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Santa Scuba Dive

On Saturday the 4th of December a small group of divers and members of the RNLI gathered in Bullock Harbour, Dalkey Co. Dublin for the annual Santa Scuba Dive in Aid of the RNLI. It was a breezy day with fresh temperatures that reached -5 degrees (Real feel MET) and a water temperature of about 12 degrees. Two visitors in the form of seals didn't seem to mind though as they perused the inside of the harbour wall looking for their morning breakfast from the trawlers. In the meantime, among the waiting participants, there was great excitement as they looked into the very foggy waters of Bullock Harbour.

They didn't seem to mind the cold in support of this great cause. Some were simply content with using snorkel gear and others were fully kitted to take on a dive. Until the moment everyone had to gather at the sea wall everyone pretty much kept themselves to themselves, laughing and joking in great spirits until the lobster ( man dressed as a lobster) rang a bell. It was time to gather. After everyone made their way down to the shore wall and the flag was shown by the people at the front, a quick snap by waiting photographers.... 3,2,1 splash!! There was no waiting around. The inlet of the pier was filled with Santas, some stayed in, others made their way to the steps for a quick exit from the cold waters.

The Santa Scuba Dive is sponsored by Flagship Scuba which typically happens each year in Sandycove with a small festival-type atmosphere to it but this year was the first that such an event had been organised since the restrictions came into play so it was much more low key and for the most part run virtually. Hopefully, over the coming years when the restrictions ease, there will be a full return to the event that would normally take place. Well done to all involved. If you want to make a donation to the RNLI through the organised event click here to donate.


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