Want to see what our divers could see at the weekend?
Here's a short video of Rory's and Gerry's dives in Strangford Lough at our Openwater Weekend which comes at the end of our BSAC - British Sub-Aqua Club Ocean Diver Course.
If you would like to try SCUBA diving why not take a try dive in the pool with us. See http://lisburnsac.co.uk/page.php?id=78 for more details
A small contingent from Lisburn arrived at the inner lees at 10am on a gorgeous sunny bank holiday Monday.
After kitting up and a quick buddy check it was into the water and a quick surface swim to the bow section of the Empire Tania. It almost seemed a shame to leave the sunny weather and drop down beneath the water but we were rewarded with a mass of life.
We circled the outer structure and spotted several different types of anemones including Beadlet, plumose, and dead mans fingers. There was nudibranchs galore and a mass of squat lobsters, velvet swimming crabs, massive common lobster and loads of common prawn. There were various starfish around the wreck and as for fish there seemed to be a different species at every turn. Ballan wrasse, juvenile pipefish, butterfish, black gobys and both short and long spined sea scorpions to name a few.
After a very enjoyable 71minutes it was getting chilly so we surfaced and had an animated debrief in the sunshine!
After a very early start, five eager divers arrived at St John's Point for a day of diving. Thankfully the long journey was worth it with 15m viz and a balmy 10 degrees water temperature. After a quick seeds brief and buddy checks we got two lovely dives both lasting close to an hour with an average depth of 19m.
There was life in abundance on the wall and surrounding waters with divers being treated to numerous nudibranchs, plumose, Jewel and Beadlet anemones, dead man fingers and sea squirts etc.
There where leads of common lobsters, squat lobsters and edible crabs, shrimp and a conger or two. We were also lucky to spot some massive ling, pollack, cuckoo and Ballan wrasse. Other divers came across a large octopus further out in the bay.
All divers had a brilliant day out and came away with one resounding thought....
When are we coming back?
The club held its AGM on 6th April.
Thanks to Francis Rafferty who is stepping down as DO after his three year term and congratulations to Tony Finlay who has taken on the role. Tony is an Advanced Diver, Assistant Advanced Instructor and an enthusiastic active diver.
Thanks also to Marie Wallace who is stepping down after many years as Membership Secretary and to Rachel Murdoch who is taking over.
We're very grateful to Francis and Marie for their sterling work in helping our club move from strength to strength and wish every success to Tony and Rachel in their new roles.
What a fantastic weekend spent by LSAC divers in Ballycastle/ Rathlin on 25/26 March. The sun shone, the wind have dropped and the seas were calm. The weather could not have been better for late March and this allowed for a busy dive weekend - including locating a few new sites for club diving later in the year.
After meeting and launching from Ballycastle at 08.30 we travelled to do "The Boulder Slopes" a very pretty, shallow slow drift dive at Rathlin. This was followed by the Lochgarry where the visibility was approaching 10m with little or no current on the wreck and water temp at depth was 8-9 degrees. Last dive of the day was a shallow dive at Bruce's Cave Reef again on Rathlin. With a slight surge and great visibility this was a relaxing way to end the day.Continue Reading Ballycastle/ Rathlin Weekend
Spring has arrived and the the dive season is upon us. With Tony as Dive Manager LSAC divers travelled to Strangford and thankfully the weather was fine and the seas were calm.
Launching in the Warrior first dive was the SS Bangor at approx 30 metres. With Roisin as dedicated boat handler buddy pairs were Tony / Peter, Brendan / Francis and Mark / Chris. The water was approx 9 degrees and sea life spotted included a large scallop bed, plaice and a very colourful male dragonet. There were also numerous seal spotted on the surface.Continue Reading LSAC Dive 11 March
Our latest BSAC Ocean Diver course starts tonight. We look forward to starting 10 new members on their SCUBA adventure with Lisburn Sub Aqua Club and the BSAC - British Sub-Aqua Club.
There's some fantastic diving around the UK and Ireland. Here's a taster from a club dive off St John's Point in Donegal.
After staring at the weather forecast all week and watching storm Doris batter our shores, we weren't sure whether we would be out diving this weekend, but after careful consideration Rachel decided to organise a sheltered shore dive.
Saturday dawned cloudy and windy but dry and four divers met at Ringhaddy to dive the Alastor at 9.15.
After a quick SEEDS brief two pairs of divers entered the water slightly after 10.15 and enjoyed a 45min dive on the wreck. Water temperature was a nippy 8 degrees and vis ability was relatively good at approx 3m.
There were some large Ballan Wrasse sheltering under the bath and plenty of edible crabs, spider crabs and a couple of Conger eels hiding on the wreck.
After getting de-kitted and changed it was off to the local cafe for a leisurely debrief over breakfast and coffee.
Thanks to 6 members of Hillsborough Explorer Scouts who came along last night for Try Dives in the pool at Lisburn Leisureplex. It was a pleasure sharing what we enjoy about our sport and giving you a chance to experience it first hand.
If you want to find out more about taking a Try Dive with us visit http://lisburnsac.co.uk/page.php?id=78 for more info.