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.
Me and Mark went diving this Sunday with Underwater Explorers at a site I have not dived before named Whittle Rock. The boat ride was a bit longer than normal due to it being about 8 km from Millers point. Jumping in the water looked a little bit green, but as we dropped below 10m or so it cleared up to about 10m viz. It was a bit chilly at 11 degrees. I must start using my Drysuit more often!! The site was a very nice dive with the reef over a very big area. Nice big fans and lots of other life on the reef. We unfortunately ran out a bit quickly of No Deco Time and had to surface as we were at a average depth of 26m. At this time we were far away from the pinnacle and could not explore it. All and all a very nice dive, might have also been due to me being out of the water for almost a month prior to this.
I stayed with Alistair for a second dive on the PMB, to take some photos of it with my new Camera. The viz was a bit less at +-5m, but it was still a nice dive. Did a nice swim thru with Alistair. I did manage to take some Marco photos of some sea life, but my wide angle shots did not turn up as nice with the water being a bit dirty on top and not much sun coming thru.
I went out diving this weekend with Dashdivers on Sunday. The weather changed a bit during the day with the wind picking up and then calming down again later the afternoon.
Had a nice closeup view from the surface at the slipway of a big stingray patrolling.
We did our first dive on MV Rockeater at 34m max and the viz was quite good at around 7 – 10 m. Temperature around 18 deg C. It was lovely being at some deepish depth again in a while.
There was lots of Crayfish on the wreck even on the deck but just under size i believe. I did see some massive crayfish a bit deeper in the wreck.
We did a swim thru the passage way and found 2 biggish Pajama sharks the largest one 1.2 m or so.
Had such a lovely dive even when into some Deco, luckily i have been trained for it, and had a 15L cylinder with lots of air. 🙂
I also went on the 3rd dive for the day on the PMB. The viz was bit less at about 3 – 4 m. Temperature around the same at 18 deg C
Had a short dive with some new faces from East London, and lady friends that has not been so deep in a while.
It was the first time i have seen schools of fish over PMB, which i believe was also a nice sight for the ladies.
Had a nice figure 8 swim around wreck
All in all it was a nice day out at Millers Point.
Did 2 lovely dives this weekend with Underwater Explorers on Sunday. I was a bit cross with myself that I did not go dive in my drysuit as the water temp was 13deg C.
The first dive was Atlantis, which all 3 times i have dived it i really enjoy it, due to all the sealife there and the multi level diving with things to see from 25m till 5m at your safety stop.
The viz was about 6 – 8 meters with a total dive time of 53min.
We did a second dive on the good old PMB, which i have not dived in a while, nor after the salvaging. The wreck is also very broken up, and has got some nice big swim thru’s.
Had a nice swim along the side which has lots of sealife to admire.
The viz was also around 6 – 8 meters with a total dive time of 45min due to a bit of deco.
On Sun 1st July 2012 Jordan and I dived off Ash’s Boat we lined up the boat (old school) with no GPS.
We then dropped down to the PMB and landed on the deck we swam around her a few times. She is in a bad state would not advice any diver to enter her she is busy collapsing in on her self. The water was a chilly 12* and good visablity.
Kalk Bay, Monday
On Mon Carel and I decied to do a lead dive so Jordan, Olivia and her boyfriend joined us. The giant stride off the harbour wall into the water was very cool.(super cool) We had about 1m vis in cold green soup but never the less we had a awesome dive as we collected the lead treasure.
On Sat the 12th of May @ 08h00 I met with Johan (my IANTD instructor) and 8 students at Millers point to do my DM cross-over. Our first dive was to the sharks, once again never fails to disappoint saw loads of sharks and even a large sleeping pajama shark. I did notice the absence of abalone even at Millers where we always encounter that delicacy in huge numbers. We finished our dive and headed for shore a couple of meters from the shore I surfaced and bumped into Rob and Erich doing their surface swim out to the sharks (good to see other OMSACers at the same dive sites).
Then we were off to Long Beach to meet Grant from Blue Flash to take us to photographers reef. I then remembered why I enjoyed Grant’s boat so much – all that space makes kitting up a pleasure. We arrived at the dive site after a 20min boat ride,kitted up and rolled over backwards to find top to bottom vis. Our depth was around 16m and a toasty 14 degree water. Students did all their skills and we swam around the reef ,the reef is still teaming with life.
Then the long awaited day arrived the General Botha a 54m dive on trimix (this is a lot more serious than a 50m Durban dive) had finally arrived and since she was scuttled 65 years to the day it was bound to be something special (Shot Alistair from Underwater Explorers). We met at Millers @ 06h30 and set off at 07h30 in our quest to one of the deepest dives in False bay, after 14Km out to sea we arrived at our destination. We descended down the shot line into darkness a erie feeling came over me as we went deeper and deeper (f**k it is deep) then you remember your training and you start to relax. The wreck is broken up quiet a bit but still very awesome we had 6-8m vis, 9 degree water, all in all good conditions.
Holy cow my bottom time is over in a flash there is only 25mins of it. The rest of the 78mins is all deco time this becomes a mind f**k hang around for 50 mins is no joke but if you wanna do the depth you gotta do the time. The 11h00 launch was to the PMB and since the other DM could not dive I had to do it and with 2 hours surface interval we did the qualifying dive for the OW students. I must admit it was bit of a anti-climax after such a awesome dive to the General Botha but I still enjoyed it as the PMB is one of my favorite dive sites.
The PMB is very broken up for such a young wreck.
Hence the saying I dived my Head Off.
Mark Le Roux
We have been kicked out of the Atlantic this week with strong surf and wind pushing the swell up!
False Bay has been kind with 15m vis on the PMB and lot’s of Cow Sharks around at Pyramid. Today at Long Beach we had 17deg, seals, 2 octopus and a few shy sharks who seem to be making a return. The rays seem to be scarce this week, with few divers having the pleasure of their company.
This weekend we are False Bay side again, with a deep speciality on the Smits Wrecks. Can’t wait!
Happy Diving all.