Our Christmas Get Together

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We are having our final get together for 2009 this coming Saturday (19th December) in the Bard’s Den pub in Letterfrack. All are invited. If you find yourselves in these parts, please drop in. Kick off at 8pm.

There is boat diving available throughout the weekend, with plans to dive the Julia-T on Saturday morning. Please call us on 095 43922 with your booking.

Discover Scuba Diving in Galway City: Sat 6th February 2010

Scubadive West will run a once-off, Discover Scuba Diving evening in Kingfisher NUI Galway Leisure Centre on Saturday 6th February. This once-off evening is an opportunity for complete beginners to try scuba diving in the comfort of a heated swimming pool. Scubadive West’s experienced PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) diving instructors will take participants on an hour-long dive,  providing the perfect opportunity to try this unique activity. Scubadive West staff will be available throughout the evening to talk through the dive course options available at their purpose built dive centre in Connemara. No previous diving experience is required. Participants do need to be comfortable in water.    

Discover Scubadiving, 6th Feb 2010

Discover Scuba, 6th Feb 2010

 Please visit our dedicated webpage for more information on this evening and details of how to register.

Please share this link with anybody you think might be interested.

Arrival at 5pm at Kingfisher NUI Galway Leisure Centre. The evening will finish at 7.30pm. Cost is €30 per person. Minimum age of 12 years applies.

The Man from Atlantis

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Anyone in attendance at Scubadive West on Saturday witnessed an heroic sporting achievement. Aedan O’Ruanaidh, a keen diver with Dalkey Scubadivers, swam the entire length of the Killary Fjord to Scubadive West in less than five hours.  Aedan entered the water at Ashleigh Falls, the start of the Killary Fjord, just after eight on Saturday morning. Armed with high-energy foods and fluids Aedan powered past such familiar landmarks as Sleepzone Hostel, Rossroe Pier and Inis Barna.  Rounding the final corner and into view of Scubadive West, Aedan battled a strong offshore wind. His support crew watched anxiously as Aedan dug deep and blasted through the final half-mile. Aedan exited the water at Scubadive West tired yet jubilant.

Aedan’s swim is an extraordinary achievement, covering an approximate distance of ten miles; from the start of the Killary Fjord to the cove at Scubadive West, NON-STOP!

Aedan O'Ruanaidh, exiting at Scubadive West

Aedan O'Ruanaidh, exiting at Scubadive West

You Tube Footage of Aedan’s Finish at Scubadive West
Aedan O'Ruanaidh Arriving at Scubadive West

Aedan O'Ruanaidh Arriving at Scubadive West

Weather Windows

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Despite previous days’ torrents of rain,  last weekend’s divers were favoured by the weather gods. An enthusiastic bunch of regular visitors to the West dived from Friday morning through to Sunday.  Dive sites visited included Inis Deigil, the Julia T and Doonee Beacon.

Boat Divers on Saturday 28th November

Boat Divers on Saturday 28th November

We will be diving throughout the month of December, and will do our best to get the gods on our side!

Cillian Gray snapped a grey gurnard on a shore dive on Sunday.

Grey Gurnard, Scubadive West Shore Dive

Grey Gurnard by Cillian, Scubadive West Shore Dive

2010 PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

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We have set our dates for our 2010 PADI Instructor Development Course training.

In order to attend a PADI Instructor Examination (IE), you must have succesfully completed your Assistant Instructor (AI) and Openwater Scuba Instructor (OWSI). These two courses make up the Instructor Development Course (IDC). 

 We are offering candidates two options on completing the IDC with us in 2010.

1. Complete the AI with us in May and return to us for the OWSI in October. You will be qualified as an AI in May, and can independently teach certain PADI programmes while assisting a qualified Instructor on others. Scubadive West is happy to have you assist on our range of courses over the summer months, thus really fine tuning your teaching abilities before the OWSI and IE

2. Complete both the AI and OWSI in October

Cillian Gray, our onsite PADI Course Director will conduct all training.

2010 Dates

Assistant Instructor (AI) Course Tues 4th – Fri 7th May 2010

Emergency First Response Instructor Course (EFRI)  Sat & Sun 11th & 12th September 2010

Assistant Instructor Course Tues 12th – Fri 15th October 2010 inclusive

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Mon 18th – Thurs 21st October 2010 inclusive

Instructor Examination, Ireland,  Sat & Sun 30th & 31st October 2010

The cost to complete the AI and OWSI with us in 2010 is €899. Add the EFRI and get the entire package for €1200.

