Monday launch in Hout Bay, with burned mountains behind us

Newsletter: Swim time

Hi divers

Weekend dives

Sunday: launching from Simon’s Town jetty at 8.00 for Outer Photographer’s Reef / 10.30 for Alpha Reef / 12.30 double tanker to Pyramid Rock for cowsharks

Dive report

We were able to get in the water twice over the Easter weekend: really early on Saturday in False Bay before the wind, and then again on Monday. Monday turned out to be a great day with very little wind. It was however cold, 9 -10 degrees, and we dived the BOS 400, Tafelberg Reef and the seals out of Hout Bay.

Saturday’s dives were interesting but perhaps not fun in the conventional sense of the word – we two back to back at Shark Alley so a film crew could visit the cowsharks. There was not a cowshark to be seen until the end of the second dive, when the divers encountered two dead sharks with what looked like extensive bite marks all down their bodies. We sent the pictures to one of the local scientists running the sevengill cowshark project in False Bay. She observed that the sharks had not been dead long (their eyes were intact, and these would be the first thing to be nibbled by fish), and that the absence of hooks and typical treatment by fishermen suggested that humans were not involved.

Monday launch in Hout Bay, with burned mountains behind us
Monday launch in Hout Bay, with burned mountains behind us

Weekend plans

This weekend shows great potential for good clean water almost everywhere. There is no swell forecast, and light winds. On Saturday we are supporting Ned Denison at the Robben Island Freedom Swim so there is no diving planned.

On Sunday we will launch from Simon’s Town jetty at 8.00 for Outer Photographer’s Reef, at 10.30 for Alpha Reef and at 12.30 we need to do something at Pyramid Rock so we will do a double tank dive in the afternoon.

On Monday we are supporting the Swim for Hope around Cape Point, so we are making up for all the windy days that have stopped us taking the boat out this summer.

Mozambique trip

We will need to close bookings for the trip at the end of April. There are three spots still available – let me know if you want more information. We’re away from 28 June until 4 July, traveling via Durban.

regards

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

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Tony

Scuba diver, teacher, gadget man, racing driver, boat skipper, photographer, and collector of stray animals

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