Newsletter: Finding cowsharks

Hi divers

Seal at Ark Rock
Seal at Ark Rock

We had some great diving last weekend, and were on a mission to find the cowsharks and clean water. Our first dive on Sunday was to Ark Rock, a relatively easy but beautiful site with sheer walls, overhangs, ledges and a sort of cave. There is also almost always a handful of very playful seals to start and end the dive with.

Pyjama catshark at Ark Rock
Pyjama catshark at Ark Rock

We then went to dive at Atlantis. Our expectations of cleaner water below the murky top layer did not materialise (even at 15 metres) so we hauled into the boat and went to look for the sevengill cowsharks. For some reason or another there have been very few sightings of these animals since mid-September, and we have been trying to find them in several different places over the last week or two. We had a plan, it was dived and I waited on the boat. Happily a few minutes into the dive Clare’s head popped up (still attached) and she shouted they had found them.

Small cowshark at Shark Alley
Small cowshark at Shark Alley

I launched again on Tuesday and we dropped in on the very same spot and there they were. There aren’t as many to see as there have been on other occasions, and they didn’t seem as curious as they sometimes are, but we were very glad to see that they’re still in the general vicinity of Shark Alley.

Seal convocation in False Bay
Seal convocation in False Bay

On our way back from Shark Alley we were overtaken by a huge group of very relaxed and playful seals. It was an amazing experience – there’s a video here.

Training

We are busy tomorrow and the weekend with Rescue and Open Water, and next week I have two courses running back to back: the Drift and Deep Specialties. We will start these courses on Tuesday. Monday will be a Discover Scuba day most likely, at Long Beach.

This weekend

I think False Bay will be the place to dive and we will do shore dives with Open Water students on Saturday with Rescue in the afternoon. On Sunday we will do two launches for student qualifying dives and some more Rescue training.

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
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Newsletter: Not-much-news-letter

Hi divers

The weather has really been out of whack recently and I have not found the predicted conditions matching the actual conditions more than once over the last two weeks. Despite the cold, wet and windy conditions there have been some good days and I have had the boat out as often as possible.  Last weekend was really busy at the Yacht Club as the Lipton Cup was due to start , a week long regatta, so there was a hive of activities in preparation. The slipway at Miller’s Point has also been extremely hectic as the snoek are running in the bay, so every boat in Cape Town seems to have been launching there every day and some days it has been difficult getting into the parking lot!

Yacht being removed from the water in preparation for the Lipton Cup
Yacht being removed from the water in preparation for the Lipton Cup

Yesterday we dived at Partridge Point and then with the sevengill cowsharks and the water was 13 degrees with 6-8 metre visibility. During the seal dive the viz was far better at depth and a little further out but closer to the rock it dropped off  to about 2 metres. The was a fair bit of surge.

Miller's Point on Monday morning
Miller’s Point on Monday morning

This weekend

Tomorrow will be a flat, calm, sunny blue ocean day in False Bay, but it’s Friday and far too many people seem to want to be at work. I will dive at Long Beach with students and will then have some idea of the conditions closer to shore as all the dives we have done recently have been off the boat.

Saturday will once again be a howling 50 km/h windy wet day but it’s from the right direction to improve the viz, and the swell is around 3 metres which is just bearable.  Diving will be best on Sunday as the wind drops off somewhat and it’s north westerly so the bay will be flat.

I will make a decision on Friday evening whether we launch on Sunday once I see an updated weather forecast. If it’s going to be too windy we will dive at Long Beach or A Frame. Let me know if you want to do a shore dive or a boat dive, so I know who to contact about diving on Sunday once I’ve seen the weather.

This cowshark appears to have been tagged
This cowshark appears to have been tagged

Training

I’m currently busy with Open Water and Advanced courses. And Mark is one Discover Scuba Diving short of completing his Divemaster course!

Cape Town Dive Festival & International Coastal Cleanup Day

There are some spaces available at the festival (taking place on 8-9 September), and the reduced rate of R100 for dives applies until 31 August. Visit the website for more information.

