Information evening with Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club September 16th

Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club are holding an information evening on September 16th at 8pm in the Nenagh Arts Centre where the public are invited to come and learn about this exciting sport. This night will be followed by Try a Dive nights over the following weeks. Members of the public are invited to come along and try scuba diving in the safe surrounds of Nenagh Swimming Pool.  No experience is required and all gear is provided along with qualified instructors to show you how it all works. Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club is affiliated to the Irish Underwater Council which has over 2000 members nationwide.

 

If you are wondering if scuba diving is something you might like to try, here are 10 reasons why you should.

1. It’s easier than you think.  You just need to be able to swim and breath.  A qualified instructor will explain everything you need to know and accompany you during your dive.

2. You get to experience what it’s like to be in space.  Once you have your underwater buoyancy under control you will experience a feeling of weightlessness similar to being in space.

3. You will enjoy the silence.  Above water we are bombarded with sounds and noise.  Beneath the surface you will just hear your own breathing.  It is incredibly relaxing.
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4. You will be introduced to a whole new world of underwater life. The seas are teeming with life of all shapes, sizes and colours.
5. You will meet new people and make new friends.  There is a great sense of camaraderie among divers.
6. You get to go for spins on fast boats in some of Ireland’s most scenic locations.
7. Your health will benefit.  Both physically and mentally.
8. Scuba Diving is a non competitive sport, done for pure enjoyment and exhilaration.
9. Safety of divers is always the first and foremost consideration.
10. There is always a great sense of adventure when heading out on a dive.
You can find Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club on Facebook to keep up to date with club activities.

Try a Dive with Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club Oct and Nov 2014

Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club have organised ”try dives” over the next month for all to try. Discover a new passion for Scuba Diving!
Please note the following dates and venues for these dives:
  • Wednesday 22nd October Nenagh Leisure Centre – 7-8pm.
  • Wednesday 29th October Nenagh Leisure Centre – 7-8pm.
  • Saturday 8th November Killaloe Lakeside Hotel – 8:15pm.
  • Wednesday 12th November Roscrea Leisure Centre – 7-8pm.
All Try a Dives carried out with fully qualified diving instructors. All gear supplied. Please bring your own swimming gear. For more information, please contact Eileen on 086-8913327.
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Club News 14th April

Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club have been notified by the Killaloe Ballina Search and Recovery Unit that after an extensive search of the River Shannon from Killaloe to Parteen Weir, the body of the missing man has been recovered by the Garda Divers and the Killaloe Coast Guard Unit on April 11th. KBSR have expressed their thanks to all in LDSAC S&R Unit who assisted in the search. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased. May he Rest In Peace.

Lough Derg SAC have launched a Facebook page Dive Ireland 2015 in advance of their show next spring in The Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh. “Like” The page to keep up with all the exhibitors and speakers who will be appearing at the show.

