Today a couple of OMSACcians took to the water to see if the PMB is still as awesome as the rumors claim… Among others, our group consisted of Myself, Jolene, Naomi, Stephen, Irene, Stephen Sr., Wynand and fearless leader Justin “Silver Fox” Johnson leading the expedition aboard the H.M.S. Pisces.

We launched at around 11h30 with calm seas and cloudy, yet thankfully dry skies. A full 3.2 second boat ride and we were ready to drop anchor and get wet! Today was an auspicious day for me seeing as it was the long-overdue first dive with my recently upgraded video lights which I made from modern day sticks and dung: PVC and… well… elbow grease!…

So a quick roll and into the drink we went, passing a mild thermocline and descending on Justin’s accurately placed shot taking us to the middle of ye olde wreck at 20m. The first part of the descent sported some low viz, but once we went through the thermocline it cleared up to a very decent 10m+ at around 13 degrees, depending on behind who you’re swimming

A quick inspection confirmed that the new lights were holding up and I proceeded to do a few zig-zag passes over the deck and through the swimthoughs, followed closely by keen-photographer Potgieter. Over the period of the dive we managed to do multiple passes as well as a fairly complete parameter swim of the wreck which is looking gorgeous as always.

Alas, much as we would have loved to stay down there forever, after about 30 minutes, it was time to start heading up, stopping for a quick smoke at 5m before returning to the dreary, gravity-ridden world above sea level…

Total dive time was 36min, max depth 20.4m and avg temp 13deg.

Now. Let’s all return to work tomorrow. Joy.
Martin Els

Underwater beauty of Sodwana

I met Carel and Naomi at Cape Town International and off we set for a week in one of the worlds premier dive sites. A two hour flight and three and a half hour car ride and we arrived at Coral Divers. An easy check in and off to dive planning to sort out the next days diving. The first dive launches at 07h00 so we all meet at the kit up area at 06h00 to catch the shuttle to the beach about 2km away.

A dive briefing from a DMT and a then a surf launch.

Dive number 1 was at Bikini on 2 mile reef. With Carel and Naomi as my dive buddies I was treated to an hours dive in 27 degree water. During this dive I saw my first Moray Eel, a Ribbon Ray and many of the other colourful fish we never see in the cold waters of Cape Town.

Over the next week I did 7 dives while Carel and Naomi did 10. All my dives were at 2 mile reef at an average depth of around 16m for about 60mins

On these dives we saw a young turtle, scorpion fish-(how Carel sees them I have no idea) a school of rays, various nudibranchs and many common warm water fish.

Carel took me through the digital camera course and helped me spot many photographic opportunities.

As the week came to an end the rain came down but the dives were done. My thanks to Carel and Naomi for showing me the underwater beauty of Sodwana.