SAR for Dummys

I arrived to find Richard trying to enter the code for the fob in reverse, he then mentioned to me privately that he saw the northern lights about 20 min ago. This was not good and things began to get worse as

Johnny appeared to be suffering from man flu but someone said they smelt a whiff of drink….


Freediver Open Water Training

It was great to see both our Chairman and DO braving the elements in Portroe Quarry on Sunday for our first official Open Water Freediving session. Training in a colder environment has many benefits and the main one is to stimulate the human “Mammalian Dive Reflex” which all humans are born with but only very few get to re-awaken in adult life. This Reflex allows humans to dive deeper and longer on breathold with less effort and more ease. I found it facinating watching both Mike and Martin hanging around at 6 metres with such ease especially as both are only 12 months or so at this sport. Martin was returning slowly up the rope using his finger tips as if he was threading a needle and Mike was counting under water with an interesting technique “Missisipi 1,Missisipi 2 etc, etc” for seconds.(Martin did suggest he try Limerick City 1,Limerick City 2 etc,etc but Mike was in the zone). I believe Freedivers training in cold water is similar to a runner training with a parachute attached, once the parachute is removed the runner can run faster and once the freediver hits the warm water after training in cold is a heavenly feeling that has to be experienced to be believed. Well done again guys!

View from above!

Hi guys,

Now since the Christmas is only a distant memory, and we are three quarters of the way through our pool training, I am glad to say that the new trainees have come on in leaps and bounds, and we have a fantastic bunch of new divers this year.  Also the trainee coxswains have participated in practical training every sunday in lough derg run by our training officer Brian O’Leary.  I have seen these potential coxswains going from strength to strength as the weeks go by, and I am delighted that we will also have a very efficient group of new coxswains this year to add to the clubs skill set.  I am also in the process of putting together a new dive plan for this season, and hopefully we will be able to get away for more long weekends and some new locations, weather permitting of course.  We had a large amount of dives in portroe last year, although there is nothing wrong with that, I would prefer we aim for more sea diving this year.

There is some excellent work going on with the trailer at the moment, and I have been told that new axils and a flush kit are being fitted in the coming weeks.  I never knew the equipment officer was such a good story teller, but he is more like walter mitty instead of charles dickens.

Free diving training started this Sunday in portroe quarry, three hardy members of the club showed up.  Mike Orth, Peter Walsh and myself.  Even though the water was only 7 degrees, we didn’t find it so bad with our new apena suits, which make a great seal to the body and I find are a lot warmer than semidrys.  Our training regime was breath holding at 6m and working up bottom times from 35 seconds to 2 minutes, which was achieved by Peter Walsh.  This cold water training is very important to keep the mammalian dive reflex over the winter months, so we will be prepared for the warmer free diving and spear fishing which will be carried out in the summer which we’re all looking forward to.  It is great to see that there is a renewed interest in free diving and spear fishing, under the expert guidance of our guru Peter.

See you all in the pool!

Yours in water and out,