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==Overview==
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The dive site '''Bass Lake''' or '''Glen Douglas Quarry''' is an inland flooded quarry in the (locality name) area on the (topographical feature), near [[Vereeniging]] in the [[Gauteng]] province of [[South Africa]].
Bass Lake is a flooded Dolomite quarry located South of Johannesburg, close to Vereeneging, with a 10 hectare surface area. An entrance fee is charged to divers. Air fills are available on site, as is Nitrox, and diving gear is available to rent. There is a restaurant, ablution facilities, and a number of lapas available to divers. Camping is permitted, however the main gate is locked overnight.
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The site is fresh water at high altitude (?m)
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==Understand==
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This lake is used primarily as a training location for Johannesburg-based Open Water diver training schools, along with [[Diving inland in South Africa/Miracle Waters|Miracle Waters]].
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An entrance fee is charged to divers.
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===Position===
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Bass Lake is situated at  26°30'33.69"S,  28° 4'0.75"E.
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Access is via the R59 - take the Henley Drive offramp, and follow signs. <!-- full directions from nearest major town/s would be better -->
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This site is not in a Marine Protected Area. A permit is not required.
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===Depth===
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Maximum depth is 22m.
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===Visibility===
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Visibility is poor, from 6 metres down to 2 or less after much diving during the day.
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===Topography===
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Bass Lake is a flooded Dolomite quarry located South of Johannesburg, close to Vereeneging, with a 10 hectare surface area. 
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===Conditions===
 
Water is fairly warm, however there is a noticeable thermocline at approximately 8 metres.
 
Water is fairly warm, however there is a noticeable thermocline at approximately 8 metres.
The water is very still, with no waves. Visibility is poor, from 6 metres down to 2 or less after much diving during the day.
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The water is very still, with no waves.  
  
==Diving==
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===Facilities===
The lake has a maximum depth of 22 metres. There are several grids in various locations. This lake is used primarily as a training location for Johannesburg-based Open Water diver training schools, along with Miracle Waters.
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*Air and Nitrox fills are available on site
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*Diving gear is available to rent.  
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*There is a restaurant, ablution facilities, and a number of lapas available to divers.
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*Camping is permitted, however the main gate is locked overnight.
  
==Wrecks==
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==Get in==
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Shore access dive.
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==See==
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===Aquatic life===
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===Features===
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There are several grids in various locations.
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'''Wrecks'''
 
*VW Golf at 12 metres
 
*VW Golf at 12 metres
 
*Bathtub at 9 metres
 
*Bathtub at 9 metres
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*Helicopter at 11 metres
 
*Helicopter at 11 metres
  
==Location and Directions==
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===Photography===
Bass Lake is situated at 26°30'35.28"S, 28° 4'4.97"E.
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==Stay safe==
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This site is at high altitude. You must set your decompression computer to the correct altitude range or use altitude tables to avoid increased risk of decompression sickness.
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===Skills===
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No special skills required, the site is suitable for entry level diver training.  
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===Equipment===
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No special equipment required. Weighs may have to be changed to suit fresh water.
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Access is via the R59 - take the Henley Drive offramp, and follow signs.
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Latest revision as of 09:32, 9 August 2010

The dive site Bass Lake or Glen Douglas Quarry is an inland flooded quarry in the (locality name) area on the (topographical feature), near Vereeniging in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

The site is fresh water at high altitude (?m)


Understand[edit]

This lake is used primarily as a training location for Johannesburg-based Open Water diver training schools, along with Miracle Waters.

An entrance fee is charged to divers.

Position[edit]

Bass Lake is situated at 26°30'33.69"S, 28° 4'0.75"E.


Access is via the R59 - take the Henley Drive offramp, and follow signs.

This site is not in a Marine Protected Area. A permit is not required.


Depth[edit]

Maximum depth is 22m.

Visibility[edit]

Visibility is poor, from 6 metres down to 2 or less after much diving during the day.


Topography[edit]

Bass Lake is a flooded Dolomite quarry located South of Johannesburg, close to Vereeneging, with a 10 hectare surface area.


Conditions[edit]

Water is fairly warm, however there is a noticeable thermocline at approximately 8 metres. The water is very still, with no waves.

Facilities[edit]

  • Air and Nitrox fills are available on site
  • Diving gear is available to rent.
  • There is a restaurant, ablution facilities, and a number of lapas available to divers.
  • Camping is permitted, however the main gate is locked overnight.

Get in[edit]

Shore access dive.



See[edit][add listing]

Aquatic life[edit]

Features[edit]

There are several grids in various locations.

Wrecks

  • VW Golf at 12 metres
  • Bathtub at 9 metres
  • Bus at 12 metres
  • Home-made sub at 11 metres
  • Helicopter at 11 metres

Photography[edit]

Suggested Routes[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Hazards[edit]

This site is at high altitude. You must set your decompression computer to the correct altitude range or use altitude tables to avoid increased risk of decompression sickness.

Skills[edit]

No special skills required, the site is suitable for entry level diver training.

Equipment[edit]

No special equipment required. Weighs may have to be changed to suit fresh water.

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