False Bay Yacht Club was the venue for our annual International Coastal Cleanup. Once again we partnered with Plastics SA, who organised cleanup’s throughout the South African coastline.
False Bay Underwater Club, University of Cape Town Underwater Club and Old Mutual Sub Aqua Club joined forces to get as many divers as possible involved. About 80 divers pitched up for the event – less than previous years. Probably due to the fact that it was a long weekend and many club members went away.
At registration the 1st comers got goodie bags and even a hoody. The Expresso show on SABC 3 had a crew out and Graeme, one of the presenters, did his best to help remove debris on snorkel, as he is not qualified as a scuba diver. The SA navy divers also joined in and they picked up most of the prizes given out, making us wonder if they were stock piling rubbish for the annual cleanup.
Divers entered the water via the slipways and stairs and we provided the divers with mesh bags so that the rubbish could be easily transported underwater. This year, a regatta was on at the same time, so the divers were warned beforehand of boats moving about. Every one worked well together and we had no incidents.
SAN Parks, who had their boat in the water for safety, also provided the vehicle to remove the rubbish from the slipways. The counting and sorting the rubbish is often good fun to see what has been found underwater. the weirdest items were a fire extinguisher, scale, bikini bottoms, jeans, cell phones and big batteries just to name a few. Plastics were the biggest culprits and glass also featured high on the count list. While counting, we try save critters that are hiding away in the rubbish – mostly animals like slugs, snails, crabs and here and there a Goby.
The rubbish removed was a lot less than previous years, hopefully meaning that the annual cleanups are working and that people are being more responsible.
Saturday saw the dive clubs of Cape Town compete against each other in various disciplines including navigation, cannon run and potjiekos – quite the variety!
OMSAC put on a very good show for the cannon run and we came in a very respectable 4th position, with False Bay Underwater Club taking the top honours. They also took the potjiekos competition with Ivan and Denise’s chicken curry. Never mind though… Naomi, Angie, Roland, Wendy and I cooked up a storm and finished off almost our entire pot with Pieter stealing the gravy to take home.
This year saw Cape Scuba Club join us for the 1st time and it was great to have some new faces to entertain us.
Thanks to Pisces Divers for hosting us and big thank to Manex for donating prizes.
On Sunday, 26 August, committee members from Bellville, False Bay and OMSAC scuba diving clubs got together for a dive and braai.
The diving site of choice was Windmill. Although the weather out the water was overcast with a slight drizzle, diving conditions were not too bad – flat water, slightly above average viz, and temperature bearable for about 45min in a 5mm suit! I would sum up my dive as the “super sized’ dive – huge crabs, the biggest gas flame nudi I have ever seen and fat, lazy fish.
After swimming through and around pinnacles for a while, the cold started to bite, so my dive buddy and I headed for shore. Somehow managing to miss the beach, we surfaced some way off shore behind a boulder to view a shore line that was unfamiliar. We decided to head for a channel in the rocks and hope for a place to climb out. It turned out to be a good call because we reached the beach on the other side of Windmill. A bit of a hike brought us back to Windmill just as the last of the group were exiting on the “right” beach!
After all the additional exercise, it was great to relax at a braai and meet and chat to committee members from the other clubs. Thanks to False Bay Underwater Club for organising the event.