The following weekend, on Saturday 15 September, is International Coastal Cleanup Day. We plan to support OMSAC at their cleanup dive in Kalk Bay Harbour – more information here. These cleanup dives aren’t always scenic, but they are always interesting, and it’s a very worthwhile project to be involved in. If you’re interested in participating, either chat to me or go ahead and register directly with OMSAC. Clare and I are  moving house next week and will only have headspace for more admin after that!

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
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Newsletter: The same, but different

Hi divers

The last few weeks have been eventful for the marine world in Cape Town. For some thoughts about chumming, which has been very much in the news lately, you can click here and here, and for some general thoughts you can read this blog post. The ocean is a complex and ever-changing place, but it’s the same old ocean that we dived in a month ago. There’s something new to see every day – don’t let political drama and media hype put you off!

False Bay seen from Boyes Drive
False Bay seen from Boyes Drive

Back to diving… or the lack therof

The picture above shows the patchy and murky waters of False Bay. Our diving plans for this entire week have been on hold as the weather, water and wind have not been of a nature typically required for diver training.

Christo and me on the boat with the BOS 400 in the background (picture by Maurice)
Christo and me on the boat with the BOS 400 in the background (picture by Maurice)

We did venture out last Saturday and dived the BOS 400 in very misty conditions. The visibility was around 15 metres but there was a huge fog bank hanging about so we decide to skip a second dive. I had cancelled shore dives for the weekend but believe it was a bad call as reports of great visibility and flat seas served to remind me that weather forecasting is best left to the experts.

We took the boat out today and dived with the cowsharks at Shark Alley and the seals at Partridge Point. The conditions were more windy and choppy than the weather forecast predicted, but the visibility was an acceptable 6 metres at Shark Alley and about the same at the seals, but very surgy.

On the boat in Maori Bay (photo by Maurice)
On the boat in Maori Bay (photo by Maurice)

Weekend plans

Friday

We will launch from Miller’s Point and do a double tank dive or just one dive (I’m not taking the boat out of the water in between dives, so you can’t do just the second dive), maximum five people, dive site(s) and depth dependent on who books and how many dives you want to do.

Saturday and Sunday

Shore dives for training and Discover Scuba Diving.

Monday and Tuesday

Back on the boat for a double tank or a single dive (weather permitting) – sites on at least one of those days to be suitable for Open Water divers.

If you would like to dive, please let me know your preference for what day, and if there’s a particular site (False Bay side) that you’d like to visit. No promises, but your input is important!

Cape Town Dive Festival

This is going to be a big event, to be part of it you need to go to www.ctdf.co.za and register and book your dives. I cannot book for you, but you can do the dives I have booked if you wish. Or if you are tired of seeing my fins, pick any of the options available providing they are within your qualification.

Mozambique

Booked and paid for and we leave on Monday 7 May returning on Saturday 12th. So no diving with me that week, here, but you can still join if you’re tired of the office.

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
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Supporting Romeo’s Wish

This year, Learn to Dive Today has donated a Discover Scuba Diving experience as a prize in the Romeo’s Wish raffle, to raise funds for DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Group) in Hout Bay. We love dogs and cats (all creatures except mosquitoes, actually!) and are happy to contribute towards making a difference in the lives of some pets that would otherwise be neglected.

You can read more about Romeo’s Wish here, here and here. Details on how to buy a ticket for the raffle are below:

Romeo's Wish

Christmas gift guide 2011

It’s that time of year again. I trust you are all feeling suitably festive. Here’s our annual (well, second so far) Christmas gift guide. Use it/don’t use it…

Books

For the reader, you could check out our book reviews, arranged by topic:

There are also a couple of children’s books to consider.

Dive gear

Check out What’s in My Dive Bag for some ideas… You can contact Andre for most of these:

Probably not a good idea to get a mask unless the place you buy it will let the person exchange it if it doesn’t fit!

Donations

For the person who has everything, or just because you’re feeling grateful:

Experiences

Don’t forget to add a memory card for the lucky recipient’s camera if you plan to gift any of these!

For those who need (or like) to relax

Magazine subscriptions

Wall art

Clip Clop designs and prints beautiful tide charts for Cape Town and Durban and moon phase charts for the year. You can order online or find them at Exclusive Books.

