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Pisces News: 6th November 2013

In a departure from the norm, I am sending out an early newsletter this week. One reason for this is the fact that the South peninsula will grind to a complete halt with the Big Walk on Sunday. Well not a complete halt, but to the speed of thousands of large ladies crammed into too much Lycra kind-of-pace. The other reason is that we can be relatively certain that the Bay is going to be the place to dive for the next few days at least. We have decided to close the shop completely on Sunday and will instead be partaking in a Big Sleep In.


We return to normal from tomorrow when our IDC candidates start returning back home. It’s been a treat hosting Colleen from Amanzi again this year for our largest IDC group to date. Well done to all the successful candidates, including our very own Jan who was on course this year. Our new pool and classroom have been well broken in and it’s a good feeling to be completely finished with the building.

There is another DAN Diver’s Day this Saturday, 9th November in Simonstown. Please consider coming along for an interesting an informative day. Please RSVP with the DAN Office if you are joining – details below.

Carel snapped these two great shots on the PMB the other day – just amazing what you can find when you really slow down to have a good look! The Bay is looking nice today and we are out at the moment. Light NW and small swell are the theme until Saturday, when a light Southerley arrives.

We have just done our annual price escalation which we do this time every year, so from now our Boat Cards will be R2300, our Air Fills R50 (R450 for a 10-fill card), our Nitrox fills up to 40% will be R70. We have tried to keep these increases as reasonable as possible, just to keep track with the increases in fuel and electricity costs.


Some rare fish spotted by Carel on the PMB recently: A Horned Blenny on the left and a “Snakelet” on the right!

DAN Divers Day

Join the DAN team at the DAN Divers’ Day to be held at the SA Navy Diving School, SAS Simonsberg, Simon’s Town. This recreational diving medicine and safety workshop is open to anyone with an interest in diving and will cover diving medicine and safety issues, search and rescue techniques, and how the Simonsberg Naval Base manages a recreational diving emergency. There is no charge to attend, but book in advance by contacting the DAN office on 011 266 4900 or  at danmedic@dansa.org

Date: 9 November
Time: 9:00 – 14:30

Training for November:

PADI Advanced and Enriched Air(Nitrox) 9th November.
PADI Openwater Pool 10th November finishing 23rd and 24th November.
PADI Rescue Course 12th and 13th November.
PADI Advanced 14th and 15th November.
PADI Openwater 19th,20th & 22nd November.
PADI Advanced 26th & 27th November.

Scubapro Meridian Special Offer: Last five days!!!

As part of our on-going commitment to service excellence and trouble-free diving, we are pleased to offer all purchasers of new SCUBAPRO watch computers free battery changes for their first five years of ownership, regardless of the number of dives you do!

To launch the new initiative, we are excited to present this fantastic special offer on the Meridian & Meridian Black Tech watch computers!


The state of the art Meridian features the heart of SCUBAPRO’s most advanced dive computers with the soul of a stylish, luxury wrist watch. 

  • Marine-grade stainless steel case
  • Scratch-resistant mineral glass lens
  • Powerful 32-bit microprocessor with advanced adaptive algorithm
  • Air, Nitrox, Apnea and Gauge modes
  • Stopwatch, Altimeter and Thermometer
  • Leak-proof magnetically operated buttons
  • Ultra-wide-view LCD
  • Optional Heart Rate Monitor

Special Retail: R4 995-00 incl. VAT

Normal Retail: R9 325-00 incl. VAT


The Black Tech Limited Edition uses a Physical Vapour Deposition process to create a surface layer of Titanium Nitride over the stainless steel, thereby increasing ruggedness, scratch resistance and style. 

Special Retail: R5 495-00 incl. VAT

Normal Retail: R9 995-00 incl. VAT

Note: Promotion is valid until 11 November 2013 or while stocks last.

Launches for the Weekend:

Friday 8th November:

1000: Partridge Point (max depth 21m)
1200: Pyramid Rock (max depth 12m)

Saturday 9th November:

0900: SAS Good Hope wreck (max depth 33m)
1130: Partridge Point (max depth 21m)
1400: Pyramid Rock (max depth 12m)

Sunday 10th November:

No launches due to Big Walk & Shop will also be closed