Suunto Test Weekend

2016 SUUNTO Test Weekend 21st & 22nd May

2016 SUUNTO Test Weekend will take place on 21st & 22nd May.

We will have a super line up of Scuba Diving Equipment and activities to try.

check out our video from a previous SUUNTO Test weekend.

Dive for free in the Sea!

Dive for free in the Sea!

2012 was our inaugral SUUNTO Fourth Element Test weekend and it was a great success with divers travelling from all over the country to try out the great diving gear available. All present enjoyed the shore diving with abundant marine life and great visibility. Many explored the 60 footer wreck, with it’s purpose built, cool Suunto deco station. There were great boat dives on offer all weekend, with reports of great viz, congers and a huge thornback ray sighted at Doonee Beacon, and of course loads of cool Scuba Equipment to try out for free!

Hanging out

Hanging out

Ap previous events there were great giveaways too, with Suunto rucksacks, hats and water bottles for plenty of lucky divers, and a PADI on tour t-shirt and pair of Fourth Element hot foot socks for everybody that attended!

"Abundant marine life on the shore dive"...

“Abundant marine life on the shore dive”…

John Carlin PADI Regional manager and Sven Kolczak SUUNTO UK, took time out to sample the super diving at Scubadive West’s first SUUNTO Fourth Element test weekend in 2012

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For our 2013 Test Event we were delighted to have O’Three Drysuits onboard with us, and we are now Irish Agents for this very popular brand! We have a large stock of the O’Three MSF 500tb flex (5mm  neoprene) drysuits in our rental fleet here and O’Three are brought their whole range of drysuits to try out too! including the Ri 1-100 and Ri 2-100,  (1mm and 2mm neoprene)which were all be available to try out on a dive, for free! Some divers even got measured up for their own drysuit on the weekend. (A service that we have available here everyday too!) They also had a prize draw with 3 winners each winnig a £100 voucher!

Weightless wonderland

Weightless wonderland

We had the guys from SUUNTO here again with their full line up of wrist mounted dive computers available to try out on a dive. Last year all the models were popular, from the great value ZOOP to the High Spec. Hel O2, with many people buying their own unit over the weekend here. Also very popular to try out were the SUUNTO Dx and D9tx watch computers.

Soo many to try out!

Soo many to try out!

Hel O2, Vyper Air and Zoop computers

Hel O2, Vyper Air and Zoop computers

Fourth Element were back again this year with their Xerotherm and Arctic range of Thermals for all visitors to try out. Also they had the amazingly flexible Proteus wetsuits, ideal for some snorkelling and ’Free Diving’ with Feargus Callagy from Freedive Ireland , Ireland’s Apnea Academy freediving Instructor, who was onsite to put visitors through the paces of some exciting free diving. Many opted to try out one of the Suunto watch computers in ‘free diving mode’ at the same time!

Analox Ltd is  a world leader in the design and manufacture of gas sensors and analysers for all branches of the diving industry from sport to military applications. We are very proud to announce that we are agents for Analox Gas Analysers. They attended for the test weekend too! They brought the very popular O2EII Nitrox Analyser and Portable O2 Analyser models for demonstrations and for people to try out. They helped with technical questions and also had a free competition, with prizes of £20 and £100 vouchers being won.

Analox O2 EII now in stock here.

Analox O2 EII now in stock here.

Maol Reidh in the Background on Saturday

Preparing to dive the Wreck ‘Julia T’

Take time out to enjoy some great Scuba diving in an idyllic location with the very best equipment! bring your friends too.. but you’ll need to book in now.

Time out!

Time out!

call 09543922 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place now!

 

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2012 SUUNTO, Fourth Element Test Weekend. 28th & 29th April

Last year our inaugral SUUNTO Fourth Element Test weekend was a great success with divers travelling from all over the country to try out the great diving gear available. All present enjoyed the shore diving with abundant marine life and great visibility. Many explored the 60 footer wreck, with it’s purpose built, cool Suunto deco station. There were great boat dives on offer all weekend, with reports of great viz, congers and a huge thornback ray sighted at Doonee Beacon, and of course loads of cool Scuba Equipment to try out for free!

See report above for further information.

 

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2011 SCUBAPRO Diving Days 11th & 12th June

This was our third annual Scubapro Diving Days event, and it was a great success!

Some further information below.

SCUBAPRO Gear Available for Use in a FREE Dive

SCUBAPRO UWATEC's latest and greatest dive equipment is available to try out in a FREE dive with the option to purchase the preferred items for a very generous discount off normal retail price. There will be a full range of popular items such as the Equator and X Force BCD, the Nova Scotia wetsuit, the Everydry drysuit, the MK25/A700 regulator and Seawing Nova fins.

Sealife Cameras

There will also be a range of Sealife cameras available to try out at the weekend and Scubapro are providing a photographer to run clinics on how to use the cameras and how to get good underwater photos.

