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PRODUCTS OF THE MONTH! May 27 2016

Keep exploring with the latest freediving gear from Aqualung, Scubapro, Cressi, Mares, Suunto and Freedivers. We offer free shipping throughout South Africa for orders over R500. For international purchases, we strongly advise you to contact us via email or our inquiry form for International Shipping Rates before purchasing your items. 


First PADI Freediving Instructors in South Africa May 17 2016

We are now officially the First PADI Freediving instructors in South Africa having completed an intensive 6 week CDC and PADI IDC course with the legendary Trevor Hutton. To view our journey through the PADI Freediving Instructor Training Course, click on this link.https://lnkd.in/dJarAGS

As quoted by Trevor Hutton our PADI Freediving Instructor Trainer: "The first group of PADI freediving instructors ever trained in South Africa, possibly the first group in the world to complete a PADI freediving career development course. It was a very intense 6 week program and it was very rewarding to see the growth of these four divers. I believe Jacques Ellis, Carla Wardle, Talya Davidoff and Riaan De Waal will go on to become leaders and ambassadors for the PADI freediving program in this country."

Come and join the freedom. Become a PADI Freediver!!!!


First PADI Freediver Center in South Africa April 15 2016

The Adrenalised Team is stoked to announce that Adrenalised Diving is now officially the first PADI Freedive center in South Africa. Join the Freedom and start Freediving. Click HERE for more information. 

The Different PADI Freediver Courses:

PADI FREEDIVER:

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.

To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

PADI ADVANCED FREEDIVER:

Achieving a new freediving time or reaching a new depth is an incredible feeling. It satisfies that very personal desire to do your best and be proud of what you can accomplish. The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfill that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea.

To enroll in a PADI Advanced Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old and have a PADI Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization).

PADI MASTER FREEDIVER:

If you’re an advanced freediver who wants to learn how to fine-tune your lifestyle and training so that you can approach elite freediving levels, then the PADI Master Freediver course is for you. Through focused sessions, you’ll bring your static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight skills to the next level.

To enroll in a PADI Master Freediver course you must be at least 18 years old and have a PADI Advanced Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization).


Seal Snorkeling With The UltimateX BMX Crew March 10 2016

Having the best BMX crew in the world in Cape Town last week, I had to take them out of their comfort zones! So while some went snorkeling with seals with Adrenalised Diving the rest went diving in the Predator tank at the Two Oceans Aquarium - with AppVenture SportsView Online and Ultimate X - Action Sports Fest
Zack Yankush Daniel Dhers Pat Casey BMX Kenneth Tencio "pollis" Brock Horneman Declan Brooks Kevin Peraza Tom Isted Greg Illingworth Anas Mansour


Seal Snorkeling Trip in Cape Town March 10 2016

Awesome time out this morning with Pro Surfer Tanika Hoffman, Kai Linder and Ross Rowley from Appventure as well as Rob Peters from Cape Tourism on our seal snorkeling and ocean safari trip. We spotted the biggest Mola Mola we have seen this season, had an incredible experience swimming with Dusky Dolphins and a great interaction with the Cape Fur Seals. More photo's to follow.


Snorkeling with Seals and Dolphins in Cape Town February 06 2016

We had an awesome time out with Pro Surfer Tanika Hoffman, Kai Linder and Ross Rowley form Appventure as well as Rob Peters from Cape Tourism. We spotted the biggest Mola Mola we have seen this season, had an incredible experience swimming with Dusky Dolphins and a great interaction with the Cape Fur Seals.

Check out the blogpost from the Appventure Crew below

The morning’s activities started off like any other, with signing forms and getting equipment. Jacques, our ‘tour guide’ then gave us a run-down of everything which we were going to use, and how to use it, followed by an instructional, on which animals to look out for. I had spoken to one of the crew, who work along with Jacques, about the possibility of seeing Great White Sharks, but they were doubtful that we would see any because of the water in our snorkel spot being just a touch too cold for them. If we do see one, we should consider ourselves lucky to experience it.

