Diver to raise awareness about sharks

April 25 2012 at 10:45am

By Kamcilla Pillay (original post on IOL)

Trevor Hutton, a South African free-diving champion and former world record holder, trains in the Sea Point pool in Cape Town before his planned 80m-deep dive 36km off Durban Harbour in shark-infested waters.
Picture: Lesley Rochat

South Africa’s free-diving champion, Trevor Hutton, will dive 80m deep in shark-infested waters off Scottburgh next month to raise awareness about the ocean’s apex predators. Hutton said he and his team were allowing for an eight-day window from May 31 to June 7 to break national free-diving records and would do dives in the pelagic zone, 36km off South Africa’s east coast.

The aim of the exercise, however, is two-fold: the 41-year-old hopes to break the record while creating awareness about the plight of sharks.

“Shark conservation is important and we need to make people aware of their situation,” he said.

Supported by his team, Hutton, a former world record holder, and Lesley Rochat, executive director of AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, have teamed up in this unique shark awareness campaign named Deep Freedive for Sharks.

The website dedicated to the cause details the record attempt.

“(The) campaign centres on Trevor breaking a series of national free-diving records in South African waters, off the Durban coast. The dives will take place in the often bloody waters of the shark slaughter carried out by both legal and illegal fishers, an area known as the pelagic zone, situated 36km off the South African coast.”

The campaign, reads the description on the campaign’s website, consists of three components: the free-diving events, a supporting book project and a documentary, and are all linked to a shark protection lobbying initiative that AfriOceans is driving called “WANTED! DEAD or ALIVE?”

Hutton competed as an international free-diver for six years. Accomplishing two world records, he was the captain of the first South African team to the world championships, and holds South Africa and African records.

For more information, go to: http://www.deepfreediveforsharks. com


TEDx Sea Point

Beautiful ode to the Sea Point Swimming Pool

When I gaze out of my window I see raindrops falling from gray sky.
It has been pretty much the same weather during the whole week.

Are we in June?
Is this supposed to be summer?
Where is the sun and the beautiful blue sky?

I cannot help but long back to those blissful days in Cape Town.
I cannot help but to complain to my friends about my misery.
How can this possible be summer???

Bad weather day in and out !
Just, awful!

During times like this my mind tend to trail back to past events.
My memories goes back to my all time favourite place .
Seapoint Swimming pool.

Beautiful post by Pucko on her blog.  Original can be found here.  She calls herself The wannabe photographer, and she managed to capture some fantastic shots of the legendary Sea Point sunset.

City to sign Memorandum of Understanding with Friends of Sea Point Pavilion

The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department will sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the Friends of Sea Point Pavilion (FSPP).

This agreement is entered into with the objective of developing a partnership between the FSPP and the City to address the many challenges the City faces relating to the maintenance of the pool.

Date: Tuesday 22 March

Venue: Sea Point Swimming Pool

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

All media are welcome to attend.

The nature and purpose of this agreement is to outline the roles and responsibilities of the parties. It will grant the FSPP certain rights at the Sea Point Swimming Pool complex, which will see them providing a supporting role to the City in managing the pool.

With this agreement, the FSPP will assist the City with raising funds that can contribute to the enhancement of the current maintenance operations, as well as improving the aesthetics and administration of the pool. The funds raised will also be used towards the development, co-ordination and promotion of sport and recreation projects at the facility. This includes the training of lifeguards at the pool, the provision of community projects relating to capacity building and skills development, as well as outreach and swimming education projects that will benefit the poor or needy members of the community that use the pool.

The Sea Point Swimming Pool complex consists of an Olympic size pool, two splash pools for children and a fully equipped springboard diving pool. It is a very important recreational, educational and therapeutic facility for the people of the city.

“Given its unique beachfront location, the pool is regarded by many as the most breath-taking public swimming pool in the world. The salt water swimming pools attract visitors from across the city and it has also become an important tourist attraction. There is an increasing need for the City to partner with communities around its flagship facilities. We wish to upgrade the Sea Point pool to a flagship facility and this collaboration will assist us”, said Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services.

The filtered seawater pools are part of the scenic Sea Point Pavilion. Although the pools are not heated, the facility is open throughout the year and a handful of brave Capetonians persist with their training at the Pavilion through winter, when water temperatures drop to about 12 degrees Celsius.

Media release on the City of Cape Town website


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Minty-Fresh™.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 15 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 20 posts. There were 14 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 20th with 32 views. The most popular post that day was About.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, seapointdays.co.za, google.co.za, andrewboraine.com, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sea point swimming pool, sea point pavilion, sea point pavillion, sea point pool, and sea point pavillion swimming pool.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


About March 2009


Pictures September 2010


City of Cape Town (municipality) proud of clean swimming pools December 2009
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Sea Point lobby group delighted at court ruling September 2010
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Sea Point: safe from harm April 2010

Row over Sea Point pavilion turns to finances

The battle for the Sea Point Pavilion continues – this time with lobby group Seafront for All (Seafa) accusing the developers of not having enough money to continue with their legal battle.

Seafa claims that On Track does not have any material assets, and it has asked the company to put up security to ensure that it can meet any adverse costs order granted against it.

Seafa made the claims about On Track’s financial status in papers filed earlier this month, in response to the company’s Supreme Court of Appeal application for leave to appeal a March High Court ruling against it.

The ruling effectively halted the proposed development of the pavilion, which includes the building of a multi-storey shopping centre and hotel.

The area would have to be rezoned to allow for this.

The development was opposed by Seafa. It is arguing that the development would mean people could not freely get access to the popular promenade area.

It approached the High Court for relief, arguing that the space should remain accessible to the public.

Seafa asked the High Court to review and set aside as flawed an environmental Record of Decision to allow the proposed development.

In March Judges Siraj Desai and Burton Fourie ruled in Seafa’s favour after criticising the manner in which the provincial government approved the development.

On Track later applied for leave to appeal the decision, but the judges refused the application in September.

Now the company has petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal.

It filed a 72-page affidavit in which On Track director and shareholder Serena Rosslind claimed the judges had made fundamental errors in fact and law. She alleged they had selected only evidence favourable to Seafa, and ignored or misconstrued issues presented on behalf of On Track.

But Seafa is opposing the application and filed an affidavit in which chairman Bennie Rabinowitz questioned whether On Track was able to meet an adverse costs order in the event the leave to appeal application was granted, and the appeal argued. He said On Track should be required to put up security for costs.

Rabinowitz also submitted that, to succeed in an appeal, On Track would have to show the judges erred in respect of all three grounds of review the court had considered.

However, he added that Seafa believed the company did not have a reasonable prospect of success.

The fantastically moody photograph of waves hitting the promenade, by Fiela!

original article at iolproperty.co.za

I love Sea Point because…

THE BEST SWIMMINING PICTURES can be taken at Sea Point Pavilion (swimming pools) on the top diving board. (its an olympic sized seawater swimming pool). The view from the pools out over the Atlantic Ocean is spectacular.

many more can be found in this blogpost at sa-venues.com

I ♥ Sea Point because like the hustle and bustle of this vibrant seaside town – its feels like you’re permanently on holiday!