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. 

Dive Conditions for 2 July

Along with the heavy rain and strong wind diving conditions have deteriorated over night. , the 1.4m SSE swell has written off all but the most protected dive sites.  High tide is at 11:08 am: making Ship Rock a desirable choice for today.

The 8:00am drive around showed:

Lilli Pilli Good, but the water temperature is cold
Ship Rock Pick of the day, High tide 11:08am
Bass & Flinders Flat, very divable
Oak Park Far too rough
VooDoo Far too rough
Cape Solander Far too rough
The Leap Far too rough
The Steps Good for experienced divers
Sutherland Point Good
Bare Island Too rough


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
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
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