January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

Hello omsaciaans

Welcome to another exciting year. We look forward to spending lots of quality time under water, playing with seals, finding those nudibranchs and taking awesome photographs.

First off we’d like to welcome our new club members Troy Grundlingh and Elton Davies. We’re sure you’ll have lots of fun and enjoy diving with your fellow dive buddies.

International Coastal Cleanup feedback
I’m sure most of you will remember the International Coastal Clean

clean up
clean up

up we took part in last year. Well we’ve received the report and boy does it make  for some interesting reading, example – 50 000 refuse bags were


distributed and 10 800 gloves provided in September. For more information on this click here.

Big ocean clean up of Hermanus
Start the year off on a good note – HERMANUS BIG OCEAN CLEANUP,

hermanus old harbour
hermanus old harbour

scheduled for Saturday, January 26th. For the past four years, the SA Shark Conservancy has been conducting a marine debris research project focused on micro- and macro-plastics on blue flag and non-blue flag beaches in the Overstrand. The Big Ocean Cleanup builds on this project and aims to unify all stakeholders and raise awareness about marine pollution. For more information on this click here.

Submitted by Meagon

Annual potjiekos competition

potjie kos
potjie kos

Date TBC. This year OMSAC will be organising the annual potjiekos competition. If you would like to show off your culinary skills, please contact Naomi otherwise we hope to see you all at the event.

Hiring of Old Mutual Sports Club
Did you know … you can hire out the venues at the Old Mutual Sports Club.

Rate for top & bottom venue:
R350.00 during the week
R1500.00 on Saturdays.  R500.00 refundable if bar tab exceeds R1500.00

For more information visit their website.

Dive stats – December
No of OMSAC dives = 32
Guests/students – 1
Avg dive time min = 53
Avg temperature = 16
Avg visability = 8.875

Upcoming events

7 February – Jacques Davies will provide feedback on the current status of the SABS standard (SANS10019), that affects all users of SCUBA and SCBA Cylinders – hosted by OMSAC in Cape Town.


13 Feb – Naomi vd Colff



International coastal clean-up 2013

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.