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Most recreational divers will never experience depths of 50m, but we recently had the opportunity to do just that without even getting our feet wet.
Our Liveaboard - Obsession I’m in Cape Town and I’m freezing! Rain is pouring as we’re getting ready to enter the ocean for second Open Water dive. One instructor, one student and me - a DM on a fun dive& experience building mission. We were having our surface interval in the car, heater turned onto the max. A little later, as I descended, a thought crossed my mind- if only I could have some of that heat from the car with me, if only the water was couple of degrees warmer…
I’ve done loads of scuba diving, and I love it. I have, however, always been curious about free-diving. Every now and again, when I snorkelled, I would take a dip down, and I would be thrilled by the feeling of freedom that I would experience – only for a short while though, because after a few seconds I would come shooting up to the surface to take a few gulps of air.
In part 1 of my blog about doing my Open Water Scuba Dive Course I shared some information about the theory as well as the pool skills that you learn while doing your PADI Open Water Scuba Dive Course. In this blog we will be looking a bit closer at what you can expect from doing the real thing… scuba diving in the ocean!
We have all been there… you are so cold that you don’t see the beauty around you anymore, you just want to get out of the water. I believe however that there is no such thing as cold water – only wrongly dressed divers! So, here are a few tips on how to keep the icy chill out of the cool experience of diving in beautiful Cape Town.
Sometimes one manages to get oneself into a situation where, when one has a moment to stand back and think about it for second, one asks oneself how on earth one has managed to do so. Last Saturday was one of those days for me.
Did you know that one of the leading dive magazines named one of our local Atlantic shore dive sites, Coral Gardens, as one of the top 10 dive sites in South Africa? This is quite impressive, especially if you take into account that the site was competing with the likes of Sodwana and Aliwal Shoal.
I had heard mixed stories about dry suit diving – some had mentioned the benefits of diving in the cold (I even know of an instructor who gives pool training in his dry suit)! Others again had mentioned difficulties with maneuvering…so when my dive guru asked me whether I wanted to try his dry suit on a casual dive and then attempt my dry suit specialty, I was very doubtful. I had visions of bobbing around in the ocean like an Oros man…but, always being willing to try something new, I decided to give it a try…and I’m glad that I did!