Posts by Mike Orth

The 2017 Season is Off and Running

Winter is going. The boat is in place. Now we just need some fair wind and calm seas and a few eager divers to make this another great season.  I wanted to share a few updates for members that might have misse
d the news as it rolled past in the LSAC members WhatsApp group.


Dive Planning – This year we are hoping to share out the Dive Officer Of The Day (DOD) responsibilities to give as many
people as possible the chance to practice their Leading Diver skills.  DODs are nominated weekly from Tuesday through Monday.  We normaly run a dive Wednesdays after work and Sundays around 10am. You have responsibility to help arrange diving, facilitate planning, and communicate info. Tasks can include: check tides, weather, suitable dive site, fuel, O2 Kit, find coxswain, collect fees, find a replacement DOD if you arent available, etc. This week is Richie and Richard Roche for DOD. Link to Dive Plan here:

Coxswain Rota – To ease diving this year, we are asking for qualified coxswains to volunteer to dry-cox on a regular basis.  For the new members, this means the dry-coxswain will not dive and only drive the boat.  This saves a lot of time and makes diving more enjoyable. If we don’t have a dry-cox then we are diving back-to-back, which means shorter dives and more time spent on the boat waiting for everyone. Dr. Tom, Frank, Dave Ryan and myself have already taken a turn so this season is off to a great start.

Mid Week Diving – As the stretch in the evening takes hold, the possibility of diving after work offers more opportunity to get wet. Wednesdays are normally the chosen LSAC day, so expect an invite and keep your bottles charged up.  Everyone is welcome for mid-week, we can always find a safe spot for all, but if you have been out of practice a while – try and make Sunday diving your first time back in the water. 

Dive Rallys –  The first rally of the season is upon us. South West Dive Rally, Cahirciveen – For over 10 years Kerry Sub Aqua Club have hosted diving in May, and this year its shaping up to be a huge weekend come May 19, 20 and 21. There is already a small group forming with a house booked.  There is also plenty of camping options possible down at the marina.  If we can get someone to tow the boat, we might even bring it down this year. Watch for the Teamer invite shortly.

South West Dive Rally 19th – 21st May
Northern Dive Rally 16th – 18th June
South East Dive Rally 14th – 16th July
West Dive Rally 29th – 30th July
Midlands Snorkel Rally 19th August

June Bank Holiday Planning – So far we have not decided where to go with the Club for June.  Port Magee used to be the Clubs main choice, with some divers staying the weekend and others a week or even two.  This year we are open to any suggestions for a holiday.  Simply put we need someone to step up to offer to tow the boat – towers choice of destination! If you are interested in offering to bring down the boat (or to bring it back) then start a conversation in WhatsApp ASAP.

Dive Show update.  The combined LSAC and Aughinish team have been making a lot of progress on the 2018 Dive Show plans. The traders stands have been mapped and priced, and the first invites have gone out. We even have a few deposits in already for the keenest traders.  We are expecting to have room for more stands than last year, so get your thinking caps on if you meet anyone new that might be interested in trading at the show, just let the Club Committee know and we will contact them.

– Mike Orth 2017 D.O.

Gourmet Diving Cahirciveen with Inbhear Sceine

From Regional Weekend Cahirciveen

Recently I was asked why the South West Regional Weekend is hosted in Cahirciveen every year, “Why Doesn’t it travel around instead?”. On the face of it, the question is sensible enough sure, but in reality when something isn’t broken there is no need to fix it. Not only is this a brilliant event every year, well attended by many clubs in and out of the region, it is expertly run without a hitch. The team at Inbhear Sceine make hosting look easy.


Hoping that our club might show in numbers this year, Brian Kearney and myself worked on recruiting members for several weeks. It falls so close to our annual trip to Portmagee on June weekend that it just wasn’t to be. I contacted Ray ahead of time to offer at least a compressor, but he was already sorted he told me. “Just let me know numbers expected and arrive early Saturday to register, dive brief at half ten” , the rest was taken care of he told me. Indeed it was.


Driving down from Limerick in a short 2 hour spin I began to wonder why we don’t head here more often. Once you hit the corner with the Donkey posing for tourists, you begin to realize you are not far now. When the road goes under the railway bridge, the next few turns provide incredible views of Dingle Bay. Passing Kells Bay you might be tempted to turn off and just jump in the gorgeous waters below – but we are close now so foot down, next stop the marina.


The village of Cahirciveen appears to be sleeping peacefully the hour we arrive, until we make sight of the camp forming near rivers edge. Sure enough the crowds were building and familiar faces were appearing all round. Just enough time to grab a coffee and start enquiring about boat space. We were made feel very welcome as were all stragglers – I think everyone had a spot before the dive brief was even finished. I was fortunate enough to get a spot on our friends from Aughinish’ boat – and headed out to Illaunnanask (Doulous Head) with a spirited crew.


