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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Newsletter: First of the year

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Weekend dive plans

Sunday: Boat dives in False Bay (leaving from Simons Town) at 9.00 am

Happy new year to all of you!

Sand transport corridor at Platboom near Cape Point

I think Sunday will be best in False Bay. There has been a lot of south easterly wind the last week or two, but it turns tomorrow evening and with some luck it will improve enough for a Sunday launch.

We will dive at 9.00 am, leaving from Simons Town jetty, and will do a double tanker to sites that look good on the day – maximum depth 18 metres. Let me know if you would like to be on board.

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
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Newsletter: A touch of winter

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

No dives planned

Wallpaper at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Student dives over the last week have been reasonably good, with 5-6 metre visibility inshore. The visibility remains good, and in fact has improved with the unseasonal north westerly wind. The downside is a 5 metre, 16 second period swell. We won’t plan dives in this as the surge is often  harsh.

Keep an eye out for weekday dives during the next week or two – we’ll publicise in this newsletter, on facebook, and via whatsapp. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season. 

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
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Newsletter: Time and tide

Hi divers

Weekend dive plans

Sunday and/or Monday: Shore dives in False Bay

We had a good day’s diving on Wednesday with windless conditions and good visibility. The weekend has some wind in the forecast, at times a little too strong and at times a lot less.

I think it best to do shore dives this weekend on either Sunday or Monday, or both. Sites decided on the day depending on when/if the forecast winds are as they say.

Sunrise at Long Beach
Sunrise at Long Beach

All about False Bay

This weekend (Saturday 14 and Sunday 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: 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
076 817 1099
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Newsletter: Summer for sure

Hi divers

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
076 817 1099
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Newsletter: The right time

Hi divers

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

Hi divers

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
076 817 1099
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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
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
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