Comhairle Fo-Thuinn

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Comhairle Fo-Thuinn
Irish Underwater Council
Abbreviation CFT
Formation 1963
Type NGO
Legal status Guarantee Company Without Share Capital.
Purpose Recreational diving, diver training, underwater sports & sciences
national governing body
Headquarters Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
Location
  • 78A Patrick Street, Dún Laoghaire
Region served Ireland and Northern Ireland
Membership 3000 member & 84 clubs (2004)
President Richard Thorn
Main organ Executive Committee
Affiliations CMAS
CMAS Europe
EUF
Website http://diving.ie/

Comhairle Fo-Thuinn (CFT; pronounced [ˈkoːɾʲ.lʲə fˠɔ.hiːnʲ], Irish for "Under-Wave Council"), also known as Irish Underwater Council, is the national governing body for recreational diving and underwater sports in Ireland.

Organisation[edit]

CFT organises and promotes recreational scuba diving and snorkelling via a club system. It is administered by an executive committee is supported by the following four commissions: a Technical Commission which sets standards and tests for diving courses offered by its member clubs; a Medical Commission which advises on diving medical standards, treatment of diving medical conditions and monitors developments in hyperbaric medicine; a Sporting Commission which organises underwater sports, photography and an event known as the national gala; and a Scientific Commission which promotes underwater biology and archaeology. Its membership consists of both clubs and individuals which as of 2004 respectively totalled 3,000 and 84.[1] While the majority of its activities are in the Republic of Ireland, a small number of members and clubs are located in Northern Ireland.[2] It is incorporated as a Guarantee Company Without Share Capital under the name 'Comhairle Fo-Thuinn – Irish Underwater Council'.[3]

Recognition[edit]

CFT is recognised by the Irish Sports Council as the national governing body for recreational diving and underwater sports in the Republic of Ireland.[4] It is the Irish representative to Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques with affiliations to the Sports, Technical and Scientific Committees. It is also a member of CMAS Europe and the European Underwater Federation.[5][6][7] CFT is both a supporter and a member of the National Steering Group of the Marine Conservation Society-co-ordinated Seasearch program which seeks to 'gather information on seabed habitats and associated marine wildlife in Britain and Ireland through the participation of volunteer recreational divers'.[8][9]

Underwater sports[edit]

As of October 2013, underwater hockey is the only underwater sport supported by CFT with competition based in Dublin and Cork.[10]

Qualifications[edit]

The CFT training program which is delivered by instructors based within its member clubs was structured as follows as of January 2013.[11][12]

CMAS equivalencies[edit]

The following equivalencies were those in place as of January 2013.[13]

CMAS CFT
CMAS 1 Star Diver CFT Trainee Diver
CMAS 2 Star Diver CFT Club Diver
CMAS 3 Star Diver CFT Leading Diver
CMAS 4 Star Diver CFT National Diver
CMAS 1 Star Instructor CFT Instructor
CMAS 2 Star Instructor CFT Examiner
CMAS 3 Star Instructor CFT Leading Instructor
CMAS 4 Star Instructor CFT National Instructor

EUF Certification[edit]

The CFT obtained CEN certification from the EUF certification body in 2006.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Irish Underwater Council- Comhairle Fo Thuinn (CFT)". Marine Institute. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Join a Club". Comhairle Fo-Thuinn. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "IRISH COMPANY NAME: COMHAIRLE FO-THUINN – IRISH UNDERWATER COUNCIL". Vision-net.ie. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Underwater Sport". Irish Sports Council (An Chomhairle Spoirt). Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "COMHAIRLE FO THUINN". Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Les pays membres". CMAS Europe. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "non-profit distributing members". European Underwater Federation. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "National Seasearch Project Aim and Objectives". Seasearch c/o Marine Conservation Society. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Who is Involved?". Seasearch c/o Marine Conservation Society. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Underwater Hockey". CFT. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Snorkelling Courses". Comhairle Fo-Thuinn. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Diving Courses". Comhairle Fo-Thuinn. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Diving courses". CFT. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "EUF Certified Training Systems/Training Organisations". EUF Certification International. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 

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