Feb
5
2015

More to see at this time of year!

Lumpsucker

The Lumpsucker has a very stocky body and its head is very large. It is protected by bony plates which form rows of bumps running along the length of it’s body, and it does not have scales. As its appearance may suggest it isn’t the best of swimmers, nor is it the prettiest fish out there!

Spotted

Spotted

Females may grow up to 60cm and males up to 50cm.

They are extremely well camouflaged and there is a powerful sucker on the underside, just behind the chin, which is used for clinging onto rock surfaces.

www.shaunkillenphotography.com

www.shaunkillenphotography.com

They spend a lot of their time in deep water, but in the Springtime they emerge from the depths to shallower waters where the female lays her eggs. She immediately returns to deeper water. The male, however, stays to take care of the eggs for one or two months until they hatch. The only thing he eats during this time are the few eggs that may become rotten.

His main priority is to keep the eggs oxygenated by fanning over them with his fins or by pushing his head into the pile.

Guarding those precious eggs!

Guarding those precious eggs!

This time of year is ideal to see one of these extraordinary fish while diving.

Contact us now at:

095 43922

info@scubadivewest.com

Feb
3
2015

Spring is in the Air… And in the Water!

At this time of year people ask “What is there to see underwater?”

 

Snoozing in the shallows

Snoozing in the shallows

 

Our answer is: plenty!

At night time, Dogfish feed on crabs, whelks and bottom-living fish, whereas in the daytime they can often be seen “snoozing” on the seabed. They can be seen weaving their way through the kelp, looking for a suitable place for their offspring.

The female comes inshore at this time of year to lay her distinctive egg capsules known as “Mermaid’s Purses”. These have long tendrils which attach onto some form of anchorage, such as seaweed.

 

Mermaid's Purse

Mermaid’s Purse

The egg case is about 7cm long, but the fish can grow to about 80cm.

 

These are not the only things to be seen at this time of year, you can also see Snakelocks Anemones.

Photo by Ivan Donoghue

Photo by Ivan Donoghue

These beautifully vibrant anemones prefer brightly lit shallow water, rather than the deeper, darker waters that many other species of anemones thrive in.

The tentacles contain large populations of symbiotic algae, which gain protection and carbon dioxide from the anemone, and in turn the anemone gains organic compounds synthesised by the algae.

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Snakelocks Symbiosis

The water temperature in the West of Ireland varies from 7°C in Winter to 16°C in late Summer.

Photo from www.seatemperature.org

Photo from www.seatemperature.org

We recommend Drysuit diving when the water temperature is less than 10 degrees Celsius ( It is 7°C at the moment!).

We are the Irish agents for the top Drysuit brands including O’Three and BARE drysuits. We are Ireland’s Fourth Element Test Centre, which means that we have the full range of toasty thermals for you too!

Warm and dry!

Warm and dry!

At Scubadive West we run the PADI Drysuit Diver Course regularly, Sign up now!

095 43922

info@scubadivewest.com

 

Nov
14
2014

NEW! SeaLife Micro HD

 

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sealife-micro, no leak camera!

 

The first permanently sealed underwater camera

Capture the tranquil beauty of the undersea world with the first permanently sealed, flood-proof underwater camera. The Micro HD has no doors or openings that could possibly leak. With 16GB of onboard memory and a high capacity internal battery, there’s no need for memory cards, batteries, O-rings, or maintenance.

Packed with features

Small and ergonomic, the Micro HD camera is easy to handle underwater, operating with three wide “Piano Key” controls. With colourful 13MP still images, full 1080p HD video and a built-in 140-degree Fisheye Lens, the Micro HD provides everything needed to capture and share your underwater encounters down to 200 feet/60 meters.

 

 

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Sea Dragon Lights

Easy to expand

An Easy Setup Guide provides a fast and intuitive way to select a colour correction mode for your diving environment. Get even more colour out of your shots by easily expanding the Micro HD camera with one or two Sea Dragon Lights and Flex-Connect Trays, Grips, Arms and accessories.

 

Large Piano Key Controls

Large Piano Key Controls

The camera’s ergonomic grip and three wide piano key controls make it easy to handle underwater, even while using dive gloves.

 

Built in fish-eye lens

Built in fish-eye lens

The wide, 140 degree fish-eye lens helps stabilise video and capture large scenes at close distances.

 

16GB version €399

32GB version includes Wi-Fi €449

Contact Scubadive West for further information and to order in time for Christmas!

Nov
4
2014

Winter Sale

 

We have a fantastic winter sale with up to 40% off selected items. see below.