After passing Greenpoint Lighthouse, we headed toward Twelve Apostles, where the crew gave the boat controls to SA pro-surfer Tanika Hoffman, who was our snorkelling buddy for the day. After a few minutes, we slowed down and just a short hop away from where we were due to do our dive, we spotted a pod of dolphins. The skipper immediately told us that it was time to jump in, and no one wasted any time in getting out their Go Pros and hitting the water. Within minutes there were dolphins all around the boat, breaching and playing, and swimming really close to us. Rob, from Cape Town Tourism, also in the water with us, was amazed at how close they came, and was in awe of how fast the dolphins were swimming around us.

Once the pod moved on, we got back into the boat (with a little help from the crew), and moved on to the seal colony we were due to swim around. We were told to put on fins and once again we were zipped up and dropped in. There was a very big Alpha seal on the rock just ahead of us who was keeping a watchful eye while we moved slowly around his harem. Every time we looked into the kelp under us there were seals swimming upside down watching what we were doing. It was quite an odd feeling knowing that no matter how we tried we’d never have as much control under water as these guys did. We were stopped every now and again as Jacques gave us information about the colony and what we were seeing. It was all quite mind blowing.

On our way back to the boat we were once again surrounded by the Pod of Dolphins, who seemed fascinated with the humans, out of their element.

After half an hour we got back into the boat and prepared to head home. This is due to the potential environmental impact on the animals, so the crew at Adrenalised Diving never spend more than half an hour per tour in close proximity to the animals.

By the time we got back onto dry land we were all starstruck at how beautiful the area just a few hundred meters offshore is, as well as the amazing sea life on our doorstep.

If you would like to join Adrenalised Diving on this incredible experience, book on their page at https://appventure.co.za/listing/shop-8-quay-5-va-waterfront-adrenalised-diving-2/


FUN & UNIQUE SEAL SNORKELING EXPERIENCE December 12 2015

After our amazing experiences diving with the Cape Fur Seals, we want to share it with more people and make the underwater world and the experience more accessible to others who do not have a diving qualification. So we decided to offer seal snorkelling trips departing from our base in the V&A Waterfront. Trips will be limited to a maximum of 8 snorkelers per trip and a maximum of 2 trips per day.

CLICK HERE for more details. 

CHRISTMAS SPECIALS December 12 2015

Adrenalised Diving is running 'not to be missed' Christmas Specials with the Best Prices on select PADI Courses and SCUBA Gear by brands such as Aqualung, Suunto and Technisub. We are offering FREE Nationwide Delivery within the borders of South Africa. Contact us for international shipping rates.

Gift vouchers on any PADI courses and equipment can also be arranged.

CLICK HERE for more information.


Don't miss out on Black Friday with Adrenalised Diving and Aqualung! November 27 2015

Adrenalised Diving in conjunction with Aqualung is running a Black Friday Special on all Aqualung equipment on our website. Valid for Friday the 27 November only. Receive an extra 20% discount on the prices you see on our website.


Adrenalised Diving Equipment Christmas Special! November 19 2015



Adrenalised Diving wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!

To take advantage of this Christmas Special for the months of November and December, click HERE and upon check out mention XMAS SPECIAL in the delivery section. 

 


MISUNDERSTOOD October 10 2015

Misunderstood, Mistreated and heading for extinction with over a 100million sharks a year being killed for their fins. This a short clip of our dives with the Seven Gill Cow Sharks in Rumly Bay, one of the most unique diving experiences in Cape Town. Hopefully with more experiences like this we can help change peoples perspectives regarding sharks and it will help with the bigger picture of protecting them and ocean conservation as a whole.
Experience, Educate, Protect!!!!


Our Atlantic Treasure Scuba Diving With Seals in Cape Town October 05 2015

Our little Atlantic Treasure is about a smaller colony of Cape Fur Seals on the Atlantic Seaboard near Cape Town. This footage is from a dive we did as part of a Atlantic Ocean Conservation effort and eco tour with Charlie from Rhinosaverz, Shannon Elizabeth from Animal Avengers and David from Ocean 7.


