Kayaking under Doonbeg Head, An tOileán Mór, West Cork.

Kayaking under Doonbeg Head, An tOileán Mór, West Cork.

Kayaking under the red granite cliffs, Umphin Island, Co.Donegal.

Kayaking under the red granite cliffs, Umphin Island, Co.Donegal.

Rock Arches, Umphin Island, Co. Donegal.

Rock Arches, Umphin Island, Co. Donegal.

Cory’s Shearwater clearing the wave tips. Photo: Jeff Poklen

Cory’s Shearwater clearing the wave tips. Photo: Jeff Poklen


Try Sea Kayak Day Clients' Comments

Just to say many thanks for taking such good care of us and especially for handling my terror so well. I thought the intro evening was really well organised and the tutoring/supervision was superb. ......Trish Long

Thank you for an absolutely exhilarating and most instructive session. With the help of all of you at different times, I felt I learned a great deal, and have found a new passion, that's for sure. ......Paddy Woodworth

Go raibh míle maith agaibh arís, is múinteoirí den chéad scoth sibh. Feicfidh mé arís sibh, le cúnamh Dé.......... Siobhan Patten

The whole experience was great. I loved being out in the open sea. Thanks a million - I'll definitely be back ...Karl O Meara

I liked the way we got straight into action - great value, excellent experience ...Simon Charnock

Brilliant idea in general, brilliant course, really enjoyed it and will be back again ...Gillian Higgins

Good mix of theory and practice. Excellent course and excellent equipment ...Declan Hogan

Attention to detail about different strokes and techniques - great stuff, will be back!! ...Nedo Kopcic

The views, the fun ...excellent value ...Ian Dunne

The escape, the challenge was fantastic and thanks for the coffee ...Debbie Wood

Professionally run, friendly competent excellent instruction , excellent website. I really enjoyed the adventure around Ireland's Eye ...challenging ...Vinnie McKie

The trip round Ireland's Eye was a "live-long-in-the-memory" experience for Pearse College staff! The instructors were very generous with their time and expertise. As a result of this trip, many of us have become "kayaking nutters"! ...Billy Fitzpatrick

Skills Days

Great value for money, very challenging and fun. I'll be back. ...Frank Mc Lochlann

The instructors made you feel very safe, while pushing you with a very challenging day – great stuff. ...Fergal O'Reilly (US Army)

The instructors made you feel safe and comfortable at all times. Through encouragement, they gave us the confidence to try new activities. This was one of my best birthday presents ever! Thanks a million. ...Kate Golden

West Coast Trips

I really enjoyed the survival Skills and getting back to dock Sunday evening ...Aine Hussey

Great challenge and adventure, closeness and comradery of group and appreciation of natural environment ...Aileen Durkan

I survived it and loved the rescue scenarios ...Brian McMahon

Great Weekend, refreshed and loved the challenge ...Annemarie Carpenter

Thank you so much for great trips to spectacular locations in Donegal, Connemara and Kerry. The sea-going instruction which was first class was supplemented with a huge amount of information on the local history, geography and wildlife. An absolutely wonderful "not to be missed very sociable and great craic experience"! ...Tom Murphy

Thank you for a fantastic weekend paddling in Donegal. It was even better than I had hoped for. It wasn't just the weather, although I have to say I was very impressed how you managed to arrange for it to be so good. The food was excellent, as was our accommodation at the Logue's B&B. Although I didn't know any of the group I found them all to be very friendly and great company and I have sent on a picture of me outside my Granny's house on Gola. ...Gerry Mc Garvey, Isle of Man

West Coast Camp & BBQ Trips

Good teaching is not just about instruction or imparting information. The ability to communicate effectively and to encourage learners to reach their personal best is what distinguishes really good teachers. Murphy and Pierce, the two core instructors at Shearwater, have this instinctive skill in spades ......Leon Conway

A belated thank you for a fantastic camping weekend on the Inishkeas Islands in Mayo. It was a wonderful experience, the food, the fire, the kayaking... a wonderful experience all round. ......Vincent O'Sullivan

