Coors Night on Friday Lite.

Myles Breen – Going away party for Magic

8pm arrived and there I was still running around looking for my socks, I shouted “Have you not ironed my shirt yet !”
The response I got was both verbal and visual, the former being inappropriate as this is a family blog and the visual bit was a stainless steel pot hurtling past my nose.

Eventually we got on the road after we kissed and made up, it was 8:03pm and we were dead late.

Myles Breen’s was quite with a few local heads propping up the bar as we made our way to the back of the pub.
Doc Tom, Dave,  Mike O, Magic, Johnny, Emma and Brian our DO were there to greet us,
They were all in a exceptional good mood despite the weather, did someone win the lotto I thought, Dave maybe – he was dressed very smartly but then he was once an ex male model for Brown Thomas’s autumn collection, it’s when I heard that Coor’s Lite was free, I understood.

We were queuing up of buy each other rounds as if this free promotion exempted us from our previous obligations regarding who’s round was next.   
Coor’s Lite it wasn’t as it began to take effect immediately and  the customary “before” photograph took a while to organise in fact all the photos had an “after” look about them.
Johnny using some choice hand signals expressed his delight in getting his picture taken over and over, while Dave got very European and began to hug and dance with everyone.

 

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Le Tour de LSAC

Before the clocks go back and we descend into darkness, instead of looking for our Diving lamps why not brush the cobwebs off your high Nelly and take it for a spin.

“Cycling – Thats not for me, anyway the last time I tried it, my fins will got stuck in the spokes and I hurt my head! “, said the training officer.

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Nite Out in Myles Breen Friday 28th August

Hi there all, just a quick one…. Majeic Perepczo is leaving to work in a Dive Centre from Sunday, so to help him on his way, I am hoping that the the Club can pop into Myles Breen Pub on Friday night to help us wish him a fond farewell. Majeic managed to barge his way with a natural dive skill set and proved himself a very capable diver and got his Club diver qualification in record time.  He also benfitted from Diver medic and pity the weather did not allow him to get rescue diver test done.  In saying, he has integrated himself nicely into our club scene, we’ve enjoyed his time with the Club and wish him well and every success in his future career, despite it training as a PADI dive Master. He will be welcome to come back and get some decent training with the Club and CFT once again. Laughing 

The weather did not allow to get a nite dive in before he left nor get a few lifts in for his rescue test.  Anyway, we hope he will come back to visit regularly. 

Finally, and offically on behalf of the Club Membership of Limerick Sub Aqua, Majeic…  Best of Luck, mind yourself and may all your bubbles be small ones and rise faster than you..  Happy diving in Warm waters…

 

Diving the U260 Sub out of Baltimore

U260 Sub Baltimore

A dive Trip was organised by Tom Shaw, Lough Derg on Saturday last on the U260.  A technical dive through AquaAdventures. 10 divers from the region descended on Baltimore Saturday morning to leave the slip about 11am. Myself and Matt Wardle from Limsac, 4 from Aughinish and 4 members of Lough Derg as well as two external guest divers.

A great collection of Dive Equipment was assembled on the hard boat deck. Most had 15ltr bottles with 3 litre Stage/decompression bottles.  I spent some time planning my gas requirements and based on it plan how long I could spend on the wreck, I planned for 22 with a max of 25 minutes. I went down with a light 28% Nitrox mix which allowed me to go to 42meters and extend my bottom time without encurring a penalty like Matt encurred on his dive. I will link this article to the dive profile. I also switched to a 38% mix on the way up to speed up my decompression requirement and Matt did same.  We both switch gasses at about 25M. I also had an option to bring a 3 litre 53% nitrox mix to use at 6Meters, but was not required.  I had a twin 7lt bottles with a 28% mix and a 5lt with 38% mix. I came back with 50bar in my Twin set and 100bar left in my 5lt stage after a 60minute dive. Matt had twin 10lt air with a 5 litre 38% mix as a stage Deco mix. Note Green Arrow relates to Gas Switch on profile. Yellow Arrow relates to end of NDL for the Dive 12mins into dive, while Pink Down Arrow relates me switch back to my twin set at 46 minutes while Green down Arrow relates to me completing all my decompression requirements of the Dive at 52 minutes. Matt had to do a further 8 minutes to clear due to not have aNitrox mix on the bottom.

