SHEEPHAVEN Sub Aqua Club returned to recreational club activities last weekend and enjoyed excellent water conditions as an added bonus.
Saturday morning’s boat dive was from Mevagh out to the First Narrows, where the Kevin Boylan led dive party caught the slack water after the flood tide.
In-water conditions were good, with horizontal visibility of over 5 metres at 25m – which is the deepest section of dive – while the water temperature has thankfully reached double figures at just over 10 degrees Celsius.
While large fish life was scare – apart from the resident Conger Eels – other marine life was abundant, including various anemones, hydroids, sponges and sea weeds.
It was also noted by the divers that new life has commenced with the presence of Nudibrack egg ribbons attached to the sea bed in various places.
With John Joe Rowland providing dry coxswain duties the dive was conducted in one stick, with a maximum bottom time of 40 minutes being recorded.
Sunday mornings dive was back again to the First Narrows, where the Ryan Ward led dive party had an equally excellent morning in the water, with Anne Boyle providing dry coxswain duties on this occasion.
Meanwhile back in PortnaBnagh the Sunday morning snorkelers got to enjoy a bright summer’s morning, with only a slight sea movement to disturb the run out across the harbour.
As always Portnablagh on a Sunday morning is as much a social event as it is about getting into the water – with club members from the past making themselves known and taking time for a wander down memory lane.
Over the last few months a few club members who know what they are doing have done a tremendous job on revamping the clubs Facebook page, which can be visited on Sheephaven Facebook and is well worth a look.
Finally it wonderful to be able to say at last- it’s great to be back.