Equipment Officer Update and Request for help!

From Drop Box
The compressor repairs are ongoing and hopefully, they will be resolved some time this week.
New hoses and gauges are been fitted, once complete, the compressor will be re activated for use.
Members are advised to contact John prior to showing up to use the mobile compressor charge dive cylinders.
Regarding the boat:
This is the long bit.
The impeller got an overhaul, thanks to Dave, Peter and Noel. With the lower case now replaced, next step is the engine service.
 
Help required, please don’t wait to be asked, just offer it…all hands on deck!! 🙂
Finally, when this is all done we can move to sort the trailer out. The axels need to be changed and hopefully, those will finally be in some time later this week. Fingers crossed, we can have boat ready for easter.
Mr. Ryan also has shortened the boat windshield. Great job, much better job.
As always John Hassett and Shelly have been a great support, feeding the masses, providing a haven and support for the cosmetic repairs.
Anyway, what more can I say. Thanks guys, I hope the membership appreciate the free time and effort all the guys are
giving to getting the boat ready and safe for the sea.
Roll on a great year of diving. 🙂

Accommodation in Portmagee 2012

Portmagee Accommodation

 

So far, members of the club have 5 houses booked, many of them full already !– Could any member who had a house booked & are looking for people to fill it, please reply here with availability

 

This is a list of options circulated last year. If someone is renting, perhaps, those interested in getting people to share would let Eimhear know and she can help with communicating availability.

While Most of the diving & socializing will take place in Portmagee, there is also accommodation available in Valentia Island, but Portmagee is the preferred location from Limerick Sub Aqua.

 

Ocean view is a great option in Portmagee. So, it would be suggested as primary option.

Caution: People urged to book quickly as Galway Sub Aqua and other clubs may avail of accommodation in the same timeframe.

 

Houses/cottages to rent:

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Ocean View Houses –

These houses are only a small walk form the pier.

On the Glen pier road from Portmagee about 200 meters form the pier (& pub)

There is a 6 bedroom & 3 bedroom house available

 

6 bedrooms

http://www.rentacottage.ie/self-catering/Kerry/Portmagee/Ocean_View_Holiday_Homes___6_Bed_(Type_A)-59.html

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3 bedrooms

http://www.rentacottage.ie/self-catering/Kerry/Portmagee/Ocean_View_Holiday_Homes___3_Bed_(Type_B)-64.html

Ring ‘Mary’ on 066 9477260 or 087 9837256

 

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SEASIDE HOLIDAY: – BOOKED OUT FOR 2012

http://www.portmageeseasidecottages.com/

 

 

 

These houses are on the Cahersiveen side of Portmagee, there is a group of them together. (about a mile out)

There is one available for €400 per week, again mention LSAC when you ring to enquire. Small, well behaved pets allowed.

Email: Elizabeth Lynch [jlynch@indigo.ie]

Phone: 00353669477151

00353876381830

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LUDLOW (Sudlow?)

 

http://www.kerrytourist.com/details/sudlow.shtml

Ludlow is a newly constructed holiday rental providing 4 star self catering accommodation near the fishing village of Portmagee in County Kerry.

This traditional style property is ideally located for an action packed getaway and provides all the necessary amenities for a fantastic holiday. Features include three bedrooms, one of which is en suite, and a separate family bathroom. Outside there is a patio area and an enclosed garden, which boasts stunning sea and mountain views.

Located just off the Ring of Kerry this part of County Kerry is noted for its excellent angling facilities while nearby Waterville Golf Links is simply a golfer’s paradise. A boat trip to The Skelligs is a perfect way to spend a few hours or you can cross the bridge to Valentia Island and take in its breathtaking scenery.

Directions

From Portmagee follow St Finian’s Bay Road for 1km. Take a right for Reencaheragh and the property is the 2nd house on the right.

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Mackens Farm House Portmagee Co Kerry

http://www.portmageeseasidecottages.com/mackens.htm

Sleeps 6

1 miles outside Portmagee village – kids/pets welcome

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John Joes Farm House

http://www.portmageeseasidecottages.com/john_joes.htm

Property sleeps 7

2 miles outside Portmagee village – kids/pets welcome

 

 

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Potmageehouse 3865 – pets/kids friendly

 

http://www.imagineireland.com/Kerry-cottages/Portmagee-Ring-of-Kerry-3865.asp

 

 

 

Sleeps

Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Pets

Price From

10

5

4

Yes

€381.80

 

Property Type:

Detached House for 10

What’s Special?

Great family house – Mountain and Sea Views

Included:

Bed Linen and Towels included.

 

 

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Portmagee house #3936 – not pet friendly – Available for some dates in June

http://www.imagineireland.com/Kerry-cottages/Portmagee-Ring-of-Kerry-3936.asp

 

Sleeps

Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Pets

Price From

5

3

1

No

€259.90

 

Property Type:

Detached Cottage for 4/5

What’s Special?

Sea views – Walk to the fishing village of Portmagee

Included:

Bed Linen and Towels included.