To all the certified Divemasters out there! October 03 2015

To all the certified Divemasters out there! Its time to take that next step of your professional diving career.  

If you have a passion for scuba diving and want to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – become a PADI Instructor!!

The IDC (Instructor Development Course) is your next step into becoming a PADI Instructor, it is an intensive introduction to one of the most exciting industries in the world.

DON'T MISS OUT! JOIN THE IDC IN NOVEMBER - CAPE TOWN

CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

 


IF THE OCEAN IS YOUR LIFE ... WHY NOT LIVE ON IT, BREATHE IN IT AND CALL IT YOUR JOB? October 03 2015

Are you a Diving Instructor or Divemaster looking to work on the super yachts or a 'Yachty' wanting to stand out among the crowd with an extra skill set?


Adrenalised Diving has now partnered up with a RYA Training Centre, there is a wide range of RYA Sailing and Boating courses offered ranging from RYA Day Skipper up to RYA Yachtmaster and more. All you Dive Professionals out there, CLICK HERE for details on how to become a qualified 'Yachty'.

 

If you are a 'Yachty' looking at broadening your underwater skill set. This PADI Open Water to Divemaster package is perfect for you. CLICK HERE for details on how to become a PADI Professional.

 

 


ARE YOU COVERED? BECOME A DAN MEMBER! September 26 2015

​DAN-SA (Divers Alert Network) is a Public Benefit Organisation that provides emergency medical advice and assistance for underwater diving injuries, and provides a wide range of research, education and training programmes that promote safe diving. DAN-SA is supported by more than 7 000 fellow divers with a further 250 000 international divers supporting DAN America, DAN Europe, DAN Japan, DAN Asia Pacific and DAN Southern America.

DAN-SA is not an insurance company and it does not sell insurance. DAN-SA is a diving emergency assistance organisation that uses a group insurance policy to extend emergency medical cover benefits to its members for certain travel, medical and diving related emergencies in support of its mission. As part of your DAN-SA membership, DAN-SA automatically provides cover according to the respective membership levels.

You can join DAN as a recreational diving individual, family or spearfisherman. DAN membership includes payment for the cost of hospitalisation, medical and hyperbaric treatment, and certain other costs associated with diving-related accidents. Only Plus and Mater members receive the Alert Diver subscription.

DAN offers a variety of membership options so that every diver’s needs are fully catered for, from annual cover, temporary cover to entry-level student membership. 

Adrenalised Diving based in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town is a DAN Industry Partner and will be able to advise and assist you with all your membership needs. Don't delay contact us for more information.

 

 

 


OUR DIVE CHARTERS IN CAPE TOWN July 31 2015

The winter season is almost over .... although winter diving can be very beautiful, when the days start getting longer and hotter and the water temperature gets well in double digits we get very excited about the approaching Summer season.

We want to highlight the various dive charters that Adrenalised Diving in the V&A Waterfront Cape Town will be offering, so that you will be able to start planning your next scuba diving adventure in Cape Town.

We have a variety of dive charters to suit everyone's individual scuba diving needs ranging from the thrilling ride on the rubber duck to a more luxurious cruise on a motorised catamaran or a super yacht. Even if you are wanting to surprise that 'special someone' in your life with an extra special diving experience we have it all for you.

8.5m RIB BOAT

The rib boat or rubber duck is a 8,5m Gemini semi rigid rib boat. The vessel is fully compliant with stringent SAMSA safety regulations for passenger vessels, and is certified to carry 12 passengers and 3 crew. We will however be limiting the number of divers to a maximum of 8 divers and 2 give guides to give our customers a more personal diving experience and to maximise diver comfort. Refreshments and snacks are provided on the trips. 

