This was one of those weekends that will make you feel sick if you didn’t dive. Unless you were already sick and couldn’t…
Conditions were unbelievable, and not ones that we get very often. The water was incredibly clear, warm and tropical blue. Think Mozambique with 18C water. That kind of tropical.
We knew we were in for some good diving when we drove through to Simon’s Town on Saturday morning – the water was a beautiful blue colour and you could distinguish the reefs from the sand really easily. This was confirmed at Long Beach where we did an SSI Navigation Specialty Course. The water was clear and a beautiful tropical blue instead of having its usual green tinge; flat and a lovely 18C. Usually when we have clear water, it is cold… so this was a real treat!
That evening, we did an early night dive for an SSI Night Diver Specialty Course, entering the water as the sun set. Conditions were fantastic and the divers’ torchlight could be seen from the car park as they explored underwater Long Beach at night. We had about 5 seals playing with us throughout the dive, making it a really fun experience!
On Saturday, we did a boat dive at Whittle Rock. This is a fantastic reef system further out into the bay – about 8km from Miller’s Point in Simon’s Town. Starting at 5m, going down to 30m on the sand. We knew we were in for a treat when we were kitting up – the water was indigo blue and warm. After we rolled back, we looked down and could see the reef at 26m below us. Fantastic!
And what a brilliant dive it was – we could see the other divers 30 metres away from us and could just make out the bubbles of the divers even further than this. After making our way down to the sand at 30m (this was part of an SSI Deep Diver Specialty we are currently running), we slowly explored the reef, found two anchors covered in marine life and marvelled at the sheer rock walls covered in feather stars, sea fans, lots of frilly nudibranchs, There were loads of good sized fish, including twotone fingerfin, shyshark, 2 huge pyjama sharks, jan bruin, white steenbras, steentjies and a very playful seal.
All in all, we had a wonderful weekend of diving and if this is a taster of what we can expect from Simon’s Town diving this winter…. hold on to your hats, we are in for an amazing ride