Scubadive West Photo Rally 2014


Jewel Anemones on the Julia T

Jewel Anemones on the Julia T, photo by Maja Stankovski


 Check out the images from last year’s Photo Rally! here



How to Enter

The competition is free to enter. All entries are via our dedicated Competitions website so go to our Register page for more details. It is going to be a great fun diving weekend!

Only photos taken during the Photo Rally at Scubadive West may be submitted. The Photo Rally opens at 9am on Friday 17th October, photos may be submitted from 10am on Friday until the deadline for submission of pictures at 1pm on Sunday 19th October 2014.

We have a very special package available for registered participants; Three days of Unlimited Shore Diving, Air Fills and one Boat Dive during the Photo Rally from 17th to 19th October 2014, for just €35. Additional boat dives at just €35.

Please note that this is an amateur photo competition. Anyone who currently sells or has in the past sold their photos is not eligible to enter.
Enforcement of this condition is strictly at the discretion of the competition organisers

This Year’s Prizes

  Ireland Underwater, Wide Angle Category Prizes  To be Confirmed..

 1st prize: Island Dive Safari 2015
2nd prize: Fourth Element Core Body Warmer
3rd Prize: Scubapro Hoodie Sweatshirt 50th Year Special Edition

Ireland Underwater, Macro Category Prizes To be Confirmed..

 1st prize: Archon D20 Professional Dive Light
2nd prize: Dinner for Two at Maol Reidh Hotel
3rd Prize: Fourth Element super Hoodie, T-Shirt & Hat, by Scubadive West

        Ireland Underwater, Best Novel Photograph Category PrizesTo be Confirmed..

 1st prize: Dinner for Two at Renvyle House Hotel
2nd prize: Free Diving course with Feargus Callagy
3rd Prize: Suunto Rucksack full of goodies

There will be spot prizes and great offers available all weekend too!

Scubadive West thanks all of our generous sponsors for their contribution to this competition.

Scubadive West’s 2014 Photography Competition will culminate in a prize-giving ceremony at 4pm in Scubadive West, followed by an informal gathering in the Quaker village of Letterfrack, where the Annual Sea Week Festival will be in full swing. For the full schedule and downloadable brochure..  Read more>>

The accommodation providers will have special offers available, book now as it is will be the weekend just before the October Bank Holiday Weekend and Sea Week Festival! Letterfrack Lodge provides Luxury accommodation at budget prices, call 095 41222

The Maol Reidh Hotel is offering a special rate of €25 for a delicious 3 course dinner over the weekend. Call the hotel  095 43844 for room rates and special packages.

Local accommodation listings available on our website too.

Check out the images from last year’s Photo Rally! here


Discover Scuba Diving 2014


Did you get Into the Blue this Weekend?



We had a great time introducing participants to the thrill of Scuba Diving during the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Event,  August 2014.






Pristine environment


In addition to the experience of trying Scuba for the first time in the clear Atlantic waters of our private sheltered cove, the beginners were able to take away a range of extra benefits.

  • A limited edition certificate
  • A 33-page color guide to take home, packed full of tips and reminders
  • Access to a 90-day free trial of both ScubaEarth Premium and the Digital PADI Diving Society
  • A free PADI Discover Scuba Diving eCard to recognize their diving experience
  • The first section of the PADI Open Water Diver Online course via PADI eLearning for free
  • A £20 voucher to redeem against the PADI Open Water Diver course
  • A range of PADI-branded gifts to keep!



2 FOR 1

… and lots of fun!

Call us now at 095 43922 to book your PADI Discover Scubadiving Experience.


Discover Scubadiving

Discover Scubadiving on the Wild Atlantic Way. There is an explosion of marine life… and the water is warm!


Visit our dedicated Discover Scubadiving webpage for further information and to book in with us.


