These are some of the photos taken and dive logs written mostly by myself or Jacques Alberts who operated in Jeffreys Bay under the African Waters Scuba brand since 2011. Jacques introduced me to SCUBA diving, and taught me everthing about diving. I include these photos and stories here, so that you can get an idea of what it looks like underwater in our area.

Nudi with egg ribbonAll the conditions came together for this rare night dive. Surfers became depressed in the preceding week because the ocean did not deliver anything useful, while the divers were rubbing their hands together as visibility got better and better every day. Conditions held for the dive, and all divers waited anxiously for the sun to go down so they could get in the water.

thumb 20140803-DSC 1183After a long hiatus with several dives cancelled due to bad weather or large swell, the usual suspects and some new faces gathered at the J-Bay Ski Boat club at the crack of dawn on Sunday Morning. Okay, maybe it was not that early, but after a big weekend, some found it hard to get out of bed. Conditions improved greatly from the previous day, with a light offshore breeze and sunshine weather, leaving the ocean like a mirror. - Report and photos by Paul van Jaarsveld

African Waters Scuba December 2013 - Diving in J-BayWow. At African Waters Scuba in Jeffreys Bay we have been blessed with pristine weather, managing to at least one dive every day. When conditions held, we were even able to do two launches. It's great to see some annual regulars, and some of the usual suspects that crawled out of their "work caves" to experience what the ocean has to offer. Bottom temp has been in the the 15 to 20 degrees celcius range and we have spotted plenty of fish life including raggies. Satruday morning we had a full boat on the first launch, but the second launch was called off due to the wind picking up and the beach break being particularly nasty. Paul van Jaarsveld did manage to sneak onto the dive at Flatrock Reef and took some photos. Dive time was a solid 45minutes and visibility varied between 5m and 10m with a measured 15 Celcius minimum bottom temp. There are daily boat launches so if you are interested use the contact us page. We are operating from the J-Bay Ski Boat Club to the right of the Main Beach. Just drive towards Deviswijf.

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On Saturday 10 May 2014 we decided to look for something new and found an amazing 42m deep part of the Long Mile Reef about 6km off shore. All the divers used nitrox which extended our bottom time but we still had to do 29min's deco stops on our way up.

Nudi Branch by Paul van Jaarsveld

With large winter storms, howling winds and stong swell running up the coast during this season, it was a delight to find some quiet weather and clean water. On 3 August 2013 the usual suspects kitted up and due to the good viz Jacques made a call to do a very shallow 6 - 8m dive at Discovery Channel. The surge was not too bad, and it was interesting to dive a bit closer to shore because the underwater landscape changes considerably from 20m to 6m. Water temp was in the range of 18 degrees and viz varied greatly between 5 and 15m depending how close you were to sand patches. Several raggies (Ragged Tooth Shark) were spotted by a few lucky divers who decided punch through sandy patches. The other group turned around and put their attention on smaller weird and wonderful creatures. The new Dive Master student group did things like search and recovery and they also did the 800m swim to shore.


Please note:

Providing this service is a way for me to fund boat ownership and my hobby and I provide a sort of a "water taxi" service for divers while I do that. I don't provide a Dive Master, but you can request one and we can hear who is available. I will provide you with a surface marker so I can see where you are. Your underwater safety is your own responsibility. You have to provide your own dive equipment. Airfills can be done at R 80 per airfill. I can't guarantee visibility or the weather, but will endevour to choose the best conditions. No show + no excuse or cancellation 24 hours before dive = no refund. If I canceld the dive because of bad weather, you will get the credit to use on anothe dive.