New scuba diving club sets up in Dundalk area

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New scuba diving club sets up in Dundalk area

Slieve Foye Sub Aqua Club was founded late last year in the Dundalk region by ten individual divers and snorkelers coming together to establish a new club for sport SCUBA diving and snorkelling in the area.

With the stunning Carlingford Lough being the local dive patch for many local divers in this region over so many years, It felt appropriate by founding members to name the new diving club after the mountain that overlooks Carlingford Lough - Slieve Foye.

The club is based in Dundalk but has members from across the border counties. The club is affiliated under the BSAC Diving origination based in Cheshire England.  It is a truly cross border and cross community sports club with the emphasis being on diving together with all interested groups.

The club offers a wide and varied range of diving and snorkelling activities throughout the local region and all around this wonderful Island both North and south.

According to club representative Martin McKeown, membership is open to all.

“We are willing to talk to any qualified divers out there that might be interested in joining our new club. The club membership fee is set at only €150. This includes membership of the club, BSAC membership and worldwide third party diving insurance cover”, he explained.

“The club has been invited to join in as part of a expedition Dive survey of Roger Casement ship The Aud which was scuttled by her Captain on the entrance to Cork Harbour lying in 36m of water with 20,000 Rifles and 1 Million rounds of ammunition for the 1916 Easter Rising. This survey is being organised and headed by The Sovereign Dive club from Cork.

“Our club will be one of only three clubs asked to participate in this survey. It is being funded solely by a grant from BSAC HQ Cheshire England to the Sovereign Dive Club, A great joint venture from both sides of the Irish Sea and both sides on that famous night.

“Some club members have been providing help for many years now volunteering for Search and Recover requests for assistance when called upon by state agencies and others to assist in Diving Operations. This is a vital and necessary service they willing provide in order to help others bring some closer.

“We will be offering in the near further both “Try A Dive” and “Try A Snorkel” in a local pool to any enthusiastic persons thinking of taking up the sport with our fully qualified Diving Instructor’s and members on hand with equipment to take you through the basic steps. Also keep a look out here in the local press for news of such events.”

Anybody interested in joining the club or wants a chat can contact the club’s Diving Officer and membership secretary Martin McKeown for a chat on 086-8233857 or the club’s email is slievefoyesac@gmail.com