Hunter Pro VSN TEK  €750

40%  off, now just €450

 

 

Hunter Pro VSN TEK

Hunter Pro VSN TEK

Details : Male,  Size medium, boot size UK 8. VSN 1100 material, 2 large cargo pockets and reflectors on wrists.

Includes hood, inflation hose, APEX inflation valve and APEX shoulder dump valve.

Sale price €450

 

 

Includes hood and inflation hose.

Includes hood and inflation hose.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Fourth Element Proteus wetsuit €380

30%  off, now just €266

Ideal for winter snorkelling and that warm water dive trip. When summer rolls around again you’ll be diving in style in this 7mm super comfy semi-dry!

 

Superior comfort, 3mm 5mm or 7mm

Superior comfort, 3mm 5mm or 7mm

Details : Ladies Size 12.    7mm thick. Sale price €266

 

 


 

SCUBAPRO Everdry 4 Drysuit €799

40%  off, now just €479

 

Everdry 4mm Neoprene DrysuitFemale suit, size XL  (12) . Soft sock neoprene boots, size 6-7.

Includes hood, inflation hose, SI-TECH inflation valve and SI-TECH shoulder dump valve.

Sale price €450

 


 

 

SCUBAPRO Nova Scotia 6.5mm semi-Dry  €465

30%  off, now just €325

 

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Ladies, Size Large (10)

6.5mm Everflex neoprene thickness, fleece lined. Double skin glideskin dry seal neck, wrists and ankles.

Drysuit zip.

Sale price €325

 


 

 

SCUBAPRO PROFILE 7mm Steamer   €255

30%  off, now just €180

 

Profile 7mm Semi-Dry

Profile 7mm Semi-Dry

7mm Neoprene semi-dry suit with zippered wrists and ankles and inverting dryseals at wrists and ankles.

Stock available at sale price Mens Large and Mens Extra Large.

Sale price €180

 

 

 

 

SCUBAPRO PROFILE 7mm Steamer  €255

30%  off, now just €180

 

Profile 7mm Semi Dry

Profile 7mm Semi-Dry

 

7mm Neoprene semi-dry suit with zippered wrists and ankles and inverting dryseals at wrists and ankles.

Stock available at sale price Ladies Small and Ladies Medium

Sale price €180

 

 

SCUBAPRO PROFILE 5mm Overvest, Ladies  €125

30%  off, now just €88

Ladies Overvest 5mm Neoprene

Ladies Overvest 5mm Neoprene

 

 

5mm Neoprene semi-dry Overvest, ideal for combining with Profile steamer to give 12mm thickness on torso. Perfect for Irish diving conditions in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Stock available at sale price Ladies Small, Ladies Large and Ladies Extra Large.

Sale price €88

 


 

 

 

SCUBAPRO EVERFLEX 7mm Steamer  €333

30%  off, now just €233

Everflex Mens 7mm.

Everflex Mens 7mm.

 

7mm Stretch Neoprene semi-dry suit with dryseals at wrists and ankles.

Stock available at sale price Mens Large.

Sale price €233

 

 

SCUBAPRO EVERFLEX Overvest

 5mm Neoprene  €157

30%  off, now just €109

Everflex Overvest 5mm Stretch Neoprene

Everflex Overvest 5mm Stretch Neoprene

 

 

5mm Stretch Neoprene overvest, ideal for combining with Everflex steamer to give 12mm thickness on torso. Perfect for Irish diving conditions in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Stock available at sale price Mens Large.

Sale price €109

 

 


 

Nov
4
2014

Emergency First Response

Emergency First Responder Course

Emergency First Responder Course

 

 

PADI Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) teaches you how to deal with emergencies that are immediately life-threatening. You will focus on primary care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure you have the knowledge, understanding and confidence to use your skills.

The PADI Emergency First Response certification (or equivalent qualification) is required to start the PADI Rescue Diver Course.

Emergency First Response €145
Primary Care Skills

Here are the Primary Care (CPR) skills:
• Scene Assessment
• Barrier Use
• Primary Assessment
• Rescue Breathing
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
• Serious bleeding management
• Shock management
• Spinal injury management
You may also participate in an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training component, learn how to help a conscious choking adult and have an emergency oxygen use orientation.

Secondary Care Skills

Secondary Care (first aid) covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening or when local EMS is unavailable or delayed. You focus on secondary assessment and first aid through knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice.

The Secondary Care (first aid) skills are:
• Injury Assessment
• Illness Assessment
• Bandaging
• Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures

Our next EFR date is Saturday 8th November 2014.

