Article: The New Yorker on the social effects of overfishing

A fascinating article at the New Yorker reminds us that everything is connected, and that plundering the ocean may have an effect on more than just the ocean. In short, overfishing of the waters off...

Posted by on 12 December 2014 | 11:10 pm

Friday photo: Going walking

There is a walking route between the railway line and the ocean, running from Surfers Corner at Muizenberg to St James beach. It’s beautiful – you’re right next to the waves – and a flat,...

Posted by on 11 December 2014 | 11:30 pm

Newsletter: Load shedding tips

Hi divers Weekend diving No diving! Conditions report It is once again a weekend that does not bode well for diving. We are looking at pretty much the same conditions that were around last weekend...

Posted by on 11 December 2014 | 1:48 pm

Heating our pool with Project Pumps

We have a training pool that is just the right size for the small groups of students that Tony prefers to teach. It’s an ideal size to heat up, and in order to make it...

Posted by on 9 December 2014 | 11:04 pm

New shrimp species found in False Bay

Guido Zsilavecz is the author of two essential reference books on the marine life around the Cape Peninsula: Nudibranchs of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay, and Coastal Fishes of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay. He...

Posted by on 7 December 2014 | 10:50 pm

Article: Wired on mapping the sea floor to find a plane

It is an oft-repeated bromide that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the sea. There is some truth in this – in fact, an article...

Posted by on 6 December 2014 | 10:55 pm

Who you gonna call (if you see a poacher)?

Anyone who has dived out of Hout Bay harbour, or spent time at Betty’s Bay or Pringle Bay, has probably seen abalone or rock lobster poachers in action. Miller’s Point is another hotspot for this...

Posted by on 5 December 2014 | 10:51 pm

Friday photo: More Muizenberg

Taken on the same day as this photo, this picture of Surfers Corner clearly shows the large swell that was pounding Muizenberg at the time. This corner of False Bay – close to its northernmost reaches – often has...

Posted by on 4 December 2014 | 11:20 pm

Newsletter: Space to roam

Hi divers Weekend dives Sunday: Launching from Hout Bay at 8.30 to the Aster / 11.00 to Duiker Island Conditions report Last Sunday turned out to be a great day for being on the boat. Below the...

Posted by on 4 December 2014 | 12:22 pm

Testing a shark repellent cable at Glencairn

Perhaps you have noticed some new signage and a little wooden hut at Glencairn beach, where an exciting test – of an electronic cable to repel great white sharks – is underway. The cable is...

Posted by on 2 December 2014 | 11:03 pm

Scuba diving parties for kids

Earlier this month we hosted a scuba diving birthday party in our pool, for a group of extremely excited eight year olds. It was a slightly chaotic but enormously enjoyable day! The boys first mastered...

Posted by on 1 December 2014 | 11:17 pm

Christmas gift guide 2014

It’s almost that time of year again. Are you ready to see Santa underwater? I didn’t think so. Adventures Consider a Discover Scuba Diving experience for non-divers, and for qualified divers a Refresher, a Specialty course,...

Posted by on 30 November 2014 | 10:58 pm

Article: Wired on the age of whales

Wired published a thoughtful article recently that reminded me – indirectly – of something in Callum Roberts’s book The Unnatural History of the Sea. In that book, Roberts describes how early travellers to new parts of the planet...

Posted by on 29 November 2014 | 11:10 pm

Thinking of learning to scuba dive? Read this!

This blog has been going for a while, and there’s some content that I’d like to revive – all in one place – as a handy guide for people who are considering learning to dive....

Posted by on 28 November 2014 | 11:08 pm

Friday photo: Muizenberg waves

I took this photo while a large swell was pushing into False Bay. The sea at Muizenberg was an appetising (Appletising?) green colour and despite the large waves, there were not many surfers in the...

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 11:20 pm

Newsletter: Sweets on the boat!

Hi divers Weekend diving Sunday: Boat dives at 9.00 to Atlantis Reef (5-27 metres) and 12.00 to Tivoli Pinnacles (10-22 metres) Conditions report Both the Atlantic and False Bay have been great during the week. We...

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 2:02 pm

Article: Wired on hagfish

A recent-ish article on Wired provided a pocket guide to the under-appreciated hagfish, a difficult to classify eel-like fish with no spine (but a skull). I’ve seen two in my life – the one above,...

Posted by on 25 November 2014 | 10:59 pm

Quote me on this: Alan Wilson Watts

… you are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing. - Alan Wilson Watts, from The Tao of Philosophy  

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 11:03 pm

Bookshelf: The Reef Guide

The Reef Guide: East & South Coasts of Southern Africa – Dennis King & Valda Fraser It was with extreme joy that I discovered this book. I brought it home and placed it on the...

Posted by on 23 November 2014 | 11:34 pm

Night dive on the wreck of the Clan Stuart

This footage is five years old and very grainy, but has some sentimental value to me. Tony filmed it after a night dive on the SS Clan Stuart, which on Friday celebrated (?) 100 years aground...

Posted by on 22 November 2014 | 11:13 pm