BlueFlash Cape Charters & Drysuit Services

About Us

The Skipper… and a little history

Skipper Grant 250 x 250 FW
Grant Whitford

I have always been an ocean loving seadog with interests in sailing, shipping, navigation, hydrography and oceanography. When I finished school I joined the navy to travel the world driving ships and surveying the seabed to make nautical charts. I learned to dive in 1993 and my fascination with wrecks and treasure hunting began. The navy was great but after 15 years, having traveled the world, studied abroad and become a Lieutenant Commander, I left to work as an underwater surveyor in the Namibian offshore diamond fields. That only lasted 2 years but circumstances then allowed me to start my own business.

I bought my first dive boat, Blue Flame, and started Enviro Divers Charters with Robert Erasmus. I also married Jo-Anne and our son, James was born the following year. I soon found that I needed a bigger boat and an affiliation to a dive shop. I joined Mike Nortje of Pisces Divers and started running Pisces Dive Charters with a new boat named Big Blue. I also qualified as a CMAS Dive Instructor. Pisces grew and prospered but in 2005, I decided to go solo. My boat was blue and my only staff member was Flash, our Golden Retriever, so it made perfect sense to name the business BlueFlash! I opened South Africa’s first drysuit repair workshop and spent time in the UK learning repair techniques and sourcing the required components. In 2008 I splashed out and bought a brand new boat and named her Ruby Runner. Then in December 2016 we launched our own range of drysuits under our Cape Gear brand.

To date (updated 1st September 2018) we have taken 22 799 people diving, done 2 862 individual boat dives, run 825 other charters and fixed 3 012 drysuits.


The Illustrious Crew


First on the list is the incredible Flash hound – The skipper’s first mate. Flash is simply the best dog on the planet. He accompanies us on Ruby Runner if space allows, and serves as security guard and rescue swimmer.


Derrick Duvill
Derrick Duvill

Derrick joined us in February 2012 as a part time drysuit tech and has become a master at repairing drysuits.

Scott Buckley FWSScott Buckley

Scott joined us in August 2018 as a full time drysuit tech, commercial diver and dive instructor.

Sean Sutton FWS 110Sean Sutton

Sean joined us in July 2018 and now works as a part time drysuit tech, commercial diver, dive master and boat skipper.

Our Ethos and Objectives

As a committed eco-friendly operation we are pro-marine conservation and vehemently anti-poaching. We do our green bit by removing poachers crayfish traps, keeping launch sites clean, removing litter from the sea and we’re nuts about re-cycling.

BlueFlash has survived and flourished amid many challenges and we are working hard to make it the preferred choice of Cape Town divers. We strive to keep our service safe, professional and fun. If we are not living up to that standard or you have suggestions on how we can improve then please let us know. We hope that you enjoy interacting with us.



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