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
November's Cover Shot
With Christmas just around the corner, Scubadive West is delighted to announce some great savings in our dive shop. Whether you are buying for a loved one or engaging in “self-gifting”, drop down and pick up a treat.
Drysuit Specials A drysuit is a must for anybody looking to stay warm throughout the winter months. We are the UK & Ireland’s biggest supplier of Bare drysuits and offer a complementary drysuit fitting service to our clients. Another popular brand of drysuit is Hunter. We have three Hunter VSN Tek drysuits (Ladies Medium, Ladies Large, Men’s Medium) in our shop at the moment, and are selling each for €915; this represents a 25% discount on the original price of €1,220.
Bare CD4 Drysuit
Drop down and try them on today!
We continue to offer a €130 discount on the full range of Hunter Drysuits. More details are available from our dive shop page.
15% off the entire Fourth Element Range
The layers we wear under our drysuits play an important role in keeping us warm. Fourth Element’s Arctic and Xerotherm ranges are hugely popular with Ireland’s divers. Scubadive West has a full range of sizes in stock and we are offering a 15% discount on the entire Fourth Element range. This includes our very recent delivery of Xerotherm hats; always a popular item during the winter months.
All the Essentials
A set of mask and fins can be all that is needed to encourage a friend or family member into the water. We are offering a 15% discount on all our masks, fins, snorkels and booties until the end of December. This includes Scubapro Twin Jet Fins, Scubapro’s original Jet Fins, Oceanic Vyper fins and Oceanic V8 split fins. We have an extensive choice of masks including the frameless Shadow and ICE, Oceanic’s Ion and Ion4 series and Oceanic’s Neo2 mask.
Oceanic Shadow Mask
Scubapro Twinjet Fins
Scubadive West will offer a Package Price for anyone looking to complete their Advanced Openwater Course and Drysuit Specialty over the winter.
Drysuit Specialty Course in Scubadive West
Some of you have expressed interest in completing your Advanced Openwater course in one of our very warm drysuits. Well, we are delighted to oblige! By completing your Drysuit Specialty first, you can undertake all the dives of your Advanced Openwater Course in one of our new drysuits. Complete both courses for a Special Package Price of €499; this is a €100 saving on the Drysuit Specialty.
This offer will be available between the end of October 2009 and the end of March 2010.
Dates for our Advanced Openwater Course and Drysuit Specialty courses are available online.
Call 095 43922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Need an excuse to sign up to Scubadive West’s “Hard Hat Diver” Specialty? May we present our short You Tube movie of the courses, which have taken place over recent months… enjoy!
(click on the You Tube icon to start movie)
Hard Hat Divers on You Tube
Interested in signing up? Our next course takes place on Saturday 12th December and dates for 2010 are available from our Courses’ Page.
Tel: 095 43922 Email: info@ scubadivewest.com
The first eleven divers to book their place on our 2010 Red Sea Trip will receive a £20 discount on the advertised price of £855.
Scubadive West will travel to the Southern Red Sea Eco-Village of Marsa Shagra from October 13th – 20th 2010. This is Red Sea diving at its very best, as this area remains unspoilt and offers world-class underwater sites.
Marsa Shagra Camp
Check out our Dive Holiday page for more information on this trip.
We are accepting deposits, so contact us for more details.
Tel: 095 43922 Email: email@example.com
What did you do for All Hallow’s Eve? We introduced six Advanced Openwater students to the magic of night diving. This Night Adventure Dive was one of the five dives our students undertook for their Advanced Openwater Course, which started on Saturday morning and finished on Sunday evening. Our cove always puts on a great show for night divers, and this night was to be no different. A photogenic John Dory posed admirably for Cillian Gray.
All Prepped for our Night Dive
John Dory on Night Dive on 31st October
Some inclement weather conditions on Sunday precluded our usual Wreck Adventure Dive on the Julia T. However, we substituted this with an Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dive on Inis Barna, a dive site offering enormous diversity of marine life. Our six students recorded their sightings of vertebrates, invertebrates and plant life on dive slates. A pod of bottle-nose dolphins in a feeding frenzy ensured a memorable boat trip to the dive site.