 

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Portmagee house #7847 – pet/kid friendly Available for June

http://www.imagineireland.com/holiday-prices/quote.asp?fldProp=7847

Sleeps

Bedrooms

8

5

Bathrooms

Pets

4

Yes

Short Breaks

Beach

Yes

< 1 mile

 

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Valentia accommodation

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Knights Haven Holiday Homes

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Where-To-Stay/knights-haven-holiday-homes/62506

A property of Trident Holiday Homes, Knights Haven Holiday Homes are set on Valentia Island, County Kerry. Each of the four-star homes includes three bedrooms. There is also a living room with open fire, and open-plan kitchen/dining area with doors that open onto a patio area. The homes have direct access to a well-equipped public playground with tennis court and playing field, and are just a short walk from the quaint village of Knightstown at the southern end of the island.

 

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Ivy House

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Where-To-Stay/ivy-house/58751

 

Ivy House, clad in luscious green ivy that thrives in the mild Atlantic climate, is located along the sea-front in Knightstown on Valentia Island in County Kerry, just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge! This four star self catering holiday home has a high standard of fittings, comfort and value for money. This holiday home is of historical and architectural importance because of its links with the transatlantic cable.

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Tiarna

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Where-To-Stay/tiarna/58826

 

Tiarna is a bright spacious well equipped house with panoramic views and a large garden, on Valentia Island in County Kerry. The property boasts five bedrooms, three of which are ensuite. There is a downstairs bathroom and a large open plan kitchen/dinning room. The kitchen/dinning room is extremely well equipped and can seat 10 guests comfortably. There is also a cosy lounge and sunny family room opening onto large patio.

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B&B’s

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The Moornings: on the seafront in Portmagee

http://www.moorings.ie/2010 prices

Please note, prices in brackets – e.g. (€60) – denote the cost for single guests who are not sharing the room.

 

January – May

June – September

October – December

Deluxe Room

€45pps (€60)

€50pps (€70)

€45pps (€60)

Deluxe Seaview Room

€60pps (€85)

€70pps (€100)

€60pps (€85)

 

Check out the special offers online also (B&B plus evening meal deals)

Portmagee Heights

http://www.stayinportmagee.com/

This B&B is right beside the Ocean View Houses.

 

period

room type

description

rate

book here

1 Jan – 3 Dec

 

superior harbour view room

 

per night

€40.00

per
person

1 Jan – 3 Dec

 

standard delux room en-suite

 

per night

€35.00

per
person

 

 

 

 

 

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Blasket view B&B

http://www.blasketview-house.com/

  • Ten minutes to magnificent views of Skelligs
  • Boat Trips to Skelligs arranged.
  • 5 minutes from St. Finans Beach
  • 15 Minute drive to golf course
  • 15 minute drive to riding stables
  • Homebaking a specialty
  • Private car parking
  • Children’s ponies on show

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Calafont B&B

http://www.calafont-portmagee.com/

  • All rooms have TV, tea/coffee facilities & hairdryer
  • Trips to Skelligs Rock arranged
  • 5 mins from safe sheltered strand
  • 10 mins froms dramatic St. Finans Bay
  • Close to Valentia Island(quarry & grotto)
  • Guided walks, cycling, horse-riding & golf
  • Watersports, diving, sea & shore angling
  • Ideal base for 3 – 4 day itinerary

Period

Room Type

Description

Rates

Book Here

1 Apr – 31 Jul

 

3 nights – Double Room

 

per night

€24.00

per
person

1 Apr – 31 Jul

 

Single Occupancy

 

per night

€30.00

per
room

1 – 31 Aug

 

Single Occupancy

 

per night

€35.00

per
room

1 – 31 Aug

 

3 nights – Double Room

 

per night

€25.00

per
person

1 Apr – 31 Oct

 

Double room

 

per night

€26.00

per
person

1 Sep – 31 Oct

 

3 nights – Double Room

 

per night

€24.00

per
person

 

 

 

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Portmagee Hostel –

http://www.portmageehostel.com/

Located in the village.

EUROS PER PERSON PER NIGHT

 

 


 

 

 

ROOM

Jan Feb
Nov Dec

Mar/Apr/May
October

Jun, July
Aug, Sept

Double
Ensuite

€19.50pps

€22.00pps

€26.00pps

Double
Standard

€16.00pps

€19.00pps

€23.00pps

Twin
(2 singles)

€15.00pps

€16.00pps

€18.00pps

Bunk Rooms
(Sleep 2)

€12.00pps

€13.00pps

€15.00pps

Family Room
(Sleep 4)

€37.00pn

€49.00pn

€63.00pn

 

 

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OTHER:

http://indigo.ie/~cguiney/accomodation.html

A list of accommodation on Valentia & Portmagee

 

Busy weekend 1st Open water Dive’s + New Gas Blenders

Well, at long last, Limerick Sub Aqua got its trainee Divers for 2012 off to a glorious start yesterday.

With the last open water snorkels out of the way, Marcin Ludzik, Roybn Gleeson, Jack Ryan, John Moloney, Leo Taylor, Anthony Wiseman. We were also joined by Richard Ryan, and David O’Rourke as well as the seasoned veterans of Dave Ryan, “Heston” and Martin Bowes.

