Cleaning the SAS Assegaai

This weekend Mark, Jody and myself joined a group of divers to clean the outside of the Museum Submarine in the Simonstown harbour. It was a lovely day out. Although i gotta say it is a funny feeling to jump into the sea in full scuba kit with a spade.
We mostly clean only 3m below the water level and leave all the creatures living at the bottom of the sub alone. The cleaning is done about once a month by volunteers like us, both for visual appeal to visitors and taking some weight of the sub, as all the growing reef gets quite thick and heavy.

After the cleaning we did put down the spades and do a fun dive on the bottom of theĀ  sub. Their is a lot of life under the sub and we also created a nice feast for all the fish living under the sub and around the area, although i only saw small fish at the bottom which has a max dept of 14m. The sub is only about 6m under the water at most.

I did see lots of anemones and crabs “hanging” on the bottom of the sub. Most of the “hull” if i can call it that, is cover in white tubes which as far as my understanding is not native in Cape Town waters but arrived from one of the sub many underwater trips. I was searching all over the hull for some nudibranch’s but i could not spot even one. I did get to see my first big intact jellyfish underwater as it passed the sub.

The structure of the rudder and props is quit interesting and full of growth but still fully intact. I tried to get some photos to fully get the layout.

All and all a very nice dive after doing some underwater work with your dive buddies.
Cheers,
Evert