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Jaco Breedt commemoration 27-01-1985 to 07-08-2021

Jaco Breedt RIP

Jaco Breedt commemoration 27-01-1985 to 07-08-2021

Jaco Breedt unfortunately passed in a drowning incident (suspected SWB) whilst diving alone off Junk Reef near Durban Harbour KZN South Africa on Saturday the 7th of August 2021 . He was a local icon for many years in the area and managed many notable catches of fish whilst diving and fishing KZN waters.

It’s never easy to say goodbye to a buddy and a dive buddy goodbye is the hardest kind of goodbye. I have had to do this on more than one occasion and it never gets any easier with repetition. The best we can do for our fallen dive buddies is remember the good times and celebrate them. Jaco Breedt lived for the sea and passed doing what he loved in life.

Through his 25 year plus diving career he dived with a lot of KZN’s top divers including Protea divers Gyula Plagani, Angelo Spada and Jaco Blignaut. He also showed a lot of current local divers the ropes when it came to diving in around the local Durban area and will be sorely missed by all including Troy Ellof, Louis Schourie, Melvin Pillay and Dane Chittock.

When it comes to spearfishing we are all aware that it is a dangerous sport to partake in but there are certain safety steps that can be adhered to make it safer. Try to always dive with a buddy and spot each other whilst diving (one up one down). If diving alone take fewer risks and do not push your dives to the limit. No fish is worth a life. Inexperienced divers always follow the experienced diver. Always have someone spotting when working deep caves especially when there is a strong current. And my all time 1st and golden rule “If in doubt sit it out”…there will always be another dive day or another fish!

Troy Ellof has sent me quite a few of Jaco Breedt’s fish captures and you can definitely see that the man is at one with the sea and in his happy place. I have included these pictures as a commemoration of his life at sea.

Goodbyes hurt the most, when the story was not finished…

Rest in peace Jaco Breedt…

As always Dive Safe and Straight Spears from the Bear…

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2 thoughts on “Jaco Breedt commemoration 27-01-1985 to 07-08-2021

  1. Rest in peace cuz we will miss you and always love you.

  2. You will be missed jaco … !!! Go easy friend

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