Newsletter: Dates to diarise

Hi divers

We are off travelling for ten days, so this week’s newsletter is a list of dates to diarise!

The photos in this newsletter are from a lovely deep dive for an Advanced course that we did at Outer Photographer’s Reef on Saturday, followed by a dive at Phoenix Shoal just outside the harbour in Simon’s Town. There are some videos from the Outer Photographer’s Reef dive here. The visibility on both dives was 6-8 metres, but yesterday it had improved to 10 metres at Seal Rock and Shark Alley (no cowsharks though).

Anemones at Outer Photographer's Reef
Anemones at Outer Photographer’s Reef

ScubaPro Day – Saturday 26 October

The ScubaPro Day takes place at False Bay Yacht Club on Saturday 26 October. Discounted boat dives and the chance to try some dive gear (tips on that here) – the participating dive charters will take bookings directly. There are four launch times, starting nice and early. Underwater Explorers is participating if you’re at a loose end!

Diversnight International – Thursday 7 November

November 7th is Diversnight International, sign up here. It is an international event with the aim of having as many divers in the water as possible at 8.13pm (2013 – get it?). If you enjoy night diving, or want to try it out, then you should be there. It’s quite festive. More details about this event will be provided when we get back from the Red Sea!

DAN Day – Saturday 9 November

We attended the last DAN day in Cape Town, which comprised a tour of the SA Navy diving facility, and a series of excellent talks by DAN medics and the NSRI. The next one is on Saturday 9 November, and comes highly recommended. Early booking is essential (the last one was fully subscribed) – more info here.

Strawberry anemones
Strawberry anemones

regards

Tony Lindeque
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Newsletter: View from the top

Hi divers

Weekend plans

The weekend forecast is for rain on Saturday and partly cloudy weather on Sunday. I am sensitive to water and would prefer not to dive in the rain so our plan is to launch on Sunday, heading to Outer Photographer’s Reef and Phoenix Shoal, launching from False Bay Yacht Club 10 am and 12 am.

Summer is coming but we are not quite there yet so a jacket was still required on the boat today. Despite the south easter that has blown the past week, False Bay is surprisingly clean. I took a trip out today and the further out in the Bay I went the cleaner it got. Estimates at Seal Island from the cage divers was 12 metre visibility.

View of Fish Hoek from Contour Road
View of Fish Hoek from Contour Road

Upcoming events

November 7th is Diversnight International, sign up here. It is an international event with the aim of having as many divers in the water as possible at 8.13pm. We will confirm the dive site once I’ve checked tides and got permission if necessary. There will be cake.

Our long planned Red Sea trip is going ahead next week; we leave on Thursday next week. There will most likely not be a newsletter for a week or two. While we’re away (or technically on our way back), the ScubaPro Day takes place at False Bay Yacht Club. Discounted boat dives and the chance to try some dive gear (tips on that here) – the participating dive charters will take bookings directly.

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
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Newsletter: Closed for the weekend

Hi divers

Weekend plans

I think the picture of our boat all covered and ready for possible rain and gale force winds tell the story of what I reckon the weekend offers. No diving. Sadly, too much wind and some rain on Saturday and again way too much wind for Sunday mean we will skip diving this weekend. If you cannot go without a fix try Indigo Scuba… Deon is chairman of the Good Diving in Gordons Bay Club, and if he says it’s good, then go dive!

Junior on top of the boat cover
Junior on top of the boat cover

The good news is that the weekend brings the Cape Town Boat Show with a few interesting talks and of course lots of interesting goodies. I think it would be a good idea to attend, so that you can get an idea of the range of items that will be on my 2013 Christmas list.

The week’s diving

We have had a good week diving wise and Tuesday saw a trip out of Hout Bay with really good viz (6-8 metres at Duiker Island), no swell and no wind. Wednesday and Thursday we dived Advanced and Junior Open Water students. Summer does look like it’s on its way and it’s been a warm and sunny week. Summer does also mean humping south easterly winds and that’s what we are in for over the next few days. This means that from Tuesday next week the Atlantic will be clear as gin so we will launch Tuesday and Wednesday from Hout Bay. You might consider taking a day off work…

Mini cat checks the gear
Mini cat checks the gear

Prizes… just because

At the end of each of the next three months (October, November, and December) we will do a lucky draw from the names of everyone who has done a boat dive with us that month, and the winner will either win a Nitrox specialty course OR, if the winner is already Nitrox certified, the prize will be two free boat dives.

Diversnight

This annual event happens on the 7th November this year. Last year we had 20 divers in the water and we hope to have more this year. Where we dive is still to be decided but we are open to suggestions. Last year we dived at the jetty in Simon’s Town, but we’ll have to check whether we can get permission to do it again, and whether the tides are favourable. Diversnight is an international event with a bit of background available here. Note the bit about the cakes – we missed that out in 2012, must rectify in 2013! This year there will also be some prizes, so watch this space.  The aim is to have as many divers as possible in the water at 13 minutes past 8 pm (2013). Sign up here and stay informed!

regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
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Newsletter: Diversnight international

Hi divers

The steps at the jetty have never seen so much traffic!
The steps at the jetty have never seen so much traffic!

Last night was the eighth international Diversnight. The aim was to get as many divers in the water as possible at 8.12pm, worldwide. We participated, diving below the jetty in Simon’s Town and really great conditions. 20 divers in total and a big thanks to OMSAC and Cape Scuba Club for joining us. Its not to often you can dive in the basin there as there is a fair amount of boat traffic during the day. The conditions were great given the winds we have had this week and the water was a clean 6 plus metres and 16 degrees. Thanks to Shaheen for being our official photographer!

Setting off on our night dive
Setting off on our night dive

The past week has been a very dry week with very little diving but the weekend looks exceptionally good. Last Saturday we took the boat out from Hout Bay to dive the Maori and the BOS 400 but the conditions in the bay were not that great and I felt it was too unsafe to dive. Whilst we were there we were visited by a pod of dolphins and spent 30 minutes on snorkel whilst they allowed us to swim with them. This was an awesome experience as they were very relaxed and swam really slowly amongst the divers and around the boat. There are more photos here.

Dolphins in Maori Bay
Dolphins in Maori Bay

This weekend

The wind finally drops, the swell turns to a westerly and I think False Bay conditions will be great. The water colour has remained blueish all week and I think the sites south of Simon’s Town should have great visibility. It also beats the cold Atlantic hands down and the temperature there this week has been between 8-10 degrees celcius.

Exiting the water at the jetty
Exiting the water at the jetty

I have quite a few courses  (Open Water, Advanced, Rescue) running right now so we are aiming for a lot of diving. Saturday we will be at Long Beach for Open Water and Rescue training and Sunday we will launch from the yacht club at 9.00 and 11.30.

regards

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