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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.

Plans afoot for Bere Island training weekend for Blackwater divers

With dark evenings looming thoughts in the past weeks have reverted back to winter training schedules as the inevitable plummeting water and air temperatures will soon be upon us and these have a detrimental affect on diving; meaning that the autumn can be an ideal time to schedule training courses and the first weekend to hone these skills will be annual trip to Bere Island in West Cork which will take place later in the month

 

Diving the Zorrozaurre in Bere Island in 2007 (from left to right) Mark MIlward, Dick Vaughan, Olan O Farrell and John Leetch

The weekend will focus on shallow shipwreck diving with Bere Island having the benefit that diving is available regardless of the sea conditions and it should be the perfect venue for some of this years one star divers to log depth towards their diver two star while diving the remains of 4 Spanish trawlers in the area the Bardini Reefer, the Contessa Via, the Zorrozaurre and an unknown trawler. There will also be a big focus on night diving with a night dive scheduled for each of the three evenings for anyone with sufficient buoyancy skills; diving at night can an amazing experience with the diver seeing completely different marine life to what appeared in the area during the day. Extra precautions need to be taken when diving at night and anyone planning to night dive will need to bring at least two torches each with good batteries. To secure a spot contact Timmy Carey who is acting as diving officer for the weekend.

 

                          A majestic looking salmon on the riverbed of the Blackwater last weekend

Search boat renovations: a big thanks to John and George Leetch for their recent help in fibreglassing the floor in one of the search launches, as usual this was a fantastic job and following on from all the renovations carried out by the clubs equipment officers; the work made for a huge improvement.

Right; Get Involved : Blackwater divers collecting the national award in Dublin recently from acclaimed environmentalist and judge for the competition Duncan Stewart (from left to right) Willie Keane, George Goggin, Timmy Carey, Gearoid O Looney and Duncan Stewart.

 

Below: Matt Culloty practising skills for the extended range course,with multiple stage cylinders off Capel Island

Search Unit activation: thanks to everyone who responded to a rescue callout in Fermoy last weekend; having close to 15 divers responding so quickly was a very good sign of the health of the search and rescue unit. It was also good to see that as usual Eugene Whelan and Olan O Farrell had all search equipment in pristine condition.

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.