Martin Directed operations for the day, giving the Dive Brief to us all and with me, adding the usual reminders about Equalizing, and putting on and sorting weight belt for the dive.

What a lovely day, and with the appearance of Peter, Amy and Liam made it a great occasion and great turn out at Portroe from the Club.

With that in mind, please note Portroe will re start it’s thurdays evening openings on 5th April.

The sun beamed down and punched through the water to make it very attractive for a 1st open water dive. Visibility was great. Hee hee, until three sets of buddy pairs went ploughing… We were afterall diving around the Car, van, and canoe area as such, so some did really stir it up…  J

But, all had a great intro, safe, enjoyable dive, the water temps made it easy. Everyone benefitted from a great day’s diving. Hopefully, all the photos will be added up later. I think there were some lesson learned, but, must say overall, impressed and happy with how this year’s group have progressed from Pool to open water.

Loads of Photo’s taken.. Even Amy’s phone got in on, the act; it was hard to avoid the “Rabbits ears”.

“Heston” had a great day and even managed to drop Noel off the Dive. More ear trouble… I don’t think Martin is going to count that as an attempted dive Noel… aaaahhhhh…. LOL.. To cap it all off, there was no money back from Peter also. Aaahhh Poor Noel….

Nevertheless, the weekend also proved to produce some qualified Gas Blenders from the Blenders course on Saturday. It turned out to be a longer than planned day with the Exam paper posing a challenge to all attendees. I also managed to finally get my Gas Blending Instructor certification, so at least I can run and assist with courses in future if required.

It was great to see the Burren Membrane compressor and see it in operation. Thanks to Cormac and Alex and Pat for running and supporting the course.

Congrats to John Hassett, “Heston”, Emma Sheehan, Noel Hickey, & Paul Doherty.

To Snorkel or not to Snorkel?

That was the question, I bet some of our trainee’s were asking themselves as they viewed the waters of Portroe yesterday.

 

Yesterday unveiled itself as the day in which the trainees for 2012 would start their open water training. While sea conditions are inviting normally to do this, last weekend was out. So Portroe was selected to start our new eager beavers off.

 

Portroe waters have been traditionally cold in recent years, but fortunately, it was a lot milder than previous years. A reported 8degree temperature were mentioned, and while I can’t say preach much about the cold from languishing in my snug O3 drysuit, I think as the introduction to open water progressed all the folks enjoyed the experience after the initial shock of the cold water hitting their backs.

 

 

The group assembled at 10.40am in Killaloe and then we moved in convoy to Portroe.  Our 1st task was to talk about the layout and facilities at Portroe. We registered all the crew and then back to the cars to get changed.

Some had more “fun” than other trying to get into suits…

 

Sorting out weight belts then became next task and making sure all had gloves to stave of the bite of the waters of Portroe.

 

So, came the squeels of shock as the trainees entered the water. All settled, took some breaths to get used to the water, sensation of floating and getting the splash of water on their faces. All, eventually got settled and we snorkelled around to get used to the suit and buoyancy J.

 

A few duck dives complete, the folks then headed back to the platform where we practiced our entries. This became fun and the all relaxed now and had warmed into their suits to somewhat enjoy the event.. Yes, even Leo got into the madness of it all with the top half of suit unzipped… Hard man, Well done.!!!

 

2 snorkels now out of the way and so a hearty congrats to all who took part, and conquered the cold.  The 1st open water dives are not far away now. Will tomorrow’s session at the warm pool be a welcome return J

“Plastic Oceans” The Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfDKEzPxhzQ Check out this trailer as the oceans future depends on humans!

All hands on deck please!!

As the Club nears the phase for open water diving once again, the weekend boat handling sessions are now over. certainly, an interesting time and challenges for those who took part. The exercises under the bridge in Killaloe and the entry to Ballina slip posed the most interesting challenges 🙂

Alas, the boat did not come away unscathed, but, at least, the club may hopefully develop a few more qualified coxswains this year. Congrats to Noel, Anthony, Eimhear, Dave, kate, and Frank.

So, now the task of prepping the boat and trailer for the season. Again, john hassett has supported the club by allowing his premises to be used to refurb the boat. We met up on saturday to extract the boat from the water and we gave it a good clean and checked out what needed to be done. The boat was stripped, even the instruments, windsreen &hand rails were removed. Next, the engine service, and an impeller change :-). meanwhile we awaiting the parts to over haul the trailer. That is going to be some job. Still, very necessary. Help will be needed. All voluteers welcome, that means You, members…  🙂

 

Aside from that, Pool training is coming to an end, the trainees are been pushed through the Pool scuba tests and been coached on the last elements of scuba before the inevitable move to open water. It all begins in two weeks time, so the last of the equipment is been searched for from all sources at the moment. Francis Jenkins dropped by to service the compressors and drop back and pick up equipment for service.

 

Martin continues his prep work for the Mon1. Busy times all round!!

 

So, that’s it.. Help out and if anyone knows where there is a few euro’s, we could do with a few of them right now. 

 

At least the weather is calming, Open Water sea diving not far away. 

 

This year’s CFT Dive conference will be welcoming the University of Limerick offically to CFT. Looking forward to the year ahead.