Freediving the Bass Strait Coast on a Darker Winter Day

Underwater Mornington Peninsula Bass Strait Coast Winter

Sometimes it’s a little darker and disturbing in the water, it’s not always of our choosing.

But isn’t that what life asks of us?

To savour the light and calm, recover, energise, lift our spirits to a new plane.

With such adaptation, preparedness, sound character and reliable fortitude buttressed to endure, we then embrace the darkness in a different way, allowing it to flow through, in and around us, embracing it for the shadows we could only ever see for the sake of the long bowed light.

It’s not treason, it’s treasure. Revealing guile and shine only retrieved upon the returning premise, this is why we live.

Not to fight, more, to rise in the face of unseen demons. To know this adversity. Plummeting the depths we’re readied and tooled to master.

Each knowing may leave its further scars, but through the vigil we keep to savour our grit, a tenacity is borne.

Rise then rise, for the light will be yours in the early morning, no culprit can endeavour to withhold your greatness.

In the first new drawn breath, the calm you know, it emerges from within the same dark cave you dared to adventure.

Your light returns. Don’t ponder.

For the darkness is your saving grace, rejoice in your spirit exhumed from the shackles of dire.

It knows this place. Your belonging in the rise and fall, and rise and fall, and rise into uniqueness.

Follow your will.

The path.

It’s you.


Freediving Darker Waters – About The Video

A dark and cloudy winter’s freedive on the backbeaches of the Mornington Peninsula, the ocean facing coast of Bass Strait, Southern Ocean.

Over 500 shipwrecks line the Victorian coast owing to the treacherous nature of Bass Strait, the sea between Victoria southern and Tasmania’s northern coast.

The Mornington Peninsula stretch of coast from Blairgowrie through Sorrento and Portsea to Point Nepean has incredible tales of fierce conditions, huge unruly seas with unexpected waves that occur due to the relatively shallow strait of 80m undulating depth and dips and troughs of the underwater sea floor. In places rising sharply to create disturbed water patterns that are unpredictable amidst the regular south-westerly swell that is generated from the currents swirling around Antarctica in a clockwise direction.

At times the swell is low enough to allow swimming and freediving along the coast without too much fuss, which provides fantastic opportunity to explore the coastal shelves, gullies, cuts, caves and caverns which is an incredible experience.

In the clip you’ll see a few female blue-throat wrasse, more slender looking beige coloured fish, and also sea-sweep, the silver-grey diamond-shaped fish.

Water Temperature: 12.3c

Filmed on Nikon AW130 underwater compact camera
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Additional footage of Marlon Quinn by Andy Maarse
Edited on Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom and Premiere Rush
Music: Cutting It Close – DJ Freedem

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Marlon Quinn
Marlon Quinn

Former IT stakeholder manager, now sea-changer, RIB pilot, freediving instructor, cyclist, wild swimmer and evolving creative.

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