Medical assessments (again)

Quick clarification re: medical assessments. The completed form itself should stay on file with the doctor who performs it; don’t hand it in to one of us, please. The doctor who examines you should stamp the ‘first medical assessment’ section of your logbook.

The form is still available here.

Weekend away in Lough Hyne, 8-10 November

We’ll be travelling down to West Cork next month for the annual trainee weekend. We’ll be staying in Baltimore and snorkelling and diving in Lough Hyne, Ireland’s first marine reserve and a site of major scientific interest. Attendance isn’t compulsory, but it’s highly recommended to make it down if you can, especially for trainees and new club members. Logging some snorkels in open water is a mandatory part of diver training, and Lough Hyne is an excellent place to do so. It’s always a fun weekend, too: Lough Hyne is beautiful, the Murphy’s in Baltimore is excellent, and making the trip is a great way of getting to know the people you’ll be diving with over the next few years. Details (lots of details) below; please read carefully. Continue reading

Medical assessments

All new club members must be certified as medically fit to dive in order to dive with us. The medical assessment is straightforward, usually very brief, and can be done by any doctor, including your own GP and the Student Health Centre (who will charge you about €30). There are two parts: a self-assessment, which you can complete before your appointment, and an assessment by the examining doctor.

You need to get assessed even if you are certified by another agency. Ideally, you should do so as soon as you receive your CFT logbook; there is a section in the logbook which the examining doctor needs to stamp. Delaying your assessment will mean delaying your scuba training or crossover, so please get it done in a timely fashion.

Your first step is to download and print out the medical assessment form from the website; then read it carefully and fill out Part 1 on page 2. Some explanatory notes:

  • Address: You should put your home address rather than your term-time address, if the two are different.
  • Diving club: Put down ‘UCC’.
  • CFT number: Leave this blank for now; you won’t get a CFT number until you’ve paid the CFT membership fee and we’ve processed the applications.

You need to get your logbook signed and stamped by the doctor. We can show you where the stamp should go when we are handing out logbooks next week. Your doctor should keep the assessment on file.

Payment instalments for new trainees

After discussing it, we’ve decided to break up the deadline for payments. €240 is a lot for people to put together at short notice, so we’re OK to take money in instalments. Here is what we need, when we need it, and how to get it to us:

WHAT AND WHEN

  1. €135 for snorkelling gear and log book by Tuesday 8 October;
  2. €50 for CFT membership by Tuesday 5 November;
  3. €50 for the equipment levy by Tuesday 12 November.

These are the latest dates we can reasonably manage. We need to place the order for snorkelling gear and logbooks as soon as possible, so that you guys can start training. We will need CFT membership in order to insure people for the weekend away in Baltimore, and we’ll need the equipment levy before we do scuba training in the NMCI.

You are welcome to pay the full whack up-front if that’s more convenient for you, of course.

HOW TO PAY

You can pay in either of two ways.

  1. By cash or cheque (made out to “UCC Subaqua Club”) at the P.E. Office, located in Ferry Lodge, close to the Mardyke Arena and marked on this Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Fblut
  2. By lodging it directly into the UCC Clubs account using the details below. If you do this, it is extremely important to REFERENCE THE SUBAQUA CLUB WHEN MAKING THE LODGEMENT. It’s one big account that all the clubs use, so if you don’t specify Subaqua when putting the money in, it will float around until somebody claims it. For safety’s sake, consider emailing me when you’ve made the lodgement to confirm.
    Bank: Bank of Ireland
    Name: UCC Clubs Account
    Sort code: 90 96 95
    Account number: 79337705

Please don’t bring cash to the lectures. It’s not fair to expect instructors to look after potentially hundreds of Euro of your money.

We don’t want the issue of money to be more of a problem for people than it absolutely has to be. The €135 is non-negotiable — we simply have to get the equipment for you in time to start training — but if you have some sort of issue with the subsequent dates, please email me and we’ll do our best to come to some arrangement.