Crossing over to CFT from other diving agencies

If you’re already certified by another diving organisation (PADI, NAUI, etc.), CFT recognises your diving qualification. You can cross over to CFT and continue your skill progression. The CFT website has a list of diving certifications showing the most common qualifications recognised by CFT, but certs from less well-known agencies can be dealt with on a case by case basis. Continue reading

Joining CFT

I will be registering new members with CFT over the next few days. Once I’ve registered you, you’ll receive an email from CFT with your CFT number and a password for COMS, the CFT Online Membership System.

Before I can register you, I need you to send me (sdob) an email containing the following information: Continue reading

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.