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BLACKWATER DIVERS INVESTIGATE DAUNT ROCK AND ROCHE’S POINT

 

On Sunday 21st August, ten Blackwater divers travelled to Aghada and headed for Daunt Rock to dive the northern side which hasn’t been dived in a number of months and also off Roche’s Point Lighthouse where the Celtic wreck is located. Diving officer for the day, Timmy Carey planned two excellent locations together with perfect weather conditions proved to be once again a very interesting diving experience.  Sea conditions were good at F3 and visibility was about 3 to 4 metres with 25 metres being to maximum depth.

After assigning different dive groups and a detailed dive briefing, each group headed off on slightly different compass bearings to ensure everyone wouldn’t be diving in the same areas. Both dive sites were a mixture of sandy and rocky bottoms with volumes of Kelp.  There was a large amount of sea life to see during the dives including spider crab, edible crab, shrimp, hermit crab,  pollack, lobster and a number of congers were also located. Following a 30 minute bottom time all groups returned to shore without incident.

On Thursday 4th August, seven divers headed for Dingle, Co. Kerry to enjoy a couple of days diving off  Dingle harbour and were delighted to encounter a large number of thornback rays, lobsters, plenty of crabs, shoals of mackerel in crystal clear waters in shallower depths. Many thanks to Dick and Susan Vaughan from all the divers.

On Sunday 7th   August, due to poor sea conditions Matt Culloty and Timmy Carey travelled to Portroe Dive Centre to advance their technical diving skills.

BLACKWATER SEARCH AND RECOVERY RAFT RUN

With only two weeks to go, preparations are in full swing for the Blackwater Search and Recovery Raft Run being held Sunday, 28th August. The raft run will begin in Ballyhooly and finish at Ashe Quay, Fermoy. To register your raft, please contact Ken Barry on 086-1018424 who will register and send you your sponsorship cards and provide information on the event.