Newsletter: The horizon

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Double tank dive at 7.00 am from False Bay Yacht Club, conditions permitting It seems there is some south westerly wind on the horizon and the forecast says it arrives on Tuesday. Its set to stay for a few days, so next week would be a good time to use … Continue reading Newsletter: The horizon

Posted on: 2 December 2016 | 12:17 am

Newsletter: Clean green

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Shore dives at Long Beach, meeting at 9.30 am Sunday: Boat dives around Roman Rock, meeting at 9.00 am at the False Bay Yacht Club parking area The Atlantic is warm and green, as is False Bay. The green looks cleaner in False Bay, though so thats where will head this weekend. Some wind … Continue reading Newsletter: Clean green

Posted on: 25 November 2016 | 12:10 am

Newsletter: Still waiting

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Possible launches out of OPBC in Granger Bay We are still waiting for the non stop south easter to stop blowing, or to at least ease up. False Bay is grumpy to say the least, but the Atlantic is clean and cold, around 9 degrees celsius. Sadly the wind … Continue reading Newsletter: Still waiting

Posted on: 18 November 2016 | 12:33 am

Newsletter: Purple crayons

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Possible dives out of Hout Bay if the wind and swell give us a break! It seems the forecaster at WindGURU found the box of purple crayons and has been liberal with them. Other than a slight lull in the wind forecast for Sunday, it’s purple all of next week too. I … Continue reading Newsletter: Purple crayons

Posted on: 11 November 2016 | 12:43 am

Newsletter: Diversnight coming up

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Boat or shore dives in the morning (early); night dive at Simon’s Town jetty at 7.00 pm Its been a while since I have seen Muizenberg this clean, not that I go there all that often, but I do think we are going to have really good visibility in … Continue reading Newsletter: Diversnight coming up

Posted on: 4 November 2016 | 1:36 am

Newsletter: Bird aboard

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday and Sunday: To be confirmed depending on what the wind does! The day time temperatures are getting to a point where T shorts and shirts are a common sight. Despite the odd off day the sun has been doing good work and the water temperature is nearly 17 degrees in … Continue reading Newsletter: Bird aboard

Posted on: 28 October 2016 | 1:00 am

Newsletter: All about that wind

Hi divers Weekend diving Saturday: Shore dives at 8.30 am at Long Beach Sunday: Simon’s Town jetty at 9.30 am for Atlantis and 12.00 pm for Tivoli Pinnacles We head into summer now, and diving becomes very much all about the wind. Tomorrow’s wind favours False Bay for the weekend, and despite some real south easter yesterday the … Continue reading Newsletter: All about that wind

Posted on: 21 October 2016 | 1:26 am

Newsletter: Here today, gone tomorrow

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Early morning double tank dive, location to be confirmed Conditions last weekend were pretty good. Not much wind or swell and decent visibility. The wind and swell for the weekend ahead look great with very little of either. False Bay, on the other hand, looks a little messy from … Continue reading Newsletter: Here today, gone tomorrow

Posted on: 14 October 2016 | 1:41 am

Newsletter: Getting started

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Shore dives at Long Beach Sunday: Boat dives from Simon’s Town jetty (maximum depth 18 metres) The weather for warm, sunny diving is here – almost! As I’m sure you noticed, we had a day or two of temperatures in the high twenties which is my kind of weather. False Bay has been … Continue reading Newsletter: Getting started

Posted on: 7 October 2016 | 1:44 am

Newsletter: Home stretch

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday and Sunday: early launches (around 7 am), location to be confirmed I am working through some student dives as we enter the final quarter of the year, so am planning launches for both Saturday and Sunday. They will likely be early double tank dives, around 7.00 am, because the wind … Continue reading Newsletter: Home stretch

Posted on: 30 September 2016 | 1:45 am

Newsletter: Warmer and warmer

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Friday: Shore diving at Long Beach at 10.00 am Saturday: Launching from False Bay Yacht Club at 7.00 am for a double tank dive The days are getting longer and the daytime temperatures are slowly creeping upwards… Well, on some days. Saturday looks like a better bet for False Bay with Hout … Continue reading Newsletter: Warmer and warmer

Posted on: 23 September 2016 | 1:10 am

Monitoring the Oceans from Space MOOC

As your self-appointed education officer and fellow perpetual student, it is my duty to inform you of an upcoming MOOC on the Futurelearn platform, entitled “Monitoring the Oceans from Space“. In the five weeks of the course,  which starts on 24 October, you will learn about using satellite data to monitor the health of the … Continue reading Monitoring the Oceans from Space MOOC

Posted on: 19 September 2016 | 1:05 am

Newsletter: Copycat weather

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: shore or boat dives, depending where the viz is! A cold front arrives tonight and will make itself felt until Saturday evening. Sunday will be best for diving. I have student dives to complete; if the inshore conditions are good, we’ll shore dive. If the visibility is only to be … Continue reading Newsletter: Copycat weather

Posted on: 16 September 2016 | 1:07 am

Newsletter: Adventure diving

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: late morning dives, location to be determined by the weather! It is once again one of those weekends where diving will be best on Sunday. “But where?” is the million dollar question. Humping south easterly wind on Saturday may or may not mess up False Bay entirely, and may or may … Continue reading Newsletter: Adventure diving

Posted on: 9 September 2016 | 12:55 am

Newsletter: Destination unknown

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Shore dives in Simon’s Town (only if forecast south easter does not materialise) Sunday: Launching at 9.00 am and 11.30 am in Hout Bay or Simon’s Town There is a good chance that diving could be good on both sides of the peninsula on Sunday. Saturday will be made unpleasant if … Continue reading Newsletter: Destination unknown

Posted on: 2 September 2016 | 1:11 am

Newsletter: Pretty perfect

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Boat dives from False Bay yacht club at 8.30 am to Roman Rock or Photographers Reef / divers’ choice for the second dive The forecast for the weekend is really good with almost no wind or swell. False Bay is a pleasant colour and temperature. Our plan is to meet in the False Bay yacht club … Continue reading Newsletter: Pretty perfect

Posted on: 26 August 2016 | 12:53 am

Newsletter: Mountains

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Boat dives at 10.00 and 12.30 from Hout Bay or False Bay yacht club It may seem that given the week-long south easter we are having, it would be a simple matter to decide which side of the peninsula to dive. The picture was taken from Chapmans Peak drive today around lunchtime, and … Continue reading Newsletter: Mountains

Posted on: 19 August 2016 | 1:01 am

Newsletter: Cocktail weather

Hi divers Weekend dive plans No dives We are in a phase of semi-decent weekday diving and dodgy weekends again. We had fairly good False Bay diving during the week, but the weekend forecast is not ideal for much beyond storm chasing. Strong winds and some significant swell topped off with a dash of rain are hardly a cocktail … Continue reading Newsletter: Cocktail weather

Posted on: 12 August 2016 | 1:38 am

Sharks! MOOC videos (part II)

Here is a selection of the videos for weeks three and four of the recent Sharks! MOOC hosted on edX. You can find weeks one and two here. All the videos are available on youtube if you’re really interested – you can check out the channel containing all this year’s videos, or a giant playlist containing all the videos … Continue reading Sharks! MOOC videos (part II)

Posted on: 10 August 2016 | 1:01 am

Sharks! MOOC videos (part I)

I completed the edX-hosted Sharks! MOOC, presented by Cornell University and the University of Queensland, and it was excellent. The content was clear and for me, who stupidly quit high school biology at the age of 14 for the sake of a more classical (less useful) education, filled in a large number of gaps in … Continue reading Sharks! MOOC videos (part I)

Posted on: 8 August 2016 | 12:57 am