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In this section you will find articles on pleasure dives that have taken place with the Blackwater Sub Aqua Unit. 

Other Archives Items can be found in the downloads section accessible here.

2014 Inhouse Training Lectures

Below find List of Upcomming Inhouse Training Sessions














Scanning the murky depths of the River Blackwater

On Sunday in bleak wind and rain swept conditions; a contingent of six divers decided to make the best of the austere conditions to use the day for side scan sonar training. After 60 minutes of theoretical orientation training in the clubhouse two new side scan trainee operators Peter Mullen and Willie Keane would soon learn how to assemble and unit and basic operation under the tutelage of Ken Barry, Olan O Farrell and Eugene Whelan. Following the orientation it was then time to launch boats and soon we would be launching in Villierstown near Cappoquin; with a near Southerly gale blowing the river at times was almost more reminiscent of sea conditions such were the number of densely packed white horses relentlessly riding the crests of the waves. By using the meanders of the river to good advantage for shelter we soon found a good spot for orientation training and after almost two hours of training in the lee of many of the large houses facing onto the Blackwater both Peter and Willie were gaining a good apprehension of the basic use of the equipment; in what was a brilliant training session. Search training will continue in the coming weeks along with the project to 3D side scan all river areas in the greater Fermoy area.

Upcoming lectures:

On Friday night next the 10th at 19:30 the club will be starting our spring lecture series with the current national diving officer of the Irish Underwater Council Martin Kiely from Aughinish Sub Aqua Club from Limerick giving the first lecture. Martin is an avid underwater photographer and has travelled much of the globe in the pursuit of his passion and is sure to deliver a very high quality lecture. Everyone is welcome to attend the event; there will be a five euro charge to cover the lecturer’s expenses etc for the lecture series with complimentary tea/ coffee and biscuits etc. Other upcoming lectures include Adrian O Hara from Fermoy discussing coastguard protocol for helicopter rescue which is of huge interest to the divers in the event of an offshore diving injury. Adrian is a current winchman with the coastguard and ex search diver with the club and is from Marion square in Fermoy. Other lectures include Billy Carr on marine life, Eoin Mc Garry on the RMS Lusitania, Barry Mc Gill on the deep wrecks off Northern Ireland and Cyril Saich on the ecology of the river Blackwater.

















 Peter Mullen , Willie Keane and Ken Barry preparing to deploy a side scan towfish sonar in
 the river  Blackwater near Cappoquin last weekend

















Training in Villierstown last weekend Peter Mullen, Ken Barry, Olan O Farrell, Willie Keane
and Eugene Whelan

St Stephens Day Swim 2013

Impressive turnout for annual St Stephens Day Finswim

At ten in the  morning on St Stephens morning it was quickly apparent
that there would be a very large turnout for the clubs annual St
Stephens day finswim, which this year was taking place from Castlehyde
back to Fermoy town finishing at Fermoy rowing club.  Over the past
numbers of years Michael Flatley has always graciously allowed us
access to the river through his property which makes access very safe
and easy; a big thanks also to Pat Bartley for taking time out of his
day to assist us. While the divers travel by road to the start point
the rescue boat is launched in Fermoy town and travels upriver to the
start point to provide safety cover for the event. With a brisk
flowing river after all the recent rainfall,it was always on the cards
to be a fast swim and so it proved with the first swimmer back in
Fermoy after 45 minutes covering the two and half mile course with the
last of the swimmers covering the course in just over an hour. With
air temperatures being close to freezing it was always going to be a
cold swim; with a few of the swimmers suffering mild hypothermia -
vasoconstriction in fingers and toes at the end of the swim - but a
warm shower in the clubhouse soon remedied that. A big thanks to
Fermoy rowing club who gave hot drinks to all the divers after the
swim, a very generous gesture and much appreciated.
The finswim also serves as an annual fitness test for the divers and
anyone who missed the swim will need to complete same in the coming
weeks to retain active diver status. A gentle reminder to everyone
that fees are now due and that these need to be paid for insurance
purposes; please contact Denis Granville for same. For anyone
interested in learning more about the clubs activities then just look
at the clubs website for facebook site and thanks to everyone for
their continued support for the search unit in 2013.

Photo captions:
Photos 17,19,23, 30 and 36 should be credited to George O Keefe and
all the rest are Timmy Careys














017 Willie Keane in jubilant form after his 17th place finish in the swim along with Joe Byrne

















019- David Keane approaching the finish line near Fermoy rowing club


023 - David Carey completing his 31st successive festive period swim on St Stephens day

















030 - A festive looking Matt Culotty and Finbarr Mulcahy in jubilant form after the finswim

















036 - A chilly group of divers at the finish line in Fermoy where Fermoy rowing club graciously
        offered free hot drinks to everyone



















0635 - Preparing to launch the rescue boat for the swim Mike O Grady, Finbarr Mulcahy,
         Joe Byrne and Gearoid O Looney.


















0644 - The group before hitting the chilly water on St Stephens morning with the majestic
           looking Castlehyde house in the background

0646: Eugene Whelan, Matt Culotty and Jim Mc Guire outside Castlehyde house at the start
         of the finswim