Newsletter: Green, brown and blue

Hi divers

In the midst of the red tide/dirty water!
In the midst of the red tide/dirty water!

We’ve had really odd conditions in False Bay this past week – some absolutely spectacular visibility, mixed with some decidedly brown, murky water. Conditions last Saturday were good underwater, but the wind was far too strong and the surface conditions were too bad for new divers so we called off the second Open Water dive that day.

Last Sunday we did two boat dives in False Bay, the first of which featured some truly awful visibility (picture above), and the second of which (picture below) boasted some of the best visibility that one ever sees in False Bay. There’s been an extensive red tide which has been visible from Boyes Drive for over a week, and this is seriously affecting the visibility in certain areas of the bay.

Goot deploys an SMB in the crystal clear water at Caravan Reef
Goot deploys an SMB in the crystal clear water at Caravan Reef

There was a very strong surface current (and current underwater) during last weekend’s boat dives, and we were reminded of the importance of carrying a signalling device such as an SMB, and a whistle on your inflator hose to call the boat. If you need an SMB, Andre in Simon’s Town has some very good ones which are not negatively buoyant, making them much easier to inflate while you’re below the surface.

Colourful reef life at Roman Rock
Colourful reef life at Roman Rock

We had 15 metres of visibility on the Clan Stuart on Monday, which is truly unusual for this wreck as it’s quite exposed. There seems to have been some water mixing going on over the last few days, however, and today there were patches of clean water interspersed with pockets of green, milky water at Windmill and Long Beach. The wind is blowing from a favourable direction, however, so we hope it’ll clean the bay a bit more before the weekend.

Compass sea jellies and fish in the current at Caravan Reef
Compass sea jellies and fish in the current at Caravan Reef

Weekend diving

Tomorrow I have Discover Scuba divers at Long Beach, and then some time in the pool. The weekend is chock full of Open Water and Discover Scuba Diving dives, so I’ll spend most of the time at Long Beach and, conditions permitting, Windmill, A Frame and/or the Clan Stuart.

If you’d like to tag along give me a shout. A shore dive at a familiar site is the perfect opportunity to hone your skills and test new gear.

Student news & travel

Congratulations to Gerard and Goot, both of whom have just (about half an hour ago) qualified as Enriched Air and Deep divers. These two courses are a very good idea if you plan to dive a lot in Cape Town, and – as I told them this evening – after finishing them, they’re complete divers who will only benefit from further experience.

We also found this picture of Cecil that was taken on his very first Open Water dive, late last year. Compare that to his recently-acquired cave diving qualification… Time flies! This time last year Kate was also with us, finishing her Advanced course and on the way to Divemaster. She’s now a fully-fledged PADI Instructor, having qualified in June in Sodwana.

A root mouth jellyfish eating a compass sea jelly at Caravan Reef
A root mouth jellyfish eating a compass sea jelly at Caravan Reef

While on the subject of current and former students, Tami, Keren and Nils have just finshed some (apparently wonderful) dives in the Red Sea as part of a family holiday to Israel. We’re looking forward to hearing about their trip when they get home.

Peter Southwood swimming a shallow contour at Caravan Reef (south)
Peter Southwood swimming a shallow contour at Caravan Reef (south)

If word of all this dive travel is giving you itchy feet, fear not: we have not forgotten about a dive trip for early next year, and will keep you posted as the plan emerges!

Clare and I visited OMSAC in Pinelands last Thursday evening for a talk on SASSI, and plan to visit again on Thursday 24 November to listen to Alistair Downing from Underwater Explorers talking about West Coast wrecks. OMSAC is a friendly, vibrant little club and we felt very welcome there even though technically we are members of their rivals FBUC! I will remind you of Alistair’s talk closer to the time – it’s a good opportunity to visit the club.

Regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
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Newsletter: Ever had a bad Monday? Come diving on Tuesday!