Diving on Brandon Reef Quilty Co Clare

On Sunday 27th May, Quilty was the location for club diving. A few of us traveled up the night before in order to make the unusually early 8.15am start from the pier at Seafield. I was pleased to arrive in time to watch the sun sink into the Atlantic Ocean. Burren SAC were heading out diving from the same location the following morning and provided lots of helpful local knowledge re dive sites and how to get to them without running aground. The water is quite shallow in areas with an abundance of barely submerged rocks. Ignore the locals navigation advice at your peril!
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Diving Brandon Reef QuiltyFor our first dive we headed out on the practically flat surface of the Atlantic to Brandon Reef. This is a long reef that runs between the outer edge of two islands, as indicated on the satellite map. The reef wall drops down to over 30m from around 10m at the top. My buddy, fabulous Fiona, and I were dropped in just at the edge of the reef and descended to 25m. There was loads of life to be seen along the reef as we glided along, with the wall on our right, peering into nooks and crannies. The wall was adorned with the aptly named Jewel Anemones. There were occasional sea fans on the sea bed under overhangs, resembling frost covered trees, although my computer gave the water temperature as 13 degrees. In crevices and on ledges various creatures looked on curiously as we passed by, crustaceans such as squat lobster, common lobster and edible crabs. Fish with names like rock bands such as Topknot and Tompot Blennies gave us the all clear to look but don’t touch.
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I always love looking at the small things and it’s always a joy to find nudibranch. It was great then when we spotted a Crystal Sea slug (whoops, sorry Fiona) Nudibranch. There were also Sea Squirts, Dead Men’s Fingers and the daisy like White Striped Anemones to name but a few of the wonderful living creatures beneath our waters. Alas, like all good things, the dive came to an end and we surfaced to catch our lift ashore.
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There was great activity further down the beach beside the pier with a number of horse jumps erected  and a large number of horses and ponies with riders taking part in some event and wading through the sea. An unusual but welcome site was the bottles of sunblock being applied liberally. Lets hope for more of the same weather for the rest of the Summer.
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For our second dive we headed back out to Brandon Reef. This time my buddy was jolly John. A seal popped his head up near the small Island and teased us for a while, would he dive with us or not? Despite the best efforts of Scuba Steve to communicate, the seal kept his (or her) distance.
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Again we dropped into the water at the edge of the reef and descended to 20m. The same wonderful array of life hadn’t gone away during the interval. We turned one corner to be met with a Dogfish (or Cat Shark depending on who you talk to) sitting on a ledge. We also spied a couple of common lobsters. I was lucky enough to also see another nudibranch, a Lined Polycera. We traveled along the wall, again keeping it on the right. Every so often I’d check around to see if the seal had come down to play while admiring the whole underwater vista. A cuckoo wrasse appeared, always a pleasant site. Here’s a fact you may not know, the female cuckoo wrasse can change sex when there are no males around.
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At one point we came to what can only be described as a sheer cliff face. Whereas the rest of the reef had oftentimes large ledges, this was practically a sheer flat cliff (crevices and natural erosion aside) from top to bottom which ran into a small inlet and came back out again resembling a canyon. I got to experience what Wile E Coyote experienced for those few moments he hovers above a canyon after the Road Runner craftily eludes capture. I always enjoy the feeling of weightlessness while diving. That experience is enhanced with good visibility and dramatic drop offs. We crossed over the canyon, matrix like (well in my mind anyhow) and continued on for a little bit before ascending to the top of the reef wall and doubling back along through the kelp before ascending to the waiting boat.
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The journey back to shore involved some seal spotting as a large group basked in the sunshine on the rocky edge of their own private pool. A glorious day with great diving. Thanks to all who helped ensure a great day.
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I went to sleep that night dreaming of anemones.

The Mythology of Lough Derg

Mythology tells us the sorrowful tail of how Lough Derg got its name. Eochaidh Mac Luachta, King of Mid-Erinn whose fort bordered what is today Clare and Galway, had the misfortune to be visited upon by a wicked bard, Aithirné the Importunate, (sent by King Connor to stir up trouble in a time of recent peace and test what prince would refuse his demands and thereby be drawn into war). Aithirné, whose skill as a satirist was unmatched and who seldom asked for anything easy or honourable to grant, displayed his abilities at the King’s court. He then demanded the King’s eye for his guerdon (reward or recompense). Rather than be considered ungenerous to a bard and have his people drawn into battle, he tore out his eye there and then and gave it over. The poor King only had one to begin with. A servant brought his blind master to the edge of the Shannon to wash the wound where he informed the unfortunate King: “Alas! Dear master, the water is all red with your blood.” The King announced then: “Let that circumstance give it a name for all future time…’Loch Derg Dheirc’ (Lake of the Red Eye) shall it be called while the Sionan runs to the sea”.

10 Reasons to Try a Dive with Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club

Every October Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club hold Try a Dive nights. Members of the public are invited to come along and try scuba diving in the safe surrounds of Nenagh Swimming Pool.  No experience is required and all gear is provided along with qualified instructors to show you how it all works.

Brian Hoare adjusts his bouyancy while Stephen Smith practises the upside down space walk at a Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club training session in Templemore Garda College pool

If you are wondering if scuba diving is something you might like to try, here are 10 reasons why you should.

1. It’s easier than you think.  You just need to be able to swim and breath.  A qualified instructor will explain everything you need to know and accompany you during your dive.

2. You get to experience what it’s like to be in space.  Once you have your underwater buoyancy under control you will experience a feeling of weightlessness similar to being in space.

3. You will enjoy the silence.  Above water we are bombarded with sounds and noise.  Beneath the surface you will just hear your own breathing.  It is incredibly relaxing.
4. You will be introduced to a whole new world of underwater life. The seas are teeming with life of all shapes, sizes and colours.
5. You will meet new people and make new friends.  There is a great sense of camaraderie among divers.
6. You get to go for spins on fast boats in some of Ireland’s most scenic locations.
7. Your health will benefit.  Both physically and mentally.
8. Scuba Diving is a non competitive sport, done for pure enjoyment and exhilaration.
9. Safety of divers is always the first and foremost consideration.
10. There is always a great sense of adventure when heading out on a dive.
You can find Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club on Facebook to keep up to date with club activities.