Comhairle Fo-Thuinn
Irish Underwater Council
Legal statusGuarantee Company Without Share Capital.
PurposeRecreational diving, diver training, underwater sports & sciences
national governing body
HeadquartersDún Laoghaire, Ireland
  • 78A Patrick Street, Dún Laoghaire
Region served
Ireland and Northern Ireland
3000 member & 84 clubs (2004)
Ciaran Kissane
National Diving Officer
Paddy Lambe
Main organ
Executive Committee
CMAS Europe

Comhairle Fo-Thuinn (pronounced [ˈkoːɾˠl̠ʲə fˠɔˈhiːnʲ]; Irish for "Under-Wave Council"; CFT), also known as Irish Underwater Council (IUC) and trading as Diving Ireland, is the national governing body for recreational diving and underwater sports in Ireland.


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]


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

As of October 2013, underwater hockey is the only underwater sport supported by CFT.[10]

The CFT oversees competition between clubs and the national team.

UWH Celtic Cup results
Year A Team B Team Ref.
2022 4th 3rd [11]
2023 Did not participate


The CFT training program which is delivered by instructors based within its member clubs was structured as follows as of January 2013.[12][13]

CMAS equivalencies

The following equivalencies were those in place as of January 2013.[14]

CMAS 1 Star Diver CFT Diver 1 Star
CMAS 2 Star Diver CFT Diver 2 Star
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
CFT National Instructor

Further information: CMAS International Diver Training Certification System

EUF Certification

The CFT obtained CEN certification from the EUF certification body in 2006.[15]

See also


  1. ^ "Irish Underwater Council- Comhairle Fo Thuinn (CFT)". Marine Institute. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. 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". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Underwater Sport". Irish Sports Council (An Chomhairle Spoirt). Archived from the original on 21 December 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Comhairle Fo-Thuinn". Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Les pays membres". CMAS Europe. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. 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 25 October 2023.
  11. ^ "Underwater Hockey Wales on Instagram: "Some photos from yesterday's inaugural Celtic Cup where we had both our a and B teams competing. We would like to thank our sponsors of Milford Haven Port Authority, @parfittscarpets, Bentfish Design and for supporting us in hosting yesterday's Celtic Cup tournament. See you next year!@underwaterhockeyireland @scottishuwh 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇮🇪🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇮🇪🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇮🇪🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇮🇪🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 #underwaterhockey #octopush #celticnations #walessport"".
  12. ^ "Snorkelling Courses". Comhairle Fo-Thuinn. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Diving Courses". Comhairle Fo-Thuinn. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Diving courses". CFT. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  15. ^ "EUF Certified Training Systems/Training Organisations". EUF Certification International. Retrieved 30 September 2013.