Contact us on 095 43922 for more information or check out our Instructor page.

Inspired Gift Ideas

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Become the hero of your household this Christmas and give the gift of underwater exploration.

Discover Scubadiving Gift Vouchers

Discover Scubadiving Gift Vouchers

Our Discover Scubadiving  gift voucher is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. No previous diving experience is required, and all training takes place in our private  cove. Participants get up close and personal with colourful wrasse, ornate starfish and darting cuttlefish. Vouchers are available for a half-day (i.e. one dive €89) and a full-day (€140). Call us on 095 43922 or email info@scubadivewest.com  to arrange.   

Christmas Comes Early

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Christmas came early for twelve divers on Sunday, as they received the gift of speed from our Streamstown Drift Dive.

Fortunately, the sheltered inlet at Streamstown protected us from any unsavoury weather. Divers arrived onsite at 2pm to be greeted by Breffni and his valiant steed, the “Marlin”.  This month’s dive attracted drifters both old and new. One devotee, James Moloney counted yesterday as his eighth Streamstown Drift Dive since joining the fan club in late 2008.  Indeed, James is easily our most regular drifter and always a popular visitor to the dive centre.

All twelve divers opted to complete two runs; Breffni collected each diver after their first run and dropped them in again at the mouth of the inlet for a final fix! Upon returning to the boat, christmas cake was distributed and tales exchanged.  A tasty ending to a feast of diving!

Streamstown Drift Dive, 15th November 2009

Streamstown Drift Dive, 15th November 2009

Ode to a Drysuit

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Six savvy divers undertook their Drysuit Specialty course  at  Scubadive West on Saturday. Fortunately, the weather throughout the weekend proved much better than expected, and plenty of winter sunshine was on offer. The day’s training consisted of two dives and some time in the classroom. Underwater our students perfected neutral buoyancy and impeccable descents in our school drysuits. Wetsuits are set to become a thing of the past amongst these six as they emerged dry, warm and awestruck  from our cosy drysuits.

Drysuit Course November 2009

Drysuit Course November 2009

Congratulations to Jenny Hagstrom, Conor McCarthy, Graham Waters, Marek Novak, Barry Dillon and Robert Gilbourne!

Last Minute Spots on El Hierro Trip

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Shane Gray, Cillian and Breffni’s father, has two last-minute spots on his El Hierro trip departing on Saturday 21st November.

These two spaces will be offered at a discount of €50 on the original price, so €575 instead of €625. This price includes accommodation, airport transfers and 5 days of diving (gear rental is not included, but available locally at a very keen rate). Flights to Tenerife are available ex-Shannon, ex-Dublin and ex-Cork; and are very good value at the moment at an average of  €110 – €160.  Arrival back in Ireland on the 28th November.

The diving in El Hierro is absolutely world-class. I (Deirdre) am besotted by the island and am lucky enough to be going on this trip. So you will definitely know at least one other person, probably more!

Manta Ray in El Hierro

Manta Ray in El Hierro

If you are interested in escaping the winter blues, contact us as soon as possible on 095 43922.

“Cover” Story

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Two men, one very large fish, world-class diving and an opportune moment…all ingredients that went into Darragh Norton’s award-winning photograph, “The Monk”.

Darragh’s wide-angle entry into our 2009 Underwater Photo Competition was a winner on more than one count. His sharp image of a monkfish being snapped by another diver was taken near Inis Boffin, on a Scubadive West Island Dive Safari. This photograph was awarded first prize in the Wide Angle Category, while also catching the eye of Sport Diver magazine’s editor, Mark Evans. This canny editor knows a great cover shot when he sees one, and quickly commissioned the photo for the November issue of Sport Diver. Darragh has been catapulted into the world of commercial underwater photography, and no better man for the job we say (well he is from the People’s Republic of Cork!).

Take a look below at the original photo, and then how it currently appears on Sport Diver magazine’s cover. Watch out for details of our 2010 Underwater Photo Competition, and see if you too can capture our eye!

Darragh's Original Photo

Darragh's Original Photo

November's Cover Shot

November's Cover Shot