Discover Tec for FREE

This year Scubapro will have their new X-Tek range of Technical diving equipment on display and Cillian Gray, PADI Course Director and Tec Instructor, will be on hand to bring interested divers on a Discover Tec dive on Sunday using this gear. If you are curious about Tech Diving this is the perfect opportrunity to see what it feels like to dive with a twin set. BE SURE TO CALL OR EMAIL US TO BOOK AS SPACES ARE LIMITED

Dive Festival

A hundred excited divers made for a real festival atmosphere at last year's event. Oh, and let us not forget the massive BBQ on Saturday evening.

Video of SCUBAPRO Days 2010

 

Maritime Archaeology

Maritime Archaeology Workshops 2015

Esteemed archaeologist, Michael Gibbons will conduct complementary Maritime Archaeology workshops with our boat divers on specific dates during 2015. Michael is one of Ireland's foremost field archaeologists and tour guides. He has worked extensively on digs in Ireland and abroad; and lectured on both sides of the Atlantic and in Australia.

What do these unique one day trips involve?

Divers will be brought to offshore islands, steeped in modern and ancient history; including Bronze Age relics, famine villages and pre-Christian sites. These historic landmarks are on the islands you know and love for diving; including Inis Deigil, Inis Barna, Crump Island, and some you have not seen yet! Caher Island, Inishshark and High Island. After a stunning morning dive, you will be placed ashore these islands, where Michael will deliver an interactive field trip of the historic treasures contained within. Following each field trip, an afternoon dive will take place on a nearby underwater site. This is an opportunity to open your mind to the wonders and secrets of our stunning coastline, plus avail of some excellent diving.

Two boat dives will take place on the day with the surface interval between the dives spent exploring the island with Michael.

Departure at 10am from the dive centre.

(High Island and Inishshark trips departure at 10am from Cleggan pier)

The field trip location and dive sites chosen on the day will depend on the weather.

Confirmed dates and the proposed archaeological sites on those dates are:

April: Saturday 20th. Crump Island

May: Saturday 18th. Caher Island

June: Saturday 1st. High Island / Friar Island

July: Saturday 20th. Inishshark Island

August: Saturday 10th. High Island

September: Saturday 28th. Caher Island

October: Saturday 12th. Crump Island / Inish Deigil

How do I book?

Simply call us on 095 43922 to book your place. All divers from Advanced Openwater and upwards, with recent cold water diving experience are welcome.

On the day bring a pack lunch, hiking boots or wellingtons, a coat and a warm hat!

 

In the News

Scubadive West in the National and International Media 

Sport Diver Magazine June 2015

'A Shore Thing!'

Sport diver Cover June 2015 

Connemara and Scubadive West feature regularly in magazine articles, for all the right
reasons! The latest publication is in Sport Diver Magazine’s June 2015 issue, an article’ A Shore
Thing’ featuring some of the best shore dives in the world’ . The first
location? Scubadive West house reef!

Sport Diver Article 2015

 

It’s great to see Ireland published as a diving destination alongside Gozo, Vanuatu and Bonaire! A great advertisement for diving in Ireland and a timely reminder to Irish divers that you don’t need to go overseas on an expensive dive holiday to get some world class diving!

 

 

SCUBA Magazine December 2014

Read Nigel Motyer's article on diving in Ireland below:

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Photo Rally Autumn 2014

 

At Scubadive West we have been running Photo Competitions for many years. 2014 saw the second year of our new Photo Rally format and again it ws a great success. Underwater photographers competed for great prizes in three categories: Wide Angle Photography, Macro Photography and Compact Camera Photography.

Congratulations to all that participated in our photo rally 17th - 19th October 2014! A huge thank you to the sponsors Fourth Element, Scubapro, SUUNTO, Below1Bar and Scubadive West.

 

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Nicky’s photo above, taken on Saturday afternoon gives a flavour of the abundant life and colours captured during the photo rally.

 

All the photos were taken here on boat dives and shore dives from Scubadive West over the October Bank Holiday weekend. On Friday we had calm seas, no swell and spectacular visibility. Saturday morning brought a brief spell where the Southerly wind hit Gale force 8, it soon calmed down again and we were able to enjoy dives at Doonee Beacon and the Julia T , with visibility of 15 metres or greater and abundant marine life. The boat dives offered great opportunities for framing Wide angle shots upwards into the clear water while other competitors foraged for that winning Macro or Novel photo. Meanwhile shore divers snapped up photos in all categories.

 

And the winners are...

 

 

 

 

Photo Rally Autumn 2013

Scubadive West’s Inagural Photo Rally was a resounding success, as underwater photographers competed for great prizes in three categories: Wide Angle, Macro and Best Novel Photograph.

 

When you see the photos you’ll agree that there is some real talent for underwater photography in Ireland!

 

Jewel Anemones on the Julia T

Jewel Anemones on the Julia T by Maja Stankovski

 

Maja’s photo above, taken on Saturday afternoon at the Julia T shipwreck gives a flavour of the abundant life and colours captured during the photo rally.

