Anyway, enough of the SI units of measurement cross referencing for one blog post. The point I have been making to Lee over the past few days and which the sea has been only too kind to display, which makes me look like I know something about the ocean (which I hope I do, but I am sure never enough).
When the South Easter is blowing like it is these days (most of the summer), it blows surface water on-shore in False Bay and stirs up the shallows and spoils the visibility. This occurs for most of the summer and is why False Bay is generally best dived during the winter. For exactly the same reason it is also why the Atlantic Seaboard is so good in the summer, the same South Easter pushes the surface water offshore and causes an upwelling which brings the colder cleaner water to the surface, hence the colder the water is the cleaner it is. When winter comes, the wind swaps direction and False Bay cleans up while the Atlantic Seaboard gets ugly.
Anyway, that is how it all seems to have worked since I have been sitting in Fish Hoek overlooking False Bay nearly every day over the past 18 months. I have gotten used to Craig and other mates calling me almost on a daily basis to find out what the viz is doing.
After 5 years of using the same 5mm wetsuit, it appears the time is approaching for me to get a new one. This suit has done some serious graft, just today I had to clamber over a mussel bed to haul myself up the rocks to find Lee. He had turned right instead of left as he approached the cluster of rocks at Justin's caves and with all the wind and energy in the water, I lost sight of him in about 10 seconds flat, so without hesitation I hauled myself up the rocks and out of the water just in time to see his snorkel disappearing around the outer side of Justin's. Anyway, after a couple of hollers he heard me and came over to me and we went and dived Justin's, which was way cool as I have not visited this wonderful dive site in well over a year.
It was really fun too as Lee, coming from upcountry really enjoyed the sea life and was quite obviously taken by the seals that visited us to check us out.
Tomorrow I have a day off and I will be helping AfriOceans head of education, Terry Corr, to set up the obstacle course for the AfriOceans Warriors Final Challenge event 2012, which will be taking place on Saturday 1 December 2012 at Gordon’s Camp, Glencairn. Time: 10h00 – 16h00. The event will bring together over 500 AfriOceans Warriors kids and their parents in an exciting event that is set to be a highlight of their year. It's a special day, which I am sad to miss as I will be teaching. The last event I attended in June was really awesome, it is special to see the enthusiasm the kids have for the ocean and the dedication of the AfriOceans staff in teaching them about the oceans.
Then I have an Open Water Freediver course starting on Saturday at 7 am and I am really looking forward to this course because the students sound like really positive and exciting people, and that really is something to be excited about!