Rapid Bay use and upgrades
(Update March 2020: The platform at the bottom of the stairs was damaged in October 2019 but has now been repaired.
Update November 2018: Concerns have been raised about divers spearfishing near the old jetty at Rapid Bay. SDFSA understands that the jetty itself is not in the Marine Park designated sanctuary zone; however, because the old jetty is still listed as an official jetty, the rule prohibiting spearfishing within 100 metres of a jetty applies. We encourage divers to inform any spearfishers they see at Rapid Bay of this rule.
Rapid Bay Background
Rapid Bay lies within the Encounter Marine Park and is recognized as one of the premier dive sites in the state, providing habitat for the iconic leafy seadragon among many other species.
The site is popular with divers, snorkelers and fishers, including a growing number of interstate and international tourists looking for the leafy seadragon. The site consists of two jetties (old and new) and extensive seagrass beds. The old jetty is still listed as an official jetty. Both jetties are owned by DTI and the land that the jetties come onto is owned by Adelaide Brighton Cement (Rapid Bay is the site of a former open pit aggregates mine, with the surrounding land still owned by Adelaide Brighton Cement). The District Council of Yankalilla has a 3-way agreement with the State, the company and the Council to enable residents and the general public right of way to use this facility.
SDFSA is advocating for strengthening the surrounding habitat and facilities at Rapid Bay to improve its draw for local, interstate and international divers. SDFSA is encouraging Adelaide Brighton to pursue its plans for revegetation on its land, which will contribute to improving the surrounding marine environment and biodiversity. We are also working with Yankalilla Council on possible improvements to the site. The Council is currently considering the possibility of placing change rooms, toilets, fresh water taps, picnic tables and shade structures for the benefit of divers and other jetty users. They are working with the private landowners (Adelaide Brighton, etc.) to assess whether this is achievable.