Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Witsand slipway
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The Witsand slipway is used by divers mostly during the summer months, when the south easterly wind makes diving on the False Bay side of the peninsula unpleasant.
This slipway provides public access for launching boats with seaworthiness certificates and licensed skippers. There does not appear to be any control over launching.
- S34°10.405' E018°20.536' (Main gate)
- S34°10.692' E018°20.684' (Slipway and boarding jetty)
About (distance)km from central Cape Town by road.
The slipway is extremely exposed to swell from the south west, but as it is only used by divers when the south-west swell is low, and the wind is light or from the east, this is not normally a problem.
About twice a year the roads are closed due to cycle and road running events. when this happens don't bother to try to get to Scarborough. Diving is not planned for those occasions even if the weather is perfect.
Dives may well be planned and take place in fairly strong south easterly winds, but the boat will be in the lee of the land and the sea may be flat. Diving is often good in these conditions.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no security whatsoever unless you organise a temporary guard. This is recommended as the slipway is out of the way and used by commercial ski-boat fishermen, some of whom may not have the respect for your property you may wish for. Parking for trailers is moderate but may sometimes be filled. This facility is seldom used by divers, as there are not many popular sites in this area. Parking for vehicles without trailers is also fairly extensive. The parking near the slipway is paved and in good condition.
The slipway is a concrete ramp and is wide and in good condition. The access road turning area and part of the parking area is paved. There is a small concrete jetty to the side of the slipway ramp where boats can tie up to load and wait for access. The water at the slipway is shallow and there may be a tidal restriction to launching and recovery for larger boats.
There are no public toilets or any other facilities.
If there is a launching fee it is not often levied as there is normally no-one in attendance
Security varies depending on whether the commecial fishemen are using the slip.