You tell me: Divemaster or no divemaster?

In Cape Town, most dives are done without the direct leadership of a Divemaster. If you’ve dived in Sodwana, for example, all the dives are led by Divemasters who tell you when to end the dive (usually after 50 minutes if you’re not low on air before that), find awesome little critters for you to take pictures of, and constantly count the divers to see whether everyone’s still with the group.

Dive briefing on the beach at Sodwana
Dive briefing on the beach at Sodwana

What do you think – are Divemasters a necessary part of a dive, or are you happy to explore by yourself? Or, do you prefer something in between – a group or buddy who know what they’re doing, and you’ll stick with them? Share your views below!

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You tell me: What’s your favourite favourite?

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

I’m going to be really mean and force you to pick just one option!

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Tell me more in the comments. Have I missed out a type of diving that you’d like to choose instead?

You tell me: Who calls the shots?

Hydrographic charts covering False Bay and the Cape Peninsula
Hydrographic charts covering False Bay and the Cape Peninsula

What do you think about the question of who should pick the boat dive site? The skipper knows what the conditions are, can read the sea and follows the weather closely. The divemaster knows his divers, their abilities, and their diving preferences. You, on the other hand, have paid good money to go on the boat…

And maybe you are hell-bent on getting a photograph of mating cuttlefish, and don’t mind whether it’s blowing a hurricane with a tsunami forecast for later this afternoon – you are determined to go to the cuttlefish mating grounds. Select all the options below that you think apply!

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And as usual you can explain yourself in the comments!