Hello diving people

Anemone at Long Beach
Anemone at Long Beach

You will probably have heard about the shark bite that occurred at Clovelly this morning, at the far end of Fish Hoek beach. For a balanced description of the events, you can read what the NSRI says here. At this time of year sharks do move inshore from Seal Island, and as a swimmer or surfer it is essential to pay attention to the Shark Spotter sirens and flags. As divers we are less concerned about sharks, because it’s highly unlikely that a shark will mistake you for anything other than what you are: a noisy, neoprene-clad figure exhaling clouds of bubbles, unlike any other creature in its domain! I have dived extensively with sharks – when I was working in Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique, our first dive of the day was almost invariably to a reef called Pinnacles, where we saw hammerheads and Zambezi (bull) sharks almost daily, and sometimes tiger sharks. They just do not bug divers.

However, it is recommended to avoid flailing around on the surface too much at any time of the year in Cape Town’s waters, even if you’re in scuba gear. Controlled buoyancy and businesslike behaviour when you surface after a dive will contribute to your peace of mind. If you’d like to chat about sharks or are concerned about what to do if you see one while diving, please get in touch (my contact details are below or on the About page). You can also read this post in our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information, and my account of seeing a great white shark while diving. There is a follow-up on that sighting here.

Sharks are a reality of life lived close to and in the ocean, and we are privileged to reside in a country where great white sharks have been protected for nearly 20 years. Increased shark sightings in Cape Town are attributable both to population growth of great whites – back towards their natural levels before fishing for them was popular – and to increased efforts being put into minimising interactions between bathers and sharks, chiefly by the excellent Shark Spotters campaign. For a bit of background and some food for thought, you can read this post about the history of Shark Spotters, and this movie review.

Tony and Gerard on Tafelberg Reef
Tony and Gerard on Tafelberg Reef

Sharks aside, the ocean has been kind to us of late. We dived both the Atlantic side and the False Bay coastline this last weekend and had a good 12 metres visibility with 10 degrees at Tafelberg Reef, and at Long Beach we had 6 metres visibility and 15 degree water. Yesterday we dived Partridge Point with some tourists and had 15 degree water with 8 metre visibility, and some friendly and playful seals made the tourists extremely happy. On the way out we saw several whales from the boat, and then on our way back our skipper took us on a tour to see the penguins, oystercatchers, and some other tourists standing on the beach!

Bluefin gurnard at Long Beach
Bluefin gurnard at Long Beach

On Saturday ScubaPro will be holding a dive day. This is taking place at the False Bay Yacht Club in Simon’s Town and there will be five or so dive boats running dives at R100 each. Tonight was the deadline for booking a spot on the boat so hopefully you have all made a plan. We had 12 spots but they are all taken. If you are on the first launch on Saturday (8am), please be at the yacht club by 7am. Directions here.

Basket star on Tafelberg Reef
Basket star on Tafelberg Reef

ScubaPro will have gear available for testing on a dive so if you have finally saved up some hard earned cash to purchase a BCD for example, you could test the one you have had dreams of owning… Oh, no you can’t do that… You need to hand in your old one to test a new one. Or fork out some cash to hire one first so that you can hand it in. Once again the local dive gear suppliers show little or no concern for new divers getting into the sport except to take their money.

Anyway, this is how the day will look:

GOODIE BAGS for every diver booked on a dive with a participating Charter – Please note, only bookings received by Wednesday 28th September are eligible for Goodie Bags. Collect your Goodie bag on registration day.

DEMO GEAR: Hand in your gear and borrow the latest & greatest for a test dive!

SPIRIT of SEALIFE Photo Comp: A fun competition where the picture that best captures the fun & wonder of diving wins, not necessarily the picture that is technically best!

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY at the Prize Giving Party! Great food and beverages will be available and there’ll be music and a slide show from the Sealife Photo Comp! Prize giving for the photo comp and the lucky draw will take place at 16h30.

WORLD CUP RUGBY on a BIG SCREEN:

Although there’s no Springbok match, we’ll be screening the World Cup matches in the morning (07h00 and 09h30).

WIN OVER R17 000-00 WORTH OF PRIZES: Try any item of demo gear to qualify for the Lucky Draw.

On Sunday I will spend the day at Long Beach as there are six people wanting to experience scuba diving for the first time, so it will be a DSD day.