Call 00353(0)95 43922





Blueway Taster Day

Explore A Blueway Today Glassilaun Killary


Sunday 27th July

Glassillaun Beach, Renvyle



2-4pm: Snorkeling

(Scubadive West)

2pm: Coastal Walk


2-4pm: Kayaking

(Killary Adventure Company)

Kayaking and Snorkeling

€12 children €18 adults

Booking essential:

Scubadive West: 095 43922

Killary Adventure Company: 095 43411

For info on walk: Rosaleen 087 737 5599





At your students fingertips

At your students fingertips

With the PADI Open Water Diver Touch™, your student divers now have another cutting-edge knowledge development option in addition to the traditional manual with video or PADI Open Water Diver Online. So, how does the PADI Open Water Diver Touch differ and how can you integrate it into your PADI Open Water Diver courses?

The PADI Open Water Diver Touch is a highly interactive digital publication that includes the PADI Open Water Diver Manual text and exercises, website links and Open Water Diver Video content. Student divers take Knowledge Reviews online from within the app, which generates an eRecord, which is similar to one that PADI eLearning students receive. At this point, student divers come to you and complete the four Open Water Diver course quizzes and the final exam.

While the general process is the same as with other knowledge development options, here are some recommendations to consider when integrating the PADI Open Water Diver Touch into your courses


PADI Touch

Setting Up Your Students

  • If possible, have students redeem their Touch access code and download the PADI Library App at the time of purchase so you can guide them through the process. Have them sign into the PADI Library App so that they can see that the PADI Open Water Diver Touch and the mRDPML are available for download.
  • Get your own copy of the Touch and familiarize yourself with how it works. Navigation will be intuitive for many of your tablet-using customers but, those unfamiliar with interactive publications may need guidance.
  • Conduct a short orientation session using a demonstration tablet and show student divers how to use the Touch for independent study. Focus on “Getting the Most Out of The PADI Open Water Diver Course” in the Introduction, accessing Learning Objectives at the beginning topics and using the frequent exercises to verify understanding as they go.

Knowledge Reviews

  • Using one of the Knowledge Reviews as an example, tap the “Take the Knowledge Review” link and show students how to log into the Knowledge Review site using the same email address and password they used to register their Touch. Once on the site, show them how to select the correct Knowledge Review and how they are required to login in once more – this time with their password first and then email address. Go through one or two questions and show them how the system provides remediation when they answer a question incorrectly. Emphasize that it’s important that they read this information before answering the question again. The remediation also includes the name of the subsection in Touch where students can return to later to read the topic again.
  • Students have the opportunity to review the questions at the end of the Knowledge Review, just like any other knowledge development format. They can review any topics before moving on to the next section and, if they’re still not clear, bring them to your attention prior to taking the quiz for that section or the final exam.
  • The page students return to in the Touch after completing each Knowledge Review has important information. This page informs students that they’ll receive an email after completing each Knowledge Review and tells them how to access their Knowledge Review eRecord.

Stay tuned for the next installment that will cover eRecords, referrals and the mRDPML. For more information about using PADI Open Water Diver Touch, please contact Scubadive West





Ireland’s Ocean

We hope that you are enjoying RTE’s wildlife series ‘Ireland’s Ocean’ as much as we are!

The four part series airs on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm on RTE 1.

Last nights episode focussed on life that inhabits the shallows and it was possibly the most relevant an informative for us as divers. Ken O Sullivan’s underwater footage is spectacular as ever, and much of it was filmed here at Scubadive West.

If (like us) you were too busy diving yesterday, you can catch up with programme 3 and all previous episodes via the RTE Player.


Moon Jelly. Photo by Ireland's Ocean

Moon Jelly. Photo by Ireland’s Ocean



The shallow seas around Ireland are some of the most fertile on Earth. Storms churn up nutrients from the sea floor which combine with sunlight to create a fertile and abundant ecosystem. Filmed during the late winter of 2013, when the largest ocean
storms on our planet hit the West coast of Ireland, we witness massive ocean swells crashing into our coast and look at their impact underwater.

The programme shows the abundance of life from microscopic plankton to the myriad of small colourful creatures and their inter-dependence.

We encountering thousands of breeding jellyfish off the Kerry coast in a scene never before filmed in Irish waters.

Dr. Cillian Roden outlines the potential impact of nitrate run-off from land to sea and
we see how invasive seaweeds are threatening areas of our coastal waters.

