Joining The Club

If you are interested in SCUBA diving and live within the Drogheda area then you've come to the right place.  We always welcome divers of all ages, experience levels, and also divers trained by other CFT clubs or SCUBA training organisations such as PADI.

The Beginner 

We run free Try-a-Dive in the months of October and November every year in a warm swimming pool ... come along to try a dive.  If you are interesting in getting CFT certified our pool training consists of water work exercises and lectures running over an 8 week period to prepare you for your first sea dive.  The qualifications you receive as a member of CFT are recognised the world over.  During the pool training period one can buy fins, masks, and a snorkel and spread out the cost during the 8 weeks.  By Spring when the sea diving starts, the rest of the scuba equipment is required.  Initially other club members will lend any spare equipment they may have to get you started while you get your own equipment.  Great deals can be found for new and used equipment online and if you are not sure what to get club members can give some advice.

The following is the minimum equipment required for sea dives:

  1. Neoprene Wetsuit -- A suit used by different water sports to provide thermal insulation and abrasion resistance.  In Irish waters, 6mm or thicker is needed along with a hood, gloves, and booties.  
  2. Buoyancy control device (BCD) -- Used by divers to establish neutral buoyancy underwater and positive buoyancy on the surface.
  3. Diving Regulator with an Octopus -- Used by divers to reduce pressurised breathing gas from the cylinder to ambient pressure and delivers it to the diver to breathe underwater.
  4. One Cylinder/Tank -- Used by divers to store compressed breathing gas.  The size of the cylinder, the depth, and diver experience determines how much time a diver can stay under water.
  5. Diving weighting systems -- Generally made of lead and used to counteract the buoyancy of other diving equipment such as the wetsuit. The two most common forms are either the conventional weight belt or integrated into the BCD.
  6. Fins -- Used for propulsion.
  7. Mask -- Used to see underwater.  There are specialised masks with optical lenses available for people who use prescription glasses.

Already Certified

If you are already certified with another diver training organisation such as Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC), etc. either as a recreational diver or instructor then you are welcome.  CFT recognises most international diving qualifications and offers the equivalent cross-over certification without the need to go through all the training again.  The only requirements for a cross-over recreational diver in addition to the standard club fees are:
  • A couple lectures explaining CFT's rules and best practices.
  • A few ocean/pool dives to demonstrate some of your skills
  • A €30 CFT certificate card fee.
For more information, click here to view CFT's site on qualified scuba divers or send us a message at and we'll help you with your question.

If you are interested in advancing your training with CFT, please click here to view our training page.

Club Fees

  Total Includes
 New Member (No experience) €300
 €110 - CFT registration and insurance
 €60   - Starter pack (waived by the club)
 €130 - Drogheda SAC fee
 New Member (Cross-over from another agency) €330 €110 - CFT registration and insurance
 €30   - One time CFT certificate card fee
 €190 - Drogheda SAC fee
 Existing Member €300 €110 - CFT registration and insurance
 €190 - Drogheda SAC fee
 Junior Member (e.g. Student) €250 €60   - CFT registration and insurance
 €190 - Drogheda SAC fee

Note: The Drogheda SAC fee is used for running the club, marine insurance, boat and compressor maintenance, etc.