Sydney Dive Conditions

To help you get the most from your diving.

Sydney weather/ dive conditions forecast

The diving conditions in Sydney vary considerably throughout the year.

Water temperatures usually range from 15C to 25C and visibility ranges from 1m to 20m, with normal visibility from 5m to 10m. Diving in Sydney is good all year round. 

Note: It is important to remember that this page should only be taken as a guide.

When choosing your  dive site to get the best conditions we make the following recommendations:

Lilli Pilli  Well-protected against all swell, exposed to strong Westerly winds. Best on an incoming tide
Ship Rock  Not exposed to any swell, best on a high slack tide. Best time 15 minutes prior to high tide
Bass & Flinders  Good except for a NE swell greater than 1.4m. Best on an incoming tide
Oak Park  Exposed to SE to N Swell great than 0.7m, Best diving on low tide
VooDoo  Best SW to NW swells. All other conditions swell must be less than 0.5m. Best on High Tide.
Cape Solander  Best SW to NW swells. All other conditions swell must be less than 0.7m. Tide has no effect
The Leap  Exposed to swell E to S greater than 1m, Best on an incoming tide, close to high tide
The Steps  Protected with exposure to E to ESE swell greater than 1m. 
Sutherland Point  Well protected with only exposure is an ESE swell greater than 1.8m. Best tide incoming.
Bare Island  Exposed to S swell greater than 1.2m. Best Diving N swell and incoming tide

 

  Dive conditions Forecast for popular Sydney

Sydney Sea Water Temperatures

Currently water temperature 20c
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min °C 21.5 22.1 21.6 20.8 18.8 17.5 17.3 17.4 17.2 17.5 19.1 19.5
Max °C 25.1 25.3 25.3 24.6 22.6 21.1 20.9 20.2 19.9 20.9 22.1 24.3