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The dive site '''Rambler Rock''' is an offshore rocky reef in the Simon's Bay area on the Cape Peninsula side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Information is provided which may assist in planning Recreational and Research Scuba diving at this site, and links to photographs of marine organisms that have been found there.
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The dive site '''Rambler Rock''' is an offshore rocky reef in the Simon's Bay area on the Cape Peninsula side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.  
  
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==Name "Rambler Rock"==
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The reef is marked on the SA Navy charts as Rambler Rock.
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==Get in==
 
[[Image:(insert image file name)|400px|thumb|Map of the dive site Rambler Rock.]]
 
[[Image:(insert image file name)|400px|thumb|Map of the dive site Rambler Rock.]]
==Position==
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===Access===
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This site is only accessible by boat. It is about 3.9 km from Simon’s Town or 5.4km from Miller’s Point.
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===Position===
 
S34°10.924’ E018°27.899’ (North Rambler Rock)
 
S34°10.924’ E018°27.899’ (North Rambler Rock)
  
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A reef south east of the Roman Rock lighthouse off Simon’s Town Harbour. It is marked on the SAN charts which show two major groups of rocks at this site: The north group and the south group.  
 
A reef south east of the Roman Rock lighthouse off Simon’s Town Harbour. It is marked on the SAN charts which show two major groups of rocks at this site: The north group and the south group.  
  
This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009)
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This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.
  
==Access==
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==Understand==
This site is only accessible by boat. It is about 3.9 km from Simon’s Town or 5.4km from Miller’s Point.
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===Name===
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The reef is marked on the SA Navy charts as "Rambler Rock".
  
==Conditions==
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===Depth===
This site can be dived at any time of the year that has low or short period swell. Poor visibility at the surface does not necessarily extend to the bottom. The site is exposed to winds from all directions, which can produce an unpleasant choppy sea, and make it difficult for the boat crew to see a diver on the surface. The site is usually at it's best in winter and spring.
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==Depth==
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Maximum depth about 22m  on the sand. Top of reef is about 10m.
 
Maximum depth about 22m  on the sand. Top of reef is about 10m.
  
==Geology==
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Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton
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==Topography==
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===Topography===
 
===North pinnacle===
 
===North pinnacle===
 
Very large boulders and outcrops over a fairly small area (About 75m East to West, 35m North to South), coarse sand bottom, a few outlying outcrops of smaller size.
 
Very large boulders and outcrops over a fairly small area (About 75m East to West, 35m North to South), coarse sand bottom, a few outlying outcrops of smaller size.
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==Hazards==
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'''Geology:'''
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Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton
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===Conditions===
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This site can be dived at any time of the year that has low or short period swell. Poor visibility at the surface does not necessarily extend to the bottom. The site is exposed to winds from all directions, which can produce an unpleasant choppy sea, and make it difficult for the boat crew to see a diver on the surface. The site is usually at it's best in winter and spring.
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===Facilities===
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==Stay safe==
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===Hazards===
 
A Great White shark has been seen at this site.  
 
A Great White shark has been seen at this site.  
  
==Skill level==
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===Skills===
 
No special skills required, though the ability to deploy a DSMB is useful as most dives are from a live boat.
 
No special skills required, though the ability to deploy a DSMB is useful as most dives are from a live boat.
  
==Photography==
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===Equipment===
This is a good photographic site. (photographic equipment suggestions)
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==Equipment==
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A light is useful to restore colour at depth, a compass to keep track of your movements, a DSMB to let the boat know where you are surfacing, and Nitrox can extend no-decompression time significantly in this depth range.
 
A light is useful to restore colour at depth, a compass to keep track of your movements, a DSMB to let the boat know where you are surfacing, and Nitrox can extend no-decompression time significantly in this depth range.
  