Thanks for a great camping trip to Inish Shark. I think I eat better on that weekend than some of my business trips to 5 star hotels. I will be expecting gourmet food and close marine encounters on every kayak trip from now on......Barry Twowig

If like me, you are wondering at 48 years young, overweight troubled with sciatica burdened with negative equity and spoilt with the trappings of the last ten years and you ask yourself what is it all about?....Then sit in a plastic Kayak and ride the Atlantic swell , land on a island once trampled by Vikings. Taste cuisine lovingly prepared over a BBQ listening to the friendly songs around the camp fire. Awaking to the sound of sheep and enjoying the tastes of breakfast only to paddle away from the Island wondering is this what its all about?........John Craig

Even though sea conditions were tough (at least for me) the instruction and support were 'spot on', enough to make me feel safe and determined to bite my lip (literally) and push through. I felt wonderfully physically exhausted by the time reached Galway, but mentally exhilarated!! Food and craic were great many thanks to your organisation and Peter's dab hand being a trained chef. Thanks again for the great paddling food and culture, not to mention the singing talents!!!.....Niamh Whyte

West Coast B&B Trips

I really enjoyed the fantastic weekend in Kerry. I felt I got more than I bargained for... I was expecting a well organized kayaking trip, which it was. However on top of that, there were smaller elements to the weekend that made it really special. The chance to take a wander around deserted islands and learn about the different wildlife. The small stop-off to look at the remnants of an old monastic hut and the discussion around that. The craic in the Pub, the very excellent B&B. The weekend was a challenge, an education, and loads of fun............John Markham

Awesome trip to Kerry, really enjoyed it, thanks very much - nothing better than being outdoors and amongst the Kerry swells and sea life. We were very well looked after both on and off the water.........................Aram

Super weekend. Challenging seas at times but nothing beyond my limitations. A real buzz! Looking forward to another one.......................................................................................................Ray Gillen.

Crete Trip

This is just to say thanks again for a spectacularly good week. I've never enjoyed a holiday as much. The accommodation, food, trip organisation, paddling and the company were all anyone could ask for ......Tom Maguire

Adventure Racers' Comments

Excellent course, I most liked the supervision and safety. It was a steep learning curve for me ...Mike Long

Great team, great day out. What I liked most: instructions, preparation and travelling to Ireland's Eye ...Niall Tully

Brilliant day out, I absolutely loved it but wasn't expecting to ...Geraldine O'Shea

We were pushed and challenged and it was great to get around Ireland's Eye ...Aishling Callaghan

Weekend Specials

What I liked most about the course: The instructors, the scenery, the small group and the teaching methods…a great experience all round ...Robin Kavanagh

It's in Dublin. Didn't have to travel too far for great scenery will be back ...Liz Byrne

Excellent, would highly recommend this to others, well run and organized ...Ciara McCrory

Easy going and enthusiastic instruction, glorious scenery ...Steve Dempsey

I had no idea how beautiful Howth was. I'm inspired! Also the wildlife we met…it was amazing. Just thanks, it was magic ...Kate Dempsey

Clear, concise instruction. Great references to geography and nature. Theory and application of technical techniques. Health and safety with regard to tidal flows. One to one instruction where necessary in tricky waters. Great, thanks very much for making the weekend so enjoyable ...Jacinta Stafford

Winter Pool Sessions

Thank you very much for the excellent pool session last night. It was terrific and well worth the trip from Galway. We both felt that we made good progress and are keen to keep at this project (I'm determined to crack it next time and will study the theory some more in the meantime!) ...Rachel Quinlan

“I really enjoyed the pool session and most importantly I'm beginning to feel comfortable underwater!” ...Conor Murray

Just wanted to thank you for once again providing a fantastic training session last night, where you have not only simplified quite a complex manoeuvre for a relative beginner, but also got me to a higher level than I thought I would achieve in two 45 minute sessions ...Roger Waugh