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 Posted: Thu Aug 25th, 2011 11:55 am
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It has seemed to me for a few years that I don't get to dive as much as I used to.  Yes, work and my family keep me busier than I was, but it feels like the weather has changed.  I remember many more flat days than we seem to get nowadays.

I chatted about this recently to a mate of mine who is a diamond diver, and he has kept a log for over 13 years, and this bears out my observations.  He used to regularly get stretches of 4-5 days where they could dive, while now they very rarely get more than 2 days at a stretch!

Do you think this is permanent change or just a cycle?  Bearing in mind that my diving career of 20 odd years is miniscule in global time perspective!

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 Posted: Fri Aug 26th, 2011 02:53 pm
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Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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Hey Tony, Ditto on that sentiment. I watch the reports daily and past few years have been a real mix with no settled pattern. You've got to be able to dash off at short notice during the week when it gives you a day and then hope somebody's available for a swim. Got in at Rooikrantz  a few weeks back and had a cleanish swim and got my gallies but was a cold hack and had to work hard. Tail at Dassen have been a virtual non event barring some early season action and September is usually the month for those big SW swells so let's hope that pattern changes, else going to take up skittles.. cheers Rob


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 Posted: Mon Aug 29th, 2011 10:08 am
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I've also noticed that the diving days have become few and far between. We used be able to have a look at Windfinder and be able to judge based on a day or two of decent SW that you were guaranteed some clean water up at Struis. Now we rather try get an eye witness report as five times in a row we have found mud after what should have been perfect weather to clean things up.

Checking the photo album, up until 2009 we got tail every single June at Dassen for the 5 years prior but none in the last two ?


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