Helga and a duck on the OPBC slipway

Directions to Oceana Power Boat Club

Boat dives in Cape Town are either done from Miller’s Point, Hout Bay, or (less frequently) Oceana Power Boat Club near the Waterfront. Don’t expect to see a giant inflatable duck there.

Helga and a duck on the OPBC slipway
Helga and a duck on the OPBC slipway

Launches are done from the Power Boat Club when wind conditions necessitate being sheltered by the mountain (for example in a strong southerly wind during the summer). Here are directions from the entrance to the V&A Waterfront at the start/end of the N2:

  1. Drive into the Waterfont.
  2. At the circle, take the first exit to the left. Behind you on your right will be a Caltex garage, and in front on the right is the Clock Tower precinct.
  3. Follow Dock road through the Waterfront, past the Two Oceans Aquarium on your right.
  4. The road curves to the left, and at the top of the hill go straight through the circle. The Pavilion Conference Centre is on your left, and then Somerset Hospital steps.
  5. At the circle at the bottom of the hill, go straight through.
  6. At the next circle, take a left. You’ll reach Beach Road, which heads into Sea Point.
  7. You won’t go that far, though – take your first left off Beach Road into Jetty street.
  8. The Power Boat Club is in front of you just as the road starts to curve to the right. You can park in the parking area if there’s space, otherwise on the side of the road.

Here’s the Power Boat club from above. The launch site is that unassuming half moon in the centre of the map.

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