Newsletter: That summer wind

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No diving

It has been a windy week and neither False Bay or Hout Bay look particularly appealing. There is a chance the Atlantic will clean up a little more, but the wind forecast for Saturday and Sunday is a little more than our boat enjoys. We have no diving planned.

Table Mountain seen from Sunset Beach
Table Mountain seen from Sunset Beach

Diarise

The year is winding down, but there are still good things happening for ocean lovers. Next weekend (14-15 December) features an exhibition of photos and paintings, and two morning talks, one by False Bay’s pre-eminent shark scientist, and another by the lead author of a recent multi-disciplinary study of the bay. All the information you need is here.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Summer for sure

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Weekend dive plans

No diving

Saturday looks like an excellent diving day, with light westerlies that will flatten and clean our side of False Bay. I’m booked for the day, but if you get in the water, enjoy it and be safe.

View of Table Mountain and tugs

Summer water safety with the NSRI

The NSRI have released an excellent compendium of holiday water safety tips that I recommend you check out, and share with your family and friends – especially those who don’t spend as much time around the ocean as you do. Read it here.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: The right time

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Weekend dive plans

Sunday: 8.30 am False Bay dives from Simons Town jetty

Kelp crab under the microscope at the aquarium
Kelp crab under the microscope at the aquarium

The weather over False Bay has changed for the better today. The seemingly endless south easter is taking a break and some wind from the west or northwest will pretty up False Bay over the next day or two.

By Sunday I am sure the conditions will be great. Meet on the Simons Town jetty at 8.15 am to load up and leave by 8.30 am. Site choice will be made on the move. I am keen to do a double tanker but am open to suggestions.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Hold onto your hats

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Weekend dive plans

No diving

The forecast for 30-40 km/h winds persists into the weekend. It’s very likely that the Atlantic will be clean – it looks clean already – but the amount of wind is just too much. Sorry (for you and me)!

St James tidal pool
St James tidal pool

Keeping sane in the wind

You could go to some of the Wavescape Festival events, attend a beach clean up (the Beach Co-Op is hosting an awesome-looking one at Strandfontein on Saturday), or visit one of our wonderful tidal pools for a low-stakes swim or a snorkel.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Cold Atlantic

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Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Boat dives from Hout Bay

Hout Bay looking beautiful
Hout Bay looking beautiful

All things point to the Atlantic being the better option for diving this weekend, with Sunday being the better day for it. It is currently warm and green there right now, but the next two days of fairly strong south easterly wind should improve the visibility dramatically.

I will make the call to dive on Saturday but will most likely dive Tafelberg Reef and Vulcan Rock.

If you’re a resident of anywhere from Big Bay to the CBD, note these road closures for the Cape Town Challenge triathlon event on Sunday.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Guests from the south

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Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Boat dives from False Bay Yacht Club

Sunday will most likely be the better diving day in False Bay despite the swell forecast. The Atlantic temperature has dropped 5 degrees in the last 24 hours so there is a chance that Oudekraal would work on Saturday if you need to get wet.

I will plan launching from Simons Town, early on Sunday and both dives will be in the vicinity of Roman Rock. Let me know if you’re keen.

Flagellar sea fan at Roman Rock (and very respectable visibility)
Flagellar sea fan at Roman Rock (and very respectable visibility)

Penguin at large

There’s a king penguin currently visiting Buffels Bay in the Cape Point Nature Reserve. These animals are found on the subantarctic islands and the Antarctic continent, so it’s a long way from home. This is a rare chance for you to see the second largest species of penguin.

They aren’t rare (there are 2-3 million of them in the world), but they are highly threatened by climate change, and we’re very lucky to see one in Africa. This bird has no fear of humans, so be cautious and respectful if you go and see it. SANParks is guarding the animal to make sure it’s kept safe.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Moist

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

Saturday: Possible False Bay dives

There are a few very wet days heading our way, which is fortunate as this month has been very dry.

Diving-wise the odds are 50/50 that False Bay will have some clean spots, however it will depend on just how much of the forecast rains fall on Friday. If it is as much as predicted (25mm from some forecasts) then run-off may be an issue.

I will take a look late tomorrow and make a call. If we do dive it will be an early start, at 7.30 am. Let me know if you’re keen on rising with the sparrows for some in-water time.

Strawberry anemones
Strawberry anemones

Things to do

Jelly Night at the Two Oceans Aquarium is an opportunity for you to learn from some of the world’s foremost jellyfish experts, at a public event as part of a symposium on jellyfish blooms. Read more and find a link to ticket purchases here.

Bookings for the Wavescape Film Festival are open. See all the events here. There’s a lot to choose from, but the ones we have our eye on are the Seaside Scavenge, Beneath the Surface, and Oceans Alive.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Wheel-less

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No diving

The back end of our boat Seahorse
The back end of our boat Seahorse

The conditions for the weekend do not really look that great. Because of the strong south easter, if anything the Atlantic is most likely to be a better choice, but probably rough.

The boat is currently wheel-less and is hanging on a set of slings while the trailer is in for a revamp. All things being equal it should be back and ready by next weekend, and we’ll hold thumbs for obliging conditions.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Atlantic

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Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Boat dives from OPBC

There is not much doubt that the best option for weekend diving activities will need to be from Oceana Powerboat Club in Granger Bay. The next two days of southeasterly wind should clean things up there after the really insane (almost 9 metre) swell that passed through last night.

The swell, if it lingers at 3 metres won’t be great so I will decide late on Saturday whether we launch or not. The water temperature is currently around 16 degrees so some cleaning by the wind is still required.

Octopus at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Octopus at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Diversnight

One more reminder to put Saturday 2 November in your diaries. The dive clubs are hosting this year, and it’s going to be a great event with lucky draw prizes, the works. Here’s the facebook event. Not sure what Diversnight is? Read this.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Rolling on

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Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Boat or shore dives in False Bay

The weather has certainly started warming up a little as we roll towards summer. A few days of north west winds will have helped improve the visibility this side of False Bay, however there is some swell heading our way. The swell doesn’t always arrive as big as it is forecast, so I am going to plan dives for Sunday (the better day swell-wise at this point). Depending on what False Bay looks like late on Saturday, I will then decide whether we launch the boat or do shore dives. Let me know if you want to join.

See through fish at the Dubai Aquarium
See through fish at the Dubai Aquarium

Dates to diarise

  • Don’t forget about Shark Night at the aquarium this coming Tuesday – details here.
  • Diversnight this year is on Saturday 2 November, and the dive clubs are hosting. It’s a super fun evening of night diving, and I suggest you put it in your planner. Facebook event details here.

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
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