Close up of a basket star at Tafelberg Reef
Close up of a basket star at Tafelberg Reef

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
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Checking out the kink in the chain at Long Beach
Checking out the kink in the chain at Long Beach

Newsletter: Animals also have something to say

Hello everyone

For those with awesome gardens the rain has probably been welcomed. There has been plenty of rain, so for many, diving has been scarce, why I don’t know because you get wet anyway! The wind on the other hand does chase divers away, me included. Despite the wind we did have some good diving last weekend.

Joanne in the pool
Joanne in the pool

I spent Saturday in the pool because it was too windy for the ocean, but the pool is still diving for me. Sunday morning we woke up to this view from the beach and decided we would navigate out to the concrete wreck and pay a visit to the chained buoy.

Sunrise at Long Beach
Sunrise at Long Beach

How can you not dive when the morning starts like this?

Three spotted swimming crab at Long Beach
Three spotted swimming crab at Long Beach

This three spotted swimming crab was quite aggressive.

Clare on the surface after a Long Beach dive
Clare on the surface after a Long Beach dive

Some days, when there is no diving, but if the weather is good I just jump in my drysuit and turn on the hose…

Is there a body in that drysuit?
Is there a body in that drysuit?

Just kidding… This is me doing a leak test on my drysuit (which is commonly referred to as a dampsuit at home).

Testing the drysuit for leaks
Testing the drysuit for leaks

Weekend diving

This weekend Grant is away diving a wreck in East London. On Saturday I will be at Long Beach with students and Discover Scuba Candidates but Sunday we plan do do an early launch with a different boat charter, weather permitting.

I can keep my head above water
I can keep my head above water

OMSAC False Bay Treasure Hunt

On 9 July Old Mutual Sub Aqua Club (OMSAC) is running a False Bay Treasure Hunt based at the Cape Boat and Ski Club at Miller’s Point. Clare and I will be checking it out and doing some boat dives – the registration fee is R75 per person if you book in advance (this also entitles you to a goodie bag, a boerie roll and a cool drink). They are running boat dives every hour on the hour for R100, and a couple of treasure hunt dives, a beach clean-up, and some other interesting-sounding stuff with nice prizes on offer. If you’re keen to join in, mail info@omsac.co.za or check out their website.

WHAT an awesome dive!
WHAT an awesome dive!

Notifications of weekend dives

I’m not sure whether you prefer email or text message notification of weekend dive plans. If you’d like to get a text message, please either reply to this mail or text me to let me know that is what you’d like. Thanks!

I'd rather stick my head in the sand
I’d rather stick my head in the sand

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
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Leave me alone, I'm busy!
Leave me alone, I’m busy!

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Newsletter: Birds and dolphins

Hello everyone

This was the sight that we experienced at Long Beach while kitting up for a days diving.

Sunrise at Long Beach
Sunrise at Long Beach

Finally a weekend of diving!!!! We had really good weather this weekend and despite a rather large swell in the Bay the conditions were good. Saturday we spent the morning doing a Divemaster mapping project, the target: a concrete yacht that sank some years ago and that now lies 25 metres inshore of the north western yellow marker buoy at Long Beach. You can read all about it here.

Corne at the surface next to the buoy
Corne at the surface next to the buoy

Navigating our way out there  it suddenly seemed to get a little darker, more so than when  the clouds cover the sun and at the same time Corne surfaced to get a bearing only to find the surface covered with hundreds of cormorants. I was waiting at the bottom and was amazed at these birds’ ability to dive, stop suddenly, look around, then swim off.  I am not sure who got a bigger fright, them or me, but suddenly they seemed to be everywhere, perhaps our bubbles made them think there was a school of fish they could feast on, but instead they just found neoprene clad divers, way bigger than they could muster so they went off somewhere else. We saw them all again on Sunday, this time further out and from the surface.

Cormorants underwater at Long Beach
Cormorants underwater at Long Beach
Flocking cormorants in False Bay
Flocking cormorants in False Bay

Saturday afternoon five of us were back in the water and whilst swimming around the centre platform of the wreck these klipfish seemed keen on conveying some form of message to us  so they all lined up. I never did get to work out what they were trying to say… So much to learn in the ocean.

Row of klipfish
Row of klipfish

I can honestly say that I cannot remember a dive where I have not seen something new, or a creature I have seen before doing something new. We see warty pleurobranchs  ploughing their way over everything lately but on Saturday I saw a few doing acrobatic swimming and performing the most amazing somersaults… So much for me thinking they were like snowploughs… They seem more like circus animals!

