Newsletter: Chin up

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No diving

This is a strange time to be alive, and we are all (hopefully) adjusting to being confined to our homes for the next 21 and perhaps more days. This is a challenge, as I don’t need to tell you. Thankfully there are ways to pass the time, whilst not forgetting about the ocean and scuba diving, and I thought I’d share a few of them with you.

Interesting gaps between the rocks and in the kelp are fun for divers!
Interesting gaps between the rocks and in the kelp are fun for divers!

 

Free online first aid courses from DAN

DAN Southern Africa has generously made their catalogue of online first aid courses free of charge for the next one month. Pick from the list below:

(Rocking back and forth on your couch contemplating existence and eating popcorn is also ok – don’t feel obliged to try to transform yourself into an intellectual and physical hulk during lockdown.)

Marine Life Identification with Georgina Jones

The City iNaturalist Challenge is rolling around again at the end of April. Georgina’s planned fish ID workshops probably aren’t going to happen in the originally planned face to face format, so she’s preparing daily online posts with information (and photos) on common marine life around Cape Town. You can find these in the Underwater Cape Town facebook group, which you should join if you’re not already a member. Georgina knows what she’s talking about.

The Sea-Change book

We reviewed the incredible Sea Change book a while ago. During the lockdown period, the Sea Change team is making the e-book available free of charge to South Africans. All you need to do is send an email to get a special download code for the Sea Change website. Details here (facebook – may be slow to load thanks to a broken undersea cable).

This is a beautiful offer; you’ll be able to explore the kelp forests from the comfort of your couch, as long as this goes on.

For the kids

Audible is allowing free streaming of a large catalogue of kids’, teens’ and classic books read by awesome narrators: check out stories.audible.com.

Local illustrator Patrick Latimer has created Halfsies, a free print-it-yourself pdf of pictures for kids (or you) to complete, and then colour. Find it here.

Virus information

Much less wonderfully, we’re sure you already know about several of these, but here’s a list of reputable sources for coronavirus updates:

Finally, to all of you and your families, please do your utmost to stay well, stay at home, and see you on the other side. To the healthcare workers – we cannot thank you enough.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Distancing

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No diving

It is a tough situation we find ourselves in, and it has been hard to watch other countries go through a meltdown that I hope we can avoid here in South Africa.

Diving is safe providing you know who you are diving with, use all your own equipment and give your dive buddies a wide berth. In diver training this is not an option, and practicing social distancing on a dive boat is equally difficult.

Sadly in the interest of safety, for both you and I, we will take a break from diving for a short time. We will continue the newsletter weekly and return to training, diving and boat launches as soon as it is safe.

DAN Europe and DAN Southern Africa have issued statements about dive gear and dive travel – worth a read.

Baden Powell drive from the air
Baden Powell drive from the air

During these unusual times, remember that the outdoors, enjoyed at a safe distance from anyone you don’t share a home with, can provide both enjoyment and some mental health rejuvenation. Snorkeling in a tidal pool, or a walk on the beach, can help with that cabin fever. 

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Landfall

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

Saturday: Shore dives at Long Beach

I again have students in the pool on Friday, and we will shore dive on Saturday. No boat dives planned. Sunday sadly looks a little on the windy side. 

Sunset over Langebaan lagoon
Sunset over Langebaan lagoon

Yoshi the turtle has made landfall in Australia. She was probably hoping to watch the Formula One. Read all about her incredible journey here. What a girl!

Do you live in a city? Worried about keeping yourself and those you care about healthy? Here’s a helpful article. Look after yourselves and stay safe!

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
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Newsletter: Pancake time

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No diving

The bay is going to be clean, warmish and as flat as a pancake on Friday and Saturday.

 

Baden Powell drive from the air
Baden Powell drive from the air

Sunday is a stay home day as the Cape Town Cycle Tour hits the coastline and road closures will be enforced all around the peninsula.

I have other commitments this weekend that don’t involve water, but if you get the chance, you should try to get wet.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: All shook up

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No diving

We have south easterly winds of between 30 and 60 km/h spread out over the next few days, and as a result I am not planning any dives for this weekend.

SAS Somerset at the V&A Waterfront
SAS Somerset at the V&A Waterfront

Diver24

Join UCT Underwater Club and the Two Oceans Aquarium for their annual Diver24 event. This year you can enjoy diving-related talks, snacks, and the vibe of the aquarium at night. More info here (facebook).

On your way, you can check out SAS Somerset, pictured above, as she lists slightly in her berth behind the aquarium. She’s the sister ship of SAS Fleur, a deep dive not too far from Seal Island in False Bay.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Grub’s up

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No diving

Breakfast on Langebaan lagoon

I’ve got students in the pool on Saturday, and Sunday looks too windy for dives, so we’ll have to wait to get in some salt water until conditions improve.

Turtle time

It’s the start of that time of year when turtles strand on the beaches of the Western Cape. What to do if you find one? Don’t throw it back into the sea. The Two Oceans Aquarium explains how you should proceed. Read more here.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Washed up

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Shore dives from Long Beach in Simons Town

The Kakapo on Long Beach, Kommetjie
The Kakapo on Long Beach, Kommetjie

Thanks to the south easter, the Atlantic is getting cleaner. Hout Bay is still a little grubby, but there are two days of strong south easterly wind to fix it before Sunday. The temperature is already down to 12 degrees.

Sunday will most likely be the best bet for dives, out of Hout Bay or Granger Bay.  The swell, however, is bigger that my boat likes, so we will shore dive in Simons Town on Sunday instead. Let me know if you’re keen.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Wakey wakey

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

Saturday: Shore dives at Long Beach at 7.30 am

I’m shore diving students on Saturday morning at Long Beach, starting crisply with the dawn (ok, close enough). There’s a good gap in the wind, but to take advantage we need to be up with the birds. 

Olifantsbos at Cape Point
Olifantsbos at Cape Point

Beach clean and Trash Bash

Two for your diaries:

  • The Beach Co-Op’s first new moon clean at Surfers Corner is this Saturday at 9.00am – details here
  • The Two Oceans Aquarium’s first Trash Bash of the year is at Rondevlei Nature Reserve the following Saturday, 1 February – details here. Maybe we’ll see a hippo…

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Force 12

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No diving

Long Beach, Kommetjie
Long Beach, Kommetjie

Ok, so it’s not quite a hurricane, but the weather man has dipped heavily into the pink and purple hues in his box of crayons for this week and weekend’s forecasts. Things calm down on Tuesday, but in the mean time, hold onto your hats.

It’s far too rough for diving, unfortunately, so we’ll sit this weekend out. If you’re free for weekday dives, let me know, because I’ll be going out next week.

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: Window of opportunity

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No dives planned

Mist over Hout Bay seen from Long Beach Kommetjie

Hope you’re all settling into 2020 and feeling strong.

The good diving weather window this weekend is short: Saturday morning, and Long Beach is probably the best bang for your buck. I’m booked up on Saturday, but if you must dive, that’s your best option.

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
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