Abalone abstract: Peet van Eeden - piscesdivers.co.za

Pisces News: 15th January 2014

We have been on the hop with our group of Russian divers who were blown out of the water on Monday, but have had two days of lekker False Bay dives yesterday and today. The conditions today are lovely and pond-like with the temperature dropping down from 19 degrees to 13 degrees during the week. Visibility is in the 5-8m range today. Our relatively flat and windless conditions continue for a few days and then there is some SE on Saturday which might well cause us to head over the hill to Hout Bay. We will confirm on Friday.

Talking about Russia I am looking forward to going over there for ten days in February to attend their largest annual dive show in Moscow. I have been warned about minus 30 weather, but I feel prepared with my Davy Crocketesque hat and gloves! (thanks Victoria!) On the trip we are planning to go for a dive at the Russian Cosmonaut training centre where there is a massive indoor pool.

Then some sad news for all of us at Pisces: Erika has decided to move on and seek fresh challenges and she will be leaving us at the end of the month. Erika has been a stalwart here at Pisces for very nearly six years and it’s going to be a very big hole that she leaves behind. It’s actually hard to remember how we functioned before she joined us! She has promised that she will not be a stranger and I have made her sign a contract that she needs to dive at least once a month, now that she has her Saturdays back to herself! We wish her nothing but happiness and success with her new job and we will miss her sorely.

Lastly a note on the Workshops: They are filling up nicely and are about half full at this stage. The complete description of the nudibranch talk follows:

Nudibranchs as a group are arguably the most colourful and fascinating of all marine animals. Georgina Jones will give a workshop in understanding how these gorgeous animals are classified and will explain how they reproduce, feed and defend themselves from predators. There will also be a short ID section for distinguishing between species commonly found around the Cape Peninsula. Questions during the workshop are welcomed. Afterwards there will be a short quiz both for Georgina to check how well the workshop went and for everyone to assess how much has sunk in.
Guido’s excellent nudibranch guide will be on sale. The coffee shop will be open for coffees and toasties.

Workshop dates: Marine ID Workshop, Pisces Divers, Thursday 30th January, 1800 for 1830 start. Nudibranch Workshop, Pisces Divers, Thursday 6th February, 1800 for 1830. Please email me to book a spot on either talk.

Abalone abstract: Peet van Eeden

Training for January 2014:

PADI Rescue diver course starting on Wednesday 15th
PADI Openwater starting on Saturday 18th
PADI Advanced Openwater starting on Tuesday 21st
PADI Nitrox Course starting on Wednesday 29th

Travel: Red Sea 2014

Still just three places are available for the trip in April next year. Let me know if you are interested!

Launches for the Weekend:

Friday 17th January:

1000:  SAS Pietermaritzburg (max depth 21m)
1200:  Pyramid Rock (max depth 12m)

Saturday 18th January:

0900:  Princess Elizabeth wreck (max depth 33m)
1130:  Partridge Point (max depth 21m)
1400:  Pyramid Rock (max depth 12m)

Sunday 19th January: (possible move to Hout Bay!)

0900:  Fan Reef (max depth 29m)
1130:  Atlantis Reef (max depth 25m)
1400:  Rock Reef (max depth 21m)