Cavorting warty pleurobranchs
Cavorting warty pleurobranchs

Sunday we spent on the boat, the first dive was to Maidstone Rock. Andrew was completing his Advanced course and Gerard and Cecil were … well, only they know! The second launch took us to a new reef discovered by Grant and Peter Southwood called Tivoli Pinnacles, near Roman Rock. Being  a new dive site we were possibly the first to see a few amazing features and Clare discovered her first underwater treasure… a hand wheel from either a stem valve or a fuel valve, with a diameter of 120mm and made of brass. It has clearly been in the ocean for some time given the amount of corrosion on the material (a salt water corrosion resistant material). We will clean it up and see what it looks like.

Valve handle at Tivoli Pinnacles
Valve handle at Tivoli Pinnacles
Cuttlefish at Maidstone Rock
Cuttlefish at Maidstone Rock

There was also what seemed to be a huge brass ring almost a metre across so this will be a dive site worth exploring further.

Long beaked common dolphin in False Bay
Long beaked common dolphin in False Bay

Despite two amazing dives on a flat calm sea with great visibility, the good stuff was not yet over and when we surfaced  we were treated to the sight of a flock of I would guess at least a thousand cormorants and then Grant took us for a ride to a point just off the Kalk Bay harbour where we witnessed a pod of around 300–400 Dolphins. All in all a very pleasant day of diving.

This weekend

On Friday I will be doing Discover Scuba  Diving students at Long Beach all day, then on Saturday will continue with the Open Water course started last weekend and more DSD students. There are also two promising boat days looming.

Sunday looks good for shore entries and we will dive with the cowsharks if the swell is small or perhaps A Frame and or Sunny Cove.

Congratulations

…are also in order for Kate, who last year in October arrived in Cape Town wanting to learn to dive. By the end of November she had done OpenWater, Advanced, Nitrox specialty, Night Diving specialty and Wreck specialty as well as Rescue and Divemaster. Back in the UK for Christmas she did a Drysuit specialty and an Equipment specialty, and returned here in April to do a Deep specialty and then achieve the highest non professional qualification, Master Scuba Diver. It did not stop here and we dived as often as possible over the last few weeks to get her log book up to 100 dives and today she finished her Instructor course and Instructor Examination in Sodwana and is now officially an Open Water Scuba Instructor. Well done Kate! To achieve this much in such a short period of time takes determination, hard work and commitment.

DAN talks

We attended a DAN talk last week on ears at one of the local dive centres. It was run by DAN SA and we had a doctor talk us through what goes on in the ear and why whilst diving and the importance looking after those pink bits. We also received a free diving emergency booklet that has lots of info on handling diving related issues. These talks will be on a monthly basis and the next one will most likely be about lungs… So if you dive and have lungs… You should be there… It’s free and its very valuable knowledge to have.

If you wish to dive this weekend please text me sooner rather than later because the weather is good and the bookings will fill up.

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
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Group buying websites

The growth of group buying websites in South Africa has been on the increase of late and I think the almost worldwide squeeze on disposable income has contributed to their success.

The concept is easy to understand. The website operators arrange a huge discount from a supplier, add a commission for themselves and then promote your product or service. For some of these sites the number of views per deal offered is staggering. The deal goes live on their website for seven days with a minimum number of purchases required to make the deal work. If not enough people buy, the deal falls away.

Dealio DSD offer
Dealio DSD offer

Dealio is a relative newcomer to the arena and was therefore my choice for running a diving promotion. The bigger the company the harder they squeeze you for a big discount and the greater the commission the make. Whilst our promotion was on the front page of Dealio they had a radio advert where the deal, and therefore Learn to Dive Today, was mentioned on radio.

We track the number of visits to our website and on the day the deal was opened we had a jump to ten times the daily average for the month. In total 29 people bought a Discover Scuba Diving experience and I was extremely happy with that number, not to mention the radio air time, web advertising and traffic to our website. To top it all, the first to people to arrive for their diving experience had decided on an underwater proposal so this made it a very special occasion.