The rib boat will be launching directly from the V&A Waterfront or out of Hout Bay Harbour for all the dive sites on the Atlantic side of Cape Town, which is dived in the summer season.  We will be using the rubber duck for various single tank or double tank dive packages as well as for our unique and exclusive dive charter to one of the most iconic Heritage sites in South Africa which is Robben Island. Adrenalised Diving has been granted permission to Dive Robben Island within the 1 Nautical Exclusion zone, and will be running 2 trips per week with a maximum of 8 divers per trip.

The boat is equipped with the following:

  • 2 x 200hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard motors
  • Marine Radio
  • GPS and Fish Finder
  • Emergency Oxygen and First Aid Kits
  • Life Jackets

40 FOOT MOTORISED CATAMARAN

For those who are looking at 'Diving in Style' we offer a 40f motorised catamaran which we use for 2 tank dive packages launching from the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Non-divers are also welcome onboard. You have the option to enjoy the view from the trampolines in the front or to relax inside undercover. The trip out to the dive sites is very relaxed giving you an opportunity to potentially come across whales, dolphins, penguins even seals along the way, giving you a mini eco-tour of Cape Town. Refreshments, fruit platters and snacks are provided on the trips.       

We will be limiting the number of divers to a maximum of 8 divers and 2 give guides to give our customers a more personal diving experience and to maximise diver comfort.

Originally designed as a high-performance sailing catamaran, this vessel was chosen because it is stable and spacious and because its slim hulls are easily driven, which allows propulsion power to be minimised. The foredeck has been customised to allow more people to sit safely in the open air. Passengers can also sit on comfortable moulded seats in the spacious main cockpit, sheltered by a curved canopy with large plexiglass windows. There is also onboard toilet facilities as well as Beer-on-Tap available to divers ONLY on the way back.   

The vessel is powered with two relatively small four-stroke outboard motors, which minimises noise, vibration, fuel burn, and pollution. 

The vessel is fully compliant with stringent SAMSA safety regulations for passenger vessels, and is certified to carry 40 passengers. Life jackets are carried for all passengers, and crew members ensure that they are worn by children aged 12 and under as required by the regulations. The vessel carries two 25-person life rafts, and the entire foredeck is enclosed with lifelines. Both skipper and crew are highly qualified and experienced.

PRINCESS 55 SUPER YACHT

This dive charter offered by Adrenalised Diving used for the 2 tank dive packages launching from the V&A Waterfront, on the Princess 55 Super Yacht is for a completely luxurious & unique scuba diving experience in Cape Town. This elegant super yacht has plenty of space for divers and non-divers alike, enjoying refreshments, fruit platters, hot chocolate and snacks.

Again, we will be limiting the number of divers to a maximum of 8 divers and 2 give guides to give our customers a more personal diving experience and to maximise diver comfort.

It offers a luscious interior cabin and toilet facility, a comfortable deck space as well as a convenient diving platform, there is also a fly bridge to get an unobstructed view of the magnificent landscape that surrounds Cape Town. When sitting in the fly bridge you will also have a birds eye view of any majestic marine life in the Atlantic ocean. Princess deep V hulls deliver the finest sea keeping and ride, ensuring guests and crew are kept comfortable and safe.

CLICK HERE to get more information and details of the dive sites that we can do by dive boat charter.

 

 


PADI APP NOW AVAILABLE! July 26 2015

 

The PADI App is the ultimate mobile hub for PADI divers, bringing a number of useful scuba tools to your fingertips whenever and wherever you may be travelling.

Now, we are excited to announce that with the latest update release, the PADI App is now available to download free of charge in eight different languages: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Thai – and there’s more to come in the future!

In addition, the PADI App lets you log your dives in ScubaEarth whilst on-the-go. With the latest update, you can now also edit previously logged dives – all within the PADI App.


The PADI App will automatically detect the language you’ve chosen for your mobile device, and will match it to display the PADI App content in that language. If the language is not yet available, the default setting will be English.

