Then on Friday morning I woke to rain, and shortly after that I got a cancellation! Now of all things I can be accused of, being a "Fair Weather" diver is not one of them. So I immediately sent out a Facebook status saying that the event is still on regardless of whether it storms or not. It was very pleasing to see how many people adopted the same attitude and just got on with it. My take on it is that if you wish to dive in Cape Town, best you do not let the rain or poor conditions stop you, otherwise you will spend precious little time in the water.
I have been working on building a core of divers since I returned from Egypt nearly 2 years ago and I am finally approaching where I want to be with that, I have a great group of divers that really pitch in and make things happen. There is nothing as satisfying as having a group of divers and friends that are all trained in the same way and who share an understanding when doing projects like this.
I actually picked up flu during the week and my team pitched in and almost completely took over, I still got in the water to provide leadership, but they were absolutely marvellous. As always firstly I'd like to thank my lovely partner Lesley Rochat for helping me from the beginning with the idea, the artwork, the communication and keeping me on track as she always does to deliver the final product, it was great having her in the water next to me on friday night, her camera pole all cyalumed up like Luke Skywalkers sword and all! I'd like to thank Johnny Fassler, Matt Stow, Derek Dunning, Casper Swart, Jason Freel, Johan Wagenaar and Nathan Annandale who are all members of the CAPE TOWN ADVENTURE FREEDIVING TEAM for all their effort to make sure the event was well organised, safe and fun. As the week progressed and the flu took a stranglehold on me, I leaned more and more on my team and they stepped into the breach big time! I am really excited about these guys, we are going to do some kick-ass diving together this year still.
A big thank you is also due to Alex Hart from "The Scuba School" with his team of scuba divers that provided us with excellent safety at the bottom plates. I would also like to thank all the freedivers that came out in support of this event. It is much easier for us to arrange events like this when they are as well supported as this was.
It was also great to see experienced divers Nicholas Hayes and Ant Latimer getting in and supporting us, thanks guys. And Craig Ziman...rather late than never, I guess you thought it was a midnight dive!
I arrived at Blue Rock just after 5 and most of the team were already there preparing lines and buoys. We set to setting up the dive lines and a lot of the guest freedivers started arriving from about 6 pm. I was keen to delay until it was completely dark so it was a real job to keep divers from kitting up too soon, I have never seen divers so keen to get into the water.
Eventually after a lot of organizing, and last minute preparations it was time to brief, it was wonderful to see so many freedivers coming together to share this experience and it was special to swim out to the lines with them all lit up with their glow sticks, each diver had their own particular sense of style and some people got really creative. I inspected each diver before they swam out to make sure that every diver was suitably visible.
When we got to the lines, members of the CTAFDT were stationed at each buoy to co-ordinate the dives and the diving began, all the divers present knew the drill and everybody settled nicely into their breath-up routines and made their dives.
I unfortunately had the flu so I had to just watch from the surface from where I co-ordinated safety for the whole group.
After about two hours of diving we all got out, all the divers made it back safely to shore...always the number one factor in deciding whether a dive was a success or not! :)
After the dive we all headed back to the Blue Rock Restaurant and bar where we all shared a few drinks and got the chance to socialize.
Thank you to everybody that supported this event!