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Just a comment relating to Lou's thread on the Skelligs, which may or may not be relevant. There's excellent diving in Ireland, weather permitting (it doesn't always) but the last time I went (my third time, to Waterworld, in Tralee Bay), about 3 or 4 years ago, the Irish Underwater Federation (or whatever they call themselves) had suddenly imposed a 30 m depth limit for all sports diving, after having had several much-publicised fatal accidents. There is plenty of good shallow diving but the limit did mean that certain good sites were suddenly off limits. The dive centres simply wouldn't take divers there any more. I don't know what the situation is today or what qualifications they require to make exceptions to the 30 m rule but I suggest you find out before booking,.

(Edited by John Gulliver at 7:02 pm on Feb. 20, 2003)
 

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OK, great! Maybe it was the dive centres' organisation that imposed the 30 m limit. Ronnie Fitzgibbon,who owns Waterworld, told me that he had just written the new rules for all the Irish dive centres and they had accepted them, including his proposal for a 30 m limit, but maybe that no longer applies.
 
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