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    Newsletter: Summer’s last fling

    • 07 April 2011
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    Hi divers

    Recent Dives

    As part of the Deep Specialty course currently on the go, we visited the SAS Fleur on Saturday morning. The Fleur lies in 42 metres of water (on the sand), and is quite far out in the middle of False Bay. Her sister ship, the SAS Somerset, is that curved grey navy vessel parked behind the Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront. The Fleur is a spectacular wreck and we were fortunate to have perfect conditions both above and below the surface, with calm seas and 10-12 metres of visibility on the wreck (though it was dark).

    Some photos taken on the SAS Fleur in False Bay, in 35-40 metres of water:

    Overgrown wreckage of the Fleur

    Overgrown wreckage of the Fleur

    Sea urchin and sea cucumber on the Fleur

    Sea urchin and sea cucumber on the Fleur

    Rusted deck plates on the Fleur

    Rusted deck plates on the Fleur

    On Saturday afternoon we took a group of Open Water students on the boat to Castor Rock to finish their course. Castor Rock is a rocky reef system behind Roman Rock lighthouse, which stands near the entrance to Simon’s Town harbour. It was a short boat ride from Long Beach but very scenic.

    Marinus and Dean showing off their perfect buoyancy

    Marinus and Dean showing off their perfect buoyancy

    Reef life at Castor Rock

    Reef life at Castor Rock

    Robyn (with a flooded mask!)

    Robyn (with a flooded mask!)

    On Sunday we visited the sevengill cowsharks at Shark Alley near Pyramid Rock. This is a physically demanding dive to do as a shore entry, involving a steep climb up and down the side of the shore and a tricky entry over the rocks. The rewards, however, are great. Even though the visibility was only about three metres, we had a super dive and were visited by lots of sharks. It was sad to see that several of the sharks have been injured by boat propellers and fishing hooks.

    Sevengill cowshark emerging from the kelp

    Sevengill cowshark emerging from the kelp

    Cowshark passing overhead

    Cowshark passing overhead

    Sevengill cowshark with divers in the background

    Sevengill cowshark with divers in the background

    Weekend plans

    The southeaster will continue to howl for one more day this week. Friday and Saturday should be less windy and we will dive at Long Beach both days doing Rescue and Divemaster training. We will be continuing the Deep Specialty course with a dive from Hout Bay on Sunday morning. Sunday late morning and afternoon will be spent in the pool, doing a Refresher and some Open Water students’ confined water skills.

    There is a chance we could do a dive to the Aster, a wreck in Hout Bay Sunday afternoon, if there are enough people. Text me if you want in. It’s for Advanced divers, or you could do it as a deep Adventure dive, because it lies at about 28 metres with an average depth of over 20 metres.

    Sodwana is getting close. For those coming along the water is warm, 26 degrees today, sunny and 28 degrees on the beach… For those not coming along the water is warm, 26 degrees today, sunny and 28 degrees on the beach… Hehehe!

    Courses

    There is a group of Open Water students starting on Monday whom I hope to finish diving during the course of next week.

    I am also going to run an Advanced course special starting in the next week or two. It will consist of four boat dives and a shore dive and will focus on the skills and knowledge required to enjoy Cape diving and many of the wrecks we have here. We will focus on deep diving safety and this opens up a whole lot of dive sites in Cape Town. Mail me for more info.

    Miscellaneous

    Please remember your MPA permits. If you’re coming to Sodwana you will most certainly have yours checked, so make sure it’s in date. Also they’re required for all the diving we do in Cape Town, so please make sure you bring yours with you whenever we dive.

    Just a reminder, if you don’t want to be on the mailing list please let me know. Also, feel free to forward this to any of your friends who might be interested in diving with us.

    Regards

    Tony Lindeque
    076 817 1099
    www.learntodivetoday.co.za
    www.learntodivetoday.co.za/blog

    Diving is addictive!

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