After entering the water south of the pool, head south-east over the rocky kelp covered bottom till you hit the sand. This will take about five minutes and the depth will be about eight meters. You will be to the left of the Deeper Wall notation on the photo. Turn left and follow this reef edge. The reef edge becomes a small wall with overhangs and the depth increases to about 10 meters. The edge runs north at first but then turns east for quite a while. It then turns to the north-east and then finally north. The wall is fairly prominent in spots with some large boulders off the edge in at least one place. However, for most of the length it is quite low. There are some sponges and sea tulips along this section. The edge ends a few times but you merely have to swim at right-angles to your left (mostly north) and you will pick it up again. There is a rocking horse from a council park on the sand near where this wall meets the ledge. As mentioned above, in 2009 a lot of sand was removed by storms and the reef goes further east than before. Where it ends you will see The Sword. From here it is about 20 meters due north to the Second Reef.
Dive Type: Shore Dive | Experience: All Levels
Located at the end of the Cronulla Peninsula on the southern outskirts of Sydney, Oak Park is a very popular dive location, especially for learners and novice divers. Oak Park is an excellent “easy” dive for beginners and experts alike and is also a top night dive. This dive site begins at the end of Jibbon Street, Cronulla, adjacent to Oak Park. The dive site itself is basically a wall which runs in an arc from the shore, first towards the east and then north-east and finally north. The wall is about two to three metres high and has numerous low caverns or overhangs that are home to many beautiful fish. This site is also home to the friendliest blue gropers that you will ever find on a shore dive. The site is fairly protected from southerly winds and seas, but very big swells from that direction and basically anything from the east or north can wipe out this site from an entry/exit point of view. After prolonged periods of heavy rain, Oak Park can be affected by stormwater from Port Hacking, the mouth of which is only a few hundred metres away. Visibility can range from 3 up to 15 metres, averaging 7 to 8 and is marginally better on an incoming tide.