 

All the photos were taken here on boat dives and shore dives from Scubadive West over the October Bank Holiday weekend. On Friday we had calm seas, no swell and spectacular visibility. Saturday morning brought a brief spell where the Southerly wind hit Gale force 8, it soon calmed down again and we were able to enjoy dives at Doonee Beacon and the Julia T , with visibility of 15 metres or greater and abundant marine life. The boat dives offered great opportunities for framing Wide angle shots upwards into the clear water while other competitors foraged for that winning Macro or Novel photo. Meanwhile shore divers snapped up photos in all categories.

 

And the winners are….

read more >>

 

 

 

Equipment Test Weekend Summer 2013

 

For our 2013 Test Event we were delighted to have O’Three Drysuits onboard with us, and we are now Irish Agents for this very popular brand! We have a large stock of the O’Three MSF 500tb flex (5mm  neoprene) drysuits in our rental fleet here and O’Three are brought their whole range of drysuits to try out too! including the Ri 1-100 and Ri 2-100,  (1mm and 2mm neoprene)which were all be available to try out on a dive, for free! Some divers even got measured up for their own drysuit on the weekend. (A service that we have available here everyday too!) They also had a prize draw with 3 winners each winnig a £100 voucher!

 

 

We had the guys from SUUNTO here again with their full line up of wrist mounted dive computers available to try out on a dive. Last year all the models were popular, from the great value ZOOP to the High Spec. Hel O2, with many people buying their own unit over the weekend here. Also very popular to try out were the SUUNTO Dx and D9tx watch computers.

 

Fourth Element were back again this year with their Xerotherm and Arctic range of Thermals for all visitors to try out. Also they had the amazingly flexible Proteus wetsuits, ideal for some snorkelling and ’Free Diving’ with Feargus Callagy from Freedive Ireland , Ireland’s Apnea Academy freediving Instructor, who was onsite to put visitors through the paces of some exciting free diving. Many opted to try out one of the Suunto watch computers in ‘free diving mode’ at the same time!

 

 

Analox Ltd is  a world leader in the design and manufacture of gas sensors and analysers for all branches of the diving industry from sport to military applications. We are very proud to announce that we are agents for Analox Gas Analysers. They attended for the test weekend too! They brought the very popular O2EII Nitrox Analyser and Portable O2 Analyser models for demonstrations and for people to try out. They helped with technical questions and also had a free competition, with prizes of £20 and £100 vouchers being won.

 

 

2012 SUUNTO, Fourth Element Test Weekend. 28th & 29th April

 

Last year our inaugral SUUNTO Fourth Element Test weekend was a great success with divers travelling from all over the country to try out the great diving gear available. All present enjoyed the shore diving with abundant marine life and great visibility. Many explored the 60 footer wreck, with it’s purpose built, cool Suunto deco station. There were great boat dives on offer all weekend, with reports of great viz, congers and a huge thornback ray sighted at Doonee Beacon, and of course loads of cool Scuba Equipment to try out for free!

 

See report above for further information.

 

 

 

2011 SCUBAPRO Diving Days 11th & 12th June

 

This was our third annual Scubapro Diving Days event, and it was a great success!

 

Some further information below.

 

SCUBAPRO Gear Available for Use in a FREE Dive

 

SCUBAPRO UWATEC's latest and greatest dive equipment is available to try out in a FREE dive with the option to purchase the preferred items for a very generous discount off normal retail price. There will be a full range of popular items such as the Equator and X Force BCD, the Nova Scotia wetsuit, the Everydry drysuit, the MK25/A700 regulator and Seawing Nova fins.

 

Sealife Cameras

 

There will also be a range of Sealife cameras available to try out at the weekend and Scubapro are providing a photographer to run clinics on how to use the cameras and how to get good underwater photos.

 

Discover Tec for FREE

 

This year Scubapro will have their new X-Tek range of Technical diving equipment on display and Cillian Gray, PADI Course Director and Tec Instructor, will be on hand to bring interested divers on a Discover Tec dive on Sunday using this gear. If you are curious about Tech Diving this is the perfect opportrunity to see what it feels like to dive with a twin set. BE SURE TO CALL OR EMAIL US TO BOOK AS SPACES ARE LIMITED

 

Dive Festival

 

A hundred excited divers made for a real festival atmosphere at last year's event. Oh, and let us not forget the massive BBQ on Saturday evening.

 

 

 

 

SCUBAPRO Days 2010 at Scubadive West

Sport Diver Magazine Spring 2010

Mark Evans, Editor of 'Sport Diver' magazine has become a devotee of diving off the coast of Connemara. In this feature, Mark details his road trip to Scubadive West, which took place in May 2009. Mark's buddy Paul was a willing travel companion. The road trip was featured in two parts, one in the March edition of Sport Diver, and part two in the April edition.

Please be advised that the file size is very large and may take some time to download.

Part 1:Happy reading! courtesy of 'Sport Diver' magazine.

The 'Julia T' Named as one of the "100 Essential Wreck Dives" by the Ultimate Dive Destinations team!

Scubadive West is delighted to report that one of our most popular dive sites, the wreck of the 'Julia T' has been named as one of the world's essential wreck dives. This is in no small part due to the proliferation of marine life and plumose anenomes, which call this wreck home!