Combine your EFR and PADI Rescue Diver Course for a special offer price! Combined price for both courses €474 -SAVE €100.

Please note that Scubadive West reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course based on weather and bookings.

How do I Book?

Simply give us a call with your deposit details (€45) and we will post out your Crewpack.

Emergency Care for Children

€145

The Emergency First Response Care for Children course is an innovative CPR, first aid and AED training course that teaches people how to provide emergency care for injured or ill children (ages one to eight) and infants less than one year old. You’ll learn about medical emergencies that children face and how they differ from adult conditions. The curriculum also includes the importance of attending to basic emergency situations withchildren, the emotional aspects of caring for children, secondary care for children, and preventing common injuries and illnesses in children.

To sign up for any of these programmes just send us a €45 deposit to receive your course manual in advance.

PADI Emergency First Response Instructor Course:

Two Day Course, contact us for further information and dates.

The Emergency First Response Instructor Course provides you with the additional training necessary to teach the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid), and Care for Children courses. This course builds on your skills as primary and secondary care provider and focuses on developing your instructional abilities. Through independent study, classroom sessions and practical teaching assignments, you learn to conduct Emergency First Response courses.

The instructor course covers specific goals and performance requirements for each of the above-mentioned programs, along with instruction on how to structure learning, the requirements of performance-based training, and your own role in the learning environment. You also learn how to motivate students, how to evaluate student knowledge, how to present course content effectively, become proficient in developing students’ hands-on skills, and are taught how to present an effective scenario-based learning experience*.

Prerequisites:
The Emergency First Response Instructor program is open to all who have completed the Emergency First Response Primary, Secondary and Care for Children Care Participant Courses within the past 24 months, and to medical professionals such as physicians, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics and Registered Nurses.

Bookings and Deposits, Simply give us a call to book 095 43922

Book now… info@scubadivewest.com

read more >>

Nov
3
2014

Winter time is Night Diving Season!

The sun angle is low from November to January and a good dive torch is an important piece of kit for day time diving anyway, …. so why not do an afternoon dive and a night dive! The best life is seen at night and the shorter days at this time of year allow us to set off for our Night Dives early in the evening. With sunset at 5pm in early November and getting earlier by about one minute every evening we are already enjoying very civilised Night Diving times!

 

Preparation is the Key

Preparation is the Key

 

Night diving makes us slow down and see amazing colours and details that get skimmed over during the day.

 

 

Hermit Crab by Darragh Norton

Hermit Crab by Darragh Norton

In winter we seem to crave brightness so the vibrant colours and variety of marine life  encountered on night dives make even our shore dive a very exciting adventure!

Dogfish often 'snooze' on the seabed during the daytime

Nocturnal creatures

With curious fish and crustaceans swimming up to peer into your camera lens … (instead of other divers!) night diving is a photographers dream.

 

Little Cuttle swimming

Little Cuttle swimming

 

Dive Light technology is improving all the time, gone are the days of the bulky battery draining objects with their weak output bulbs! Modern torches are less likely to flood and with LED bulbs and Lithium Ion batteries available, they are brighter, whiter and lighter! (in weight). A back up light can be bought for as little as €50… you’ll find it handy for day time dives to look into crevices and under ledges. A primary light doesn’t have to cost a fortune, (although some do!).. But the excellent Archon D22  has a dazzling output of 1000 Lumens and costs just €189!  Lots of information on torches here >>

 

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Archon D20 Dive Light

 

 

If you’re heading out night diving from a boat, your skipper will check that you have a torch attached to you at all times. Many personal floatation devices have a small light on them, but your back up light attached to your wrist or clipped into your drysuit pocket is the ideal companion!
A beautiful evening

A beautiful evening

 

Call us now to book your next Night Dive 09543922

PADI Night Diver Specialty Course

PADI Night Diver Specialty Course

 

Our next Night diver specialty course is on 7th & 8th November, read more >> 

 

 

 

 

Aug
29
2014

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   letterfracklodge.com

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. maolreidhhotel.com

Local accommodation listings available on our website too.

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

Aug
29
2014

Discover Scuba Diving 2014

 

Did you get Into the Blue this Weekend?

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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.

Aug
4
2014

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

email   info@scubadivewest.com

website www.scubadivewest.com

 

Jul
22
2014

Blueway Taster Day

Explore A Blueway Today Glassilaun Killary

 

Sunday 27th July

Glassillaun Beach, Renvyle

2pm-4pm

Activities:

2-4pm: Snorkeling

(Scubadive West)

2pm: Coastal Walk

(TBA)

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