 

Key Features include:

  • PADI Dive Shop and Resort Locator
  • Integration with ScubaEarth dive sites
  • Information on the top diving destinations around the world
  • The ability to log and edit dives on ScubaEarth – within the PADI App
  • News feeds from PADI social media and blogs
  • Access to PADI Gear™ collections.
  • Useful dive tools including knots, hand signals and dive checklists
  • PADI course information including the ability to purchase PADI eLearning and Touch programs.
  • 24/7 Access to your PADI eCards
  • Direct link to your PADI Library App where you can download and view purchased digital PADI products.

        

      If you haven’t downloaded the PADI App yet, just head over to the Google Play or iTunes App Store where you can download the latest version for free today!

       


      Don't Remember your last dive? ReActivate your Certification! July 26 2015

      Before you jet off to your next exotic dive destination, brush up on your scuba skills with the PADI ReActivate programme offered by Adrenalised Diving based in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town! This all-new program is designed to update divers on the fundamental scuba skills and dive principles, giving you the skills you need to jump back in and dive with confidence. Show off your new PADI replacement certification card and your refreshed skills on your trip when you ReActivate.

      Here are 5 ways that the PADI ReActivate Touch product can help if you’re looking to plan another dive trip:

      • #1 – It helps you get back into diving

      Perhaps you’ve done less diving because life got in the way. PADI ReActivate Touch will help you refresh rusty skills in a fun and approachable way that will make you feel confident, at ease, and relieved that you won’t have to start your training from scratch.

      • #2 – It’s the modern way to learn

      With the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets, PADI ReActivate Touch will help you keep up with the fast moving digital world. Available for iOS and Android mobile devices, it offers an interactive and engaging way to learn that’s right at your fingertips.

      • #3 – It helps you prepare for future courses

      If you want to take your next PADI course, the PADI ReActivate Touch is a great way to help revise and prepare your theory and practical skills to make sure you’re ready to jump in and get the most out of your next training session.

      • #4 – You’ll only have to refresh what’s needed

      With a prescriptive style, PADI ReActivate Touch will review your knowledge and provide a tailored program that targets only the areas you need to brush up on – nothing more. You’ll enjoy more time to on the areas that need it the most.

      • #5 – It includes a ReActivated Certification Card

      Once you’ve completed the PADI ReActivate Touch program including practice sessions with a PADI Professional, you’ll get a ReActivated certification card. You can show this to dive shops when you’re travelling so that they’ll know how recently you’ve refreshed your dive skills.

       

      So if you have you found yourself out of the water for a while? No matter how rusty you feel, you can always get back into the groove and explore the depths of your favourite dive spots whilst making sure you’re staying safe and having fun. Join us now and click here for more information.  


      PADI Scuba Diving Courses in Cape Town July 20 2015

      Choosing the right dive center as well as dive organisation to do a scuba diving course with is always a tricky one. 

      And a question we always get is Why should we book it with you?

      Here are some reasons why we believe you should book it with us:

      • We believe in a personalised experience and have limited our student to instructor ratio at 4 students per instructor. This gives our instructors a chance to spend more quality time with each student.
      • Diving is fun. We strive to make each experience as fun as possible. Whether it is in the pool during your confined water sessions or in the sea for your qualifying dives.
      • Safety is one of our main priorities. As a PADI dive Center there are strict rules and guidelines set out by PADI that we as a center as well as all of our staff follow. 
      • When the sea conditions are bad for diving we have other activities such as kitesurfing, surfing and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) lessons and trips.

      Why choose to do a PADI Scuba Diving Course:

      • PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world wide association that certifies the diving courses that you will be taught by Adrenalised Diving in Cape Town.
      • By choosing to do a PADI course, you are assured of a very thorough and well-planned course.
      • PADI keeps the fun in diving, while at the same time also teaching strict safe scuba diving practices.
      • Currently about 72% of all recreational divers across the world do their diving through PADI – which means that no matter where you go, your PADI certification will always be accepted!
      • Visit our PADI DIVING COURSES - CAPE TOWN page for more information on the various PADI courses that are on offer.

