OMSAC continues to be the leading dive club in Cape Town and is growing on a monthly basis. We host weekly meetings on a Thursday evening in a room at Mupine Golf Club where we often braai and chat about all things diving. We also arrange weekly dives for all members at various spots around the Peninsula and even travel off to some exotic locations together.
Over the past 3 years we have done significant fundraising and in January this year, we finally reached our financial goal of R100 0000 and bought a new compressor for the clubhouse, replacing our 30 year old grandpa. It has meant cleaner air and faster filling and after some compressor operator training, we’re supplying the best air in Cape Town.
We again hosted the International Coastal Cleanup in Hout Bay in September 2014 which was supported by Pick ‘n Pay and Plastics SA, as well as other dive operators and shops. With over 80 divers again, we cleaned up underwater and pulled out a truck load of rubbish. We also donated to the NSRI who supported us in the harbour for the day. This event continues to be one of the highlights on our annual calendar. We also held our second Finathon at Long Beach in Simons Town. A shortened route was followed this year to cater for the less fit and then laps were completed by those able to do more. Another R5000 was raised for Shark Spotters and Project Aware. We also supported the Cape Town Dive Festival both with organisers and a food stall for the weekend.
Our training schedule has picked up with the addition of Discover Scuba Diving days. We have hosted these every 2 months in summer (on average) and this has led to more Open Water students and other speciality training.
We continue to interact with the other dive clubs of Cape Town in various activities, including the Interclub Potjiekos Competition which was held in Bellville this year. We won the floating trophy for the 1st time in many years and walked away with our heads held very high. We also attended the Cannon Run and Pool and Darts evening. There is some great camaraderie between club members. OMSAC were also invited to help clean the submarine SAS Assegaai, in the Simons Town Harbour and were treated to a tour beforehand.
We also held our first ever Diver’s Market for Christmas where we invited various dive shops and other suppliers over to the Clubhouse to get people interacting – it was great fun and something we plan to do again. Our Christmas party was held at the Two Oceans Aquarium where many divers had their 1st dive with the Raggies – always a delight! Another 1st was an excursion diving in Cape Point where some of the divers were lucky enough to dive with Southern Right Whales!