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.
Went to dive with some good old friends at Windmill, Simonstown. It was over 4 weeks out of the water for me, probably the longest out of water for me in the last 3 years of being qualified. So is was a dive dive dive no matter what, the entry was not very clean and we did a surface swim till it cleaned up a bit. We dropped in to a nice 15deg C temp, which was very nice. A little bit further out we got 5-7 m viz, which turned out to be a very nice dive with lots of sea life swimming around us. As always a lovely 60min dive with good friends.
Sunday 13 May 2012 – Deep down was the quote of the day. Me and Mark are busy finishing our Tech course and in doing to must do a bit of time on Trimix below 50m. No problem, we have a few nice ship wrecks deep down in the Cape. Our wreck for the day was SATS General Botha which lies at 55m. Down we went, very long time to get down there, but all and all just another wreck. With a chilly 9deg C a Drysuit was very nice having for the total dive time of 78min. Only 25min was spent at the bottom which takes very long to pass, but we had a lot of wreck to explore so no problem. Thanks to Johan and Alistair for a very nice dive and a lovely boat ride out over False Bay.
Early Saturday morning we left the house in Langebaan in convoy on our way to Jacobs Bay, the launch site. When we got there Alistair from Underwater Explorers was waiting for us and we did a quick briefing on the plan for the 2 dives, kitted up, got the boat in the water and, on the dot 8am, we slowly found our way out of the shallow Jacobs bay.
Fog was all around us but no wind and a gentle swell all the way to Soldiers Reef where there is supposed to be some wreckage. Well, we did not find it in the dark 2-4 meter viz en 9.5 degree water. It was a bit surgy at 20 meters but myself and Evert, who buddied up, had a good dive. I saw 1 fish, a small Klipfish, and 4 nudibranchs and got nice shot of a hermit crab.
Once back on the boat, some of the other divers were up already, with Anand and Zelda who was picked up just before us. On our way to the 2nd dive site we saw loads of seals popping out of the water and the mist started to clear.
Hadden Hall or some wreck like that was our 2nd dive. As we went overboard some divers were praying or doing something on their knees and I was wondering what the dive will be like 😉
This dive the viz was much better, water 1 degree warmer but as it was so shallow very, very surgy. We did see the wreckage and lots of growth on it. Crayfish, like with the other dive, in abundance but after 25 minutes Evert disappeared and the dive was ended. On the safety stop I saw a jelly with small shrimp on top of it and tried to take a pic of it in the surge got one but not very clear.
So our west coast dives were not the best but still memorable. The other launches later in the day and the next day were even worse. With some divers doing the Sunday launch 6 of us decided to go paddle on the lagoon around the island which was really great. Loads of birds and even white rabbits were seen on the island. But the social and potjie and breakfast were well worth it.
Thank you to Rochelle who did all the organising and all the divers who helped and joined in the fun.