Generally, Club activity around diving from October to February shuts down, however, with the availability of Portroe, there are now options to continue diving.
So, for those who wish to continue, allow me to comment
Water is colder, Water temperatures will drop from a current 10degrees to 8degrees on the surface to a possible 3 degrees in december/Janurary timeframe at depth of 38M in Portroe.
Drysuit diving is recommended
Regulators are stressed and some dive regulators may not be suited to the colder working conditions and therefore present a higher risk of free flow.
Hypothermia, is more likely the longer the dive and so with it the higher risk of decompression due to it by nature of the colder temperaturse a “Cold Dive”
So members are advised to communicate your interest in Diving Portroe to the D.O.
Plan dive carefully. Get advice of experienced diving members.
Bring a change of clothes and make sure you wear warmer thermals than normal.
Consider a ” Warmer Wolly bear”
End your dive appropiately if shivering begins.
Bring Warm drinks for Post dive debrief.
In the event of a free flow, do not panic, Abort your dive and ascend at a safe ascent rate and your buddy should assist.
Report any incident or issues to D.O. ASAP.