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Villierstown search training exercise for Blackwater divers

Villierstown search training exercise for Blackwater divers

Frigid almost glacial conditions due to a stiff Southerly breeze greeted the dive team who travelled to Villierstown for search and recovery and boat handling training on Sunday morning. The biting cold was soon accompanied by driving rain which didn't make the conditions anymore enjoyable; yet despite the arduous conditions it would prove to be an excellent training dive. With the river Blackwater being tidal up past Cappoquin, the visibility is often incredibly poor here and the river depths much deeper than what can be found in the Fermoy area. Dropping down the shotline the incredible cold with the water  eing less than seven degrees celsius and the nil visibility would soon focus all the divers on the search patterns to be carried out.  With high powered LED torches the illumination would allow the divers to see a maximum of 6 inches on the riverbed in depths of close to 20 meters - whereas the depth of the river in Fermoy rarely exceeds 4 meters. Surfacing after 30 minutes of bottom time the divers would be  greeted by an almost entirely different day with the wind after  dissipating and glorious sunshine causing a shimmer across the ripples
of the autumnal waters.The day would end after some boat handling training for Ken Barry; practising man overboard, coming alongside,  low speed intricate handling, mooring and GPS use.
Spring lectures  Last Friday evening saw a hugely successful start to the spring lecture series with in excess of 40 divers in the clubhouse to hear Martin Kiely from Aughinish Sub Aqua Club give a hugely insightful lecture into the world of underwater photography with a focus on macro (or close up) photography of marine life; with everyone mesmerised by the myriad of different colours on display. The next lecture will take place on Friday evening the 24th by Adrian O Hara from Fermoy on coastgaurd protocols at sea and how divers can ready their dive boats for a sea rescue; so this is sure to be of interest to everyone attending. Everyone welcome to attend the lectures.
















Martin Kiely the national diving officer of the Irish Underwater Council getting a presentation of appreciation from club chairman Noel Hayes after he delivered 
a lecture on underwater photography















Timmy Carey being congratulated by John Murphy on being the first swimmer to finish the St Stephens day
finswim recently. copyright John O Connell













Training in Villierstown last Sunday Timmy Carey, Olan O Farrell, Ken Barry,Noel Hayes and Matt Culloty with Graham Burke at the rear