Dahlia Anemone. Photo by Ireland's Ocean

Dahlia Anemone. Photo by Ireland’s Ocean


Virtual Diving

The diving conditions are fantastic now, with calm weather through the month of June and blazing sunshine for up to 18 hours on many days! The water temperature  is 15 to 17 degrees at the surface, with abundant marine life fantastic visibility of 15 to 20 metres.

20th June 2014

20th June 2014

No doubt you are planning your next trip to dive with us, so why not whet your appetite with some virtual diving in the meantime! Immerse yourself in ‘Ireland’s Ocean’  a major new four-part ocean wildlife series for RTÉ exploring the wonderful and diverse creatures that live in the seas around Ireland, from dolphins and sharks to plankton and the myriad of tiny colourful creatures that live in our shallow waters.  Some of the footage was filmed at Scubadive West! For anyone who knows Ken O Sullivan’s work, this promises to be a visually stunning treat and a commentary on our diverse waters.

The series looks at the history of man’s relationship with and response to the sea in Ireland, examining the common perception of creatures like dolphins and sharks . are dolphins highly intelligent, sensitive creatures capable of healing sick children? Why are worrying numbers of dolphins washing up dead on our Atlantic coast? Are sharks terrifying animals waiting below the sea surface to eat us? The truth transpires to be quite a surprise and leaves us with considerable food for thought.

In other areas, the series takes us on a journey into wild and the colourful underwater world in the seas around Ireland, encountering an abundance of exotic creatures, many documented for the first time in this area. Throughout the programmes, there is a strong sense of the interconnectedness of life, and natural balance within this world, as creatures depend on each other’s presence to sustain life.

The first programme will air on RTE 1 at 6:30pm on Sunday 22nd June.

Ireland's Ocean

Ireland’s Ocean


Some dates for your Diary

Emergency First Response Course: Sunday 22nd June, spaces available
Rescue Diver Course: Friday 27th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th June, spaces available.

Island Dive Safari: 5th & 6th July, spaces available.

Open Water Diver Course: Monday 16th to Friday 20th June, spaces available.

Deep & Nitrox Weekend: Saturday 2Ist & Sunday 22nd June, spaces available.

Adventure Day Trip Saturday 19th July, spaces available.

See our Calendar for further listings and contact us at 09543922 for more information and bespoke courses and trips.


Happy diving!


Some photos from recent dive trips at Scubadive West

On Safari at Inishturk. Testing the FINNSUB Fly Wing and FINN LIGHT 3000 while exploring the gullies and caverns.

On Safari at Inishturk. Testing the FINNSUB Fly Wing and FINN LIGHT 3000 while exploring the gullies and caverns.







Photo by Maja Stankovski, Adventure Day Trip to Inishbofin.

Photo by Maja Stankovski, Adventure Day Trip to Inishbofin.





Photo by Sarah Tallon, taken at the Bills Rocks.

Photo by Sarah Tallon, taken at the Bills Rocks.




Adventure Day Trip to Inishbofin

Adventure Day Trip to Inishbofin



Fantastic diving at The Bills Rocks, testing out the SUUNTO Vyper Air. A very nice computer with air integration, gas switching and a tidy digital compass built in

Fantastic diving at The Bills Rocks, testing out the SUUNTO Vyper Air. A very nice computer with air integration, gas switching and a tidy digital compass built in!


Photo by Daniel Mc Auley at the Bills Rocks.

Photo by Daniel Mc Auley at the Bills Rocks.



Preparing to dive at the Bills Rocks

Preparing to dive at the Bills Rocks












Stockie with the FINNLIGHT Short 3000

Stockie with the FINNLIGHT Short 3000











Island Dive Safari’s 2014





Preparing for a two day dive trip.

Preparing for a two day dive trip.


Our Dive Safari season is in full swing with 2 day excursions to Inishbofin and Inishturk through June, July and August. Departing from Scubadive West. Some of these trips for 2014 are fully booked at this stage, however we do have spaces available on our Island Dive Safari 5th&6th July.  So call us now to grab your places! 095 43922

Further information on our Island Dive Safari’s available on our dedicated Safari page at

More photos from our recent Island Dive Safari’s on our facebook page