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 Inn with some rare finds

 

The last week i was able to log 7 dives in waters that changed from 17 degrees to 11 degrees in 3 days. 5 were training dives and 2 fun dives with 1 being the easter egg hunt with Pisces Divers. Was a shame that it was only me and Naomi from OMSAC. We were able to collect a couple of tokens and ended with some easter chocolates.

 

 

For the rest of my dives I had a range of weather conditions but the underwater conditions was not too bad. Once again rays were seen, some new things were shaggy sea hare, a porcupine type puffer, speckled flatworm, loads of slipper slugs and juvenile stripy puffer fish. I think all the wonderful things we have been seeing will be gone as the cold water will not let them stay or live long. Naomi assisted me on 2 of the dives.

Carel