I have just returned from a very interesting dive show: The Boot Show in Dusseldorf. It’s a combined Boating, Diving and Sailing show spreading over 14 exhibition halls. Just the Dive Hall takes about half an hour to walk around – without stopping (which is almost impossible!) Two dive centres from SA got an opportunity to be there on the PADI stand, so I was lucky to be there and Louis van Aardt from Pro Dive in PE joined me. We were amazed by how many people who stopped by our stand had either been to SA and were planning to return or it was firmly on their bucket list.
So that was very encouraging. We were flanked by a dive centre from the Netherlands and a dive centre in Oman and again, it made me realise just what an amazing product we have in South African diving compared to our two nearest neighbours at the show. With the unstable situation in the Middle East and the very weak Rand, we hope to see more Germans heading south for summer!
While I have been away it seems that conditions have not been great. I was even amazed to see that there was enough swell for a Dungeons session in January – how unusual! We are out in the Bay today and conditions look pretty good at this stage with a light SE and calm seas. We will be launching in the Bay again tomorrow and then have a break on Sunday when the next big SE and 4m swell smacks us.
Next week is looking good for a pelagic shark trip on Wednesday, so please shout if you would like to be given a heads up for this trip.
The Scubapro stand at the Boot show and Louis selling hard on our stand!
Red Sea Trip:
We are filling up nicely for our Red Sea trip in late March. Please let me know if you would like an itinerary and I will forward one to you!
Hello beautiful! Image by Jacques de Vos
Saturday 6th February:
0900: Zig Zags Reef (max depth 35m)
1130: Partridge Point (max depth 21m)
1400: Pyramid Rock (max depth 12m)