Sheephaven Divers continued to take full benefit from the settled conditions recently with a busy schedule of activities last week.
There were boat dives on Wednesday evening and Saturday and Sunday mornings, with snorkelers also taking to the water on Wednesday evening and Sunday morning.
The boat dives were focused on Horn Head area of Sheephaven Bay and, in particular, the most exposed area which is ordinarily inaccessible to divers due to swell action.
But, the recent calm conditions have allowed the divers to drop in on the eastern side of the headland, and then go with the flow around the headland to depths 30 metres.
During these dives the divers were able to experience the gullies and swim-through’s in the area and can extend their dive times out to 50 minutes, subject to no-decompression limits, when the opportunities have arisen.
Water temperatures are very comfortable in the mid-teens and the in-water visibility is also very good at over 10 metres horizontally.
There is some big fish life present such as Pollock and Ballen Wrasse along with numerous clouds of fish fry. While there are some Sand Eels left after the feeding frenzy associated with the rearing of the Guillemots and Razorbills in the Horn Head cliffs over the recent weeks.
On the rock surfaces there are indicators of pristine waters such as Jewel Anemones and Potato Crisp Bryozoans, further proof of what makes diving in Sheephaven Bay so special.
A word of congratulations goes to Adam Cassidy who completed his last 30 metre Trainee dive and a wonderful dive it was too on Saturday morning.
This dive completes the schedule of incremental deeper dives from the initial 10m dives to a series of three 30m dives and now allows a Trainee to progress to their 2 Star examination and Club Dive status.
Well done Adam and good luck with your 2 Star examinations.
Finally, our Club Fundraiser Officer Eileen Coll has extended access to the Sheephaven 50-50 Lottery by placing Lotto boxes in 7 locations between Bunbeg, Falcarragh Dunfanaghy and Downings which will allow for a greater opportunity for public contribution, especially with the high volume of visitors to Donegal in recent weeks.
Once again we appeal for public support, as every cent raised goes towards the Sheephaven Search and Recovery Unit.