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==See==
 
[[Image:(photo of typical marine organism from site)|thumb|(caption)]]
 
[[Image:(photo of typical marine organism from site)|thumb|(caption)]]
==Marine life==
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===Marine life===
The rocks are encrusted with a variety of organisms depending on depth and orientation. There is kelp and sea urchins on the tops of the pinnacles, and Red-bait and other large solitary ascidians scattered around. The steeper sides are largely covered by common feather stars, There are also occasional sea fans, some quite large. The sand is coarse and shelly near the rocks, and there are sand stars, brittle stars, sand slugs, cerianthids and purple sea pens on the sand.
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The rocks are encrusted with a variety of organisms depending on depth and orientation. There is kelp and sea urchins on the tops of the pinnacles, and Red-bait and other large solitary ascidians scattered around. The steeper sides are largely covered by common feather stars, There are also occasional sea fans, some quite large. The sand is coarse and shelly near the rocks, and there are sand stars, brittle stars, sand slugs, burrowing anemones and purple sea pens on the sand.
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===Photography===
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This is a good photographic site. (photographic equipment suggestions)
  
==Suggested Routes==
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===Suggested Routes===
 
#'''North pinnacle:''' Live boat dive. Drop onto the pinnacle and explore. It is small enough to swim around a few times at varying depth, so start at the bottom and work your way up. The kelp is restricted to the top so a SMB can be towed easily. Alternatively use the shotline or deploy your DSMB at the end of the dive.
 
#'''North pinnacle:''' Live boat dive. Drop onto the pinnacle and explore. It is small enough to swim around a few times at varying depth, so start at the bottom and work your way up. The kelp is restricted to the top so a SMB can be towed easily. Alternatively use the shotline or deploy your DSMB at the end of the dive.
 
#'''South pinnacle:''' Much the same as North pinnacle. (more information needed, please help if you can)
 
#'''South pinnacle:''' Much the same as North pinnacle. (more information needed, please help if you can)
  
==Gallery==
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===Gallery===
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'''Views at the site.'''
 
'''Views at the site.'''
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Revision as of 15:32, 4 September 2009

The dive site Rambler Rock is an offshore rocky reef in the Simon's Bay area on the Cape Peninsula side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Contents

Get in

File:(insert image file name)
Map of the dive site Rambler Rock.

Access

This site is only accessible by boat. It is about 3.9 km from Simon’s Town or 5.4km from Miller’s Point.

Position

S34°10.924’ E018°27.899’ (North Rambler Rock)

S34°11.011’ E018°27.918’ (South Rambler Rock)

A reef south east of the Roman Rock lighthouse off Simon’s Town Harbour. It is marked on the SAN charts which show two major groups of rocks at this site: The north group and the south group.

This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.

Understand

Name

The reef is marked on the SA Navy charts as "Rambler Rock".

Depth

Maximum depth about 22m on the sand. Top of reef is about 10m.


Topography

North pinnacle

Very large boulders and outcrops over a fairly small area (About 75m East to West, 35m North to South), coarse sand bottom, a few outlying outcrops of smaller size.

South pinnacle

(description needed, please help)

Geology: Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian Peninsula pluton

Conditions

This site can be dived at any time of the year that has low or short period swell. Poor visibility at the surface does not necessarily extend to the bottom. The site is exposed to winds from all directions, which can produce an unpleasant choppy sea, and make it difficult for the boat crew to see a diver on the surface. The site is usually at it's best in winter and spring.


Facilities

Stay safe

Hazards

A Great White shark has been seen at this site.

Skills

No special skills required, though the ability to deploy a DSMB is useful as most dives are from a live boat.

Equipment

A light is useful to restore colour at depth, a compass to keep track of your movements, a DSMB to let the boat know where you are surfacing, and Nitrox can extend no-decompression time significantly in this depth range.

See

Marine life

The rocks are encrusted with a variety of organisms depending on depth and orientation. There is kelp and sea urchins on the tops of the pinnacles, and Red-bait and other large solitary ascidians scattered around. The steeper sides are largely covered by common feather stars, There are also occasional sea fans, some quite large. The sand is coarse and shelly near the rocks, and there are sand stars, brittle stars, sand slugs, burrowing anemones and purple sea pens on the sand.


Photography

This is a good photographic site. (photographic equipment suggestions)

Suggested Routes

  1. North pinnacle: Live boat dive. Drop onto the pinnacle and explore. It is small enough to swim around a few times at varying depth, so start at the bottom and work your way up. The kelp is restricted to the top so a SMB can be towed easily. Alternatively use the shotline or deploy your DSMB at the end of the dive.
  2. South pinnacle: Much the same as North pinnacle. (more information needed, please help if you can)

Gallery

Views at the site.

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