Updated: Nov 16
Despite a very uncertain start to the season with COVID-19 trying to spoil the party, we were delighted to be able to showcase all that diving in Ireland has to offer to our fellow staycationers this summer! Here is a quick roundup of how the summer (which is a distant memory now!) went for the Oceans of Discovery family!
Giving Scuba Diving in Ireland a Go!
Our Divemaster Ferg headed up the Discover Scuba Diving experiences for the season and despite him having a few minor issues (a very questionable mullet hairstyle, far too much delicious pizza in the Roberts Cove Inn Restaurant, his t-shirt going missing on numerous occasions. . . the list goes on!) himself and the rest of us took huge joy in giving people from all age groups & backgrounds their first experience of the underwater world!
We became a popular staycation option for people from Cork and from 'Not-Cork' alike! Smiles were the name of the game, with kids as young as 10 joining us for their first ever dive in the sheltered and stunning bay of Roberts Cove.
It is amazing to see the progression someone can make over the course of our 3-hour lessons and a privilege to introduce people to the bays marine life. From small crab species such as the solitary hermit crab (or level 5 lockdown crab!) and Sandeel in the shallows to Spider Crab, Wrasse, Pollack & Dogfish, who can be found patrolling the stunning kelp beds & gullies which fringe the bay. It is easy to see how people get hooked and go on to become fully qualified PADI Open Water divers!
Becoming a PADI Open Water Diver in Ireland
After working as a dive professional and marine biologist in locations across the world, it is definitely my belief that learning to dive at home makes you a much better diver. Learning to dive in Ireland is sometimes overlooked in favour of more tropical locations, with a beach bar (stocking both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages!) & suitcase full of factor 50 (eco-friendly of course to protect the reefs!). This summer however many people discovered the advantages of learning to dive at home in Ireland.
Here are 5 benefits of learning to dive in Ireland;
More confidence- Cold water diving can offer more challenges to student divers with regards to equipment (thicker wetsuits & more weights) and conditions than warmer locations! As a result, divers are often a lot more adaptable and confident after completing their training here.
No Rush-At home, you can choose to spread training out over a longer period of time. This reduces the risk of getting overloaded and means you aren't trying to cram all your training into your short holiday.
Amazing Diving-Ireland's rugged and diverse coastline makes for some of the world's best un-spoiled dive sites.
Available for all ages-Never has diving in Ireland been so accessible to people of all ages, our recent status as a PADI Approved Training Centre reflects this and it is great to see diving becoming more popular with young people throughout the country.
Local-It's on your doorstep!
As anyone who has completed the PADI Open Water course will tell you, training can be demanding at times but the feeling of achievement at the end is huge no matter who you are!
The arrival of our dive pool at the end of the summer was a huge addition. This was particularly apparent when we finished off the last confined water dive (skills practice in the shallows) with Damien, Chris and James at the end of August with the remnants of Storm Ellen raging out at sea! It was a pleasure to instruct the class of 2020 and guide them to becoming fully qualified PADI Open Water divers right here in Cork.