Dis­cover life un­der the ocean wave

The Argus - - NEWS - By MAR­GARET RODDY

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.

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