Newsletter: Doubling up

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Double tank dives to Atlantis and divers’ choice from False Bay Yacht Club, meeting at 8.30 am

False Bay on Saturday
False Bay on Saturday

Conditions last weekend were fairly reasonable once the rain had passed over, wetting the skipper in the process. There seems to be a good chance of decent conditions for both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, so I will pick Sunday.

We will meet in the False Bay Yacht Club parking lot at 8.30 am with the intention of double tanking. I think Atlantis will be really good, and the second dive will be decided depending on what we find on the first. Let me know if you’re keen.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Rinse and repeat

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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.

regards

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
076 817 1099
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Newsletter: Taking advantage

Hi divers

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
076 817 1099
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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.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Under the rainbow

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Weekend dive plans

Taking a wait and see approach – let me know if you want to be contacted for dives…

Rainbow at Glencairn
Rainbow at Glencairn

A 12 metre swell with an 18 second period arrived yesterday and hammered the Atlantic shoreline. The swell was very westerly, as were the howling winds, so False Bay experienced nothing even close to that intensity.

Despite the protection afforded by Cape Point, False Bay saw some of the swell today and surfing was popular at the Clan Stuart, Glencairn, Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay reefs.

By tomorrow the swell has dropped down, the wind has died and False Bay will start to settle. This changes for the weekend.  Saturday sees the arrival of a weaker and smaller front which comes with 50 km/h winds and some rain. The odds of decent diving are slim, as the wind is from the north, not a direction False Bay likes much.

Things can change, so to be safe will play it by ear and decide on the day whether we launch or not. Let me know if you want to be notified of any dives.

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regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Rough combination

Hi divers

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
076 817 1099
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