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Breaking News: BUY and SELL Pop-Up Shop at Symposium

We will have another BUY and SELL Pop-up Shop at the Symposium. This worked very well the ISKA event on Portrane/Lambay. So, dig out all that great gear that you don’t use anymore and bring your items along for the sale. You might also go home with something you really need at half the high street shop price. Great bargains to be had!

See you in Schull!

ISKA Symposium 2018

This year’s ISKA symposium will be in Schull, Co Cork on 5-7 October, 2018. The provisional agenda for the symposium is as follows:

Friday 5 October
18:00-22:00 Registration open at Harbour Hotel

Saturday 6 October
07:30 Breakfast
09:30 Briefing
10:30 Morning session/full day session on the water
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Afternoon session on the water
17:30 All sessions return
19:00 AGM
20:00 Dinner
22:00 Presentation(s)

Sunday 7 October
07:30 Breakfast
09:30 Briefing
10:30 Morning session/full day session on the water
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Any afternoon session on the water

There will be the usual selection of sessions, for example:

  • Incident management
  • Forward paddling
  • Greenland rolling
  • Leadership and seamanship
  • Moving water/tide races
  • Coastal navigation and/or open water navigation
  • Rock hopping
  • Surfing
  • VHF course
  • Full day paddle
  • Half day paddle

With special thanks to Jon Hynes of Kinsale OEC, we also hope to have a sea kayak orienteering event on the Saturday. The islands of Roaringwater Bay provide an ideal location of such an event. This will be a fun event for teams of three with spot prizes. If you happen to improve your map reading and navigation, that will be a bonus!

Please complete and return the BOOKING FORM to reserve your place. See booking form for payment details. If you have any questions, email


Draft schedule for the 2017 symposium

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If anybody would like to do a CANOEING IRELAND LEVEL 3 ASSESSMENT on the Saturday, please send an email to iskasymp at

If anybody would like to do a CANOEING IRELAND Coastal Navigation course on the Sunday, please send an email to iskasymp at

If you are considering attending the Greenland rolling sessions at the symposium, remember to bring suitable head gear. A neoprene hood would be handy and swimming goggles or a mask. The sessions are being held in the sea and not a pool so dress accordingly.

Claiming 2017 Training Subsidy

For 2017, the following training subsidies are available:

  • Members pursuing a CI L3/BCU 3* qualification will be able to claim up to 50% of the cost of their training and assessment with a maximum subsidy of €75 upon successful assessment;
  • Members pursuing a CI L4/BCU 4* qualification will be able to claim up to 50% of the cost of their training and assessment with a maximum subsidy of €250 upon successful assessment.

For 2017, the ISKA committee has set aside funding to subsidise a maximum of 20 ISKA members at CI L3/BCU 3*, and a maximum of 12 ISKA members at CI L4/BCU 4*.

If you wish to claim a training subsidy, please complete the claim form and return it to the committee before the 31st December 2017.

2015 ISKA Symposium

2015 Irish Sea Kayaking Association Symposium

Copper Coast Hotel, Dungarvan, Co Waterford


Friday 9th October 2015

Accommodation Friday night included in the Symposium package.


Groups may organise their own peer paddles throughout Friday.

If you are looking to partake, please check FB, ISKA website and other kayak forums.


20:00hrs onwards – Registration

Evening – Guest Speaker


Saturday 10th October 2015 – Weather Dependant

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and guest speaker on Saturday included in Symposium package


07:30hr – 09:30hr Breakfast

10:00hr – 10:15hr Briefing for days activities

10:15hr – 17:00 All day paddle Level 2

10:15hr – 17:00 All day paddle Level 3+

10:15hr – 13:00 Break out session 1

14:00hr – 17:00 Break out session 2


19:00 Dinner

20:00 AGM

20:30 Main guest speaker


Sunday 11th October 2015 – Weather Dependant

Breakfast & Lunch included in the Symposium Package


07:30hr – 09:30hr Breakfast

10:00hr – 10:15hr Briefing for days activities

10:15hr – 15:00 All day paddle Level 2

10:15hr – 15:00 All day paddle Level 3+

10:15hr – 15:00 Break out session


Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions will be weather dependant and if there is something you would particularly like to do, please do let me know  Sessions can be repeated if demand requires.


Examples of Sessions

Refresher First Aid On The Water Safety & Incident Management Rescues & Self Rescue Skills
Navigation Skills Efficient Paddling Techniques Beginner Greenland Rolling
Making Your Own Fishing Line White Water Paddling Surf Sessions


Please vacate rooms on Sunday morning to enable the hotel to clean them for the next guest(s).

The hotel has kindly offered the Leisure facilities for showers on Sunday afternoon.

Symposium 2014 – Update

Hi all,

Have you booked yet? Places are filling fast.

Please see the link below for the program we expect to run on the weekend.

Program for 18 19 Oct 2014

There will also be peer paddles on the 17th Friday and 20th Monday.

We expect the weather to play ball ! And there are plenty of sheltered bays and headlands to catch a breather.

Arch at Pointabullig, Cape Clear, Co Cork(Seamus O' Mahony)

We’ve attached a couple of photos you might like, the Arch at Pointabullig, Cape Clear – taken by Seamus O’Mahony (see above) and Fastnet – taken by Sean Pierce.

kayak at Fastnet, Co Cork (Sean Pierce)

Hope you like our ISKA Symposium 2014 Poster, see link below (courtesy of Adam May). Please feel free to pass it on to friends who might be interested.

ISKA_Symposium poster

If you have any photos yourself of the West Cork area, we’d love to see them. Please send them on to us and we’ll post them on the ISKA facebook page.


If you have any queries please email


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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

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