Portmarnock Sub Aqua Club (PSAC) was founded in 1983 with the objective of bringing the sport of Scuba Diving to North County Dublin. Since its foundation it has grown to a 50+ member club with an age profile which ranges from late teens to 60s and has an even male/female split. We even hold a World Record!
The club is affiliated to the Irish Underwater Council (Comhairle Fó-Thoinn or CFT) which was founded in 1963 and is the co-ordinating body for underwater diving clubs in Ireland. CFT is the representative body for Ireland in the World Underwater Federation (Confédération Mondiale des Activitiés Subaquatiques or CMAS).
The club is based at the Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre (PSLC) and maintains a boat house adjacent to the Centre housing all club equipment - Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), inflatables, compressors (Nitrox), trailers etc. Please click here for directions to the Centre.
It was a gorgeous evening, perfect conditions for diving! We decided to dive the eastern end of the island ….. and what did we find?
Nudibranch Central! Visibility was excellent (for Ireland’s Eye) at maybe 2 – 3 metres, and the macro life was particularly good – so many nudis, and their eggs, all lit up by a profusion of lightbulb sea squirts!!
A scorpion fish was a good find and to finish off a lovely evening and dive, a friendly seal wanted to play with some of our divers coming back to the boat!
You can see some more photos in the Gallery, or better quality ones on our Facebook page.
It was great weekend with 13 divers making 49 dives. We operated from Kilcummin Pier, which is great spot for shore diving, has capacity for few scuba clubs and is great starting point for Kilcummin Head diving, just 10 minutes away by boat.
Members of Gráinne Úaile diving club were very helpful and provided a lot of tips regarding various piers and dive sites. Special thanks to Tanya.
The Kilcummin Head has a lot to offer, every dive was different with plenty of life and great landscape consisting of walls, canyons and various types of rock boulders. It simply contains few dive sites in one spot.
Tomek working hard as Diving Officer after diving on Monday
Our yearly Try a Dive evening will be on Thursday 10th October in PSLC. Come along, bring your friends – try out a dive in the safe confines of the swimming pool. It’s all free and equipment is supplied!!
Har har!! I be ‘ere as well as on that Bookface. Don’t be forgettin’ Pirate Day is comin’ soon. And don’t be forgettin’ to book yer place on our boats – we be havin’ our own 2 and Snakelocks and Fumer be bringin’ theirs as well.
Be sendin’ yer names and how many landlubbers ye be bringin’ to me matey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three new photo galleries added:
South East Dive Rally weekend
Cork (The Aud & UC-42)
Lambay 28th July.
Click on Galleries to view!
What a weekend!! Despite a foggy and somewhat wet Sunday, the diving was fantastic, and the Monday made up for the slightly bad Sunday. Conditions were so good on Monday, the opportunity was grabbed to make it out to The Bills.
Great company, great diving, great weather, great cooking!!! See more photos in the gallery.
The Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and started the celebrations on Sunday 26th May with the blessing of the boats, including the brand new RIB ‘Súilíní’. This ceremony was celebrated by Fr, Niall McDermott from Saint Anne’s Parish in Portmarnock, who is a sailor himself.
Our friends from the Coastguard Unit in Howth attended and brought their own boat to be blessed.
Tea and refreshments were served in PSLC after the event for the large group of members, families and friends who attended.
See more photos in the Gallery (2 albums)
Thanks to Marie for organising a wonderful, fantastic week in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote. The weather was perfect, the diving a joy. Check out our photos in the Gallery section.
The dive season got off to a great start this Paddy’s weekend in Oysterhaven, Co Cork.
The gods smiled on us as we enjoyed the best weather in the country.
The offshore winds gave us great sea conditions.
Now, if only we could do something about the temperature of the water!!!
Thanks to Nina, Dave, the tow’ers John G and Maciej, and everyone else who helped make the weekend a great success.
See all the photos in the Gallery Section or on Facebook.