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

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                   Matt Culloty and Timmy Carey preparing for a night dive in the Blackwater Rive

In May 2014, twelve Blackwater club divers took part in an ecological study on the river Blackwater to look for freshwater crawfish.  At that time, the study was considered a success, as two healthy crawfish were found during the night dive. Much of the Blackwater has soft acidic water even though alkaline hard water is generally needed for a freshwater crawfish to secrete a new exoskeleton. Therefore, to find a healthy crawfish (which looks like a miniature lobster) was a great discovery.

Last Tuesday night, two club divers, Timmy Carey and Matt Culloty completed a night dive in the same location and were astounded to find ten healthy crawfish in the same stretch of water.  Most importantly, these crawfish are considered an ecologically important species, proving to be a great sign. Freshwater crawfish are declining in numbers in much of Europe with Ireland now having some of the most important habitats for the species.

Coxswain training completed during difficult weather conditions

With strong gale force winds at sea during the weekend, Sunday was used to good effect, where a group of divers headed for Crosshaven to log some hours in rough sea conditions inside Cork Harbour. Organised by Timmy Carey, club coxswain candidate’s Kenneth Barry and George Goggin practised techniques such as high speed handling, reversing, tying alongside a pier and mooring, man overboard, transits, compass work and towing. Both club members will soon be ready to undergo examination with external examiners. Well done to both Kenneth and George and best of luck with your examinations.

Annual Church gate collections

Blackwater Search and Recovery Unit church gate collections will be held week ending 17th & 18th September in Cappoquin and Lismore also week ending 24th and 25th September in Fermoy.  As with every organisation, fundraising is always difficult, but we are always grateful for the tremendous support that is received from the public.



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.


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.

Blackwater Goes Afloat For Rafts

With the date closing in on, to the 28th of August and rafts beginning to be designed or redesigned from last year’s outing.  Club members are hard at work in preparations to what is expected to be a great day out for all participants.  Club members have travelled the course recently to ensure there are no new hazards that may obstruct the course for the rafts.  Currently the river level is low so were are encouraging all rafters to ensure that their build has a shallow draft.  We all are hoping for a fair rise in water levels and will be monitoring this closely.  Looking back on last year’s event and the great crowds that filled the lovely Barnane walkway enjoying the styles and floating fun.  While many of the spectators were kicking themselves for not getting involved and registering for last year’s raft run, now is your time to get planning and building your raft.  For registration and sponsorship cards contact Ken on 0861018424.  For those that enjoyed the spectacular event last year, this year we will have additional entertainment for you all.  “The IV” which is an up and coming young local band has confirmed that they will be at the event to keep us all entertained for a while.  Other preparations are ongoing and again the local wheelie boat will be on hand for some short river trips.  Keep an eye on social media for more details for the day.  The event safety officer Tim Carey will be on site ensureing all rafts are safe and of sound structure before allowed on the water so we ask all participants to ensure your raft is solid and firm in construction.