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ISKA Symposium 2014, Oct 18th & 19th

ISKA Symposium –

Dear Paddlers

Baltimore is our chosen venue for the 2014 ISKA symposium. Located on the most southerly peninsula in Cork, it is the gateway to Roaring Water Bay and its many islands. The two largest are Cape Clear and Sherkin, with some special features that make outstanding circumnavigations such as the spectacular sea arch just outside South Harbour on Cape Clear. Fastnet looms in the distance and is one of the top paddling draws in the country. With a good “blocking high” landing could be possible. And if the wind is kicking up, there are plenty of sheltered bays, with the choice of limited exposure to the conditions, tide races and so on. In addition to led trips in the area, we are organising skills sessions which will include roughwater, tide races, surfing, first aid, navigation, safety and rescue and more. We are organising activities for non-paddlers as well such as hillwalking, photography, and local history tours.

Casey’s Hotel is where we’ll be based. It is right in the centre of Baltimore. We’ll have it all to ourselves for the weekend and the folks in Caseys have been very helpful and accommodating. We’re looking forward to getting down there and having a blast and we hope to see you there.

Roaring Water Bay

If you wish to attend, we would very much appreciate if you could submit your booking form as soon as possible (please see below). The booking form contains details on prices and payment. You have the option to pay a deposit of €50.  Alternatively you can pay in full.  If at a later date you find you cannot make the trip, you will receive a full refund.

For updates, questions or comments please email us at

For the symposium booking form, click the following link:

Booking Form iska 2014

Complete and return to


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Launch of Oilean 2

The Great Outdoors and David Walsh invite you and some friends to the launch of OILEÁIN A DO at the Great Outdoors, Chatham St, Dublin 2 on Friday, March 7th at 6.30pm.

There will be a slideshow and some light refreshments and book signings on the night.

Places are FREE but limited. Make sure to book yours!


TnadT 55 Now Online


TnadT 55 is now available online for all to read.  Thank you as always to Tadhg de Barra for his work and also to Sue Honan who is working with Tadhg on the magazine.

A hard copy is available to current paid up members, who will have received a separate email in relation to getting a copy.

Enjoy the read: 

As always, previous online versions can be viewed through the following link:

McMurdo Fastfind 220 PRB Special Offer

Final call – the order for these units will go through next Wednesday 20th November. It might make a nice Xmas gift, if anyone is looking for ideas.

Why would I need one?
If you are in difficulty and your radio is not communicating, possibly due to range or out of line of sight, you are otherwise reliant on flares. Flares only work if seen my a 3rd party. They are of little use in fog or if you are behind a cliff face or otherwise. If you have to send a distress call, you are already in trouble and without doubt having made the decision, you need help and urgently. PLB units only require the sky above your head and are guaranteed to immediately send a signal to rescue services.
Having registered your details, rescue services have direct access to information about you when a call is received, including contact information, exact location and that you are in a kayak etc.

See below for order details.



ISKA can organise a group purchase of the McMurdo FF 220 prb for €225, including postage to your home.  These units allow Irish Serial Protocol Registration as opposed to anything bought online for the UK, which are UK registered.

If you would like to order, email the following information ASAP to

  1. Your name
  2. Address
  3. Email
  4. Contact number

After we submit names to the supplier, each person will receive a unique code and will order the unit online themselves.  The code will activate the discounted €225 price.  You do NOT need to be an ISKA member for us to organise this and you can pass on the message to friends you think might be interested.


Training Reimbursements

ISKA will encourage and support members looking to improve their skills and abilities, in the form of reimbursements of costs incurred.

L3 – Successfully attaining your certificate:
€40.00 refund on production or receipts.

L4 – Training Weekend:
€50.00 refunded on production of receipts.

L4 – Successfully attaining your certificate:
€75.00 refunded on production of receipts.

L5 – Successfully attaining your certificate:
 €75.00 refunded on production of receipts.

To apply for your L3 reimbursement, you must have been a member of ISKA in the year of passing plus the previous year.
To apply for any L4 and L5 reimbursements, you must have been a member of ISKA in the year of training/certification plus the two previous years.

ALL subsidy payments are at the discretion of the Committee, dependent on finances and can be refused or removed at any point if deemed necessary.

Symposium Thanks


On behalf of myself, Martin and ISKA, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the providers and our own members for leading and managing trips and events over the weekend.  Thanks also to everyone who attended and participated.  Numbers registered in some format or another came to 103 and the weather gods certainly played their part, in what turned into an excellent weekend.

Some pictures and comments can been seen on Facebook through the following link:


ISKA Symposium 2013

Dear Paddlers

The ISKA website is temporarily offline due to technical difficulties and cannot be repaired as quickly as we would like.  To keep you up to date on the Symposium 2013, we have pointed at this temporary site. We will have the main website back to you as soon as we can.

For updates, questions or comments, please mail Conor on

Conor – 086 8283 247
Martin – 089 4359 706

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For the symposium booking form, click the following link:

Download the form, complete and return to  Alternatively, you can post the form to – Conor Smith, 12 Park Row, Francis Street, Ennis, Co Clare.

€140 – Symposium events, 2 Nights B&B, Sat Evening Meal, 2 pack lunches;
€120 – As above, with you sleeping in your own camper van or tent;
€110 – Symposium, 1 night B&B, Sat Evening Meal, 2 pack lunches;
€80 – Symposium and Saturday evening meal;
€45 – Symposium events only.

You can make your payment at the event HOWEVER, it would help us greatly if you could make the payment when submitting your booking form with the options:

1. If posting your application, you can enclose a cheque made payable to ISKA;
2. If using Paypal, please ensure you make payment
.    to the email address –

FULL payments only at this stage.

Full refunds will be made, if you subsequently have to cancel.