Discover life under the ocean wave
DUNDALK Sub Aqua Club are offering people the opportunity to learn to dive and discover the wonders of life under the ocean wave.
‘We are inviting people to come along to a taster session in the Aura swimming pool to try a dive for free on Wednesday October 18 and 25 at 7pm,’ says Margaret McCarthy. ‘ They will get the chance to dive with experienced club members in the safety of the pool.’
People will then be able to sign up for a ten week training course which will give them all the experience they need to begin diving in the open sea.
‘ The course comprises lectures in our clubhouse and an hour’s training in the pool every Wednesday night,’ explains Margaret. ‘At the end of the course, they then get to brave the big ocean.’
The club’s main location for diving is in Carlingford Lough. ‘We launch our boat at Greenore and there are nine dive sites in the Lough, including one at the Haulbowline lighthouse.’
‘We also go on regular trips around the Irish coast, to Donegal, Rathlin Island, Mayo and Achill Island,’ she continues. ‘ There have also been trips abroad to Croatia, Spain, the Canaries and, when things were quieter, to Egypt.’
The big attraction of diving is, of course, the wonderful world which awaits under the sea.
‘ There so many wonderful fish and sea creatures to be discovered - it’s just amazing,’ says Margaret.
Not surprisingly, a lot of divers take up underwater photography so that they can capture the beautiful creatures they encounter on their dive and the club produces a calendar of the best images each year. For further information, log onto www.dundalksubaqua.ie
Members of Dundalk Sub Aqua Club on a training trip.