Newsletter: Rinse and repeat

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

Saturday & Sunday: Check conditions the day before, and make a call

Filling station for boats on Sandhamn
Filling station for boats on Sandhamn

As weekends go at this time of year, this one is a weirdo. There is meant to be a 6 metre swell tomorrow, so diving might not be good… But the predicted swell is very westerly so diving may be good. There might be little wind on Saturday with a lot of swell, and more wind on Sunday with less swell… Weather sites disagree violently.

The plan is to check conditions tomorrow afternoon and decide for Saturday, and rinse and repeat on Sunday. If you’re keen to dive, let me know and I’ll keep you posted!

Odds & ends

About this week’s photo: we continue with last week’s theme of marine filling stations. We saw this one on the island of Sandhamn in the Stockholm Archipelago.

On Wednesday 16 August (next week), a book about Nicole, the great white shark that was tagged off South Africa’s coast and swam all the way to Australia and back, will be launched at Kalk Bay Books. Sounds interesting. Event details here.

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Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Filling up

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Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Boat dives from Simon’s Town at 9.00 am and 11.30 am (maximum depth 18 metres)

Filing station on Vaxholm
Filing station on Vaxholm

We are back from a vacation and the one thing, of many, that stood out as something that we could really use in False Bay, was a filling station. Not one for cars – we have those – but a real marine filling station that boats can approach from the water. The one in the picture is on the island of Vaxholm in the Stockholm archipelago.

Word is that the visibility is in False Bay has been decent. Not much wind or swell are in the forecast for Sunday so that’s the day we plan to dive.

Both dives (at 9.00 am and 11.30 am) will be to a maximum depth of 18 metres and most likely around Roman Rock, as I have students to qualify. Let me know if you want to join us.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Mix and match

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

Early dives on Saturday, to be confirmed

Hout Bay at sunset
Hout Bay at sunset

It is not really the time of year where the though of diving from Hout Bay would come up! Particularly as Chapmans Peak is closed at the moment, after rockfalls. This week there has been mostly south easterly wind so parts of the Atlantic are actually as clean/green as False Bay. The temperature recorded at the CSIR buoy off Kommetjie has dropped from 16 degrees to 11 degrees in the last 48 hours.

Toss in a little rain, some weird wind and a little swell and suddenly the question of where to go takes on a life of its own. I think the best bet will be to dive on Saturday, really early, in False Bay somewhere. I will take a look tomorrow late afternoon just in case somewhere else shows promise, and confirm details by 6.00 pm. Let me know if you’re available.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Taking advantage

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Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Boat dives at 10.30 to Photographers Reef / 12.30 to Roman Rock northern pinnacle, meeting at False Bay Yacht Club

Alex at Photographer's Reef
Alex at Photographer’s Reef

False Bay is clean at the moment. This is the time of year for really good visibility, and even though it’s cold, it’s often really worth it.

Saturday has swell, wind and a little rain. Sunday has less swell, less wind but a greater chance of there being a touch of rain. I think Sunday will be our choice for diving, and we will start a little later than usual to take advantage of the improving weather mid-morning.

We will meet in the parking lot of False Bay Yacht Club at 10.00, for the first launch will at 10.30 to Photographers Reef and the second at 12.30 to Roman Rock northern pinnacle. Let me know if you’re on board.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Clean and fresh

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Boat dives (max 18 metres) at 9.00 am and 11.30 am from Simons Town jetty

Simon's Town boating on a windless day
Simon’s Town boating on a windless day

It is the time of year where False Bay is mostly good, clean and a little bit cooler. Providing the usual winter swells don’t hammer us, the conditions are good. Sunday looks to be the better day for us, so we plan to launch at 9.00 and 11.30 am from False Bay Yacht Club. Both sites will be a maximum depth of 18 metres as I have students to qualify.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Life aboard

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Weekend dive plans

Staying dry

The swell peaks at 8 metres with 18 second period tonight. It starts to drop off during the following few days, however I doubt the conditions will have settled enough on Saturday for training dives. Sunday has some south easter so we will have a dry weekend.

