Weekend Scuba Preview

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Scuba Preview

It’s still Summer in Durban, with temperatures going up to 27 degrees, with low North Westerly winds.  Launches should be nice and easy and we are expecting good visibility with a low South-North current.

We will be visiting two wreck sites this weekend, so come and brush up on your Wreck diving skills and experience the mystery of the ships under water.

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On Saturday morning we will be visiting Cooper’s Wreck.  This wreck is still a mystery to us bearing many stories of who she is and how she sunk, she has thus been named  Cooper’s due to her close proximity to Cooper’s Lighthouse.  Three of the proposed identities are “The Kate”, a Whaler boat sunk around 1940, or a British Steamer named Dora P.  All three these theories have since been quashed after investigating her closely.  So why not come down and join this dive to see if you can solve the mystery.  She sits upright on the sand in 32 meters of water and her deck sits at around 24 meters, so well within the advanced diving limits.  Winter is definitively the time to dive this site as the conditions are just right.  Be sure to bring along your torch to look for some of the prolific Marine life on this wreck.  To many to name all of them however look out for Eels, Batfish, Salmon and Baracuda.

 

On Sunday morning it is off to Fontao yet again, we so love this site.  Every dive on this Mozambican Prawn trawler, that was sunk in the early 90’s as an artificial reef just off Umhlanga.  She lies in 27 metres of water; 35 metres long, 8 metres wide and 13,5 metres high; and allows for some penetration.  You will have to swim through clouds of bait fish to get to her, however what a treat when you do.  You will be enthralled by the amount of Marine life on this wreck, be sure to bring your torch to look in all the nooks and crannies.  The wreck is home to the Harlequin Goldie, Eels, Crayfish and loads of other interesting critters.

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So join us for the adventure of Wreck diving this weekend.

 

Alternatively sign up for a Wreck specialty course where you will learn:

  • Techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards
  • How to research and learn the background of your favourite wrecks
  • Wreck Scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
  • Experience in planning, organising and making at least four dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor

Photo Credits:

Shipwreck –  tata_aka_T / Foter.com / CC BY

Shipwreck 2 – Thespis377 / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

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