General good both for beginners and experienced diversUnderwater
SuitDry suits or 7 mm semi-dry suits are recommended.RiskThere are a few sea animals which can have vicious or poisonous bristles and spines. Watch out for the scorpion fish, bristleworms, sea urchins and the stingray. If you step on or touch one of these fish, look for medical attention as your reaction to the injury will depend on your general medical condition and age.Visibility20+ metresBottomrocky or sandyBest time to diveMay – OctoberCoursesBesides recreational diving for beginners, it is possible to take a PADI course (Proffessional Association of Diving Instructors), BSAC course (British Sub Aqua Club) or DSAT course (Diving Science and Technology).PADI courses:Open Water DiverAdventure DiverAdvanced Open Water DiverRescue DiverMaster Scuba DiverDivemasterNitroxSpecialities: Deep Diving, Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Underwater Navigation, Underwater Photography, Peek Performance BuoyancyBSAC courses:Ocean Diver – basic skills, non-decompression divingSports Diver – rescue and decompression divingDive Leader – dive leading, marshalling and rescue managementBSAC Nitrox CourseBSAC Full Instructor CourseBSAC IFC – Instructor Foundation CourseBSAC OWIC – Open Water Instructor CourseDSAT courses:Nitrox Diver – qualifying recreational divers to use nitrox (enriched air) for no stop recreational divingDeep Diver – introduction to deep divingTec Deep Level 1 – extended decompression divingTec Deep – technical deep diving, extended no decompression dives, decompression stop divesTec Trimix – qualifying divers to go to 75 m Gas BlenderTrimix Gas BlenderSSI courses:- Scuba update - (Junior) Open Water Diver - Specialities: Nitrox Diver, Deep Diving, Stress & Rescue, night diving, underwater navigation, underwater photography, boat diving, Dry suit, Wreck diving- Advanced Diver (4 Specialities) - Master Diver - Dive Control Specialist - CPR & First AidMore info: DIVING COURSESPricesabout 500 – 630 euro/initial open water courseabout 25 euro/1 diveMinimum ageThere are no restrictions on age. The decision on minimum age is at the discretion of the instructor of the course. For all divers under age of 18 written parental/guardian consent will be required.Unaccompanied diversUnaccompanied diving is allowed for divers of international instructor level.RegulationsTaking of shellfish by divers is not allowed.ChildrenDepending on the diving centre the minimum age of a child attending a diving course is 8, 10 or 12.SnorkellingSnorkelling can be an alternative to scuba diving as it is really enjoyable, cheap and there is no age limit. Even in the first few metres below the surface experiencing the underwater environment can be extremely exciting. Clean and blue Irish waters invite to an adventure of meeting a variety of fish and other underwater creatures. One can try it independently or choose one of many snorkeling excursions offers with professional guides. There are also skin diving courses for those who are interested in equipment, techniques and safety.
- interesting underwater rock formations
- rich marine life: lobsters, crabs, wrasses, pollock, octopi, crayfish, conger eels, pipefish, dolphins, porpoises, minke whales, basking sharks