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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.

Iberian adventure for Blackwater divers

At 6am on Saturday morning an intrepid group were busily packing diving gear and readying boats for the long trek to Dunmanus bay; with South Easterly winds forecast Dunmanus bay would provide good shelter while allowing everyone to gain plenty depth. The first dive was at the wreck site of the Iberian which wrecked near Bird Island in 1885 with all 54 crew surviving although many of the cattle aboard as part of the cargo did perish. Lying well scattered over a depth range from 20 - 37 meters this would prove to be a very enjoyable dive with many of the divers seeing lots of marine life including John Dory fish and large shoals of mackeral. Between dives everyone would have to endure the heaviest rain shower anyone had ever seen at sea , the rain was so thick and intense that some of the divers could see it underwater making for a very strange effect to see the rain drops glistening against the surface of the water. For those on the surface manning the boats it was a different story with the rain so heavy that all driving a boat needed a divers mask to protect their eyes against the pernicious driving rain. Thankfully it would dry up after an hour as the wind greatly strenghtened into a force four. The second dive was carried out on a reef which dropped down to 45 meters and with large volumes of large colourful sponges making a very scenic backdrop. After two good dives there would be the little matter of returning back to Fermoy, refuelling and washing two boats and unloading the dive cylinders,.

President Michael D and Mrs Sabine Higgins receive members of the Fermoy 'Get Involved' project group at Aras An Uachtarain on Thursday last, from left: Willie Keane and Gearoid O'Looney, Mitchelstown; President and Mrs Higgins; Brendan Malone, editor of The Corkman; George Goggin, Castlelyons,and Timmy Carey, Fermoy.
12/09/2013 : Get Involved 2013 : Picture Conor McCabe Photography.


Church gate collections: A big thanks to everyone who contributed and assisted with the search units church gate collections in Lismore, Cappoquin and Fermoy; these funds are vital to the running of the
search unit, so thanks again.

For anyone who attended our recent open day, have a look at the clubs Facebook page where there are hundreds of photos of the event; which you can download if you wish.


Some of the wreck hull of the Iberian at 37 meters at the weekend- photo:TimmyCarey

Blackwater Sub Aqua Club Open Day a resounding success

After almost two months of hard work in decorating the clubhouse the efforts would be well rewarded on Saturday morning when the clubs open day would be drenched in blistering sunshine with perfect conditions to showcase the event and club facilities. A large number of volunteers assembled at ten to start preparing the promenade and with a lot of work to be done time quickly slipped past and soon the start time of one of o clock was looming; but everything was in place as DJ Timmy Raz started belting out the music to keep the crowd entertained for the afternoon. Fittingly our guest of honour for the event was Owen O Keeffe who is a fantastic ambassador for the area in addition to be a world class open water swimmer.  During the course of the day the two club launches and an Sporaid Naomh John Mahon would be kept going no stop for almost five hours from the promenade to Fermoy viaduct showing people a tremendously scenic part of the river Blackwater which many people never get to see. Fermoy fire brigade would put on some great displays with two fantastic demonstrations of how a fire can go out of control and also allowing children to use fire hoses in controlled conditions. At the water’s edge Pop O Hara and the Cork branch of Irish water safety were busy demonstrating how to throw lifebuoys safely which culminated in a competition with the best entries receiving prizes at the end of the event; later in the day Pop would also give a family lecture on water safety with a large attendance. Throughout the day the face painters would be kept busy with hundreds of children getting a myriad of different types of shapes and designs painted on their faces. With large groups also availing of the bouncy castle and the marine life display showing everyone what shellfish look like in their native environment the crowds continued to swell and grow throughout the day. At half three the coastguard helicopter made a dramatic and impressive flyover with local coastguard winch man Adrian O Hara on the ground giving a commentary on the PA system. After an extended flyover it was time for a simulated rescue on the river where one of the divers simulated someone falling into the water with some of the rescue divers and lifeguards demonstrating how to correctly rescue someone and carry out CPR and defibrillation to a large round of applause. As the day was winding to a close there was a large number of prizes to be given out for the water safety art competition that was recently ran as part of the event, the quality of the entries was truely brilliant and well done to all the children who entered and the schools who encouraged such talent. The whole idea of the event was to get a whole generation of children from the area to think about water safety and to that end the event was a huge success. A huge thanks to Caroline Casey and everyone associated with Fermoy swimming pool and Cork water safety for sponsoring so many brilliant prizes.
A huge thanks to everyone who assisted with the event, particularly Avondhu Blackwater partnership who sponsored an impressive looking interpretative sign for the clubs recent heritage wall project and also a big thanks to the local authority workers who had the promenade
in a fantastic condition for the event. Thanks also to Fermoy Gardai, North Cork civil defence, Fermoy fire brigade, the Irish coastguard, Sean Lomasney, DJ Timmy Raz and Vinnie Frawley, an Sporaid Naomh John Mahon wheelie boat, Rathcormac scouts, Fermoy scouts, Irish water safety - Cork branch, Fermoy UDC, Fermoy swimming pool, Cork County Council, Adrian and Dick O Hara, Fermoy Print and Design and everyone else who helped with the event. Apologies if we have forgotten anyone, the amount of co operation and help from every group in the area in hosting the event was fantastic to see.

