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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Clifton Rocks

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[[Image:(insert image file name)|400px|thumb|Aerial view of the Clifton Rocks dive site. The site described is around the rocks slightly to the right of upper centre. The entry and exit point is middle right.]]
==Get in==
[[Image:(views of the entry point)|thumb|
Clifton rocks in the background, showing the high rocks to the right and the lower rocks to the left. The entry area is in the foreground where the divers are getting ready.]]
===Access===
This is normally a shore dive. Turn off Victoria Road, Clifton, south of Fourth beach into The Ridge. Drive down to the furthest available parking area. Thr path to the rocks is at the sign for house #93. There is a narrow paved path with steps which passes between the plots and comes out on top of rocks facing to the north. Entry points are a few metres further along the point on large gently sloping north-facing rock with encrustation of black mussels. Entry and exit are easy, and well sheltered from south westerly swell.
Granite corestone boulders of large size rising from about 10m depth to in some cases 5 or more metres above the water. Many of the boulders are undercut at the bottom and resting on granite outcrops, so there are deep crevices and overhangs, several smallish swim-throughs and a few fairly narrow gaps. Surge can be strong at times in the gaps. The jumble of rocks gets denser and shallower to the south and surge and breaking waves can be quite impressive. Sand bottom to the north and inshore of the big rocks is mostly quite fine, with occasional areas of shells and coarse sand.
'''Geology:'''
Huge granite boulders of the late Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton, with fine white quarz sand bottom
===Facilities===
Parking may be a problem on weekends as the beach is very popular in summer and it is sheltered from the south easter. Get there early.
 
==Stay safe==
===Hazards===
Cold water, Strong surge and breaking waves over exposed and shallow rocks. Sea urchins.
 
===Skills===
No special skills required. There are areas of sand bottom which would be suited to basic skills exercises, though the main dive site is a bit far for entry level trainees. This is a good area for snorkelling.
A reasonable level of fitness is required for shore entries
 
===Equipment===
A light is useful to look into crevices, and a compass helps keep track of where you are, but is not essential.
[[Image:(photo of bobtails)|thumb|Large numbers of bobtails may be seen here at times]]
Surface swim out to the inshore side of the big rocks. Dive and swim around the big rocks anti-clockwise to the offshore side and to the last big rock. Depending on conditions, retrace your path or if a quiet day, make your way back in between the rocks or continue further south and west. These areas are shallow and can get very rough. At the north west corner of the high rocks there is a little inlet amongst the rocks which is quite pleasant. Return to the entry rock by compass across the sand bottom will take about 20 minutes if you have enough air.
==Stay safe=Gallery====Hazards===Cold water, Strong surge and breaking waves over exposed and shallow rocks. Sea urchins.
'''Views ===Skills===No special skills required. There are areas of sand bottom which would be suited to basic skills exercises, though the main dive site from the is a bit far for entry level trainees. This is a good area for snorkelling.A reasonable level of fitness is required for shore.'''entries
[[Image:(views of the site and facilities)|thumb]]===Equipment===(description) [[Image:(views of the entry point)|thumb]]Clifton rocks in the backgroundA light is useful to look into crevices, showing the high rocks to the right and the lower rocks to the left. The entry area is in the foreground a compass helps keep track of where the divers you are getting ready, but is not essential.
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