Sun was shining brightly on our Dive spot and the water was calm enough that 3 boats operated easily from the one place, we were joined by Loch Derg and ULSAC as well. The sea swell normally present was absent this morning making attempts to swim through the backside of the small island feasible. I saw Paddy from ULSAC manage it and Aoife declared “Best Dive ever” upon surfacing the other side of sunlit jewel anemone walls. My buddy and I managed to enter the underwater valley, but at depth we missed the turn left. I think Dave was more interested in the incredible perfectly formed holes in the seabed, littered with broken mussel shells. Occasional crab nooks could be seen that were just big enough to house a single occupant. In the end we turned back to the South and did a very long stop right up against the rock face examining the tiny life present – plenty of evidence of nudi branch but none spotted by me.


Lunch was a homemade meal at a genuine Italian Restaurant in a surprising place, opposite the Super Market at the edge of town.  The Cappuccino with hot milk to start was a good sign of things to come and the Mozzarella Pork with Red Sauce proved a huge hit – will definitely head back to La Dolce Vita.


Back on site we negotiated spots with Loch Derg who were happy to have us on-board. They were heading to Basalt Cliffs to look for the promise of a cave located somewhere along the cliffs edge, possible on the left side. We were dropped mid wall about 50m from the Basalt and took a heading of almost due south. I had an idea that the sharp corner on the left side my yield a result. This dive, unlike the mornings, was chock full of life. As we swam across a sparse Kelp forest, we were often rewarded with drop offs. Here under the overhangs we found Pollock, Wrasse, Dogfish. Tucked into every crevice was a community of common crab, squat lobster, prawn and blennie and every wall was spotted with Devonshire Cup Coral. The final pay off came nearly too late, at 35 minutes we encountered a massive gully, narrow enough for single file and running the entire height of the 17m depth available. I could tell from Dave’s thumbs up the distance travelled was well worth it and we both knew we had to try to reach the end. Alas, the end of dive came too soon , we will have to try that again. Thanks to Loch Derg for being so welcoming. A tighter group of diving friends you won’t find on any dive slip and I look forward to their company again someday.


With a solid days diving under our belts it was time to sample what else was on offer in Cahirciveen. It has been a few years since I sat down for a meal there, but I knew from the passing talk that day – QC’s is still the best spot in town for seafood. In fact, if you don’t believe me, head over to their website at and you can read for yourself the numerous awards that have been heaped upon them recently, including the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland! I knew from previous meals here I wanted to return, but I also knew from previous regionals that so did everyone else. This was THE spot and it was buzzing with a real New York vibe. Top divers from all across Ireland were dining here all night, tables of good diving friends filled the place. With no reservation in our possession we staked out two spots at the bar and arrived early enough to beat the crowds. It took longer for us to argue on what to order than to have it all arrive dish after dish. Sizzling Chilli Prawns, Crab Bisque, Calamari Frito and Scallops delicious with the Hunky Dory White. Desert? Why another share of Pan Fried Squid with Caramelized Onions, pint of Guinness to wash it all down.


We chatted to the locals all night long and were told every time how delighted they were to see people visiting the place and using the marina. It made us think about convincing our own club to trek down here more often if we could. It really is a spot you want to return to. Thanks to all at Inbhear Sceine for making it at least possible to do so every year in May, see you soon!

Annual Dive Weekend Cahirciveen

From Port Magee Wildlife

Join us in Kerry for this pre-portmagee dive weekend – always well run and very well attended. Contact Mike Orth or Brian Kearney if you are interested. 0879514973

INBHEAR SCEINE KERRY S.A.C. are to host the regional dive weekend this year in the Cahersiveen area on the 11th,12th & 13 May . This is an invitation to join us on a dive and fun weekend in the Cahersiveen area .This weekend has been a great success in recent years.
Hello to all divers,
We will base our boats and meeting point at the Cahersiveen marina .We hope not to change too much from the previous years. A registration fee of 10 euro will be charged to each diver .This will cover the weekend expenses at the marina for boats and facilities showers and toilets. Each diver will be asked to contribute to fuel cost of the boat that they dive from .
There will be compressors on site but would appreciate if divers could arrive with full bottles.
Bottles for filling must be in test .
1 Euro per fill.
We will have a limited amount of boat spaces for divers traveling without boats.
All divers must register and show their log book & active diver cert.
Feel free to pass this invite on to new Diving officers.
I would appreciate if all divers and DO,s could get back to me with approximate numbers and boats .