Click Julia T for a copy of this review.

2009 Photo Competition Winner Lands the cover of Sport Diver Magazine

Darragh Norton's photo of a monkfish off Inis Boffin won First Prize in the Wide-Angle category of our 2009 Photo Competition. So impressed was our judge; Mark Evans, Editor of Sport Diver Magazine; that he chose Darragh's photo for his November magazine cover. A pretty huge achievement. All at Scubadive West are delighted for Darragh and wish him well for the future. We will of course be running our hugely popular photo competition in 2010. Don't forget to enter and you too could feature on the cover of Sport Diver.

Darragh monk

Sport Diver October 2009

 

 

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The Irish Times Go Saturday March 14th 2009

My Day

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CILLIAN GRAY describes a his day

I RUN SCUBADIVE WEST diving school with my brother Breffni. Our parents set it up decades ago and chose Renvyle because of the quality of the diving; there is exceptional water clarity and amazing underwater topography.

Each morning I commute 50 yards from the house to the dive centre and check the schedule for the day. Divers start arriving at 9am. Diving attracts people from all walks of life. What they have in common is that they tend to be nice. I think it’s because there’s no competitive element to it.

If it’s a beginners’ group, we get the paperwork sorted and do a 20-minute presentation about the basics before introducing them to the equipment. Then we take them to some shallow waters to get used to it.

After doing more skilled practice at standing depth, we move them to depths of between six and eight metres to get a fuller experience. Novice divers always say the same thing: they thought it would be cold and dark. They are amazed that it’s colourful and warm.

For more advanced divers we run full-day boat trips. We’re about 40 minutes away from some amazing dive sites where the underwater scenery is spectacular. If you can imagine being suspended from a cliff edge and being able to see any part of the mountainside you want, that’s what it’s like to dive off the west coast. There are plenty of gullies and caves to explore, too.

We dock at either Inishbofin or Inishturk for lunch, where a local BB owner gives us soup and sandwiches, and we relax for an hour or so before getting back on the boat for the afternoon’s diving. The divers get back on shore in time for dinner and a few pints.

I’ll still have work to do, though, refilling air bottles, refuelling the boats and rinsing and storing 25 sets of equipment. Then there is the Padi paperwork to go through, as well as any administration work left over from the morning.

Once a month the staff all go diving together, to find new spots and so that I can indulge my interest in underwater photography. We run courses in that, too.

One of the most popular things we offer, and which is particularly good with spring tides when the currents are strong, is drift-diving. With it, you are taken out in a boat

and dropped off to go with the flow for up to four kilometres before being picked up. It’s brilliant.

Another thing about diving is that, apart from the normal fatigue that comes from physical exertion, it has a particular physiological effect on you, which means you sleep like a baby afterwards.

Scubadive West, Renvyle, Co Galway, 095-43922, www.scubadivewest.com

Galway Independent Making Waves 9th January 2008

   

Me and The Sea Breffni Gray

 

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Breffni Gray is a director and founder of Scubadive West. Originally from Dublin, he and his family relocated to Connemara in 1992 and opened Scubadive West.

Having grown up by the sea in Dalkey, where his family has run a dive school since 1975, scuba is only one of Breffni's marine hobbies. He also sails, windsurfs and fishes, all of which he says he learned while waiting to reach 16, so he could qualify at scuba.

Breffni has vivid memories of his first attempt at scuba diving, at the age of seven. "My father used to take us scuba diving in the swimming pool, and it was fine. The cylinder is weightless in the water, so I managed it fine, but I fell straight back in when I tried to climb out of the pool."

After studying engineering at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Bolton Street, Breffni worked as an engineer for a period and then returned to his first love, diving. However, he says, even now the engineering training comes in useful with the technical equipment involved in the diving school.

When the school began operating in Connemara in 1992, the market was mainly for tourists, particularly those coming from the UK and other parts of Ireland. These days, however, "the Irish market has grown considerably", and Irish people have developed a much greater interest in watersports.

While scuba diving is his work, Breffni also sails, with the Clifden Boat Club. He has dived in some of the world's most exotic locations, such as the Red Sea, where he saw sharks and dolphins, and "the water was so clear you could see for miles." He has also dived off El Hierro, one of the lesser-known Canary Islands, which he says is "super diving, only a four hour flight away."

Scubadive West operates all year round, only closing for "a couple of weeks" at Christmas. Relocating to Connemara was obviously a good choice for the school. "The water is so clear off the West coast, and the marine life is better than Dublin. The clarity is just great, and people are increasingly diving off the West coast. I like the country life too," says Breffni, who has three children who have been born and bred in Connemara.

See www.scubadivewest.com for further information.

