Nine new members went through the intensive training programme with the club over the winter months. The first open water dive for this year’s trainees was organised for Mulroy Bay in Donegal.
This is a sheltered bay and ideal for the introductory dive. The large group of 32 set out early for Donegal on Saturday morning with a convoy of cars, jeeps, club boats and club equipment all necessary for the trip.
The enthusiasm was infectious with a mixture of excitement, expectations and trepidations. The first dive for any new trainee is always memorable. This year’s dive site was a short distance out from the launch slip north of Crannoge Point with a depth of 6-8 metres. This was a nice sandy shale bottom with some kelp. Each trainee was buddied with an experienced club diver. The emphasis was on ensuring that the first dive was enjoyable for the trainee, and safety as always was paramount. A successful club outing and a great start to the diving year.