Visit to Mallow Search and Rescue, Tuesday 3 March

A few UCCSAC members have arranged to pay a visit to Mallow Search and Rescue on Tuesday 3 March at 19.30. Anybody who would like to come along is welcome to join us to find out more about what they do and what our club might be able to do to help. They’ll show us the equipment they use and talk about the training that they do.

Mallow SAR have been undertaking water-based searches for missing persons and providing boat cover for events throughout Ireland for over 30 years. They do a lot of good work that is sometimes very tough. Not everybody is cut out for search-and-rescue diving, but Mallow also need shore and surface support and help with fundraising, so there are lots of ways in which UCCSAC could contribute. If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in some voluntary work then this might be a good fit for you.

So, if you’re planning to drive up to Mallow and can offer lifts to other people, then please let me know (sdob@cs.ucc.ie) so that I can tell the unit how many people to expect. Please also get in touch if you would like to go up but need transport.

I’ll have more information for interested people closer to the date.

Trainee diving in Oysterhaven, 21/22 February

We’ll be doing some training dives in Oysterhaven over the weekend of 21–24 February. Oysterhaven is only about 35 minutes’ drive from the city centre so we’ll be able to drive down and back each day. The beach is fairly sheltered, so we should be OK unless the weather is really terrible, and there are plenty of hermit crabs and anemones to look at while you’re underwater.

New divers

This is a training weekend, so of course new trainees are welcome. You must

  1. be fully paid up (CFT membership and club equipment levy),
  2. have completed your medical,
  3. have passed your pool snorkel test, and
  4. have completed the pool scuba training.

The number of trainees we can bring will depend on how many instructors are available (I’ll be finding this out over the next few days). If you’re available and you meet the criteria above, send me an email (sdob@cs.ucc.ie) and I’ll put you on the list. Let me know if you are available on one day or both.

Costs and lifts

The diving itself won’t cost anything, but you’ll need to bring a packed lunch. If you have transport and can give lifts to other people, please let me know. If you need a lift, let me know.

Qualified divers

You know the score. Come along and get wet or just meet us in the pub later.