Photo Competition

Scubadive West Photo Rally 2017

Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May

This Year’s Prizes

  Ireland Underwater, Wide Angle Category Prizes

1st prize: Set O'Three PPB+ Thermals

2nd prize: Dinner B&B at Maol Reidh Hotel

3rd Prize: €50 Voucher for MUVI Camera equipment

 

Ireland Underwater, Macro Category Prizes

 1st prize: O'Three Gift Voucher worth €150 in a cool O'Three drybag 

2nd prize: Dinner for Two at Paddy Coyne's Bar and Restaurant

3rd Prize: SUUNTO SK8 Compass, complete with Bunji mount

 

        Ireland Underwater, Compact Camera / Action Camera Category Prizes

 1st prize: Orcatorch D510 Dive Light

2nd prize: Dinner for two at Baywatch Guest House

3rd Prize: Suunto Rucksack full of goodies

 

 

Prizes are subject ot availability and may change. There will be spot prizes and great offers available all weekend too!

Scubadive West thanks all of our generous sponsors for their contribution to this competition.

Scubadive West’s Photography Competition will culminate in a prize-giving ceremony at 4pm in Scubadive West, followed by an informal gathering in the quaint village of Tully Cross, with a choice of bars, restaurants and accommodation.

Register now on our dedicated competitions webpage at http://blog.scubadivewest.com/photo-competition-2017/

The Maol Reidh Hotel is offering a special rate of €30 for a delicious 3 course evening meal.  

Two nights BB plus one dinner €129 per person sharng. Two nights B&B plus one dinner single room €199. Call the Hotel on 09543844 to book in.

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Letterfrack Lodge provides Luxury accommodation at budget prices, call 095 41222 letterfracklodge.com

 

Local accommodation listings available on our website too.

 

Register now on our dedicated competitions webpage at http://photos.scubadivewest.com/index.php

 

Check out the images from our previous Photo Rallys! here

                                       

 

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Scubadive West 2016 Photo Rally

Scubadive West’s fourth year of this new format Photo Rally was a resounding success, as underwater photographers competed for great prizes in three categories: Wide Angle, Macro and Best Novel Photograph. We have run Photo Competitions for many years. We even have our own Competitions Website. 2013 saw the first year of this new format, a Photo Rally where only photographs taken here during the rally could be entered into the competition.

2016 Categories, Prizes and WINNERS! 

 

  Ireland Underwater, Wide Angle Category Prizes

1st prize: Set O'Three PPB+ Thermals

2nd prize: Dinner B&B at Maol Reidh Hotel

3rd Prize: €50 Voucher for MUVI Camera equipment

 

Ireland Underwater, Macro Category Prizes

 1st prize: O'Three Gift Voucher worth €150 in a cool O'Three drybag 

2nd prize: Dinner for Two at Paddy Coyne's Bar and Restaurant

3rd Prize: SUUNTO SK8 Compass, complete with Bunji mount

 

        Ireland Underwater, Compact Camera / Action Camera Category Prizes

 1st prize: Orcatorch D510 Dive Light

2nd prize: Dinner for two at Baywatch Guest House

3rd Prize: Suunto Rucksack full of goodies

There were great prizes in our FREE Raffle too! with lucky winners picking branded accessories from SUUNTO and O'Three.

Scubadive West thanks all of our generous sponsors for their contribution to this competition.

For a more 'in depth'..(ha!)  view of the 2016 winning photos visit our blog at

http://blog.scubadivewest.com/2016/04/22/photo-rally-2016-and-the-winners-are/

 

See the 2015 winning photos at

http://blog.scubadivewest.com/2015/06/02/what-is-a-photo-rally/

 

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 Nudibranch and Nudibranch egg rosettes by Maja Stankovski

 

 

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Diver explores the 'Julia T'

 

 

 

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A new format for Photo Competitions.    

 

Scubadive West was establisghed way back in 1992 and since then we have seen SCUBA diving equipment and underwater photography equipment evolve significantly!

We love to run photo competitions and always seek to offer the very best combination of safety, fun and education.. with a bit of competition!

The format evolved over the years and in 2013 we launced our first Photo Rally, a 3 day event where only photographs taken here during the rally could be entered into the competition. Scubadive West's Inagural Photo Rally was a resounding success, as underwater photographers competed for great prizes in three categories: Wide Angle, Macro and Best Novel Photograph. We have run Photo Competitions for many years. We even have our own Competitions Website.

 

Here are some of the winning images from our first Photo Rally. When you see the photos you’ll agree that there is some real talent for underwater photography in Ireland!

 

Jewel Anemones on the Julia T

Jewel Anemones on the Julia T by Maja Stankovski

 

Maja’s photo above, taken on Saturday afternoon at the Julia T shipwreck gives a flavour of the abundant life and colours captured during the photo rally.

 

All the photos were taken here on boat dives and shore dives from Scubadive West over the October Bank Holiday weekend. On Friday we had calm seas, no swell and spectacular visibility. Saturday morning brought a brief spell where the Southerly wind hit Gale force 8, it soon calmed down again and we were able to enjoy dives at Doonee Beacon and the Julia T , with visibility of 15 metres or greater and abundant marine life. The boat dives offered great opportunities for framing Wide angle shots upwards into the clear water while other competitors foraged for that winning Macro or Novel photo. Meanwhile shore divers snapped up photos in all categories.

 

And the winners are….