      Turning your passion into a career! June 23 2015

      Whether it's the salty hair, the smile behind the mask or just the love for the ocean, you can't go wrong when becoming a scuba dive professional. 

      Divemaster is your first level of professional diver, meaning you can start working as a dive guide, assist on courses and even teach certain courses. Being a Divemaster gives you the opportunity to travel to epic destinations and experience different diving cultures and life in general while doing what you love most.

      So if you are looking at experiencing something new and exciting on your Gap Year or maybe just need a bit of a change, then this might be exactly what you need!! Be amongst the 20% of people worldwide that love what they do for a living and wake up every morning with a smile on their face, having the ocean as their office and the fish as their colleagues.

      Here are some quotes from a few of our Divemasters and Instructors:

      • "I love teaching people what I love to do in a place that I love to be in all day everyday. Diving is my religion, the ocean is my temple" - Mike aka 'Crush' Norval - PADI OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor)
      • "We dive not to escape life, but for life not to escape us". - Ben aka 'Skaapie' Schaap - PADI DM (Divemaster) 
      • "Diving is like sex, the first time you try you are nervous but its still the best thing you've ever tried" - Charl aka "Charlet' van der Merwe - PADI MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) 

       

      SO ARE YOU HOOKED YET? 

      All that is left for you to do now, is to sign up for the PADI Divemaster course at Adrenalised Diving based in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa. For more info CLICK HERE. 

       

       


      Scuba Diving Robben Island June 09 2015

      We did it again! Not only do we do surf trips around Robben Island but now scuba diving as well. Our love for uncrowded and untouched surf has now made it into diving. Being the only centre currently with the permits and permission to dive & surf within the 1 nautical mile of the island, we are looking at running trips to surf and dive this amazing world heritage site on both a rubber duck and/or a yacht this coming summer season. I guarantee you not a lot of people can say they have dived or surfed around this island and thats where the excitement of naming, navigating and choosing new dive and surf sites comes in. We work hand in hand with SAHRA (South African Heritage Resources Agency) collecting data and information regarding the marine life and shipwrecks around Robben Island.

      So here are the surf and dive sites so far:

      SURF

      • Cannon Rock
      • Madibas Left (current name)

      DIVE

      • Table Rock (Average depth 10m)
      • Starfish Factory or Shipwreck rock (Average depth 9m)

      more to come.....

      The photos are from yesterdays exploration dives. Our first dive was based on the skipper mentioning where the best fish were caught but visibility was a slightly green 3m making it difficult to navigate easily. The second dive was based on where they have seen sharks and where we would find some kelp forests. We dropped into about 8-10m viz on a beautiful flat top rock similar to the top of table mountain. The reef was filled with various nudis, cuttlefish,octopus, crayfish and toad fish but unfortunately no sharks. A quote from Jacques after Dive 2 yesterday was "My best dive in Cape Town by far."

      If you would like to join us on this exclusive dive trip and for more information CLICK HERE.


      And the Seven Gill Cow Sharks are back!!!! May 31 2015

      So we arranged a staff fun dive but for one of the dmt's it was his simulated qualifying dive. Anyway when we were packing the cylinders in the car and Charl was carrying the last one, he lifted it to put it in the car and kissed it and said "this will be the tank that brings us cow sharks". Long story short we had amazing dives in 15m visibility with 15 degree water. Our DMT Benjamin Schaap or Skaapie is now a DM after 2 long stressful dives with us as his customers (especially Jacques Ellis) and best of all we all got our fix of sharks together.


      The Nudibranch Craze May 29 2015

      Nudibranchs (pronounced Noodi-brank) are a group of soft-bodied marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shells after their larval stage. They are noted and identified for their often extraordinary colours and striking forms. 

