Welcome to the March 2024 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:

The second of march we entered the water to much colder temperatures, and thus saw some more cold-water life! This meant there was 25+ Grey Nurse Sharks on this dive!

There were QLD Groper on the 3rd of March at South Solitary, and Leopard Sharks and Clown Triggerfish at North Solitary Island. We spotted some more Leopard Blennys on the 6th, and some adorable “Depressed Spider Crabs” and a Dunker’s Pipehorse on the 13th.

On the 17th the visibility cleared up again, and we saw white spotted eagle rays, and on the 18th a Whaler Shark was crusing around Buchanan’s in the distance.

On the 23rd of March, we saw a few more Leopard Sharks around Boulder Wall. This continued with half a dozen Leopards on the 24th, and three or four on the 25th. We also saw a dozen white spotted Eagle Rays on the 24th of March which is a gorgeous sight for our divers! There was plenty of White Spotted Eagle Rays on the 25th, plus we had a visit from Barney the resident loggerhead turtle.

The Leopard Sharks and Eagle Rays kept on showing up as we saw another dozen of each on the 26th, and more on the 29th.

There was more Leopards, more eagle rays, and turtles on the 30th, and the same on Easter Sunday the 31st. There was octopus, nudibranches, and plenty of schooling fish all throughout the month.


PADI Open Water Divers

Congratulations to our newly certified PADI Open Water Divers:

Charlie, Clint, Dylan, Erica, Fjord, Glen, James, Jude, Julia, Kaitlyn, and Shaun!

And our newest Junior Open Water Divers: Blake, Joseph, Zsofia!

And our newest PADI Scuba Divers: Alex and Danielle.

– Good work, divers!

PADI Advanced Open Water Divers

Congratulations to our newly certified PADI Advanced Open Water Divers:

Ann, Darcy, Jack, Logan, Stephen, and Willem. And our newest Junior Advanced Open Water Diver Mignon!

And our newest Enriched Air Diver Susie!

Rescue Divers

Congratulations to our newest Rescue Divers, Clémence, Mathew, and Sophia.

– Congratulations!



We had quite fluctuating visibility and conditions throughout March! Some very low visibility days early on led to much nicer water conditions towards the end of the month!

March 2024 Visibility


After a cold snap early in the month, we had quite consistent water temperature throughout March!

March 2024 Water Temp

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!

In March, we started stocking Ocean Armour products! We are so excited to stock these items as they are made with 100% Recycled materials in the way of plastic single use water bottles! They have hooded ponchos in adults and kids sizes, and also towels!

We love supporting another Australian Business, especially one using recycled materials! Plus, Ocean Armour donate 10% of their profits to Marine Conservation projects on the Great Barrier Reef!

Shop Ocean Armour Here!

Ocean Armour Hooded Towel Poncho All Designs

Photo of the Month

Want to be featured in our photo of the month? Send your submissions through to [email protected], with “Photo of the Month Submission” as your subject and I’ll pick the best one for our debrief and email newsletter.

Eagle Ray at The Gap, South Solitary Island (L Devery March 2024)
Eagle Ray at The Gap, South Solitary Island (L Devery March 2024)

The Month Ahead!

Hello, April! The water starts cooling down soon, always a little bit delayed behind the air temperature, and school holidays are upon us! We do get busy in holidays so if you’re keen for a dive don’t sleep on booking in!


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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