 

Wide Angle Category

 

1st Place

 

Julia T by Sarah Tallon

Jullia T by Sarah Tallon

 

Sarah’s beautiful photo captures the essence of Wide Angle photography, with the Julia T perfectly framed centre shot. A crisp clear Sandalled Anemone jumping out of the foreground, a selection of Plumose Anemone are visible along the hull and finally not one, but two divers!.. a long way off in the background giving real depth of field to the image. A deserving winner of the Island Dive Safari 2014, well done Sarah!

 

Photo taken on Saturday,  Julia T shipwreck.

 

 

 

2nd Place

 

Spider Cab

Spider Crab by Sarah Tallon

 

As divers we marvel at the fish, crustaceans and anemones that can live upside down, … often they do so to take advantage of prime locations for nutrients and food while avoiding silt and sand. Great lighting and perspective in this photograph, well done again Sarah! winning 2nd prize of a Fourth Element Core Bodywarmer.

 

Photo taken on Saturday,  Julia T shipwreck.

 

 

 

3rd Place

 

Davit by Kieran Tolan

Davit by Kieran Tolan

 

The 60 footer Wreck is very well captured here, with the industrious looking Davit framing the background and a cluster of well lit Plumose Anemones filling the foreground. Great depth of field achieved, well done Kieran! winner of the Scubapro Hoodie Sweatshirt 50th Year Special Edition.

 

Photo taken on Saturday at the shore dive, Scubadive West.

 

Macro Photograph Category

 

1st Place

 

Flabellina Verrucosa with a Friend

Flabellina Verrucosa with a Friend

 

Maja shows us how to think small!  Focusing in with super macro, she opens our eyes to a world of miniature creatures. The incredibly colourful and well lit Nudibranch takes centre stage and is at the limit of what most of us observe on our dives. The fascinating Skeleton Shrimp to the right of the Nudibranch is other-worldly and looks like one of H.R. Giger’s Aliens. Well done Maja, winner of the Archon D20 Professional Dive Light.

 

Photo taken on Saturday at Doonee Beacon.

 

 

 

2nd Place

 

You say something?

You say something? by Niall Geraghty

 

Niall’s patience paid off as he caught this curious Blenny peering out from a small reef of tube worms. Well done Niall, who wins Dinner for Two at Maol Reidh Hotel.

 

Photo taken on Saturday at the shore dive, Scubadive West.

 

3rd Place

 

Explosion by Dan Mc Auley

Explosion by Dan Mc Auley

 

Dan’s clear shot of a burrowing anemone shows it’s true colours. In the blink of an eye this anemone can retract fully into its soft tube and disappear. With quick camera work and good framing Dan wins the Fourth Element super warm Hoodie with Scubadive West logo and the Fourth Element polartec Hat.

 

Photo taken on Saturday at the shore dive, Scubadive West.

 

Best Novel Photograph Category

 

1st Place

 

Skeleton Shrimp Squabble by Maja Stankovski

Skeleton Shrimp Squabble by Maja Stankovski

 

We return to our new found micro-world for a battle of the sexes! A male and female skeleton shrimp squabble on a hydroid stem. The crisp, clear photograph looks worthy of narration by David Attenborough. Maja wins Dinner for two at Renvyle House Hotel.

 

Photo taken on Saturday at Doonee Beacon.

 

 

 

2nd Place

 

Haloween Crab by Niall Geraghty

Haloween Crab by Niall Geraghty

 

Niall’s atmospheric and timely image captures the essence of the Novel Photograph, with his spooky velvet crab. Well done Niall who wins a Freediving Course with Feargus Callagy.

 

Photo taken on Saturday at the shore dive, Scubadive West.

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place

 

Fast Food by Dan McAuley

Fast Food by Dan McAuley

 

Dan snaps up 3rd place in the Novel Photograph category with a scallop that appears to have mastered balancing upright. That should scare away the hungry starfish! Well done Dan who wins the Suunto rucksack full of goodies.

 

Photo taken on Saturday at the shore dive, Scubadive West.

 

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We hope you enjoyed looking at the photos, next time grab a camera and join in!

 

The competitors had a great time and won some great prizes.

 

Happy snappers

Happy snappers

 

Maja win

Win

 

Sarah win

Win

 

A huge thank you to the sponsors, Suunto, Scubapro Uwatec, Fourth Element, Archon Dive Lights, Renvyle House Hotel, Maol Reidh Hotel, Freedive Ireland and Scubadive West.

 

Our next Photo Rally will be during Summer 2014 so get practicing!

 

Digital UnderWater Photography Course

 

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Join us for our amatuer photo competition where the emphasis on all inclusive fun. The Photo Rally will run from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th October 2013.

 

Jewel Anemone by Joe Hyland-            
Jewel Anemone by Joe Hyland

 

Our annual photo competition grows year on year, as more divers discover the thrill of capturing underwater images. Perhaps it appeals to our hunter-gatherer origins, as we do not take anything from the water our beautiful images serve as our trophies!

 

On location
     On location

 

 

The photos won't be the only trophies though, as we have prizes from our sponsors including SUUNTO , O'Three, Renvyle House Hotel, Maol Reidh Hotel and more..