Finally thanks to Fermoy business action group and in particular councillor Noel Mc Carthy who
carried out a huge volume of work assisting the club with the event. Hopefully the event will have left a positive impact of many of the children that attended and will promote water safety in the area. Join us on Facebook to see some great pictures of the day.

Finbarr Mulcahy leading the way for Blackwater Sub Aqua Club

Congratulations to Finbarr Mulcahy who last week achieved the prestigious grade of leading diver in Smerwick in County Kerry after almost 12 months of hard work. This grade allows a diver to act as a dive leader and to take responsibility for large groups of divers and has a vast number of disciplines examined during the test. Just some of the competencies include boat handling, First Aid, CPR, dive leadership, diving officer organisational ability, air compressor knowledge as well as a large number of knowledge examinations on physics, physiology, dive tables, regulators and dive equipment, seamanship and charts/ weather and tides and rescue procedures. Well done to Finbarr again who attained very good marks during the weekend.

At the leading diver last weekend in Smerwick Keith Barry, Finbarr Murphy, Finbarr Mulcahy and Lorcan Kinirons


Club Open Day

Just a reminder to everyone that we will be holding an open day on the 21st September 2013     from 13:00 to 17:00 with a vast amount of events that are family orientated and all are free of charge. Just some of the all day events include boat spins to the viaduct with two club launches and an Sporaid Naomh John Mahon for anyone with limited mobility or disability. All the clubs Search and Recovery Equipment will be on display including the search units side scan sonar, there will be a Marine life aquarium and Open air DJ music provided by Timmy Flynn. There will also be face painting and a bouncy castle, a big thanks to Fermoy Business Action group for their support of the event.

Just some of the other events on the schedule on are

13:00 Opening of event

14:00 Introduction to scuba diving lecture by Stéphane Portait

14:45 Demonstrations of how to correctly throw a lifebuoy and lifebuoy throwing competition in conjunction with Irish Water Safety- Cork branch

15:00 Irish Coastguard rescue helicopter fly over

15:15 Combined river rescue dramatization in conjunction with Fermoy Fire Brigade and North Cork Civil Defence unit

16:00 Family slideshow on water safety presented by Pop O Hara of Irish Water Safety – Cork branch

16:45 Presentation of Water Safety art competition prizes

17:00 Event close

A big thanks to all the club members who have been helping with this over the past few weeks, a big push is needed in the next few days to ensure the area is in pristine condition for the event.

Billy Carr giving children an introduction to marine life at the last open day , this will again be held on September 21st












 Left : The majestic looking Astrid on the rocks near Oysterhavenlast week. Right: Matt Culloty practising extended range diving techniques last weekend off Capel Island