In the year of its 50th anniversary, the NUIG/GMIT Sub-Aqua Club officially launched its new Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), Alice Perry, at a special ceremony in NUI Galway recently.
Work began on raising funds to purchase a new offshore class RIB for the club in 2009, to allow greater access to some of the offshore dive sites that lie around Ireland. In late 2011, the NUI Galway Students Project Fund granted the remaining funds required.
The new 6.5m XS-650 RIB is named after NUI Galway graduate Alice Perry, who graduated with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering in 1906, the first female to graduate with an engineering degree in Ireland or the UK.
Annual events for the NUIG/GMIT Sub-Aqua Club include a 30-Hour Charity Fundraiser Dive with all the proceeds donated to local charities and groups involved in water safety. The club also provides safety boat cover at a number of events, including Tri the Burren Triathlon and the Cope Triathlon, and the Volvo Ocean Race finale.
The club dives locally on a regular basis to such sites as Coral Beach, Bóthar Buí and Killary Fjord. Larger weekend trips also take place to dive sites all along the west coast, from Donegal to Cork. The club is open to all current students, alumni or staff of NUI Galway or GMIT and training starts each year in September. For further information on the NUIG/GMIT Sub-Aqua Club, or to join, visit www.galwaydiving.com.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary the NUIG/GMIT Sub-Aqua Club are hosting a black tie gala ball in the Galway Bay Hotel on Saturday 27 October. To find out more, or to purchase tickets visit www.galwaydiving.com.