 

September and October are our favourite months for diving as the water is warm & clear, there is little chance of a plankton bloom and the marine life is abundant. Summer 2013 was the warmest we have experienced here, both above and below water, with water temperatures peaking at 21 Celcius during the heat waves and holding steady at 16 Degrees Celcius ever since. This year as part of our 21 Years in the West celebration we are running the competion onsite at Scubadive West in the form of a Photo Rally. It will also be a great opportunity to celebrate Irish diving at it's finest.

 

The competition is free to enter. All photos must be taken here on our house reef or out on our boat dives during the Photo Rally, so we have come up with some very special diving packages for competing photographers. Unlimited shore diving and air fills  from Thursday 24th until the competition closes on Sunday 27th, and one boat dive for the all inclusive price of  just €40!      Additional boat dives at the usual price of €35. We also have our special offer of 4 boat dives and 3 air fills for just €130.

 

Photo by Sarah Tallon
Photo by Sarah Tallon

 

Basic aims of the Photo Rally

 

To encourage people to get out diving during the month of October, take underwater photographs, meet like minded divers and have fun!

 

The event is not competitive in the context of total time spent underwater or number of photographs taken. Prizes are awarded for the best photographs, as determined by our independent judging panel.

 

Safety is of paramount importance, and all of the usual safety guidlines will be observed throughout the competition.

 

The categories are

 

Best Wide Angle Photograph

 

Best Macro Photograph

 

Best Novel Photo, (examples would be a 'half and half' photo taken at the surface, a photo of a rarely seen fish, or an underwater photo using props)

 

Sea Hare by Martin Kiely
Sea Hare by Martin Kiely

 

No3  ?
Nudibranch with egg rosettes by Maja Stankovski

 

Monkfish by Darragh Norton
Monkfish by Darragh Norton

 

Julia T by Cillian Gray
Julia T by Cillian Gray

 

On Guard
Lumpsucker

 

The event will take place during the local festival Sea Week and there will be plenty of other activities in and around Letterfrack in the evenings with talks, guided walks and music in the pubs celebrating all things maritime.

 

Sea Week 2013
Sea Week 2013

 

 

The Rules

 

Be careful & do enjoy yourself – it’s about having fun.

 

All rules & regulations as relevant to safe SCUBA diving practices apply to all participants at all times.

The organizers accept no liability for damage or loss however they might arise – you take part at your own risk.

 

Registration for the event will be available from Thursday 12th September via our dedicated competitions website www.competitionssdw.com

 

and participants can register anytime up until 10am on Sunday 27th October.

 

The minimum certification level is PADI Open Water Diver / CFT 1*  (or equivalent) with recent cold water diving experience.

 

Participants must be at least 18 years or older to enter. The Judges dicision is final.

 

In the context of Scuba diving, i.e. depth, bottom time etc.  the event is strictly not competitive.

 

Full list of rules are available on our competition site

 

You may upload your photos from Thursday 24th, via our complimentary Wi-fi on site here, and offsite via any Internet connection (e.g. from your hotel/ hostel).You change your submitted photos as often as you like during the photo rally. The photos that are uploaded to your registration at the close of the competition (1pm on Sunday) will be taken as your entry.

 

The closing time for entry is 1pm on Sunday 27th 2013 – late entries will not be accepted, as judging will commence at 1pm.!

 

An award presentation will be held at 4pm on Sunday.

 

It promises to be a great event and we hope that you will join us!

 

Watch our blog and facebook page for regular updates.

 

Call us at +353 (0)9543922

 

Good Diving!

 

From the team at Scubadive West.

 

 

 

Calendar

2017 Calendar

 

Please note that all course dates are start dates only; please refer to specific course pages for timings and details.

We are open 6 days a week, closed on Wednesdays. We have shore diving daily by prior booking.

We boat dive daily @ 10am & 2pm throughout the year (numbers & weather permitting).

January 2017

Dive Centre re-opens on Friday 27th January.

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives on Saturdays and Sundays at 10am. and 2pm.

Friday 27th. Drysuit Diver Course.

Saturday 28th. Emergency First Response Course.  (CPR, First Aid and Care for Children)

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th.  Boat dives at 10am and 2pm daily

 

February 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm.

Sunday 12th Emergency First Response Course. (CPR, First Aid and Care for Children)

Monday 13th. Divemaster  Intensive Course starts. (13th to 19th)

Friday 24th. Drysuit Diver Course.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th. Advanced Open Water Course

 

March 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm.

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th. Dive Ireland, Athlone.

Sarurday 11th & Sunday 12th.. PADI Rescue Diver Course

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th. Digital Underwater Photography Course.

Saturday 25th. Streamstown Drift Dive!

 

April 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am and 2pm.

Saturday 1st. & Sunday 2nd. PADI Open Water Diver Course, PADI e-learning weekend one.

Friday 7th. PADI Dry Suit Diver Course.

Saturday 8th & Sun 9th. Advanced Open Water Course 

Saturday 8th Streamstown Drift Dive!

