Sea kayaking is a fantastic way to enjoy Ireland’s miles of scenic coastline. This discipline delivers all aspects of paddlesports, with calm tours on flat seas taking in sights of the bays and harbours, to more exciting trips out to tackle waves and swells. Sea kayak trips range from short scenic trips, to full days on the water, to large expeditions with participants making multi-day trips along the coast.
The go to for sea kayaking in Ireland is the Irish Sea Kayaking Association, ISKA for short. They are an independent group of paddlers from every corner of the country, with over 200 members at every level and experience. In 2022 we celebrate our 30th anniversary.
Organised entirely on a voluntary basis, if you are interested in joining like minded paddlers to explore our magnificent coastline and islands, you can visit their website for more information – iska.ie
Regular meets are arranged throughout the year around the coast and offshore islands. The October Symposium brings paddlers and professional instructors together for a weekend of training, workshops and socialising. While we are not a couching or instruction service, we do organise training weekends for our members, with subsidised fees for those choosing to continue to certification.
Type of Boat
Sit in kayaks are the general form of boat used. Sea kayaks are built to navigate both calm and rough seas as quickly as possible. They come in both composite and plastic materials. Composite boats generally favour more experienced paddlers looking for greater speed and manoeuvrability. Plastic sea kayaks are heavier and more forgiving to paddle. Both kinds feature storage hatches to bring along safety equipment and other necessary equipment.
Whether you are looking to join Sea kayaking meets or just to connect with other paddlers in your area, get in contact through the ISKA website – iska.ie.