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 Scuba Diving Perth WA

Shore Diving

Rocky Bay

Swan River - Fremantle.


  • Shore Dive: River Dive

  • Depth: Max 8.5 meters.

  • No# of dives at site: 1

  • Dive flag at Site: No.

  • Dive Conditions: Generally only dive in the river when the ocean is being hammered and even the sheltered spots are going to be a wash out (not Boat Ramps @ Jervoise Bay). It makes a change from the norm but does not compare to ocean sites. At this site we noticed a slight current in the middle of the channel between the shore and the sand bar creating a nicely unexpected but slow drift dive. The tide was coming in during this dive.
  • WARNING: The Swan River is a working river, ferrying people up and down from Perth To Fremantle and vice versa, it also has a massive recreational use, with divers, swimmers, skiers, other boating and jet ski users.

  • You must dive within your limits, always use a flag and try not to ascend quickly or unless you are close to the the bank or within the shallow areas, as not all boat traffic will be obvious.

  • Keep your eyes and ears open for potential risks throughout the dive. Watch for currents, when we dived there wasn't much but the river is a dynamic place and varying parts react differently to the moving body of water.

  • Any object you come into contact with has the potential, cut, scratch and scrape, take caution around the dive site, wear gloves.


  • Getting here is not too difficult, get on to Stirling HWY and turn on to Harvest Rd. then left on to Rule St. pull in at the car park on the right above the dive site. Kit up here, you can see a set of steps leading down to the river which you will take once you are ready.

  • As always do all your final checks (BWRAF), in the car park, the last thing you need is a walk to the dive entrance and then have to come back because you have forgotten something or an O' ring blows, not that it is far but the steps will definitely tire you out a bit.

  • Once you have geared up walk down to the steps to the small beach, that's the dive site.

  • All you have to do is decide which direction you want to swim in.

  • NOTE: I have read after we had completed this dive, but have not checked it out, that there is another easier entrance to this area next to the River Police at the bottom of Harvest Rd. Apparently there is a shore entry, with 2 x small sets of steps and wall with a small jetty on it. Your dive direction is towards Rocky Bay, however whether you dive up this far I am not sure, but due to the shallow nature of this site I am sure it wouldn't be too much of a stretch.



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