Windmill Beach

Date: 27th May 2012
Location: Windmill
Max depth: 8.4 m
Average depth: 5.1
Temperature: 15° C
Duration: 47 min

I know, I know, this report is over a week late… lazy me…

Talking about the dive, it all started one sunny Sunday morning at Pisces where Graham, Rochelle, Maggs, Erich and myself met to decide where to go next. There was a great deal of debate, mainly due to Rochelle, whom in her return to the underwater world, after her injury in the high peaks around Cape Town (traitor!) needed an “accessible” beach to get in the water. While discussing the location of the dive, Dave and his wife (sorry I forgot your name!) came by Pisces and decided to join us. First port of call was Pyramid Rock, I know what you are thinking, this dive is not very accessible for a recovering diver, we convinced her that Erich and I will carry her equipment down to the water and in the worst case scenario drag her through the bottom during the dive… It never came to it, the conditions around Pyramid Rock were not as inviting as we were hoping for so we headed to Windmill.

Once at Windmill, we got kitted up and got in the water but -1 diver… Graham forgot his weights even though he has a BCD with integrated weights. Dave took the role of dive leader and guided us safely around the dive site until we came across the Duck and Dive learners, that created a considerable amount of confusion and the group got divided. Regardless of this perilous situation 😉 the dive continued as normal, except that now our group was divided in two. I can’t speak for the others, but Rochelle, Maggs and myself got to see a great deal of nudibranchs (Orange-clubbed nudibranch, black nudibranch, blue gas flame nudibranch and cape silver tip nudibranch), carpet flatworm, as well as the usual suspects of crabs and fish around these waters. Right before the end of the dive Maggs and I were enlightened by an octopus resting on the sand.

Hope to see you all under the water soon!
Ander

Date: 27th May 2012

Location: Windmill

Max depth: 8.4 m

Average depth: 5.1

Temperature: 15° C

Duration: 47 min

 

I know, I know, this report is over a week late… lazy me…

 

Talking about the dive, it all started one sunny Sunday morning at Pisces where Graham, Rochelle, Maggs, Erich and myself met to decide where to go next. There was a great deal of debate, mainly due to Rochelle, whom in her return to the underwater world, after her injury in the high peaks around Cape Town (traitor!) needed an “accessible” beach to get in the water. While discussing the location of the dive Dave and his wife (sorry I forgot your name!) came by Pisces and decided to join us. First port of call was Pyramid Rock, I know what you are thinking, this dive is not very accessible for a recovering diver, we convinced her that Erich and I will carry her equipment down to the water and in the worst case scenario drag her through the bottom during the dive… It never came to it, the conditions around Pyramid Rock were not as inviting as we were hoping for so we headed to Windmill.

 

Once at Windmill we got kitted up and got in the water but -1 diver… Graham forgot his weights even though he has a BCD with integrated weights. Dave took the role of dive leader and guided us safely around the dive site until we came across the Duck and Dive learners, that created a considerable amount of confusion and the group got divided. Regardless of this perilous situation 😉 the dive continued as normal, except that now our group was divided in two. I can’t speak for the others, but Rochelle, Maggs and myself got to see a great deal of nudibranchs (Orange-clubbed nudibranch, black nudibranch, blue gas flame nudibranch and cape silver tip nudibranch), carpet flatworm, as well as the usual suspects of crabs and fish around these waters. Right before the end of the dive Maggs and I were enlightened by an octopus resting on the sand.

 

Hope to see you all under the water soon!

Have a nice week!

Ander

Dive Report: Longbeach, 25 Feb 2012

Finally I saw them all. I convinced Rod, Graham and Ander to walk to the Brunswick and then swim back towards Long beach. My reason: we might get bored just swimming down the pipeline and around the wreck and then still have a lot of air left.

No Brunswick but the best Long beach dive ever! So typical and unexpected this ray swam past me and almost next to it a smaller one was giving us his feeding performance in its hole. The pink mosaic pleurobranch, octopi, pipefish, flute fish, orange clubbed nudibranch and gurnard was also interesting. The cherry on the cake was the double sash butterfly fish. We all achieved something: Ander did his 90th dive, closing in on 100 soon. Rod navigated perfectly and Graham was very impressed with his air consumption on my longest dive ever of 70 min.

 

 

Contributing factors was 19 degree water and not deeper than 5 meters with average viz.

Naomi