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th. PADI Open Water Diver Course, weekend two. 

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd. Deep and Nitrox Specialty Weekend.

Monday 24th RNLI Wellpoint Health Kiosk arrives.

Saturday 29th . PADI Open Water Diver Course, day one...

 

 

May 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm.

Monday 1st.  PADI Open Water Diver Course, weekend one. cont.

Saturday 6th. Adventure Day Trip

 Friday 12th, Sat 13th & Sun 14th. PHOTO RALLY 2017.

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st PADI Open Water Diver Course, weekend two.

Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th. PADI Open Water Diver Course  PADI e-learning

Friday 26th PADI Dry Suit Diver Course.

Saturday 27th Streamstown Drift Dive!

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th. Advanced Open Water Course

 

 

June 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm.

Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th. PADI Open Water Diver Course, weekend one.

Saturday 10th. Adventure Day Trip.

Monday 12th. PADI Open Water Diver Course (Mon to Fri) 

Saturday 17th & Sun 18th. PADI Open Water Diver Course, weekend two.

Friday 23rd PADI Dry Suit Diver Course.

Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th. Advanced Open Water Course

 

 

July 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm.

Saturday 1st. & Sunday 2nd.  Island Dive Safari, Inishturk. 

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd. PADI Open Water Diver Course  PADI e-learning weekend one.

Friday 7th. PADI Dry Suit Diver Course

Friday 7th, Sat 8th. & Sun 9th. PADI Advanced Open Water Course.

Tuesday 11th. PADI Open Water Diver Course  PADI e-learning (Tues - Fri)

Saturday 15th. Adventure Day Trip.

Saturday 15th. & Sunday 16th. PADI Open Water Diver course, weekend two.

Saturday 22nd. & Sun 23rd.   Island Dive Safari, Clare Island

 

August 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm.

Saturday 5th. to Monday 7th. PADI Open Water Diver Courseweekend one.

Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th. PADI Open Water Diver Course  PADI e-learning 

Saturday 12th. & Sun 13th. Island Dive Safari, Clare Island.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th PADI Open Water Diver Course, weekend two.

Saturday 19th. Adventure Day Trip.

Friday 25th. PADI Dry Suit Diver Course

Friday 25th, Sat 26th & Sun 27th  Advanced Open Water course.

Sunday 27th. & Mon 28th. Island Dive Safari., Inishbofin.

 

 

September 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking. 

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm.

Saturday 2nd  & Sunday 3rd. PADI Self Reliant Diver Course.

Tuesday 5th. PADI Open Water Diver Course  PADI e-learning (Tuesday to Friday) 

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th PADI Open Water Diver Course  PADI e-learning weekend one.

Sunday 10th & Monday 11th Island Dive Safari. Inishbofin

Friday 15th. PADI Dry Suit Diver Course

Saturday 16th. Adventure Day Trip.

Friday 15th, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th  Advanced Open Water Course

Sunday 17th Streamstown Drift Dive! 

Saturday 23rd. & Sunday 24th PADI Open Water Diver Course, weekend two.

Sunday 24th, Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th PADI Rescue Diver Course,

Saturday 30th. Adventure Day Trip. 

 

October 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm. 

Monday 9th PADI Open Water Diver Course (Mon to Fri)

Saturday 14th. & Sunday 15th PADI Open Water Diver Course, weekend one. 

Friday 20th Streamstown Drift Dive!

Friday 20th. PADI Dry Suit Diver Course

Saturday 21st. & Sunday 22nd. Advanced Open Water Course.

Saturday 21st. Guided Night Dive.

Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th & Mon 30th. PADI Open Water Diver course, weekend two. 

 

November 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm.

Saturday 4th Streamstown Drift Dive!

Saturday 4th. Emergency First Response Course.

Sunday 5th, Saturday 25th. & Sunday 26th.  PADI Rescue Diver Course

Friday 17th Dry Suit Diver Course.

Saturday, 18th. & Sunday 19th  Advanced Open Water Course

Saturday 18th. Guided Night Dive.

 

December 2017

Boat Diving and shore diving available daily by prior booking.

Scheduled Boat Dives every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. and 2pm. 

Saturday 2nd. PADI Dry Suit Diver Course.

Sunday 3rd December  CCR Experience Day (JJ & AP CCR's)

Saturday 9th December Boat diving at 10am and 1pm.

Sunday 10th December Boat diving at 10am and 1pm.

Saturday 16th December Boat diving at 10am and 1pm.

Sunday 17th December Boat diving at 10am and 1pm.

Sunday 17th December @5PM DIVE CENTRE CLOSES FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.  

 

 

 

 

 

more course dates, Events and activities being added all the time.. so do check back here and plan you trip!

2018 Calendar

Dive centre re-opens at 9am on Friday 26th January 2018

 

2018 sneak preview!

PADI Divemaster Internship Monday 12th to Sunday 18th February 2018.

Also coming in 2018..

Adventure Day Trips

Island Dive Safaris

Full range of PADI Courses

Also! Back by popular demand, Streamstown drift dives!

watch this space for 2018 calendar updates.

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