SA Agulhas II berthed in Cape Town
SA Agulhas II berthed in Cape Town

SA Agulhas II open day

Visit the East Pier Quay at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday (24 June) to get a rare opportunity to go aboard South Africa’s state of the art polar research vessel, SA Agulhas II. A little bit more info from the Department of Environmental Affairs is available here (pdf). We visited the ship a few years ago – read more about that visit here.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Snack time

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Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Boat dives from Simon’s Town harbour, suitable for Open Water divers

Cormorant eating a pipefish
Cormorant eating a pipefish

It is a long weekend, however not one suited to three solid days of diving. As we speak, the swell has just reached 7 metres on the the CSIR buoy off Cape Point. The swell climbs and drops during the weekend, as does the wind.

All things considered, I think Sunday will be the only decent option. The water should be clean and the swell has more of a westerly tendency than it has today.

We were out last last Friday just after the storm swell and the surge was heavy. It was also by far the most trying conditions I have ever had to launch and retrieve the boat in. There were huge kelp islands and much foam all over False Bay. This week was a lot better and yesterday the visibility was 6 metres plus, and the surge manageable. It is that time of year where we have storms and swell and they often disappear as fast as they arrive.

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Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Rough combination

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Weekend dive plans

No dives

View of Strandfontein beach
View of Strandfontein beach

False Bay has been reasonably dive-worthy for the last two weeks, however, the weekend does not look all that great. Near gale force winds on Saturday coupled with a 3-4 metre swell that rolls in on Saturday evening will reduce the comfort levels of the bay. There is no wind on Sunday but I doubt the swell will make for pleasant diving for many. The water should be really clean after Saturdays wind… Not much consolation! We’ll be staying dry this weekend (and hoping for rain).

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Transformation

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Weekend dive plans

Saturday: Boat dives at 9.00 and 11.30 from Simons Town jetty (maximum depth 18 metres)

This week we launched on Monday, Tuesday and again today. Monday and Tuesday were pleasant as there was no swell or wind to worry about, however the visibility was pretty lousy. Mostly pea soup around Roman Rock and a little further south and 4-5 metres in Smitswinkel Bay.

One day of westerly wind, not even that strong, and False Bay transformed. On the wreck of the Princess Elizabeth this morning the visibility was 20 metres plus. It is quite astonishing how quickly things change.

I think the viz will remain for the weekend and Saturday is probably going to be the best day. There’s less wind on Sunday but a lot more swell and therefore surge to deal with. I have students to qualify so both dives will be to a maximum depth of 18 metres. Most likely to Alpha Reef and the northern part of Roman Rock.

Gathering around the shot line in Smitswinkel Bay
Gathering around the shot line in Smitswinkel Bay

Shark Spotters fundraiser

Get the details of the next Shark Spotters fundraiser, happening on Wednesday 31 May, here. Book directly with the Two Oceans Aquarium. Greg Bertish, author of The Little Optimist, will talk about his adventures, and about the early days of the Shark Spotters program. We have donated an auction item/lucky draw prize!

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Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Business as usual

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Weekend dive plans

Saturday: Launching from Simons Town jetty at 9.00 and 11.30 am

Sunday: Launching from Simons Town jetty at 9.00 and 11.30 am (suitable for Open Water divers)

It is the time of year where we have more decent days for diving in a week than we experience during the windy summer months. This weekend looks pretty good for both days in False Bay. Not much wind or swell, and while it is doubtful this visibility will be in the double digits, it should be decent.

I will launch from Simons Town jetty at 9.00 and 11.30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will be for qualified divers, and you get to choose where we go. Sunday will be mostly students’ qualifying dives so max 18 metres, suitable for Open Water divers.

Musselcracker at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Musselcracker at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Shark Spotters fundraiser

Check out the details of an upcoming Shark Spotters fundraiser here. It promises to be an inspirational and enjoyable evening.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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