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- Seamus Heffernan
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My name is Séamus Heffernan and I am a PADI Staff instructor. When not diving I try do as much cycling, hiking, indoor climbing and running as my skinny legs will allow.
This site will cover my latest diving adventures, our amazing coastal wildlife, conservation efforts and everything in between.
I learned to dive in Sydney and got hooked on snorkeling with friendly grouper fish in the many beautiful bays from Coogee to Bondi. I then dived the Julian Rocks in Byron Bay which were full of sleeping wobbegong sharks and turtles.
The addiction fully kicked in when I went to New Zealand where I completed diving courses up to PADI Instructor and got a job as a retail manager for a dive center. The wildlife and adventure of diving really got a grip of me as each dive brought so many new experiences and interactions with marine life. From curious blue cod to shy seahorses and from night dives to wreck dives there was too much to do.
The highlights from NZ were staying on a live aboard at the famous Poor Knights islands. Crossing the Cook Strait in a tiny fishing boat to dive one of the biggest wrecks in the world. Discovering the admiralty style anchor off this ship on the 134th anniversary of its sinking.
The only other warm water diving I have done was in Cambodia and Vietnam and it was all worthy of a National Geographic segment.
Its all temperate diving now and Irish diving is as good as anywhere in the world. On our west coast Valentia Island and the Skelligs Islands proved that it can hold its own with any dive site in the world. With its spectacular steep cliffs towering above as you roll off the boat into crystal clear water full of fish, jewel anemone covered walls, ever friendly seals and even a brief glimpse of the second largest fish in the world.
On our east coast we have some fantastic dives right on our doorstep. With exotic looking nudibranchs, contorting octopus and brightly coloured wrasse. The marine life is not restricted to the smaller animals either as we get frequent visits from curious seals and dolphins on shore dives and snorkeling sessions.