Who can dive with UCD?

Any student, graduate or staff member can dive with UCD if they have undergone the necessary training - see training information page for details

What do I need to do to start?

The first thing to do is to go to your local doctor - there are certain conditions that are contra-indicators for diving, this means that you may not be able to dive without risk to your health - to find out if you are physically fit to dive, you need to undergo a medical (See Medical form).

How much does it cost to join?

Look at the Membership Information section for details. We try to keep the cost of diving for students as low as possible.

What do I need to start diving?

The club provides mask, snorkels and fins for the pool work so you don't need to buy anything during the initial training but you will eventually need to have your own wetsuit, sea fins, booties, mask and snorkel for open water diving and snorkelling. The club has a number of Regs, BCDs and Tanks for use of club members, as well, as two RIBS, two compressors...

Where do UCD dive?

All over Ireland, we go away, a number of weekends every year and also dive mid-week in Dublin Bay. That includes night diving and wreck diving. Check out our gallery for places and faces

How deep can you guys dive?

Depends on your qualification. As a trainee diver (1 star), you won't normally go beyond 25 meters. As a club diver (2 star), you should not exceed 30m unless accompanied by a diver of a higher grade. Remember, the depth is not everything. Most of the world's sealife is concentrated in the first ten meters of water. And below 30m you usually would not see much and your dive is going to be short.

I already have a diving qualification. Do I need to go through training again?

If you have CMAS/CFT qualification, no additional training is necessary. If you are PADI/BSAC member, you need to go through a cross-over procedure, which involves a couple of lectures and a short version of pool test. Contact our training officer for additional information