Congratulations to Aaron O’Grady, Viviane Kaier, Lloyd Mc Cann, Brendan Kelly, Conor Mc Carthy and Aonghus O’ Hiarnain; our newly qualified Advanced Openwater students.
Advanced Openwater Students Ahoy!:Sun 1st Nov
Find out more about our Advanced Openwater Course from our dedicated Courses Page.
News just in from PADI…Scubadive West is officially Ireland’s leading dive centre for Specialty Courses; we train more divers in PADI Specialty Courses than any other dive centre in the country. Our unique location permits year-round training in the sea, and allows us to continue with training throughout even the winter months. Our Intructors’ combined years of teaching experience will ensure you get the best training. Some of our most popular Specialty courses include; Drysuit Diver, Deep Diver, Nitrox Diver, Digital Underwater Photographer and our latest “Hard Hat” Diver Specialty. We even have a Scubadive West “Special” Specialty Weekend; our Combined Deep & Nitrox Diver Weekend where you can get two PADI Specialty ratings in one weekend, and some great dives while doing so.
Deep & Enriched Air Diver Specialty: April 2009
We are one of the only dive centres that provide drysuits for the Drysuit Specialty; meaning you can try a drysuit out before committing to purchasing. We also provide one dive as part of our Nitrox Specialty; a course that many dive centres limit to the classroom.
So folks, come West for your Specialty Dive Training.
We look forward to seeing you.
Any of you lucky enough to have visited Scubadive West this year will surely recognise this face.
Patrick Rooney, our newest PADI Divemaster
Patrick Rooney signed off on his PADI Divemaster course with us on Friday last. Since starting out on his journey to becoming a PADI Pro, Patrick has been a joy to have around the dive centre (his constant supply of biscuits and sweets included!)
We wish Patrick well in his diving career and look forward to having him as part of the Scubadive West team.
Our final Openwater Divers for 2009 earned their stripes during the bank holiday weekend. This course started two weekends previously, on October 10th & 11th. While weather conditions were somewhat less than idyllic, we conducted the openwater training dives from our boat at a very sheltered Inis Barna. Dogfish, lobsters, conger eels and colourful corkwing wrasse all came out to show their support for the student divers. “Perfect buoyancy”, was the comment of one spectator. High praise coming from a fish!
Final Openwater Course of 2009
Congratulations to Ailis Fagan, TJ Redmond, Lewis Nuttall, Jamie Riley and Aaron O’Grady; all bona fide members of the Underwater Appreciation Society.
Aaron & TJ on Safety Stop
Well done to all of the Openwater Divers who qualified with us in 2009. An excellent effort was put in by all and we really look forward to seeing you back here soon. Indeed, many of you have already completed or signed up to further training with us.
Looking forward to 2010 already!
Our Underwater CCTV
“Head up, feet down”….how many times have you heard that from your diving instructor? Used to describe anything from controlling a descent to venting the air from a drysuit, these four simple words cover a multitude. The pioneering staff of Scubadive West have found yet another use for this term…it aptly describes our new PADI Orientation to Surface-Supplied Air Diving Specialty (a bit of a mouthful for sure!). In short-hand let us refer to it simply as the “Hard Hat” Diver Specialty, where you literally walk underwater in full commercial dive gear.
Smile for the Birdie
This one-day Specialty gives recreational divers of all levels the opportunity to learn more about the world of commercial diving, and what is involved in becoming a commerical diver. Candidates also get the opportunity to walk the seabed wearing a full set of surface-supplied commercial diving gear.
A recent addition to this exciting programme is an underwater CCTV video system. This is a diver-held inspection camera, which provides a live video feed to a television monitor on the surface. Our latest participants were given the task of providing video footage of a boat’s hull, the base of a pier and a standby diver (Cillian Gray obliged on this one!).
Tiernan Gray, an experienced commercial diver and PADI Instructor runs this programme and more dates are available from our website.
The next course will take place this Saturday 31st October, with additional dates to be added for the winter months.