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Blackwater Sub Aqua Head to open water

Three months of training consisting of weekly lectures and pool skills have now being completed by this years contingent of trainee divers from Blackwater Sub Aqua club. The commitment required by the trainees, instructors and club members is not to be underestimated, and the work put in by all concerned will now pay off, with open water dives taking place from last week. The first of the open water dives took place at Knockananig reservoir. Even the most hardened diver may dive the reservoir with trepadation. Often dark and cold, if the divers can cope with these conditions, they should handle most sea conditions comfortably.  The divers were treated to 2 meters visibility and all performed really well, showing excellent buoyancy and finning skills.  Such was the enthusiasm of the trainees, on Sunday most got back in the water to dive the Blackwater for the first time. Once again due to the recent rain fall, conditions we not the best, with limited visibility and fast moving river. Well done to all our trainees, hopefully with improving conditions, the next dive will be at sea.



The search and recovery unit commenced a training program last week, for those members interested on the use of the side scan sonar equipment. Two of this year’s trainee divers are amongst this group, thanks to Ken Barry, Eugene Whelan and Olan O Farrell for their assistance on this. Blackwater Instructors Matt Culloty and Richard Vaughan held a series of lectures on Saturday, for divers from UCC SAC and Cork SAC intending on completing the Leading Diver exams this year. Best of luck to all those who will undergo this difficult exam. For further information www.blackwatersubaquaclub.ie or visit our facebook page.