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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.

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.

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.

ESB comes to the Rescue of Blackwater search and Rescue

 Lord Mayor Chris O Leary, Deputy Chief Executive ESB Jerry O Sullivan, Noel Hayes, Matt Culloty Blackwater Search and Rescue

By January of this year, most of the funding was in place, selling one of our existing RIB’s was really important in moving ahead with this project; however we still faced a shortfall, and by now most of our traditional  fund raising activities had taken place. We had no choice but to commit to the placing of the order of a new RIB, put faith in the committee and the fund raising officer to secure the remaining funds.

Our Fund Raising Officer, Matt Culloty  placed an application  to The ESB , Energy for Generations fund to support the purchase of the search and rescue boat.The Energy for Generations fund supports the work of not-for-profit organisations, charities and community and voluntary organisations whose work falls under the following areas: educational access and support; suicide prevention; and care of the homeless.

Each year, ESB awards funding to approximately 150 projects across Ireland. They call it Corporate Social Responsibility; essentially they are funding projects which should be funded by our Taxes. ESB has donated over €10m to charities across Ireland in past ten years – and €1m in Cork city and County. Thankfully this year, Blackwater Search and Recovery was awarded €4000 to complete the purchase of the dive Boat. On Friday last, at Wilton, a presentation was made by ESB deputy chief executive Jerry O Sullivan, in the presence of Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O’Leary to Noel Hayes (Search and Rescue Southern Regional SAR Coordinator) and Matt Culloty (Fund Raising Officer).  We would like to thank Jerry, his team in the ESB, in particular Anne Cooney, Group CSR Coordinator for this welcome donation.  We expect delivery of the RIB within the next 2 weeks.

On Sunday, two of our trainees, Alex and Catrina took part in their final preparations for their club diver test, which will take place next weekend. Best of luck to both , and thanks to the instructors Maurice Carroll and Noel Hayes for the work put in, getting candidates to this level of proficiency.

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