Newsletter: After the fire

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Boat dives from Simon’s Town jetty, meeting at 7.30 am The on and off westerly and south easterly winds made life difficult for the fire fighters fighting a blaze in Simon’s Town yesterday. When you see the extent of the burn you realise they have tough decisions to make and … Continue reading Newsletter: After the fire

Posted on: 13 January 2017 | 12:46 am

Newsletter: Wind window

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Meet at Hout Bay harbour at 6.30 am Sunday: Meet at Hout Bay harbour at 6.30 am The new year has certainly started off windily. (Happy new year, by the way!) Despite this, diving has been possible occasionally if you don’t mind hitting the water really early. The coming weekend … Continue reading Newsletter: Wind window

Posted on: 6 January 2017 | 12:29 am

Newsletter: Festive diving

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Friday 23rd: Boat dives from Simon’s Town jetty Tuesday 27th: Boat dives from Hout Bay harbour The Christmas weekend has arrived and our gifts this year include some good visibility and a the cowsharks being back at Millers Point. We hope to launch tomorrow, if the wind and rain are a bit milder … Continue reading Newsletter: Festive diving

Posted on: 23 December 2016 | 12:22 am

Newsletter: Christmas present

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday & Sunday: Boat dives from Simon’s Town – get in touch to book a place Monday: Shore dives at Long Beach We seem set for a week of pleasant conditions. That rates as a good early Christmas present in my book. On Saturday and Sunday we will launch from Simon’s Town early to finish a … Continue reading Newsletter: Christmas present

Posted on: 16 December 2016 | 12:50 am

Newsletter: To the point

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Boat dives from Hout Bay harbour I am short of time today so I will be brief and to the point. Sunday looks like the best option for diving, and Hout Bay looks like the best location. Text or email me if you are keen to dive. Good news … Continue reading Newsletter: To the point

Posted on: 9 December 2016 | 12:18 am

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