Freedive North Paw
North Lion's Paw or just North Paw is located in the Clifton area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town. This can be a spectacular site in good conditions. It is an extensive area of granite reef, marked by exposed rocks identified on the charts as North Lion's Paw. A popular part of the site is the Cave Rock, a large arched granite boulder, which is slightly offshore from the exposed rocks.
DIVE SITE DESCRIPTIONCERTIFICATION LEVEL:
- Minimum: Advanced Freediver
- Be comfortable to freedive to depths up to 20m.
- The maximum depth is 27m.
- The whole area is an extensive granite reef. There are occasional sand patches in the bottom of gullies and other local low points, but most of the bottom is rock.
- The site is exposed to the south west swell, so should be dived in low swell, and is more likely to be good after south east wind.
- The site is reasonably protected from south east winds, and there is not enough fetch to push up much of a chop, but if the wind is strong the boat trip may be very bumpy and wet.
- Spectacular encrustation of noble coral, soft corals, colonial ascidians, sea fans and particularly sponges on the lower sides and underside of the rock, with large red-bait pods on the upper areas.
- The low flat rocks are mostly covered with encrusting sponges, urchins, grey sea cucumbers and a few low growing split-fan kelp.
- October - May. The site is usually at it's best in summer, but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and early winter.
- Minimum of 4 freedivers and a maximum of 8 freedivers.
FREEDIVE TRIP INCLUDES:
- 2 Certified Freedive Guides.
- Boat Fees.
- Fruit Platter (On the catamaran).
- Bottled Water.
FREEDIVE TRIP EXCLUDES:
- Equipment rental (full set): R420