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New Found Out

Newfoundout Kilkee

Now that the boat is out of commission (temporarily) it seems that the shore dive is the new thing. Last week, even before the boat started driving round in circles, myself and Roger threw our camping gear in the boot and headed down to Kilkee.  Friday evening a week ago was our first attempt at Newfoundout, or Newfee for short.  I wasn’t expecting much to be honest since it was low tide and we would only get around 8 meters. We were so surprised by the amount of fish we encountered we headed back to Newfee 3 times since.

On different visits we were joined by Matt and Ken and also Magic and Frank. Each time, we parked up near Richard Harris’ old house, The Billows, kitted up and walked down carefully.  Whenever it was high tide we were always competing with the legions of youth braving the diving boards.  They seemed to hardly notice us, or maybe they were afraid we might try to steal their place in line.  I was impressed with their bravery in front of the girls.  They seem to start at the lowest board, moving up to the higher one and eventually to the ground just above the top board. But the real action was up on the wall next to the road.  As we kitted up we could hear the young ladies coaxing the fellas to go for it.

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Seal Island, Quilty

I was lucky enough last Sunday to do my club test at Seal Island, Quilty. What a dive site!..It certainly lived up to its name, as we were greeted by about 10 seals bobbing in the water checking us out when we arrived. Rolling off the boat, a fantastic descent into a 30m deep channel, with sheer cliff wall up one side. This wall was teeming with life, mainly lobsters and crabs. I have never seen so many lobsters, both in the wall and out in the open, practically tripping over them!. Also very easy site to navigate, simply keeping the wall on your left side, and follow it around before returning the same way. Then on our ascent, more seals to keep us company. Definately a site that the we should try and get to before the year is out, weather permitting of course!

Cameron Creek, Kilkee

Cameron Creek, Kilkee

Recent comment on our web site, about the Blue Pool, put me in mind of Cameron Creek, named by us, after Roddie, a member of the original scouting party who first discovered the location and a dear friend and colleague of many of the Limerick Divers.

It is important to bear in mind that we had no boat at that time and were strictly limited to shore diving, hence the search for adventurous new locations. Stories from fishermen of deep waters off the Blue Pool in Baltard Bay, brought us to the area and we were not to be disappointed. A long (approx. 15 minute) trek, across fields and flat-rock beach, carrying full gear, brought us to our destination.

Our very first dive off the perfect rocky entry point took place on June 17th 1962 with fellow divers Johnnie Ryan, Dougie Brislane and Cyril Foster. My dive log of that day records the following:  “Hit the century today for the first time, great dive, wonderful spot. Poor weather gave us disappointing conditions and visibility. No trouble at all getting to 100 ft. Johnnie and self got gorgonian, Dougie and I spotted it at the same time, I was nearer, so I collected it. I picked up a 3 lb. crawfish and missed another. I must abandon my gaff, it’s too awkward. Very funny today, we sat at 80ft. flooding and clearing our face masks. Very cold at 100ft.”  It was a 25 min dive.

We continued to enjoy many more dives and experience some rather hairy adventures in the Creek for the next two years or so, until boat diving became available and long site treks became rather less of a necessity.
However, to this day there are many intrepid shore divers within our club (I see you, John Allen, Mike Hynes, Liam O’Connell, Brian Crowe, Victor Brown et al.) who would not be averse to undertaking long hauls saddled up with full diving gear, so with that in mind, in company with, or should I say minded by, Marcus McMahon of the Kilkee Oceanlife Dive Centre, I recently explored the accessibility of the location.

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