive google maps with markers for priority locations