      13 Interesting Facts:

      • Nudibranchs have shells that are lost in the larval stage.
      • They also have tentacles on their head that helps them smell, taste and get around.
      • Eye-looking tentacles called 'rhinophores' on their heads help them smell their food and they can retract them when threatened. 
      • There are over 3,000 species of Nudibranch. Sized from a few mm to 12" and can weigh up to 3 pounds.
      • There are 2 types: 1) Dorid - which breathe through gills on their posterior (back) end. 2) Eolid - which have finger-like open-ages which cover their back (cerata) and have many functions, including breathing digestion and defense.
      • Nudibranchs have a foot and leave a slimy trail. 
      • Nudibranchs have poor vision.
      • They eat colourful food, which gives them their colour. 
      • They are toxic to prey but not to humans.
      • Some create their own food by eating coral with algae, they then absorb the algae chloroplast into the cerata where they photosynthesis using the sun.
      • Nudibranchs are hermaphrodites to maximize their chances of maternity.
      • Nudibranchs have a short life span, some up to a year and some only a few weeks.
      • Nudibranchs are what they eat. If they eat a mouthful of poisonous sponge of sea anemone stingers instead of getting sick or dying, they safely store these poisons in their own body until something eats it then the poison is released.

      In Cape Town we may not have whale sharks, turtles and manta rays as you would in most fair weather diving locations but we do have nudibranchs that might just change your diving forever. Often I find myself missing all the big stuff thanks to these little guys as their display of colour combined with its form can blow your mind. They are easily identified and named accordingly and often leads to very obvious names like 'Gas flame' nudibranch with some exceptions like our rare and notorious 'Mandela' nudibranch found along the Atlantic seaboard and often we spot them at sights closest to Robbin Island. 

      We are honouring these unique tiny creates of the Cape Peninsula waters and will be holding a 'Nudi Competition'.

      Just post your best shot into the 'Nudi Competition Album' on the Adrenalised Diving Facebook page. Remember to put your name on your shot.

      To post your photo click here

      The photo that receives the most 'likes' will win the competition and receive a R500 gift voucher.

      GOOD LUCK!! 

       

       * Competition closes 31 July 2015 

       


      Historical wrecks of False bay May 21 2015

      The Cape Peninsula waters of South Africa are home to some of the best known and most popular wreck dives and caters for most level of divers. 

      Open water level scuba divers have a few wreck dives to choose from which are accessible via shore entry, such sites are the SAS Pietermaritzburg or previously known as HMS Pelorus in WW2. This beautiful wreck was scuttled by our Navy in 1994 and since then the marine life has taken over. It has a max depth of 21m which makes it divable for open water level as their is no need to go past 18m.

      Advanced open water divers and above have the benefit of diving 'the holy grail' of wrecks located in Smitswinkel bay close to Cape Point. There are 5 wrecks neatly scuttled among each other MFV Princess Elizabeth, SAS Good Hope, SAS Transvaal, MFV Orotava, MV Rockeater. They all have a max depth of 40m so being an Advanced diver is essential and having your Nitrox Specialty would be a massive benefit for longer bottom times to explore these amazing wrecks.

      Wreck diving is possible in False Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard, both are incredible dive sites however the Atlantic side could be a degree or 5 colder. The wrecks on the Atlantic side have all been destroyed by natural causes such as big storms or navigational errors. whereas most of the wrecks in False Bay have been scuttled by the SA Navy to form artificial reefs.

      With winter approaching, diving on the Atlantic side won't be an option most of the time due to the strong North Westerly winds and big swells. However scuba diving on the False Bay side will be plentiful. 

      The Wreck Diver Specialty is our chose of specialties for the month. During this course you will participate in 4 wreck dives, where you will be taught how to safely navigate a wreck, learn how to map a wreck, learn how to use safety reels and torches etc. and on your last dive your have an option of penetrating a wreck. As mentioned previously Advanced Open Water level is essential due to depth restrictions and being Nitrox certified is a benefit. At Adrenalised Diving in the V & A Waterfront, Cape town, scuba divers embark on  new rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices. Fore more details on the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty click here.